Environmental Studies and Biotechnology

Biotechnology - Remote and Rural Public Health

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Hands-on training focuses on genetic, biological, and environmental influences on health.


Biologists are sought after in a number of areas, from working with infectious diseases to animal or environmental studies. Learn about the unique health challenges found in rural and remote areas, with respect to genetics, access to health care, water resources, wildlife encounters, and elevated rates of preventable diseases.

Your Future Career

  • Health inspector
  • Food safety and quality assurance officer
  • Quality assessment and control specialist
  • Environmental health officer
  • Health and safety officer

What You Learn

  • Health promotion strategies
  • Molecular and cell biology
  • Microbiology and epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Environmental technology
  • Food science

OSSD or equivalent including: Gr 12 English, C or U equivalent

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

RPH 105 Introduction to Health Promotion
BTN 100 Cell Biology
BTN 110 Human Physiology
BTN 210 General Microbiology
CHM 100 Inorganic Chemistry
RPH 155 Introduction to Databases

Semester 2

BTN 215 Biochemistry (7 wks)
BTN 230 Organic Chemistry (7 wks)
BTN 131 Genetics
BTN 300 Biostatistical Applications
RPH 130 Public Health Law and Policy
CMM 125 College Communications I
GENED Online Gen Ed
IWA 114 Contemporary Challenges Facing Aboriginal Communities
RPH 115 Food Science

Semester 3

PSY 200 Lifespan Development
BTN 405 Molecular Biology
RPH 200 Biology and Pathophysiology of Human Aging
RPH 321 Introductory Genomics
RPH 325 Health Information Science
RPH 440 Epidemiology and Public Health
RPH 201 Research Methods

Semester 4

BTN 310 Applied Microbiology
RPH 410 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
RPH 400 Public Health and Diverse Populations
RPH 415 Food Safety
RPH 430 Remote and Rural Public Health Promotion
RPH 445 Genomics and Personalized Medicine

2018-2019 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $3022.5 $1154 - - $4176.5

Ontario College Diploma

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Environmental Management - 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139