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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Dean’s welcome

Bernadette Murphy

Welcome to the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University. As Dean of the faculty, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website and to invite you to read about our cutting-edge degree programs, our innovative research, and the many wonderful faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners that make up our team.

Human health is a complex area of study and one that requires much more than simply an understanding of one’s physical functioning and well-being. Our degree programs are designed to provide you with an opportunity to learn and hone required professional skills and competencies while at the same time gaining an understanding of the multiple factors that determine a person’s health. Indeed, any given individual’s health is determined by his or her own unique physical, intellectual and emotional characteristics in combination with social, economic and political forces of the environment in which they are immersed. 

Importantly, our programs of study are also designed to prepare you to be reflexive practitioners – in other words, individuals who are competent and capable, yet compassionate, curious and deeply interested in always improving upon their personal skillsets. Moreover, we want our graduates to understand and care about the fortunes of their fellow human beings and the communities (local, regional, national, or global) in which they live.

If you choose to enrol in one of our undergraduate or graduate degree programs, you will learn within a technology-enriched and highly innovative environment. Health care is becoming increasingly reliant on technology and future professionals will use technology in their efforts to find evidence-based approaches to treatment, complete in-depth research studies, develop enhanced testing and treatment methods, and improve client-monitoring and follow-up practices. 

If you are interested in completing a health-related degree at the undergraduate or graduate level, you have come to the right place.

Dr. Bernadette Murphy
Interim Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences