SHPM Chair's Message

Dear Students:

Welcome to the School of Health Policy and Management! The School houses three innovative programs -- Health Policy, Health Management, and Health Informatics - all leading to a Specialized Honours, Bachelor of Health Studies (BHS) (120 credits). The School also offers an Honours major in Health Studies with minors in Health Policy, Health Management or Health Informatics. The Honours major is useful for students wishing to pursue a double major Honours degree or a Major/Minor combination with another program offered at York.

In addition to the above, students will also be able to pursue a 90 credit Bachelor in Health Studies degree that integrates courses in health policy, health management and health informatics. A cross-disciplinary Health Informatics Certificate is also available while completing a degree at York.

You will find that you are offered a unique approach to health systems education during the course of your degree. By incorporating a determinants of health approach, the programs offered in the School emphasize the organization of health care and other systems, the diversity of Canadians, the role of communities, and fairness and social justice as integral considerations in the development of effective health care models. These concerns are incorporated into the study of the most recent developments in management practice, health planning, and the use of information and technology in health care.

The School’s approach to health and health care education focuses on several themes that address both specific health-related questions and broader population and social justice issues. The forefront of this approach is an emphasis on research and scholarship around health and healthcare provision from the perspective of varied populations including women, Indigenous communities, persons with disabilities, and a range of ethnic communities. Societal factors that determine why some people stay healthy and others become ill are also examined such as income, stress, early life experiences, social exclusion, work conditions, unemployment, social support, food and transportation.

The professors in the School are internationally recognized in their respective areas. In addition to teaching, each one is involved in an extensive programme of research. Please feel free to approach any one of them should you wish to discuss anything. Communication is the key element to making your studies in this School enjoyable and fruitful.

All students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor in the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS), Faculty of Health, on a yearly basis for an advising session. Students also are strongly encouraged to check their Degree Progress Report every term to go over their course selection. In addition to materials you may have already received during the time of your orientation, enclosed please find information that will help guide your time here at York.

Professor Marina Morrow

Chair

School of Health Policy & Management