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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June 5, 2020
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.



271 coronavirus deaths could have been prevented by removing 4-bed care rooms, study suggests
Tamara Daly, a professor at York University, was included in a Global News story on June 26. Read full story.

Coronavirus: Ontario’s worst hit nursing homes and who owns them
York University Professor Tamara Daly, was quoted in a Global News story on June 16. Read full story.

Canada's long-term care home system 'designed to produce mediocrity,' says health policy expert Professor Tamara Daly on CBC Cross Country Check Up.

Zoomer Week in Review with Libby Znaimer, Zoomer Radio interview on May 31 with Professor Tamara Daly on long-term care military report.

York University Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management, Tamara Daly interviewed on CBC's The National in segment on June 12th, Australia's COVID-19 successes shine a light on Canada's troubled long-term care sector

Ottawa needs to address long-term care crisis via funding, national standards: doctors. York University Professor Tamara Daly was quoted in a Global News story on May 28. Read full story.

Tamara Daly, a professor at York University was featured in a Maclean's story on May 27. Read full story.

For-profit nursing homes have had far worse COVID-19 outcomes than public facilities — and three of the largest paid out $1.5 billion to shareholders
Tamara Daly and Pat Armstrong, professors at York University, appeared in a Toronto Star story on May 16. Read full story.

York University Professor Tamara Daly discusses her report on measuring the quality of long-term care on CBC broadcast.

Advocates point to the potential for systemic change after Class action lawsuits filed Against owners of seniors' Homes QP Briefing (April 30, 2020) Sneh Duggal. York University Professor Tamara Daly interviewed.

Health ministry slows down routine care home inspections during pandemic (April 16, 2020) Arthur White-Crummey, Regina Leader-Post. York University Professor Tamara Daly interviewed.

For-profit nursing homes have had far worse COVID-19 outcomes than public facilities — and three of the largest paid out $1.5 billion to shareholders, Marco Chown Oved, Kenyon Wallace, Brendan Kennedy, May 16, 2020, https://www.thestar.com/business/2020/05/16/for-profit-nursing-homes-have-had-far-worse-covid-19-outcomes-than-public-facilities-and-three-of-the-largest-paid-out-15-billion-to-shareholders.html

Long-term care needs fundamental policy changes to protect both workers and residents, says Professor Tamara Daly https://coronavirus.info.yorku.ca/together/long-term-care-needs-fundamental-policy-changes-to-protect-both-workers-and-residents-says-professor-tamara-daly/

Health Professor Tamara Daly is an expert on what good quality long-term care looks like around the world https://coronavirus.info.yorku.ca/together/health-professor-tamara-daly-is-an-expert-on-what-good-quality-longterm-care-looks-like-around-the-world/

Tamara Daly, Ivy Bourgeault and Katie Aubrect, Long-term care work is essential but essentially under-recognized, Policy Options, Institute for Research on Public Policy, May 14, 2020.  https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/may-2020/long-term-care-work-is-essential-but-essentially-under-recognized/

Radio Interview with York University professor Tamara Daly on measuring quality of long term care, (May 9, 2020), Fresh Air with Nana aba Duncan https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-193-fresh-air/clip/15775662-york-university-professor-tamara-daly-on-her-report-on-measuring-quality-of-long-term-care

Advocates point to potential for systemic change after Class action lawsuits filed Against owners of seniors' Homes QP Briefing (April 30, 2020) Sneh Duggal, https://www.qpbriefing.com/2020/04/30/advocates-point-to-potential-for-systemic-change-after-class-action-lawsuits-filed-against-owners-of-seniors-homes/

Health ministry slows down routine care home inspections during pandemic, Arthur White-Crummey, Regina Leader-Post (April 16, 2020) https://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/health-ministry-slows-down-routine-care-home-inspections-during-pandemic/


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.


Double Exposure: the pandemic has pushed back the curtain on how decades of austerity has left Canadians and the health care system more vulnerable
York University Professor Dennis Raphael was quoted in a Halifax Examiner story on May 7. Read full story.


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.


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.


photo of Professor Farah Ahmad

Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management, Farah Ahmad and Post-Doctoral Fellow Visitor, Nasih Othman have co-authored Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Social Support and Coping Among Afghan Refugees in Canada.


Message from the School of Health Policy & Management Chair, Marina Morrow

As Chair of the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, it is my pleasure to write to you about the recent retirement of our esteemed colleague Dr. Marcia Rioux and an opportunity to honour her contributions at York, and her leadership in transforming the field of disability studies through extensive international community-based work on employment and disability rights monitoring.

We are planning to honor her contributions through a new student award. The Marcia Rioux Award in Critical Disability Studies, Human Rights and Social Justice will provide support for a Doctoral student in Critical Disability Studies or closely related field who demonstrates excellence in the areas of critical disability studies, human rights and social justice. In this way, this new award will serve as a lasting tribute to Professor Rioux who brought her community and legal expertise to the establishment of the School of Health Policy and Management and the Critical Disability Studies (CDS) graduate Program, which continues to be the only standalone program of its kind in Canada and the only one to grant PhDs.Our goal is to raise $50,000 to establish this as a premier award that will exist in perpetuity by means of an endowment fund; a fund which is permanently invested to generate annual income to fund a $1500 award each year. At this point, I’m pleased to advise that we are more than halfway toward our goal, but we need your help to reach this goal and enable the first award to be presented this Fall.I’m writing to you today to invite you to join us in honouring Professor Rioux’s contributions and leadership through a gift to this new Award, at a level that is personally meaningful for you. Gifts can be made online and please know that all gifts are welcome and combine to make a difference to recognize a deserving student.Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and I hope you will join my colleagues and I in supporting this new award.Sincerely,Marina Morrow, PhD
Professor & Chair, School of Health Policy and Management
Faculty of Health
York University

 


Virtual Reality assists those with dementia says Assistant Professor in the School of Health Policy & Management, Lora Appel.


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.