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Public Health (BASc)

Is It for You?

Protect the health of populations in the workplace, neighbourhoods, cities, countries or internationally. Focus on public health protection and disease prevention and draw on specialized knowledge to develop and implement initiatives that improve health, safety and well-being.

 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

 Non-Academic Requirements

 Co-op Option

 Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2019 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.

Scheduled for occupancy in Fall 2018, the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex is designed to be a welcoming and inclusive home for living and learning. The academic and administrative podium will be the new home of the School of Occupational and Public Health.

Ryerson Builds: Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex

Distinctive Learning

Co-operative education option with paid work experience; laboratory testing and analysis; site visits; presentations and seminars; independent research project.

After Graduation

Become certified as a public health inspector, if desired,and pursue progressive opportunities: government public health agencies; inspector, environmental health officer; field epidemiologist, communicable disease investigator; private sector employment in food safety and quality; business and non-profit health education and promotion. Pursue further education in areas such as epidemiology, international health, health administration or health promotion and education.

What You Need to Know

Domestic Fees Range: $7,703 - $8,289
International Fees Range: $25,926 - $25,958

For detailed fees information visit Fees by 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.

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university including three (lower or upper level) Liberal Studies courses.


  • Applicants whose degree does not include credit for at least one course in each of chemistry and microbiology will be required to successfully pass CHY 104 and/or ENH 222 before beginning the third semester of the option.
  • Applicants who cannot demonstrate at least three liberal studies courses (either lower or upper level) during their previous university experience, will be required to take additional courses before graduation to bring their total liberal studies to at least three single-term courses (or equivalent).
  • In addition, successful candidates may apply for up to seven single-term transfer credits based on their previous university studies.

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