Aboriginal Health

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Credentials available

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences
  • Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences


  • Lethbridge



Program description

Aboriginal Health is Canadian Health. The health of Aboriginal peoples in Canada is a complex social justice issue that can only be addressed by people who are creative, skilled, culturally competent, committed and passionate about righting historical wrongs and acting to create a more inclusive, equitable society.

Understand the historical and contemporary causes of current issues such as poverty, water and food security, diabetes, addictions, youth suicide, family violence.

Learn traditional Indigenous teachings and contemporary perspectives by engaging with elders, knowledge keepers, health care professionals and other Indigenous peoples. Learn how Indigenous values, knowledge and practices foster healthy children, youth, adults, elders, families and communities.

Develop transferable and portable skills and practices to assist organizations and communities to respond to critical health issues facing Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians. Apply what you have learned and gain valuable workplace experience by completing a practicum with a provincial or Indigenous organization.

Work Environment
As a graduate of Aboriginal Health, you will carry transferable and portable workplace skills and knowledge to work within varied settings such as Aboriginal organizations and communities dedicated to health and healing, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and mainstream health facilities serving Aboriginal peoples. You'll be able to help employers identify and understand the needs of Aboriginal peoples and then develop the programs and services needed to make those needs, and assist with evaluating and planning for future organizational and community development.

Possible careers

  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Program and policy development and evaluation
  • Community-based research
  • Community outreach
  • Cultural broker/health advocacy
  • Wellness counselling

On average, people change their career three to five times in their lifetime. So, no matter what major you choose, you may still be interested in opportunities totally unrelated to your program of study. We encourage you to be open to all possibilities! Your undergraduate degree can be a springboard for other educational pursuits, and your transferable skills and experience can prepare you to work in a multitude of settings.

Sample classes

  • PUBH 1000: Introduction to Public Health
  • HLSC 3300: Traditional Aboriginal Health Concepts
  • HLSC 3310: Contemporary Issues in Aboriginal Health
  • HLSC 4350: Practicum in Aboriginal Health (15.0 credit hours)

Additional information

BHSc Aboriginal Health program

General admission requirements, plus: 

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BHSc Aboriginal Health Post-Diploma program

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants to the Aboriginal Health Post-Diploma program must have completed an Approved College Diploma and have a minimum diploma GPA of 3.00 on the University of Lethbridge 4.00 scale. If you are considering applying to the program with a diploma GPA below 3.00 (but not less than 2.00), you may be considered for admission if you have extensive practical experience in a relevant field.

All applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences must meet a Spoken English Language Proficiency requirement.

For detailed current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.