Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)

Program Snapshot

Impact Quality Of Life

Studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) at CBU offers a unique opportunity to impact quality of life for everyone around you. With the knowledge and skills learned here, you gain the ability to make a difference in a real community using modern facilities, working alongside experienced faculty.

Specifically, the public health program at CBU focuses on environmental health. This segment of public health centres on keeping people healthy in the places they live, work and play. With an eclectic community coming from more than 40 countries collaborating and studying together in an island setting, health sciences in Cape Breton is a rich area for discovery.

Our program taps into the natural resources of our region, focusing on food safety, water and air quality, communicable disease control, and occupational health and safety. We currently offer three streams of our program.

Stream One is the four-year option that a student graduating from high school, or someone without post-secondary education, could take. Stream Two is an accelerated two-year option for students with a previous science degree or a similar degree/diploma. And Stream Three is an in-career option available only to military workers seeking a degree. These military workers must be certified by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

All graduates receive the same credential, a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health).

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Evaluate safety hazards and mitigate risks.
  • Sharpen interpersonal skills through presentations.
  • Interpret and apply government legislation.

Why study at CBU?

CBU is a place where courageous ideas, bold thinking and innovative approaches come together to create something special. You can see it in our accreditation, our location and our reputation. But most of all, you can see it in our facilitation.

This program is one of six currently accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors in Canada. Students graduating from our program meet the academic requirements necessary to pursue a practicum and certification to work as an environmental health officer/public health officer in Canada.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) has been at CBU since 1996, and has developed a reputation across Canada for preparing students for the real world. Lab-based courses allow students to engage in activities that will facilitate active learning with instructors who have real-world experience.

Sample Courses

  • PUBH2103: Public Health Inspection
  • PUBH3101: Food Hygiene
  • PUBH4111: Integrated Pest Management
  • PUBH4108: Biocontaminants

Possible Career Paths

  • Environmental health officer/public health inspector
  • Occupational health and safety coordinator/safety consultant
  • Food quality/HACCP coordinator
  • Occupational health and safety/labour inspector

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • 13 lab-based courses in the 4-year option
  • 8 lab-based courses in the 2-year option of our program

Program Requirements

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General Requirements for High School Graduates

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.
  • English 12 (academic or advanced)
  • Math 12 (academic or advanced)
  • 2 Science 12 level (chemistry is required & physics is recommended)
  • 1 additional grade 12 academic or advanced level course

Please select your country to view admission requirements.

Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
  • To see if your institution is an articulation partner, please view our articulation agreements page.
  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU:

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