Health Studies

Understand the complex factors that influence physical, mental and social health and well being. 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. 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Major / Joint Honours / 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. Fourth-year seminars allow you to engage with a small group of students and the professor to study a current topic in Health Studies. The Community-based Programming 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

Possible Career Paths

Government, Health Care, Education & Non-Profit

Public Health and health promotion


Global Health


Health Education


Complementary Medicine





Occupational Health and Safety 

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy


Social Work

Health and Public Administration

Nutrition and Dietetics