COVID-19: Faculty-Specific Updates

The Faculty of Health Sciences aims to keep its community up to date with regards to the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage you to visit this website regularly and contact us if you have any questions.

Update - December 2021

Since public health authorities forecast a very significant increase in the number of COVID-19 infections at the start of winter, we will postpone the return to campus until January 31, 2022. Classes will resume on January 10 as planned and will be delivered virtually for at least the first three weeks of term. The Office of the Registrar and the faculties will make the changes required. I would like to sincerely thank our professors and students for their understanding, given the current situation, and for their agility in coping with it.

However, some courses will be offered in person because they require students to be physically present on site. In these exceptional cases, the professors and students concerned will be directly notified by their School. In parallel, research activities will continue in person. In all cases, we will take necessary measures to safeguard the health and safety of all students and personnel.

The health and safety of our community has always been our top priority. Postponing the return to campus will allow us to analyze the impact of the virus and work with public health authorities in the coming weeks to better protect all members of our community.

We will partner with public health to re-evaluate the situation in mid-January and we will continue to take the decisions needed to ensure a safe return to campus this winter as soon as health conditions allow. We will keep you informed of developments in this regard as they arise.

Winter 2022

The winter 2022 course schedule is available on the uOttawa Class Search Tool and will show the details of course delivery.

However, it is too early to predict with any certainty how the winter 2022 term courses will be delivered - it all depends on the progress of the pandemic and associated public health measures as well as classroom availability. However, we hope that many courses will be offered in person in the winter 2022 term, with perhaps some hybrid courses (which would include in-person components) and some that will be offered online/virtually.

Thus, we anticipate that the mode of course delivery for the winter 2022 term will change depending on the progress of the vaccination campaign and the potential easing of public health measures. For example, if Ottawa Public Health confirms that physical distancing is no longer required, we will modify the details on the uOttawa Class Search Tool to offer a greater number of courses in person as soon as the start of the term (January 2022), depending on the availability of classrooms/space:

  • Professors will be consulted no later than September/October to change the mode of delivery of winter 2022 Term courses.
  • Our Faculty will not offer the choice between an in-person section and a virtual/distance section for undergraduate courses. All sections of undergraduate courses will be offered only in person, or conversely, only virtually/online. Only the courses already identified on the course schedule as hybrid (which means that all students registered in the course participate in the in-person components and in the virtual/distance components) will remain as such.
  • Depending on the Schools within the Faculty of Health Sciences, some graduate courses will be offered in a bimodal delivery, with some in person students and some virtual/distance students.
  • Changes to the mode of course delivery for the winter 2022 term will be posted for students and professors on the uOttawa Class Search Tool no later than October 31.

Therefore, we strongly encourage all students enrolled in Faculty of Health Sciences programs who are not registered in courses that include an in-person component for the fall 2021 Term to find accommodation in the Ottawa area at least for the winter 2022 Term to facilitate course selection and their advancement in their program (except for students registered in the Master of Science Nursing – Distance).