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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The School of Health Policy and Management, York University- Statement of Solidarity with those engaged in the frontline struggle against anti- Black racism in Canada and transnationally

We, the Faculty and staff of the School of Health Policy and Management, would like to express our solidarity with Black communities and the protesters and organizers who are once again bringing to public awareness anti-Black racism and the ongoing violent attacks on Black people in Canada and the US by police and members of the public. As academics and university staff we understand anti-Black racism to be systemic and entrenched in all aspects of society’s structures and in the day to day actions of individuals.

In the School, we recognize that calling out anti-Black racism is not enough, that collectively and individually we need to be working alongside of Black communities to engage in anti-racism work that changes relationships of power, that creates the conditions for Black people to thrive and builds a collective future that values Black life. To this end, we endorse the statement released by the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, which calls on York University to increase its hiring of Black faculty (a York 2018 Employment Equity Survey revealed that only 16 of 1395 or 1% of York faculty self-identified as Black) and to find ways to better support Black students and, we would add, Black university staff members in our School.

In the School, we recognize our failure to hire Black faculty into tenure track positions, and we, therefore, support cluster hires of Black faculty, as recommended by the Report and Recommendations by the Joint Subcommittee of Employment Equity and Inclusivity (https://www.yufa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-01-09-JSCEEI-Report-and-Recommendations-Final.pdf), and have internally made commitments to hiring Black faculty. We need York’s support to ensure that these hires are completed.

We also recognize that other concrete steps need to be taken in the form of anti-racist education and the support of organizations working against anti-Black racism. We are committed to undertaking the following four initiatives, to be developed in the 2020/2021 academic year:

1. Establish an Anti-Racism Working Committee in the School to consult with students, staff, and faculty (including part-time faculty) on what supports, and changes are needed;

2. A curriculum review at the graduate and undergraduate level to ensure that issues related to racism and (neo) colonialism and their impact on health equity are infused throughout our teaching;

3. Organizing a seminar series on anti-Black racism in health policy and health care in Canada, that will add to the anti-racist education work the Indigenous Health speaker series in the Faculty of Health has started in 2019;

4. An annual award for the best student essay/text on anti-Black racism in the field of health in Canada, and interventions to policy, practice, and alternatives from community activism and organizations.

As health scholars and health program administrators, we pledge to expose and oppose the interconnected anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and colonialism that pervade our healthcare system and our society. As we write this, we grieve the deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old Afro-Indigenous woman who died on May 27 when Toronto police arrived to attend to her mental health crisis, and of Chantel Moore, a 26-year-old Indigenous woman shot by Edmundston police on June 4 during a wellness check.


Faculty of Health welcomes seven new faculty members - including Agnès Berthelot-Raffard who joins York University as an assistant professor of Critical Disability Studies and Health Studies in the School of Health Policy & Management


Chartwell wants quarantine dropped for new residents of retirement homes
York University Professor Tamara Daly appeared in a Zoomer Radio story on Sept. 16. Read full story.

York University professor Tamara Daly, chair of the university’s Centre for Aging Research and Education, interviewed in Toronto Star story: it’s no coincidence Chartwell wants the 14-day quarantine for new residents eliminated: It’s cutting into the company’s bottom line.

Professor Tamara Daly on making long-term care a priority. How will COVID-19 change us as a global society? Will equity lose ground?


Dennis Raphael

Our health is shaped by wealth and income
York University Professor Dennis Raphael co-wrote an Op-ed that appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on Sept. 2. Read full story.

York professor in the School of Health Policy & Management, Dennis Raphael explores the connections between poverty and health in Canada.

New book by York professor in the School of Health Policy & Management, Dennis Raphael examines how health is determined by political choices. Article from 14 August 2020.

York professor in the School of Health Policy & Management, Dennis Raphael continues to shift the conversation on factors shaping health in Canada. Article from 12 August 2020.


Police encounters reveal a mental health system in distress
York University Professor Mary Wiktorowicz wrote an article in The Conversation July 29. Read full story.



Simulations, virtual reality and serious gaming offer important advantages in remote learning, says team of SimXSpace that includes Assistant Professor, Lora Appel from the School of Health Policy & Management.


Farah Ahmad

Associate Professor, Farah Ahmad part of a multidisciplinary team as York University receives funding to advance mental health supports for racialized women during pandemic.

Study by Associate Professor, Farah Ahmad indicates importance of post-settlement supports to address depression in Syrian refugees

Click here for healthcare: The future of virtual care in a post-pandemic world. Associate Professor, Farah Ahmad comments.


A.M. Viens and Oghenowede Eyawo

Faculty of Health Professors A.M. Viens and Oghenowede Eyawo published a commentary on COVID-19 in BMJ Globlal Health.


Sean Hillier, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health, appointed co-chair of the Indigenous Council.


Ellen Schraa

Associate Professor, Ellen Schraa in the School of Health Policy & Management recognized for work in the program's practicum course HH/HLST 4990 drawing interest from community partners and students. (Also in the photo - on the right of Dr. Schraa - is Professor Liane Ginsburg from the School of Health Policy & Management). Read full story.


SHPM Associate Professor, and Graduate Program Director of Health Policy & Equity, Claudia Chaufan is part of a York research team that has received $1.1 million in COVID-19 research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The first paper from the research team led by York Professor Eric Kennedy, includes Dr. Chaufan and two other faculty members, one from the University of Guelph and one from the University of Ottawa. The research paper reports early results of a national assessment of Canadian households on the matter of COVID-19, and attempts to capture social dimensions of the epidemic from its early onset. The research team hopes this will be the first in a series of interesting and relevant findings.

Importantly, one of our own graduate students from the School of Health Policy and Management, Jenna Vikse, is both a critical part of the team as well as second author in the report.


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The new Dahdaleh COVID-19 Global Health Portal offers clarity in a time of uncertainty

COVID-19: Q&A with Dr. James Orbinski

In a virtual Q&A with Dr. James Orbinski, professor and inaugural director of York's Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, we learn that there is a wealth of expertise we can draw on to help us engage in more meaningful and effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. James Orbinski, a professor at York University, was quoted in a CTV News story on April 8. Read full story.


Some countries may get faster access to a COVID-19 vaccine than others. Here's why
Joel Lexchin, a professor emeritus at York University, was quoted in CBC News on Aug. 2. Read full story.

COMMENTARY: ‘Vaccine nationalism’ could threaten Canada’s access to a COVID-19 vaccine
York University Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin wrote an article that appeared on Global News on July 12. Read full story.

As U.S. buys up remdesivir, ‘vaccine nationalism’ threatens access to COVID-19 treatments. York University Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin wrote an article that appeared on The Conversation on July 5. Read full story.

After COVID-19’s tragic toll, Canada must improve quality of life in long-term care homes. York University Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin co-wrote an article that appeared on The Conversation on June 7. Read full story.

Shockproofing Canada: We can make masks and ventilators, but we can't make drugs needed to treat COVID-19. York University Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin was quoted in the Financial Post April 18. Read full story.

Canada can override patents to combat drug, equipment shortages during the pandemic. Joel Lexchin, York University professor emeritus, appeared in a CMAJ News story on April 2. Read full story.


Why many Canadians support the Canada-U.S. border closure, despite the costs
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a CBC story on Sept. 15. Read full story.

York University Professor Steven Hoffman spoke about what a COVID-19 second wave could look like on the Toronto Star's "This Matters" podcast York University Professor Steven Hoffman spoke about what a COVID-19 second wave could look like on the Toronto Star's "This Matters" podcast.

Keeping Americans Out of Canada is a Popular Policy for Justin Trudeau
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a VICE story on Aug. 20. Read full story.

Why Canada is keeping its international borders shut tight during COVID-19
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a CBC story on Aug. 18. Read full story.

The fall will be a 'period of challenge' in coronavirus fight, Canada's top doctor says
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a CTV News story on Aug. 7. Read full story.

Coronavirus is 'one big wave,' not seasonal, WHO expert suggests
Steven Hoffman, York University professor and director of the Global Strategy Lab, was quoted in CTV News July 29. Read full story.

The Miami Marlins outbreak is a cautionary tale for pro sports and society, health experts say. York University Professor Steven Hoffman and Associate Professor Dasantila Golemi-Kotra, were quoted in a Toronto Star story on July 27. Read full story.

‘It would be devastating’: If Canada gets hit by a second COVID-19 wave this fall, government money could run out and some sectors may not survive
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was included in a Toronto Star story on July 25. Read full story.

What constitutes a second wave in Canada? York University Professor Steven Hoffman appeared in a CTV story on July 23. Read full story.

Osgoode professor tasked by U.N. to lead development of research roadmap for post-pandemic recovery. York University Professor Steven Hoffman was featured in a Law Times story on July 15. Read full story.

Art meets life: Can pandemic movies prepare us for the real thing?
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was featured in a Global News story on July 10. Read full story.

York University Professor Steven Hoffman was featured in a CBC story on July 10. Read full story.

Professor Steven Hoffman is a co-author of "Solidarity in the Wake of COVID-19: Reimagining the International Health Regulations" published in The Lancet

If contact tracing for COVID-19 stops at the border, can it really be effective?
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a Global News story on June 25. Read full story.

Will students return to campus next year? Probably not, experts say
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was featured in a Global News story on May 26. Read full story.

Lockdown 2.0? Case spikes could lead to more coronavirus restrictions
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was quoted in a Global News story on May 25. Read full story.

Across the world, coronavirus hits poor neighbourhoods harder. Here’s why
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was included in a Global News story on May 20. Read full story.

What is needed for wider testing and surveillance to catch asymptomatic COVID-19 cases? Dahdaleh Distinguished Chair in Global Governance & Legal Epidemiology, Steven Hoffman, professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science, explains

Quarantine and the constitution: Are Newfoundland and Labrador's public health measures legal?
York University Professor Steven Hoffman appeared in a CBC story on May 17. Read full story.

As Canada reopens, are we ready for a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus infection?
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a Global News story on May 14. Read full story.

Flattening the coronavirus curve: How Canada compares with other countries
York University Professor Steven Hoffman appeared in a Global News story on May 5. Read full story.

Peeling back protections on international travel complicated, but possible: experts
York University Professor Steven Hoffman appeared in a Global News story on May 4. Read full story.

Canada succeeded on coronavirus where America failed. Why?
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was included in a Vox.com story on May 4. Read full story.

York University Professor Steven Hoffman was featured in a CBC story on April 30. Read full story.

Looking at the pandemic response: Q-and-A with global health professor Steven Hoffman.

York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in CBC News April 23. Read full story.

COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis. Here’s how Canada has met its challenges so far. York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in the Toronto Star April 18. Read full story.

A look at when and how Canada could reopen after COVID-19 closures
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was included in a Global News story on April 15. Read full story.

Vaughan is a COVID-19 hot spot. But it has also taken the lead in fighting the deadly virus. York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a Toronto Star story on April 15. Read full story.

Coronavirus: How B.C. is ‘bending’ the curve and why there’s hope for Ontario and Quebec. York University Professor Steven Hoffman was featured in a Global News story on April 7. Read full story.

Ottawa yet to release virus projections. Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was quoted in a Globe and Mail story on April 2. Read full story.

'Everybody is susceptible': Why younger Canadians may be helping fuel the spread of COVID-19. Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was quoted in a CBC story on April 1. Read full story.

Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, appeared in a Rolling Stone story on March 31. Read full story.

COVID-19: Returning travellers ordered to self-isolate
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a Radio Canada International story on March 26. Read full story.

What you need to know about the Quarantine Act
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was featured in a Breakfast Television story on March 26. Read full story.

Why the emergency departments look empty amid a viral outbreak
York University Professor Steven Hoffman appeared in a National Post story on March 25. Read full story.

Working to flatten the curve while watching developments in Italy
York University Professor Steven Hoffman appeared in a Global News story on March 20. Read full story.

Close to 40% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the U.S. are aged 20 to 54: report
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, appeared in a Global News story on March 19. Read full story.

Coronavirus: Here's where Canada is on the curve
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was quoted in a Global News story on March 18. Read full story.

Coronavirus: Health experts say it'll take a 'miracle' for Olympics to go ahead as planned
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was included in an additional Global News story on March 18. Read full story.

In the wake of COVID-19, what can Manitobans expect in the next few weeks?
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, appeared in a CBC story on March 18. Read full story.

Toronto waking up to new reality amid 'evidence' of COVID-19 community spread
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was quoted in a CBC story on March 17. Read full story.

The good and bad consequences of school closures amid a disease outbreak
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, appeared in a National Post story on March 13. Read full story.

York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a CBC story on March 13. Read full story.

'We can't flip a switch': E-learning unlikely solution for all Canadian students if COVID-19 closes schools
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in an additional CBC story on March 13. Read full story.

Coronavirus: When will a COVID-19 vaccine be ready?
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was also quoted in a Global News story on March 12. Read full story.

Italy's coronavirus crisis could be America's
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was included in a Vox.com story on March 11. Read full story.

Coronavirus: We asked an expert your unanswered questions
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was featured in a Global News story on March 5. Read full story.

Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was quoted in a Global News story on March 4. Read full story.

You could eventually be exposed to COVID-19, but panic can be scarier than the virus, say experts Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was included in a CBC story on Feb. 26. Read full story.

Coronavirus travel bans violate international law and put the world at risk, says Canadian researcher
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was quoted in a Vancouver Sun story on Feb. 16. Read full story.

Travel restrictions during outbreak needless and illegal, global law experts say
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, appeared in a CBC story on Feb. 13. Read full story.

The coronavirus cruise ship quarantine is a scary public health experiment
York University Professor Steven Hoffman was featured in a Vox story on Feb. 12. Read full story.

Quarantine of any coronavirus infected cruise ship possible in Canadian waters, officials say
Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was quoted in a Toronto Star story on Feb 10. Read full story.

The tricky business of disease diplomacy: Global health law expert Steven Hoffman talks about China's role in the 2019 novel Coronavirus outbreak: "Our system is only as strong as its weakest link."

Coronavirus: Did Ottawa wait too long to evacuate Canadians? Health experts say no. Steven Hoffman, a professor at York University, was quoted in a Global News story on Jan. 30. Read full story.

York University Professor Steven Hoffman was quoted in a Global News story on Jan. 27. Read full story.

Did China downplay the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus? Here’s what we know
Professor Steven Hoffman of York University was also featured in another Global News story on Jan. 27. Read full story.

Steven Hoffman, director of the Global Health Strategy Lab and a professor at York University, speaks to Global News about concerns that a study published Jan. 24 by researchers in China may have downplayed the spread of the new coronavirus.

York University Professor Steven Hoffman in the School of Health Policy and Management was quoted in a CBC story on Jan. 22. Read full story.