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SECTION 4: Program and Graduation Requirements - SECTION 4: Program and Graduation Requirements Introduction Introduction

Within an overall health promotion orientation, the mission of the Faculty of Human Ecology is to sustain, develop and transmit knowledge that supports individuals and their interactions in families and communities as they enhance their quality of life and improve their physical and social environments. Our teaching and research integrates both basic and applied sciences, incorporating innovative technologies and emergent areas of knowledge. The Faculty of Human Ecology contributes to the health of people in Manitoba, Canada and elsewhere by promoting good health. This health promotion contribution is distinct from the treatment of ill health. The Faculty uses the WHO (World Health Organization) definition of health as the framework for planning and activities: A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The Faculty uses the Ottawa Charter definition of health promotion: The process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health (Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986).

Programs in the Faculty of Human Ecology are specialized to meet the needs of students, employers and society. Scholarship, learning and research range from metabolic and clinical aspects to psychological, behavioural and community aspects. The Faculty’s work extends along the continuum from cellular and biochemical aspects to health related products and policies. Study in the Faculty in one of four undergraduate programs offers background that can lead to career opportunities in business and industry, institutional administration, education, social services, government and research. We are one of the founding units of the University of Manitoba; our graduates have contributed to improving human health and well-being locally, nationally, and internationally for 95 years.

Students entering the Faculty will select one of the following three programs:

  • Family Social Sciences Program
  • Health Sciences Program
  • Health Studies Program

In order to qualify for a degree, students must complete the 120 credit hours specified for the selected program. Elective choices provided in each program can permit students to transfer between them; however, this opportunity decreases as students progress. Students who transfer to another program must meet the full requirements of that program. There is a quota in effect for intake to each program per academic year. The quota may affect movement into a program after the September intake.