The faculties of Social Sciences, Human and Social Development, Humanities and Education jointly offer an interdisciplinary general and minor program in Health and Society. The program offers a forum for exploring a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives on health issues with an emphasis on the social determinants of health and provides students with an ability to explore the field. Students select a concentration in one of five health-related focus areas: Aboriginal health, addictions and mental health, aging, disability, and children and youth. Students obtain direct experience in health research or involvement in community based health-sector activities.

No more than 3 units of the required 300-and 400-level course work can be taken at another institution and at least 6 of the required units must be completed at UVic. The 9 units of required 300- and 400-level course work cannot form part of the 300- and 400-level department requirements for a student’s Honours, Major, or General Program; co-requisite courses in other programs may be counted toward the Minor.  By completing the requirements for the General program together with an Honours, Major, or General program, students may obtain a Minor.


3.0 units of introductory course work in social and/or biomedical approaches to health from an approved list
1.5 units of HS 200 Health and Society
4.5 units of electives numbered 300 and above from the approved list of theory and methods courses
3.0 units of specialization courses numbered 300 and above from one of the approved list of courses in Aboriginal health, addictions and mental health, aging, disability, and children and youth
1.5 units of HS 400A or HS 400B
Totalling 13.5 units of coursework
No more than two courses can be taken from the same academic unit to fulfill elective or specialization credits.