The Aboriginal Health major recognises the vibrant and growing Aboriginal populations in Canada and worldwide. This exciting and unique program examines the factors that contribute to Aboriginal health, strength, and resilience in Canada and provides students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for work in the field of Aboriginal health.
The Aboriginal Health major is offered as a four-year program, a two-year post-diploma program, or a two-year second degree program (post-diploma and second degree students will have an individualized program plan created at the point of admission).
Admission Requirements for the Four-Year B.H.Sc. program
Major topics include traditional Aboriginal health concepts, creating healthy communities, preventing disease, creating and evaluating health programs, and conducting health research. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in a community setting by engaging in a practicum in partnership with rural and urban Aboriginal communities.
Graduates of this program will have the ability to navigate between differing models of health and care using culturally safe practices. Graduates will have the skills to seek out careers in health promotion and disease prevention, program and policy development and evaluation, community-based research, community outreach, cultural broker/health advocacy, and wellness counselling, among other areas.
After completion of the program, graduates may find employment in a job such as:
- Indigenous Health Coordinator
- Aboriginal Health Representative
- Community Liaison Worker