Health Studies

Health Studies (Policy, Management, Informatics) offers a broad perspective and teaches about all aspects of the health care system as well as about other factors, such as wealth and ethnicity, that influence the health of Canadians. Learning takes places not only in classroom settings but also through field placements. The faculty in the School are internationally recognized for their research and teaching.

Our program offers a tremendous amount of flexibility - students can specialize in one or more of: Health Management, eHealth/Health Informatics, and Health Policy. For instance a student can enter the health management stream and also complete the health informatics certificate during their 4 years of study. Students can also enroll in a general Honours Bachelor of Health Studies program that allows them to complete pre-med and other pre-health professional course requirements. In addition, students can do a double major or major-minor in conjunction with many other York programs.

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Current News & Announcements

Assistant Professor Lora Appel in the School of Health Policy & Management, and Assistant Professor in Nursing Eva Peisachovich mentioned for their work in Virtual Reality (VR) use in health.

Assistant Lecturer, Roberta Timothy has article 9 ways racism impacts maternal health reposted on PBS NewsHour Weekend, in the National Post, tweeted by U.S. Presidential candidate, and in Newsweek.

Ellen Schraa

Message from School of Health Policy & Management Undergraduate Program Director, Ellen Schraa:

Hi Everyone,

I am very happy to announce that the School of Health Policy & Management has launched a 4th year practicum (HH/HLST 4990 6.0).  The first cohort of students have begun their application process and will be in their practicum placements in January 2020.  Each winter term there will be a practicum announcement and information session for those interested and qualified to begin their application process.  Please ensure you are familiar with the course requirements and should you have any questions please reach out to Paola Calderon-Valdivia, EE Coordinator, at or myself, Ellen Schraa, Course Director, at

Course Description:

Designed to bridge theory and practice in a variety of health care settings, the practicum is a planned, supervised and evaluated practice-based experience in which students are mentored and supported by fieldwork-supervisors.  To support students’ development of professionalism skills within work integrated learning, students are required to attend pre-practicum workshops and in-class pre-placement sessions.  The practicum course will require 15-20 in-class hours and 150-200 in-field hours.  Students will prepare a learning contract, complete a field-based project deliverable, participate in continuous reflective-related exercises and prepare a final practicum portfolio.

Open to:  Students in the BHS Specialized Honours program with 84 earned credits.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 4000 3.0, HH/HLST 4010 3.0, and HH/HLST 4210 3.0

Pre/Corequisites: HH/HLST 4200 6.0


  1. A minimum GPA of 7.0 is required in major credits.
  2. Enrollment is by permission only.  Students submit an application to the practicum in the Winter term of their third year.  The instructor, together with the Experiential Education Office, will select from those that apply.
  3. Students are required to complete mandatory career development workshops during their third year prior to applying to the practicum.
  4. Students are required to attend all in-class pre-practicum sessions and post-practicum sessions and commit to an average of 2-2 ½ days a week in  fieldwork placements based on negotiated work days with the field supervisor, completing a minimum of 150-200 in-field work hours.

The School of Health Policy & Management's Undergraduate Program Director, Ellen Schraa and Experiential Education Coordinator with the Office of Student and Academic Services in the Faculty of Health, Paola Calderon-Valdivia launched the new student practicum with an information session for our specialized honors students - truly a historic moment for the School of Health Policy & Management!

Health Canada committees swimming in financial conflicts of interest
An op-ed by York University Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin was published in the Conversation May 20. Read full story.

Quality of voluntary, pharmaceutical-sponsored postapproval clinical trials varied widely
York University Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin was quoted on May 13. Read full story.

Government warnings about potential drug safety risks vary a lot across countries
York University Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin was quoted in Iran Daily April 30. Read full story.

Steven Hoffman

Steven Hoffman to chair international network focused on antimicrobial resistance research collaboration

Steven Hoffman, director of the Global Strategy Lab and professor of global health, law and political science at York University, will chair a newly launched network that focuses on social science research and policy on antimicrobial resistance (AMR): the International Network for AMR Social Science.

York University's Global Strategy Lab, under the direction of Professor Steven Hoffman, will co-host two global health law conferences in South Africa in April.

Federal budget: A Canadian Drug Agency and rare disease funding are not enough.
An op-ed by York University Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin was published in the Conversation March 20. Read full story.


Steven Hoffman

Professor Steven Hoffman examines global governance at Scholars Hub event

An engaging talk by York University Professor Steven Hoffman examined global governance during the Markham Public Library Scholars Hub speakers series on March 14th, 2019. “If An International Law Breaks In The Forest, Does Anyone Hear It? Good Thing Professors Are Listening” was held at the Markham Village Library.

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Way Indigenous children treated in system ‘blew my mind’: Markham-Stouffville MP
York University Professor Farrah Ahmad was mentioned in the Markham Economist & Sun Feb. 20. Read full story.

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Professor Steven Hoffman discusses how an interactive video game highlights the impact of vaccine decision-making.

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Why Big Pharma must disclose payments to patient groups. An op-ed co-written by York University Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin was published in the Conversation Jan. 13. Read full story.

School of Health Policy & Management, York University - Statement of Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en First Nation.

Professor Mary Wiktorowicz published and article on transnational pharmacogovernance in the journal Globalization and Health

Research by Faculty of Health Professor in the School of Health Policy & Management Professor Dennis Raphael was featured in a CBC story about Sudbury's "poverty challenge" and interviewed on CTV News.