Trent University Launches Interdisciplinary Health & Behaviour Degree Program
Research-driven program with a real-world application component will prepare students for careers in a range of health-related settings
In keeping with its reputation for hands-on, interdisciplinary education, Trent University’s new Bachelor of Science in Health and Behaviour will give students the unique opportunity to explore the complex field of health and our behaviour around mental and physical health.
“Our Health and Behaviour program offers a unique multidisciplinary approach that gives students a broader, holistic look at health and behaviour with courses from many different disciplines taught at Trent – from psychology and sociology to biology, nursing and kinesiology,” said Dr. Michael Chan-Reynolds, chair of Psychology at Trent University.
“This approach will provide students with a wide breadth of knowledge that is critical for tackling today’s difficult problems in the complex area of health and will open up a range of career opportunities in healthcare, research, teaching, health communication or further studies.”
Students enrolled in this program can expect a strong emphasis on research. Not only will there be opportunities to conduct their own research, but they will also learn the importance of interpreting research, with a clear understanding of social issues and how health and our behaviour intersect. They will also develop a firm grasp on how to interpret data and how to apply this information to complex health issues.
“We will be offering a unique third-year course called Health Communications, which will focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of health communications and the promotion of health literacy,” said Dr. Sarah West, program director of Kinesiology at Trent. “Here students will learn how to effectively communicate research findings to stakeholders, whether it’s patients, clients or the broader public.”
Real-world applications for career-ready graduates
Hands-on, community-based learning and research will be a central component of the program. Students will complete a 12-week placement in a community setting, such as health clinics, agencies, and schools, where they will explore a specific topic of interest related to health promotion or population health. During their placement, students will gain first-hand experience in developing and implementing health promotion initiatives.
“I think the nice thing about this degree is that it is broad in the sense that it gives students choice in what to explore, but also stays specific to the topic area,” said Professor West. “You're getting a holistic look at health behaviour, so ultimately you can pursue various healthcare routes, as well as research or teaching, or even health communication and journalism. I really think almost any career is possible.”
Students graduating from Trent’s Bachelor of Science in Health and Behavior will have the critical and analytical thinking skills to become leaders in the health sector and health-related fields, with the ability to integrate health-linked behaviour theories into decision-making processes and real-world applications.
Learn more about the Health & Behaviour B.Sc. at Trent.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
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