Health Studies

Understand the complex factors that influence physical, mental and social health and well bring. Challenge yourself to think critically about health in relation to social justice, politics and culture. Your courses will explore both the social and the physical determinants of health, approaches to health promotion, public health, epidemiology and program evaluation. Take advantage of the mini-stream in Exercise, Disability and Aging that provides students with an opportunity for hands-on internships. 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Major / Medial / Minor in Health Studies

Students in the Faculty of Arts and Science are admitted into Arts or Science, but the focus is on a common first year.

High school prerequisites from Ontario include English 4U; Biology 4U is also recommended. Check the Queen’s Viewbook for requirements from outside of Ontario. Recommended first year courses: HLTH 101*/3.0 (*mandatory), HLTH 102/3.0 and PSYC 100/6.0.

Program Highlights

In addition to innovative, engaging, lecture-based learning the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies offer unique course opportunities. The Program Design and Evaluation course allows students to take health theory out of the classroom and work with community partners on real-life projects. Professors encourage inquiry-based learning with a series of research courses that build from Research Methods, to a Research Internship in a research lab or program, to a fourth-year Honours Thesis Project.

“Critical thinking about the many dimensions of health, emphasizing equity and community involvement.”

Program at a Glance

Get the courses you need
In first year you will have the chance to explore the foundations of Health Studies along with some electives.

Attend Majors Night in the Winter term to learn more about Plan options.

Get relevant experience
Join teams or clubs on campus such as Queen’s First Aid or Queen’s Health Outreach.

Take Queen’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training.

See the AMS Clubs Directory or the Queen’s Get Involved page for more ideas.

Get connected with the community
Volunteer on or off-campus with different community organizations, like the Queen’s Public and Preventive Health Interest Group (QPPHIG) or the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Kingston.

Get thinking globally
Prepare for work or studies in a multi-cultural environment by taking QUIC’s Intercultural Competency Certificate, and research possible immigration regulations.

Speak to a QUIC advisor to get involved in their programs, events, and training opportunities.

Get ready for life after graduation
Grappling with program decisions? Research the degree: look at the HLTH – Current Students and check out the HLTH Courses Summaries. Get some help wondering about career options from Career Services.

Need career advice? You can book a phone or Skype appointment with a career counsellor through MyCareer or call the Career Services reception at 613.533.2992.

Get the courses you need

Start going deeper into the discipline of Health Studies, while considering a certificate such as Disability and Physical Activity. Want to make sure your academics are where you want them to be? Visit SASS (Student Academic Support Services) and  the Writing Centre for some help.

Consider applying at the end of winter term to the Community Based Practicum (HLTH 300) and/or the Research Skills Development Practicum (HLTH 352).

Get relevant experience

Look into summer jobs by talking to the dept. or Career Services about work through SWEP or USSRF.

Take more responsibility within different clubs or extra-curricular activities.

Think about applying to positions in student services or the Alma Mater Society.

Get connected with the community

Get involved with the Health Departmental Student Council (HLTH DSC).

Start or continue volunteering with organizations such as Raise the Bar. Consider becoming a Peer Health Educator with Student Wellness Services.

Get thinking globally

Is an exchange in your future? Start thinking about where you would like to study abroad. Apply in January for a third year exchange through the International Programs Office.

Get ready for life after graduation

Explore different careers by reading books in the Career Services Career Advising and Resource
Area, such as Top 100 Health-Care Careers. For more information check out Career Cruising or by finding and connecting with alumni on LinkedIn. Attend the annual School of Kinesiology Mini-Career Fair.

Get the courses you need

A chance to start grouping courses in areas of interest, or to keep it more general and explore many areas of Health Studies. 

Meet with an Academic Advisor to make sure you are on track and have planned out your courses for next year.

Get relevant experience

Consider applying to do a 12-16 month QUIP internship between your third and fourth year.

Volunteer in the Revved Up lab.

Consider entrepreneurial opportunities via programs like the Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative (QICSI).

Get connected with the community

Do targeted networking with alumni working in careers of interest by joining the LinkedIn group Queen’s Connects. Check out Career Services networking workshops. Connect with professors at events or workshops hosted by the DSC.

Attend the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (CUCOH).

Get thinking globally

Build your intercultural competence by getting involved with other cultures or by practicing or improving your language skills. Consider spending the winter term of your third year at the castle in England (BISC) studying global health (HLTH 350), disability (HLTH 332) and aging (KNPE 335). Stay at the BISC for an intensive spring term for the Interdisciplinary Studies in Disability and Global Health (9.0 units at the 400-level).

Get ready for life after graduation

Research your careers of interest on the National Occupational Classification website. Start focusing on areas of interest. Research education requirements for careers of interest. If needed, prepare to take any required tests (like the LSAT or GMAT) and get help thinking about Grad School from Career Services. Attend the annual School of Kinesiology Mini-Career Fair.

Get the courses you need

In fourth year you will have the chance to participate in research-based courses that can lead to Graduate School or to your future career path. Make sure to finish up all your courses for your major and your optional minor and/or certificate(s).

Get relevant experience

Inventory your skills and experiences in relation to the Pan-Canadian Health Promoter Competencies.

Assess what experience you’re lacking and fill in gaps with volunteering, clubs, or internships – check out the Career Services skills workshop for help.

Get connected with the community

Familiarize yourself with different professional organizations and networks: seek memberships, join email lists, and consider attending events hosted by Canadian Public Health Association, Health Promotion Ontario, Health Nexus, or National Collaborating Centre

Get thinking globally

International students interested in staying in Canada can speak with an International Student Advisor.

Get ready for life after graduation

Apply to jobs or future education, or make plans for other adventures. Get help from Career
Services with job searching, resumes, interviews, Grad School applications, or other decisions.

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Possible Career Paths

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Nutrition and Dietetics


Occupational Health and Safety Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Public Health

Rehabilitation Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy



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Health and Public Administration Health Education

Health Promotion

Human Resources

International Development Law

Social Work

Global Health

Fundraising and Event Management