The Aboriginal Health major in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program has been launched in recognition of vibrant and growing Indigenous populations in Canada and worldwide. This exciting and unique program will examine the factors that contribute to Aboriginal health, strength, and resilience in Canada. The program will provide students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for work in the field of Aboriginal health.
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.