Jul 19, 2024  
Undergraduate Calendar 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Calendar 2023-2024 [-ARCHIVED CALENDAR-]

Midwifery Program (B.H.Sc.)

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The four year program which spans nine terms, includes courses from basic sciences, social sciences, health sciences, women’s studies and electives, in addition to clinical courses. A variety of course formats include classroom, distance learning through web conferencing and print-based self-study courses. Teaching methods include lecture format, small group tutorials, self-directed activities and practical learning experiences in both laboratory and clinical practice settings.


An Intensives course is 4-7 days in duration and consists of workshop-style presentations focussing on clinical skills.  Attendance (100%) is mandatory. 

Clinical Courses

Clinical courses consist of a practical and theoretical component and concurrent problem-based weekly tutorials. Students are assigned to a midwifery practice as well as to interprofessional placements including nursing, neonatal intensive care nursery, and obstetrical practices. Throughout the program, students will be placed in more than one midwifery practice within the McMaster Midwifery Program catchment area and will gain clinical experience in a hospital setting and with an obstetrician. Students should expect to relocate for clinical placements. Travel and living expenses are the responsibility of the student.

The Midwifery Education Program reserves the right, at any point during the term, to remove a student from a clinical placement or laboratory setting if the student exhibits unsafe clinical practice or behaviour that places clients or others at risk and/or violates the Midwifery Act of Ontario.  Such removal will result in the student receiving a grade of F and may result in dismissal from the program.


Please note - the curriculum changes outlined in this calendar comes into effect 2023-24 for the class of 2027 and onwards, and for any student returning from a leave or withdrawal in 2023-24 and onwards.

135 units total (Levels I to IV)


An asterisk (*) following a course code indicates that transfer credit may be available.

Level I: 30 Units

Level II: 30 Units

3 units


  • One humanities or social science elective from the Faculties of Health Sciences, Humanities, or Social Sciences

Level III: 45 Units

15 units

3 units

15 units

Level IV: 30 Units

15 units

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