Bachelor of Health Sciences

Department of Nursing and Health Sciences

General Office: K.C. Irving Hall Room 329
Mailing Address: UNBSJ Department of Nursing and Health Sciences,
University of New Brunswick,
100 Tucker Park Road,
P.O. Box 5050,
Saint John, N.B.,
Canada, E2L 4L5
Phone: (506) 648-5542
Fax: (506) 648-5785
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Chair: O'Brien-Larivee, Catherine

  • Doucet, Shelley, BN (UNB), MScN (UWO), PhD (UNB), Asst Prof - 2010
  • Dupont, Diana, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Instructor - 2018
  • Furlong, Karen, RN Dip (SJSN), BN (UNB), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB),  Diploma University Teaching (UNB), CNA Certification Neuroscience Nursing, Sr Teaching Assoc - 2000
  • Keeping-Burke, Lisa, BN (MUN), MN (MUN), PhD (McG), Asst Prof - 2012
  • Logue, Nancy, BN (UNB), MN (Dal), PhD (UNB), Diploma in University Teaching (UNB), Sr Teach Assoc - 1995
  • March, Angela, BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Diploma in University Teaching (UNB) - Instructor - 2016
  • Mawhinney, Kathleen BN (UNB), MN (UNB), Diploma in University Teaching (UNB), Instructor - 2010
  • McCloskey, Rose, BSc (Acad.), RN Dip (Hfx.Inf.SN), BN (UNB), Diploma in Adult Ed. (St FX), MN (UNB), PhD (UNB), CNA Certification Gerontology Diploma University Teaching (UNB), Prof - 2000
  • Nagel, Daniel, RN, Dip (Misercordia Hospital, Edmonton), BScN (U of A), MSN (UBC), PhD (c) (U of Ottawa), Lecturer - 2016
  • O’Brien-Larivee, Catherine, BN (UNB), MSc Applied Nursing (McG), Diploma University Teaching 2004, Sr Teaching Assoc - 2004
  • Pastirik, Pamela, BN (UNB), MSN (UBC), CNA certification Perinatal Nursing, Sr. Teaching Assoc -2002
  • Shamputa, Isodore Chola, BSc (UNZA), MSc, PhD (VUB), Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow 2007-2011 (NIH),BScN 2015 (Dal), Certification in Microbiology (Canadian College of Microbiologists). Assistant Professor - 2018. 

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) degree program is offered in conjunction with health sciences education partners. While students may be initially admitted directly into this intended degree, subsequent admission to a competitive BHS major is required. This admission to a major is, based on acceptance by a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) or Council on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy Education (CoARTE) accredited program. Alternatively, applicants who have already completed an accredited and approved health science program and are qualified to practice (as recognized by the appropriate national and provincial bodies) can also apply for entry. Current programs partnered with UNB Saint John to deliver BHS majors include:

  • Radiography Saint John (Partner: Saint John School of Radiological Technology)
  • Radiography Moncton (Partner: The Moncton Hospital School of Radiologic Technology) · Radiation Therapy (Partner: Saint John School of Radiation Therapy)
  • Respiratory Therapy (Partner: New Brunswick Community College)

Application to partner programs occurs directly via the UNB Saint John Department of Nursing and Health Sciences. As the application process is competitive, seats within partner programs are limited, and students who meet the minimum requirements are not guaranteed acceptance to a major. Students who are unsuccessful at gaining admission to a partner program may remain BHS designated students while they plan for future applications. However, students may be advised to consider alternative program options if they are unable to gain admission to a partner program in order to declare a major.

To earn the degree, students must successfully complete 140 credit hours. Note: 70 credit hours are required to be taken at UNB and 70 credit hours are allotted on successful completion of the accredited partner program.

Admission Policy on English Language Proficiency

The language of our program is English and prospective students whose mother tongue is not English may prove English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

i. Minimum TOEFL score on a paper-based test of 600.
ii. Minimum CanTEST scores of 5.0 on reading and listening, and 4.5 on writing.
iii. A minimum of 4 years full-time study in the English language in Canada. Notwithstanding the above, students must demonstrate competence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing English to meet course requirements.

Required Courses Year 1*:

*Consideration may be made for students with prior courses equivalent to past BHS requirements. Courses will be assessed based on the requested BHS program and must be approved by the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.

**Degree requirement. Please note that students are suggested to take these courses in the prerequisite year. 

Years 2, 3, and 4:

In addition to the requirements of the appropriate accredited program, students must complete the following University courses:

Minor in Health Sciences

Admission to the Minor is open to students in any discipline if their faculty has a provision for a Minor and they have successfully completed 60 ch of course work and earned an average grade of C or better in all courses. Application to the Minor is normally made in the second year of a students program for admission in year 3. Students must select the Minor in consultation with the Nursing & Health Sciences Coordinator for Science, Applied Science & Engineering, and this should normally be done at the same time as they declare a Major.

The Health Sciences Minor requires 24 ch of course work consisting of HSCI 2001 and HSCI 4144 plus 18 ch selected from courses listed in the two groupings below. Of these 24 ch, a maximum of 12 ch may be at the lower (1xxx, 2xxx) level. At least 6 ch of courses must be selected from each of the two groupings below. A grade of C or better must be achieved in each course taken for the Minor.

Life & Behavioural Sciences Grouping:

Lower Level:
BIOL 1205 Biological Principles, Part III (3 ch)
BIOL 1411 Anatomy & Physiology I (3 ch)
BIOL 2015 Introductory Genetics (4 ch)
BIOL 2831 Pathophysiology I (3 ch)
CHEM 2421 Organic Chemistry I  (3 ch)
STAT 2263 Statistics for Health Sciences (3 ch)

Upper Level:
BIOL 3132 Advanced Biochemistry (3 ch)
BIOL 3245 Environmental Chemistry (4 ch)
BIOL 3251 Introductory Microbiology (3 ch)
BIOL 3665 Introduction to Environmental Law (4 ch)
PSYC 3033 Healthy Psychology (3 ch)
PSYC 3293 Psychology of Aging (3 ch)
PSYC 3343 Human Sexuality (3 ch)
PSYC 3725 The Dementias (3 ch)
PSYC 3752 Drugs & Behaviour (3 ch)

Social Sciences/ Humanities/ Business Grouping

Lower Level:
SOCI 2376 Sociology of Health, Illness & Healing (3 ch)
ECON 2213 Poverty, Inequality & Income Redistribution (3 ch)
PHIL 1053 Introduction to Logic (3 ch)
POLS 1201 Introduction to Canadian Politics (3 ch)
BA 2001 Business Communication (3 ch)Upper Level
PHIL 3133 Health Care Ethics I (3 ch)
PHIL 3134 Health Care Ethics II (3 ch)
SOCI 4555 Gender & Organization (3 ch)
POLS 3501 Contemporary Issues in Public Policy (3 ch)

Upper Level:
PHIL 3133 Health Care Ethics I (3 ch)
PHIL 3134 Health Care Ethics II (3 ch)
SOCI 4555 Gender & Organization (3 ch)
POLS 3501 Contemporary Issues in Public Policy (3 ch)