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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David Lepofsky - Disability rights activist, lawyer, Visiting Professor at Osgoode and Chair of the AODA Alliance – visited the Health & Human Rights HLST 4510 class and delivered a lecture titled: Barriers in the healthcare system that impede patients with disabilities and legal action needed. He highlighted the work of the AODA Alliance in calling for an effective Health Care Accessibility Standard enforced under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

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.

Professor Dennis Raphael has co-edited a new publication titled Science and Biotechnology in Africa: Proceedings of a Conference on Scientific Advancement


Experts urge frank, empathetic talk with youth reeling from Iran plane crash
York University Professor Leeat Granek was quoted in Jan. 12. Read full story.