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Health Studies at the U of M


As a health studies student in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, you will gain an understanding of the determinants of optimum health and well-being and the ability to describe the actions and circumstances that maintain those conditions from a social science perspective. There are three areas of concentration in health studies:

  1. Health Policy, Planning, and Evaluation: can provide foundational knowledge related to health policy development and related evaluation, as well as programming services.
  2. Health Promotion and Education: provides the ‘teachable subjects’ in family studies and nutrition for a home economics teacher or non-school health educators.
  3. Family Health: provides a path for students interested in family social sciences and offers another route to specialized programs for health and social sciences.

Skills you will gain by studying HEALTH STUDIES

  • 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:
ANTH 1210 or ANTH 1220, FMLY 1012, PSYC 1200, SOC 1200, STAT 1000, plus 6 credit hours of approved science electives and 3 credit hours of concentration 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, the Womyn’s Centre, Shinerama, CanU, Results, 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 1220, GMGT 1010 or 2070, HEAL 2600, HNSC 2000 or PSYC 2250, HNSC 1210, NATV 1220 or 1240 or 3240, plus 6 credit hours of concentration electives, 3 credit hours of program electives and 3 credit hours of free electives

To do this year:

  1. Review and declare your concentration.
  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 Manitoba Association of Home Economists (MAHE) 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.

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, FMLY 3780 and FMLY 3790, HEAL 3600, HEAL 3000, PHIL 2740, SOC 2490, plus 3 credit hours of concentration electives and 6 credit hours of program electives

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor for program approval.
  2. Consider getting some experience through the optional practicum in the faculty.
  3. 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. Volunteer with community engagement in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

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 4610, plus 6 credit hours of concentration electives, 12 credit hours of program electives and 6 credit hours of free 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
  • Campus Recruiter
  • (Community) Health Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Data Analyst
  • Development Officer
  • Disability Case Manager
  • FASD Coordinator
  • Fund Development Coordinator
  • Fundraiser
  • Health Liason
  • Health Program Analyst
  • Health Program Specialist / Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Program Specialist
  • Immigrant Settlement Coordinator
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Patient Representative
  • Program Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Public Health Business Specialist
  • Social Program Coordinator
  • Transition Facilitator
  • 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 studies in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

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

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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"Health Studies is the perfect combination of social and health sciences. Viewing individual, community and population health with a social scientific (rather than purely biomedical) lens fascinates me and is extremely important to the actual practice of improving health and preventing illness." Emily Biggar, health studies student

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