How would you like to…
- work in various locations across Canada in various health-related roles?
- earn money while completing your BASc in Health?
- build your resume with 12-16 months of employment in addition to your degree?
- discover who you are, effective job search strategies, and professional skills that build your career?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, the BASc Health Co-op Education program is the right fit for you.
St. Francis Xavier University was excited to launch the BASc Health Co-op Education Program in September 2017. StFX has offered a Co-op Education in selected programs since 2003. We have taken and translated our expertise to this new program.
Co-op is an educational program in which you alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time paid employment in positions related to your academic and/or career interests. As with the BASc in Health program, BAScH co-op students will be able to explore health from multiple disciplinary work experiences.
The Co-op Process
First, meet with your Co-op Coordinator who reviews the program requirements, helps you to develop your academic co-op plan, and identifies various positions/organizations that best match your skills and career interests.
Second, complete our professional development courses. Through dynamic and engaged teaching, Co-op staff review course curriculum that helps co-op students be more successful in the program and in professional settings.
Third, complete a minimum of 12-16 months of work experience.
Your work term sequencing options:
- 4 months plus 8 months
- 8 months plus 4 months
- 12 months consecutive with a single employer
While on work term, the Co-op staff engages with students and their supervisors to promote a purposeful learning work experience. Through reflective assignments, students gain more meaning about who they are as a student and as a professional.
Finally, co-op students complete our COOP 405 (3 credit) course that runs in September or January. Students complete a formal debrief with their co-op peers, group presentations, and a paper.
Potential Employers and Job Titles
Potential Employers (Selected sample)
BASc in Health Co-op students could work for employers in business, industry, research, education, government and the not-for-profit sector.
- Assisted Living Centres
- Colleges and Universities
- Community Care Access Centre
- Consulting Firms
- Departments of many major companies
- Fitness and Recreational Centres
- Government Agencies (Federal, Provincial, Municipal)
- Health Advocacy Organizations
- Health Research Centres
- Insurance Companies
- Local Health Integration Networks
- Long-term Care Facilities
- Medical Offices
- Public Health Agencies
- Social Services Agencies
- Workplace Safety Boards
Potential Co-op Job Titles
After researching various job boards, the following co-op positions have been discovered (to name a few). With the launch of the new BASc in Health program, the Co-op Staff will work with faculty to build a list of potential jobs and organizations that would benefit from hiring a BASc in Health Co-op student.
- Clinical Research Assistant
- Community Care Research Assistant
- Community Health Educator Co-op
- Consultation and Skill Development Student Intern
- Corporate Wellness Assistant Co-op
- Guest Services Coordinator
- Health & Safety Student Officer
- Health Information Specialist
- Health Policy Researcher Co-op
- Health Program Planner
- Health Promotion Co-op
- Health Promotions & Events Assistant
- Health Systems Planner Co-op
- Healthy Project Coordinator
- Junior Policy Analyst
- Marketing & Special Events Coordinator
- Medical Administration Student
- Medical Writer
- Outdoor Education Intern
- Patient Flow Facilitator
- Project Assistant, Health Services Research
- Project Assistant, Hospital Reports
- Project Coordinator Co-op
- Public Health Analyst
- Rehabilitation & Mental Health Assistant
- Rehabilitation Research Assistant
- Research Analyst Co-op
- Research Assistant
- Restorative Care Assistant
- Volunteer Resources Team Assistant