What is Co-operative Education?

Co-op is an enriched model of education which formally integrates relevant, paid work experience with the student’s academic studies. Students alternate between semesters of study and work experience.

Co-op education is a program that enhances academic learning with related work experience and represents a co-operative relationship between students, the employer and the University. Co-op students benefit from practical experience in their area of study, as well as career exploration and networking opportunities. Co-op programs provide students with the opportunity to earn money and gain work experience while studying.

Co-op provides students with:

  • The opportunity to try different jobs in different fields in different work environments
  • A chance to see how their academic skills can be transferred to a work environment
  • Money to help pay tuition costs
  • Work references and community experience for graduate and/or professional school applications
  • Participation in career workshops to gain experience in the job application process
  • Job offers from Co-op employers after graduation
  • Increased confidence

Sample Job Titles:

Health Data Analyst
Laboratory Assistant
Hand Hygiene Auditor
Clinical Research Assistant
Research Study Coordinator
Cancer Research Centre Lab Assistant
Environmental Health & Safety Research Analyst
Community Outreach & Executive Support Worker
Critical Care Implementation & Development Assistant

Interested in connecting with the Health Sciences Co-op Program?

Please Contact:
Isabella Silvestre, Co-op Coordinator | (778) 782-7632


We fund health science students for attending health conferences! We can take up to 100$ off any registration fees, travel expenses, or accommodations.


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Please contact if you are interested in accessing our travel and conference fund.



We're here to enhance your experience at SFU, and we'll help make your voice heard.

Some concerns we can help you with:

  • Have a recommendation for a future class
  • Frustrated about a professor
  • Unable to find study spaces in Blusson Hall
  • Unable to enroll in a class
  • Want more events in the Faculty


The Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC) oversees the Faculty's Bachelor of Arts and Bachelors of Science degree programs, focusing on academic planning, approval of undergraduate course grades, course work and awards, liaison with instructors, sessionals, subcommittees and FHS staff. The UGSC also deliberates with the Senate Undergraduate Studies Committee.  

The UGSC meets monthly and HSUSU has two executive members that represent both programs.


If you would like to offer your suggestions to be put forth at the next meeting, let Alana (UGSC Rep. - Science) and/or Marco (UGSC Rep. - Arts) know by contacting us via tweet/facebook post, or by emailing us at



This lounge is a study space open to all health sciences majors and minors. Please contact the health sciences advisor for the door code. The code is changed on a regular basis; be sure to check emails from Health Science staff to ensure you have the correct pass code.


The lounge is located in Blusson 9401, on the bottom floor of the building.


  • Keep the room neat and tidy. Clean up any garbage or accidental spills immediately.
  • Erase the white board completely and cap the markers immediately after using.
  • When posting event posters on the corkboard, please take them down as soon as the event is over. Only one poster may be posted per event.
  • Posters will be removed if they are not SFU or Health Sciences related. No external postings are allowed.
  • Be respectful of others in the room. Bullying and harassment will not be tolerated.
  • Keep noise at a level that does not interfere with the study and comfort of other fellow Health Sciences students. Reduce the level of noise immediately if asked to do so.
  • Do not move the furniture from their respective locations or take them out of the room.
  • Damage to the room and furniture is prohibited.  
  • Standard fire safety regulations are to be followed.
  • Weapons are not allowed.
  • Illegal drugs, smoking, and alcohol consumption inside the student lounge is strictly prohibited.
  • Keep in mind that this is a shared space for all Health Sciences students to study and build community. Breaking any of these offenses might result in the removal of the student lounge for all Health Sciences students. Therefore, breaking any of the rules above can result in loss of privilege.
  • Keep the door shut at all times.
  • For the exclusive use of Health Science students.

* If you have any concerns- please visit our HSUSU office or email: