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Health Sciences at the U of M


As a health sciences student in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences you will learn about the determinants of health from combined science and social science disciplines. Understanding the determinants of health will provide insight into how to maintain optimum health at an individual and community level. Graduates may work in health and social programming, policy, research laboratories, or pursue further education to become a professional health care practitioner (e.g. dentistry, genetic counselling, medicine, physician assistant, physiotherapy).

Skills you will gain by studying HEALTH SCIENCES

  • A broad and comprehensive understanding of the factors that affect health, the needs of clients and the delivery of health services.
  • An understanding of the significance of health and illness in a cultural context.
  • Expertise in health promotion and prevention frameworks.
  • The ability to problem solve and adapt to an ever-changing field.
  • The ability to gather, analyze, and interpret information clearly and concisely.


This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours



Course requirements:
BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030, BIOL 1410 and BIOL 1412, CHEM 1300 and CHEM 1310, PSYC 1200, STAT 1000, plus 3 credits hours of free electives

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor to help you plan your program.
  2. For academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Gather information about occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Explore your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities at communitylink.umanitoba.ca.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including the Community Health Undergraduate Students' Organization, CanU, the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Leaders in Healthcare and Healthy U.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Open House and other events on campus.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Student Leadership Development Program.


Considering international opportunities? Visit the International Centre website to learn about international opportunities for U of M students.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: visit Migizii Agamik or the International Centre, take part in the Intercultural Retreat or learn about local agencies via 211 Manitoba at mb.211.ca.


Year 2 - 60 credit hours



Course requirements: ECON 1210 or ECON 1220, GMGT 2070 or LEAD 2010, HEAL 2600, HEAL 2000 or PSYC 2250, HNSC 1210, NATV 1220, NATV 1240 or NATV 3240, PHIL 2740, plus 6 credit hours of program electives and 3 credit hours of free electives.

To do this year:

  1. Consider doing a Biomedical Sciences concentration if you are pursuing a degree in Health Sciences.
  2. Consider taking a minor and choose courses that will open opportunities.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student member with the Bioscience Association of Manitoba (BAM) and the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR).
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: apply for a research assistant position or Undergraduate Research Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: check out Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Volunteers in Public Service (VIP), community health clinics such as Klinic, Mount Carmel Clinic, Youville Clinic, CancerCare Manitoba and health promotion agencies i.e. Canadian Cancer Society; personal care homes; group homes. Volunteer with community engagement or the biomedical youth program in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

Find opportunities to market yourself: attend a conference, submit a paper or become a board member in the community.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: consider an international student exchange, an internship with Students Without Borders or Projects Abroad.

Staying local? Check out out a spring or summer Community Service-Learning experience. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours



Course requirements:
FMLY 3750 and either FMLY 3780 or FMLY 3790, HEAL 3600, HEAL 3000, plus 15 credit hours of program electives and 3 credit hours of free electives

Biomedical concentration: BIOL 2520, CHEM 2360, HEAL 3610 as program electives

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor for program approval.
  2. Considering a professional program? Refer to the Applicant Information Bulletin to familiarize yourself with the pre-professional requirements.


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as the Business InfoCentre.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other professional programs.


Continue or start research: participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Statistics Canada and St. Boniface Research Centre.

Assess your resumé: identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships.


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or speak or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: join the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the Children Rising Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.


Year 4 - 120 credit hours



Course requirements:
HEAL 4600 and HEAL 4620, plus 15 credit hours of program electives and 9 credit hours of free electives

Biomedical Sciences Concentration: HEAL 4630 and HEAL 4640 as program electives.

To do this year:

  1. Consider taking the 6 credit hour practicum (HMEC 4090) and put your education to practice.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor, and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to a professional program or graduate school: finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.


Ensure you have references in place: ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Search for job opportunities online: check out biotalent.ca, biomb.ca, wrha.mb.ca, workinnonprofits.ca, charityvillage.com, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus. Get access to Lynda.com through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.


Sample Jobs



  • Abuse Prevention Consultant
  • (Community) Health Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Data Analyst
  • Disability Case Manager
  • Fundraiser
  • Health Liason
  • Health Program Analyst
  • Health Program Specialist / Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Program Specialist
  • Health Research Coordinator
  • Immigrant Settlement Coordinator
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Patient Representative
  • Public Health Business Specialist
  • Social Program Coordinator
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Volunteer Coordinator



What Do Employers Want?


Industries such as biotechnology, business, community development, government, healthcare/medicine, and social services would value a degree in health sciences in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Continuous learning
  • Digital technology

Attain skills through your classroom education and take advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.



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Dawn Steliga

"I have been in the health field for almost 18 years. I chose this program to improve the care of my patients and to get involved in health research. Fortunately, the wide range of areas available to gain experience will change the way one views health and prepare anyone as a health professional." Dawn Steliga, health sciences student

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