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School of Public Health and Health Systems

Health Research Specialization
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Employers need professionals who can understand, generate, and assess health research to enable effective decision-making. Graduate and professional schools are looking for undergraduates with demonstrated experience in research design, data management, analysis, and critical interpretation. In the Health Research Specialization, students will be provided with advanced opportunities to use and generate research and evaluation data relevant to the design and implementation of health programs, services, policies and systems.

This specialization is designed for health studies students who are considering graduate studies and/or professional health research careers. The curriculum combines in-depth preparation in research methods, advanced seminars and the opportunity to collaborate with a faculty member in the development of an honours thesis.

Admission to the specialization requires at least good standing with an cumulative overall average of 75% (minimum) and a cumulative major average of 75% (minimum). Students may only declare one specialization. Students may declare the Health Informatics Option, Minor in Gerontology, or Option in Aging Studies concurrent with the specialization.

In order to graduate with this specialization, the following requirements must be met:
  1. A cumulative overall average of 75% and cumulative major average of 75%.
  2. Declare specialization by the beginning of 3B academic term.
  3. Successful completion of 21.0 units, including all requirements of the Honours Bachelor of Science, Health Studies degree.
  4. Successful completion of 2.5 total units including the following:
    • (1.0 unit) fourth-year research methods from HLTH 433, HLTH 442, HLTH 443 or a course approved by the associate director, undergraduate studies
    • (1.0 unit) HLTH 432A/HLTH 432B Honours Thesis
    • (0.5 unit) fourth-year seminar course


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