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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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!