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Honors Specialization in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

This module is intended primarily for students who wish to pursue graduate training in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and want to include applied human health research-intensive preparation in their undergraduate program. This module leads to a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree.

Admission Requirements
Admission to this Honors Specialization module occurs in Year 3 and requires admission to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) Program. Students will usually complete MEDICAL SCIENCES FIRST ENTRY (Medical Sciences 1 and 2) prior to admission to the Honors Specialization module. Enrolment in this Honors Specialization module is limited and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

To see a comprehensive list of the course descriptions for this module, please see our Undergraduate Course list

The 1000-level half courses listed below must each must be completed with a mark of at least 60%:

  • 1.0 course: Biology 1001A* and 1002B*
  • 1.0 course: Chemistry 1301A/B and 1302A/B
  • 1.0 course: Calculus 1000A/B or 1500A/B, and one of Applied Mathematics 1201B, Calculus 1301B, 1501B or Mathematics 1600A/B
  • 1.0 course in physics must be completed by the end of Year 2 and a minimum mark of 60% must be achieved in each of two half courses, as follows:
  • 0.5 course from: Physics 1028A/B, 1301A/B or 1501A/B
  • 0.5 course from: Physics 1029A/B, 1302A/B or 1502A/B

*Biology 1201A with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1001A, and Biology 1202B with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1002B.

The 2000-level courses below must be completed with a minimum mark of 60% (unless otherwise indicated) prior to admission to the Honors Specialization module in Year 3. These 2000-level courses will also be used towards the module requirements:

  • 0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A
  • 0.5 course: Chemistry 2213A/B
  • 0.5 course from:
  • Biology 2244A/B
  • Statistical Sciences 2244A/B with a mark of at least 75%
  • the former Statistical Sciences 2122A/B
  • 1.5 courses: Biology 2290F/G, 2382A/B, 2581B
  • 0.5 course: Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2200A/B with a mark of at least 75%

Module Courses (11.0 courses)

  • 0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A
  • 0.5 course: Chemistry 2213A/B
  • 0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B or Statistical Sciences 2244A/B
  • 1.5 courses: Biology 2290F/G, 2382B, 2581B
  • 0.5 course: Epidemiology 2200A/B, or the former Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2200A/B, 3300B
  • 1.0 course from the Social Science Subject List (see below)
  • 0.5 course: Biostatistics 3100A with a mark of at least 70%
  • 0.5 course: Biostatistics 3110B 0.5 course: Epidemiology 3200A with a mark of at least 70%
  • 2.5 courses: Epidemiology 3210B, 3330G, 4310A, 4320A, and 4500B
  • 1.0 course from: Biostatistics 4115B, Epidemiology 3315B, 4600A, 4615B, 4715B
  • 1.5 course: Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4900E (Research Project = 1.5 courses)

Social Science Subject List:
Students must complete 1.0 senior course from one of the subject areas below (e.g. 1.0 course in Economics) and it is recommended that this 1.0 course be selected from the number range specified for the subject area. Note that (i) two half courses from two different subject areas will not satisfy this requirement, and (ii) some courses may require a prerequisite.

  • Anthropology (2200 or above)
  • Economics (2100 or above)
  • First Nations (2100 or above)
  • Geography (2200 or above)
  • History (2200 or above)
  • Political Science (2230 or above)
  • Psychology (2100 or above, with the exception of Psychology 2800E, 2810 and 2820E)
  • Sociology (2200 or above)

Major in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

A degree containing this module normally requires 4 years for completion. The Major in Epidemiology and Biostatistics can be completed in any regular undergraduate degree. When combined with one of the following Majors, however, this module leads to a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree: Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS), Medical Biophysics, Medical Cell Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology or Physiology.

Admission Requirements:
Both 1000- and 2000-level courses are included in the Admission Requirements for students pursuing the Major in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in BMSc degrees, since admission to the BMSc Program does not occur until Year 3. The Admission Requirements for students pursuing the Major in other regular undergraduate degrees include only 1000-level courses, since students may register in the Major in Year 2 in non-BMSc degrees. The Module requirements (below) are the same for all students completing the Major.

To see a comprehensive list of the course descriptions for this module, please see our Undergraduate Course list.

Admission Requirements for students pursuing the Major in a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree:

Admission to this Major module occurs in Year 3 upon admission to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) Program. Students will usually complete MEDICAL SCIENCES FIRST ENTRY (Medical Sciences 1 and 2) prior to admission to a BMSc degree.

The 1000-level half courses listed below must each must be completed with a mark of at least 60%:

  • 1.0 course: Biology 1001A* and Biology 1002B*.
  • 1.0 course: Chemistry 1301A/B and 1302A/B.
  • 0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B, 1500A/B, the former 1100A/B.
  • 0.5 course from: Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, Calculus 1301A/B, 1501A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B.
  • 0.5 course from: Physics 1028A/B, 1301A/B, 1501A/B.
  • 0.5 course from: Physics 1029A/B, 1302A/B, 1502A/B.

* Biology 1201A with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1001A, and Biology 1202B with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1002B.

The courses below must be completed with a minimum mark of 60% in each (unless otherwise indicated) prior to admission to the Major module in Year 3. These courses will also be used towards the Module requirements:

  • 0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
  • 0.5 course from: Biology 2382A/B, 2581B.
  • 0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B or Statistical Sciences 2244A/B, with a mark of at least 75%.
  • 0.5 course: Epidemiology 2200A/B with a mark of at least 75%.

Admission Requirements for students pursuing the Major in a degree other than a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree:

Completion of first-year requirements, including a mark of at least 60% in each of the 3.0 (full or half) principal courses below:

  • 1.0 course: Biology 1001A* and Biology 1002B*.
  • 1.0 course: Chemistry 1301A/B and 1302A/B, or the former 1100A/B and 1200B.
  • 0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B, 1500A/B, the former 1100A/B.
  • 0.5 course from: Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, Calculus 1301A/B, 1501A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B.

The following must be completed by the end of second year, with a mark of at least 60% in each half course:

  • 0.5 course from: Physics 1028A/B, 1301A/B, 1501A/B.
  • 0.5 course from: Physics 1029A/B, 1302A/B, 1502A/B.

* Biology 1201A with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1001A, and Biology 1202B with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1002B.

Module Courses (6.0 courses):

  • 0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
  • 0.5 course from: Biology 2382A/B, 2581B.
  • 0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B or Statistical Sciences 2244A/B, with a minimum mark of 75%.
  • 0.5 course: Epidemiology 2200A/B with a minimum mark of 75%.
  • 1.0 course: Biostatistics 3100A, 3110B.
  • 1.0 course: Epidemiology 3200A, 3210B.
  • 1.0 course from: Biostatistics 4115B, Epidemiology 4310A, 4320A, 4600A, 4615B.
  • 1.0 course from: Biology 2485B, 3592A, Microbiology and Immunology 2500A/B, Pathology 3500 (the former Pathology 3240A, 3245B), 4400A/B, additional courses in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the 3000- and 4000-level, level.

Note: Some modular courses include a mark requirement in their prerequisite(s).