Sample courses

Get a foundation in medical science - and explore your specific interests

Dal's Medical Sciences program offers courses that span several different disciplines in the biomedical field, ensuring you have the knowledge you need to acheive your goals.

First-year courses cover the foundational sciences, math and psychology.

In second year, courses are a mixture of basic science and medical science, including microbiology and physiology. You’ll also learn about the sociology of health, illness, and healing – the theory and practice of medicine, how our society addresses health problems, healthcare from the perspective of the ill, and healthcare in Canada.

In the third year of the program, you'll focus on the medical sciences in courses such as anatomy, pathology and pharmacology, with a course in bioethics that examines current ethical dilemmas faced by those in the health field. You'll also have the opportunity to take “selective” courses in your personal areas of interest, based on a list provided by the program.

By the fourth year, you will also have taken one core course in epidemiology, while the rest of your curriculum will be filled with selective and elective courses based on your interests.

Anatomy and Histology

You will learn about the human body by examining organ systems like the brain, the heart, the reproductive systems, and digestion, as well as muscles and bones, and immune organs like the spleen.  You will learn how to identify these organs and tissues both with and without a microscope.

Introductory Epidemiology

In this course, you will learn about health and disease in different populations. You'll also gain an understanding of patterns in the spread and incidence rate of common diseases such as obesity, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and HIV, as well as environmental and behavioural problems. You will also look at risk factors for disease and possible interventions.


This course will explore the immune system on a cellular and molecular level. You will learn about the cells and tissues that make up the immune system and how they function to provide immunity. You will cover topics like how your body makes antibodies, why your body responds the way it does during hypersensitivity reactions like allergy, and how genetics plays a role in how your immune system works.