Special Enrolment Courses

Certain Human Biology courses have special enrolment procedures that cannot be done via ACORN. Please select the course you are interested in from the list below and follow the instructions found there. Feel free to check out the info sessions that we hosted for HMB226H1 and our Community Engaged Learning Courses for more information on how they work.


What is holistic health in an Indigenous framework? How can holistic health (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) be ethically explored to inform health and healing? What is cultural safety in health care systems? This course explores the effects of traditional practices, culture, activities, arts, land-based healing, music and ceremony in health and healing.

Corequisite: HMB200H1/HMB201H1/HMB202H1/HMB203H1/HMB204H1/HST209H1


HMB226H1 from the summer 2022 session was featured in the Bulletin Brief, read more about it here

HMB226H1 Info Session - April 6, 2022

This course, featuring a service-learning component, explores dementia. In patients with dementia, intellectual, social and occupational functioning deteriorate. The course addresses the multi-disciplinary aspects of dementia (clinical, genetic, molecular, social) with a focus on the most common cause of dementia, Alzheimer's disease.

Prerequisite: 14 FCE complete, HMB265H1/ BIO260H1, PSL300H1, HMB300H1/ HMB302H1/ HMB320H1/ HMB321H1/ ANA300Y1

No pre-requisites waiver requests will be considered; students must meet the course pre-requisites before the course starts.

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will be accepted starting July 3, 2024 and will close on Nov 11, 2024.


HMB440H1 2024-2025 Info Session Recording - May 30, 2024

HMB440H1 2023-2024 Info Session Recording - May 28, 2023

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, termed ‘hidden hunger,’ affect about half the world’s population. Explore the global nature, catastrophic consequences, and causes of these deficiencies. Discuss formulation and implementation of international, national, and local policies to alleviate ‘hidden hunger’ especially in infants and young children. A service-learning opportunity is integrated. Students will be required to contribute to a local community organization while using course knowledge to develop a project or initiative beneficial to the organization and community.

Prerequisite: Completion of 14.0 credits, BIO230H1/BIO255H1, HMB302H1/ HMB303H1/ HMB312H1/ HMB314H1/ HMB322H1/ HMB323H1/ CJH332H1 (formerly CSB332H1)/ NFS382H1

Assessments to expect: essays (research based), presentations

Other notes: This is a service learning course! The final assignment includes a group presentation (recorded video or website), for the community partner; as such this work may be publicly available and used by the community partner.

HMB Programs it Counts towards: Global Health, Health & Disease, Human Biology

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will be accepted starting July 3, 2024, and the registration form will close on Friday, Aug 30, 2024.


An experiential learning course exploring health-related challenges and social determinants of health in partnership with local community organizations. Lectures and tutorials will support learning of selected biological and social aspects of health and disease, neuroscience, genetics or population health, and the development of scientific knowledge translation skills relevant to the community agencies.

Prerequisite: BIO230H1/ BIO255H1, HMB265H1/ BIO260H1, BCH210H1, PSL300H1, PSL301H1, HMB200H1/ HMB201H1/ HMB202H1/ HMB203H1/HMB204H1

Exclusion: HMB473H1

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will be accepted starting July 3, 2024, and will close on Aug 19, 2024. 


HMB490Y1 2024-2025 Info Session Recording - May 30, 2024

HMB490Y1 2023-2024 Info Session Recording - May 28, 2023

This course provides an opportunity for 4th year students to receive academic credit for work in the biotechnology sector. Students undertake an academic internship and engage in mandatory biweekly in class meetings to discuss and share their experiences. The course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply academic learning in a professional context, build their network, and explore potential career paths. Students will be required to complete 200 hours with a placement partner over the duration of the course (8-10 hours/week over 8 months). Restricted to students in their 4th year of study.  Enrollment in this course is subject to a course application process and securing an internship with an approved partner organization. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

For more detailed information on this course, please see the PDF iconHMB491Y1 Course Information Sheet.pdf.

Prerequisite: 14.0 credits and an application

Exclusion: JPM300H, ASIP Program, students are not permitted to complete the Professional Experience in Biotechnology concurrently with another research project (eg. HMB496Y1 and others).
Recommended preparation: HMB201H1; HMB301H1/HMB360H1

Applications for Fall 2024/Winter 2025 session will be opened on March 20, 2024, at 6:00PM EST and will be due by May 5, 2024, 11:59PM EST


HMB491Y1 2024-2025 Info Session Recording - March 20, 2024

A research project course for students enrolled in a Human Biology program, supervised by a faculty member appointed in a faculty or division at St. George Campus (Faculties of Arts & Science, Medicine, Engineering, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, etc.). Open to third and fourth year students.

Students are responsible for securing their own supervisor. Should a HMB Specialist require help securing a supervisor, the request must be made by email to the Human Biology Program Office no later than July 20 for Academic year projects and January 30 for Summer projects.

Completed applications for this course are due to the Human Biology Program Office by September 1 for Academic year projects and May 1 for Summer projects. Please see the application on the Special Enrolment Courses page on the HMB Website.

Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Human Biology Program; please refer to the Human Biology Program website for more details

Exclusion: Students are not permitted to do a HMB research project concurrently with another research project