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Public Health (BASc)

Now open: the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex is designed to be a welcoming and inclusive home for living and learning. The academic and administrative podium is the new home of the School of Occupational and Public Health.

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Is It for You?

Public health professionals develop and implement initiatives that improve the health, safety and well-being of populations in the workplace, neighbourhoods, cities, countries and more. This program offers experiential learning opportunities such as a paid co-op option, laboratory testing and analysis, site visits, presentations and seminars, and an independent research project. You’ll graduate prepared to protect the health of communities large and small and make a difference in humanity’s lived experience.

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What You Need to Know

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year; Five-Year Co-op; Two-Year Option for University Graduates

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Applied Science

 Grade Range
70-74%*

 Non-Academic Requirements
None

 Experiential Learning
Co-op option

 Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2020 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2019/2020

Domestic Fees Range: $7,095 - $7,598
International Fees Range: $27,218 - $28,570

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Requirements for Full-Time, Four-Year Program

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • One of: Chemistry (SCH4U) or Biology (SBI4U)
  • The minimum grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 60-70% range) will be determined subject to competition.

Note: Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university will not be considered for admission to the four-year degree program.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

Requirements for Two-Year Public Health Program for University Graduates

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university including three (lower or upper level) liberal studies courses.
  • Applicants must have as part of their degree (or other post-secondary education) credit for at least one single-term course in chemistry (equivalent to CHY 104).
  • Successful candidates may apply for up to six single-term transfer credits based on their previous university studies.

After Graduation

If desired, you can become certified as a public health inspector. You are also prepared to pursue progressive opportunities in government public health agencies; environmental organizations; private sector employment in food safety and quality; business and non-profit health education and promotion. You may work as a communicable disease investigator, health promoter, environmental public health officer or health care researcher. You may also choose to pursue further education in areas such as epidemiology, international health, health administration or education.

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