Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health

The Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health is a four-year degree that takes an interdisciplinary approach to health and draws on scientific, social and humanistic knowledge. Students will embark on a path that will help them discover that health is about more than not being sick, that how we think about health has changed, and that much of health is determined by factors outside of ourselves and our physiology. After four years, students will have completed a host of core and designated courses.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Jillian Allan, BASc Health

  • Academic Interests: Science, Public Health, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Post-Graduation: Working with the Canadian Coastguard this summer before I begin Medical School at Dalhousie NB in the fall.
  • Why Health?: I was drawn to the Health program at St.FX because I was interested in pursuing a career in medicine and wanted a well-rounded education that would expose me to all aspects of health. The combination of science and art within the program generated an educational curriculum that was interesting, diverse and challenging. As the first cohorts of the Health program, I am confident that the education that my peers and I have received will help us to improve public health and to be on the forefront of its progression. I would highly recommend this program to students who are considering a future in Health or who are looking to gain exposure into any related field. The Health program at St.FX has enabled me with a solid foundation to succeed in my future endeavours, and I believe that it is truly one of a kind. 
  • Advice to students: The best advice that I could give to future students would be to take advantage of office hours, get to know your peers, and to get involved within the Antigonish community.

More About the Program

The first year of the program is a foundation year consisting of introductory courses in Science and Arts. Students will take PSYC 101- Introduction to Psychology I, PSYC 102 - Introduction to Psychology I, BIOL 111- Cell Biology, BIOL 112- Diversity of Life, CHEM 101- General Chemistry I, CHEM 102 - General Chemistry II, SOCI 101- Foundations of Sociology, SOCI 102- Issues in Contemporary Sociology, as well as their two core courses in Health. As they progress through the program, students will focus their studies by choosing to complete either a Biomedical or Social Determinants and Health Equity Concentration, in addition to taking courses in Health Humanities. During each of the four years, students will also take two core health courses together, and in their fourth year, students will complete a project aimed at addressing a health-related issue.

Want to see what courses you might end up taking in the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health?

Here is sample Biomedical pre-med yearly program progression and a

sample of Social Determinants and Health Equity yearly program progression.

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As a student, I am thrilled that the BASc in Health passed Senate and will come into reality next year. Coming into StFX, I knew that I wanted to go into medical school, but also wanted to keep up my writing and social science learning as well. This degree would have been perfect for me, and especially with the recent changes to the MCAT (the test for medical school admission), it provides a more nuanced and well-rounded idea of what health really means.
- Ryley Erickson, Vice President Academic, Student's Union

The new program sounds amazing. I would have loved doing a degree with a health focus.
-Dr. Kimberley Aucoin, MD, StFX Class of 2011