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Community Health (BA)


Community Health (BA)

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In our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Community Health program, award-winning educators and researchers integrate the latest advancements and knowledge into courses about factors that influence the health status of communities.

Communities are often defined by location but can also be defined by groups of people connected through identity or purpose. In this program you’ll have the flexibility to conduct research and/or have experiential learning opportunities in a practicum placement allowing you to pursue your specific interests in community health.

You can focus your studies on one of three areas: Community Health, Autism and Behavioural Science or Mental Health and Substance Use. If you choose to focus on Autism and Behavioural Science or Mental Health and Substance Use, you’ll also earn a graduate certificate as part of your degree

In addition to our degree programs, the Department of Community Health offers a minor in Physical Forensics. Knowledge of forensic science strengthens access to a broad range of careers related to work in healthcare as well careers within the justice system, or fields of social work and human rights.

Professor Richelle Monaghan, Chair of the Community Health Department, welcomes all inquiries. You can contact her for more information at rmonaghan@wlu.ca .


Program Highlights

  • We have three major areas of focus:
    • Health Studies
    • Autism and Behavioural Science
    • Mental Health and Addictions
  • If you choose to focus on Autism and Behavioural Science or Mental Health and Addictions, you'll also earn a graduate certificate as part of your degree.
  • Instructors integrate the latest scientific advancements and knowledge into their courses.
  • Our courses have experiential learning components.
  • Connect with your fellow students and create opportunities to grow and succeed in your field through the Health Studies Student Association.

Sample Courses

  • Canadian Health Care Systems
  • Critical Perspectives on Health and Human Sexuality
  • Health and Gender
  • Health Policy
  • Environment and Health
  • Global Health and Social Justice
  • Physical Determinants of Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Autism: Individual and Social Issues across the Spectrum
  • Issues in Mental Health
  • Disease and Society

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: high 70s.
  • English at 60%.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Criminology Minor
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Minor
  • Leadership Option
  • Physical Forensics Minor
  • Psychology Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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