Bachelor of Health Sciences - Northern and Rural Community Planning

4 years
22,460 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
University of Northern British Columbia

Program description

Northern and rural community planning addresses the particular social, economic, and ecological concerns facing northern and circumpolar regions. Many of the principles and abilities you learn will prepare you to operate in diverse communities across the globe.

Our degree gives you a deep awareness of those communities' planning needs and practical skills to meet them. You will learn about northern communities and rural resource regions through physical and social science community planning.

Experience building and creating northern and rural community-appropriate policy through experiential learning.

Learn how and why communities change and how northern and rural communities fit into the global environment.

Program structure


  • Introductory Ecology
  • Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
  • Social Geography

Three of the following:

  • Peoples and Cultures
  • Methods of Economic Evaluation
  • Human Ecology (regional campus only)
  • The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • Planet Earth
  • British Columbia: People and Places
  • Resources, Economies, and Sustainability
  • Social Geography
  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Precalculus
  • Food, Agriculture, and Society
  • Recreation and Leisure Programming
  • Contemporary Political Issues
  • Introduction to Social Welfare


  • Law and Municipal Government

One of the following:

  • Society, Policy and Administration
  • Municipal Government and Politics 
  • Canadian Politics and Policy

One of the following:

  • Northern Communities
  • Comparative Northern Development
  • Resource Communities in Transition

Three of the following, minimum 9 credit hours:

  • Landscapes, Place and Culture
  • Topics in Environmental Anthropology
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Field School in Planning
  • Undergraduate Thesis
  • Professional Report
  • Internship
  • Low Carbon Energy Development
  • Waste Management
  • First Nations Religion and Philosophy
  • Law and Indigenous Peoples
  • Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
  • First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
  • Northern Communities
  • An Introduction to Environmental History
  • International Development
  • Critical Development Geographies
  • Society, Policy and Administration
  • How Government Works
  • Municipal Government and Politics
  • Canadian Politics and Policy
  • Community Development
  • Local Services and Public Policy
  • Local Government Finance
  • Comparative Northern Development
  • Resource Communities in Transition


  • Tuition* 22,460 CAD
  • Student Fees* 1,690 CAD
  • Books* 1,600 CAD

*Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.


Requirements for applicants

  • Meet UNBC's English language requirements
  • Meet the international admission requirements by country or meet the admission with a General Certificate of Education (or equivalent)
  • Complete the required high school course equivalencies outlined in the Domestic tab prior.

About the university

One of Canada's top universities, UNBC is situated in the breathtaking scenery of northern British Columbia.

Excellent undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities are offered by UNBC in the areas of cultures, economics, health, sciences, and the environment. We share the exhilaration of new knowledge with our students and the results of our teaching and research with the world as one of British Columbia's research-intensive institutions. UNBC is a welcome place with a warm, inclusive, and supportive learning environment in addition to cultivating and celebrating academic excellence.

The University of the North by and for the North is UNBC. Our students, alumni, teachers, staff, and the communities we serve all feel a strong sense of ownership, purpose, and adventure as a result of our goal. We are also Canada's Green UniversityTM, paving the road for everyone's future to be more sustainable.


To affect people's lives and communities in the North and around the world while being Canada's top destination university in terms of personal character.


To have an impact on the world today and inspire future leaders.

UNBC's Academic Structure

  1. Faculty of Environment
  2. Faculty of Business and Economics
  3. Faculty of Human and Health Sciences
  4. Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities
  5. Faculty of Science and Engineering
  6. Division of Medical Sciences

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