Course Descriptions

NOTE:   Not all courses are offered every year.   Some courses are offered via the internet.  For details please refer to the lecture schedule and York Courses Website.

1000 Level Courses

HH/HLST 1010 3.00 Foundations of Health Studies I

An inter- and multidisciplinary introduction to the issues underlying Canada’s health care system. Examines the social, cultural, economic and political influences on concepts, values and structures of Canada’s health care system.

Course credit exclusion: HH/HLST 1000 6.00, HH/IHST 1010 3.0

HH/HLST 1011 3.00 Foundations of Health Studies II: Health on the Front Lines

Uses the entry point of faculty research (e.g. status and disability; gender-based violence; homelessness) to explore a wide variety of issues and social contexts in health care in the community. Case studies and course material will focus on "front lines" in the struggle for health and equity for all.

HH/HLST 1120 6.00 Uncovering the Body: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Using the Body as the organizing theme, this course models the unique features of York University’s curriculum: interdisciplinary, arts-based inquiry, community-engaged, inter-professional, social justice-oriented, and enhancing student experience through experiential learning. Topics may include theories of embodiment, the interrelationships between human and environmental health, representations of the body in art and the body as a site of learning and acting.

(Note: This is an approved general education course for the Faculty of Health students.  This course can be used as either humanities or social science credit.)

Course credit exclusion:  ES/ENVS 1900 6.00, HH/HLST 1900 6.00

2000 Level Courses

HH/HLST 2010 3.00 Social Determinants of Health

Societal factors determine why some people stay healthy and others become ill. This course examines how these determinants of health influence health. Focus is upon Aboriginal health, income, early life, education, health services, social exclusion, work conditions, unemployment, social safety net, food security, and housing.

Prerequisite: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00

NOTE: HH/HLST 2010 3.00 is open to students with an appropriate academic background in health and with permission of the Chair of the school of health policy and management.

HH/HLST 2020 3.00 Health Policy: Power and Politics

Examines the development of health policy from the micro, meso and macro points of view. Explores how decisions are made and the role of both government and non-government bodies, using case histories to illustrate the interplay of these factors.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00

HH/HLST 2030 3.00 Health Management I Essentials of Health Care Management

Examines key areas that comprise the field of health care management by building on the root disciplines of organization theory, strategic management and organizational behaviour.  Topics include the design and managerial roles in health care organizations, leadership and motivation, work team performance, and interorganizational relationships.

Prerequisites:  HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00

HH/HLST 2040 3.00 Health Informatics I:  Introduction to Health Informatics

Introduces principles of health informatics as applied to a variety health and social service area applications. Examines how the delivery of healthcare is changed in response to new technology development. Explores knowledge and skills in the field of health data collection, storage, process and communication.
Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00

HH/HLST 2050 3.00 Global Health Informatics

The course covers the main topics in the rapidly evolving discipline of Health Informatics from a Global perspective. It examines the information and communication technologies used to provide health informatics services. It also discusses the impact of health informatics on global information management and patient care, and provides an understanding of health informatics methods and principles. It finally covers the opportunities and challenges raised by Global Health Informatics.

Prerequisite: HH/HLST1010 3.00

Course Credit Exclusion: HH/HLST 2040 3.00

HH/HLST 2300 6.00 Statistical Methods in Health Studies

This is an introductory course in health care research from an epidemiological perspective. The purpose of this course is to focus on research design; methodological problems and issues; and specific statistical approaches used to analyze this type of research.

Prerequisites:  HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00. One 12U mathematics course (or equivalent) highly recommended.

Course credit exclusions: AP/ADMS 2300 6.00 (prior to summer 2018), HH/PSYC 2020 6.00, HH/PSYC 2021 3.00 and HH/PSYC 2022 3.00.

3000 Level Courses

HH/HLST 3011 3.00 Structural Approaches to Health Promotion

A structural analysis of the theoretical, conceptual and programmatic micro, meso and macro systems that work towards positive health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00

HH/HLST 3015 3.00 Pharmaceutical Politics and Policy

Examines the place of pharmaceuticals in the Canadian health care system. Focuses on conflicts among stakeholders in policy formation, costs and physician prescribing behaviour.

Prerequisites: 36 credits

HH/HLST 3060 3.00 Introduction to Health Care System Dynamics

An introduction to system dynamics modeling for the analysis of health care policy and management. Examines the dynamic complexity of health care systems and its role in policy resistance. Provides a framework and set of techniques to help make sense of health care system complexity.

Prerequisites: For Health Studies Students: HH/HLST 2300 6.00 or AP/ADMS 2300 6.00. For Global Health Students: HH/IHST 2010 6.00.

HH/HLST 3110 3.00 Major Themes in Health Policy in Canada

Examines critical points in the development of Canada’s health care system at the municipal, provincial and federal level. Focuses on understanding the perspective of the different parties and the historical context in which the policies were implemented.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00, HH/HLST 2020 3.00

HH/HLST 3120 3.00 Health Policy II: Analyzing Processes of Power & Politics

A continued exploration of the processes of health policy development, and the outcomes to which they lead.  Varying analytic approaches will be applied to three policy themes: the public/private mix in health care, integrated health systems, and international health systems.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 2020 3.00

HH/HLST 3130 3.00 Developing Practical Skills: Writing Health Reports and Research Proposals

Assists in developing practical skills in writing briefing notes and research proposals.  Surveys national and international data bases, governmental, nongovernmental and professional association resources, assessing the use of such sources to answer specific research questions in briefing notes and proposals.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00; HH/HLST 2020 3.00; HH/HLST 2030 3.00; HH/HLST 2040 3.00 and HH/HLST 2300 6.00

HH/HLST 3230 3.00 Integrated Health Systems in Canada

Examines and critiques the elements and concepts of an evolving integrated health system (IHS) in Canada. Studies the evolution and the socio-political-economic impact of this new evolving holistic and integrated health healing model from an inter-disciplinary and cross-sectoral perspective.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 24 credits

HH/HLST 3240 3.00 Occupational Health and Safety

Covers federal and provincial occupational health and safety legislation, hazard identification and control, physical agents, chemical agents, socio-psychological aspects of health, and the management of safety programs.

Cross-listed to: AP/HRM 3400 3.00, AP/ADMS 3400 3.00

Prerequisites:    AP/ADMS 1000 3.00, for all BCom and BCom Honours students.   PRIOR TO FALL 2009: AK/ADMS 1000 3.00, for all BCom and BCom Honours students.

Course credit exclusions: AK/ADMS 3400 3.00, AK/HLST 3240 3.00 prior to F/W 2008.

HH/HLST 3260 3.00 Health Services Accounting

Examines accounting practices in various health sectors and organizations in Canada.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00 and ADMS 1000 3.00.

Course Credit Exclusions: HH/HLST 3250 6.00, AP/ADMS 3525 3.00

HH/HLST 3265 3.00 Health Services Finance

Examines finance practices in various health sectors and organizations in Canada.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 3260 3.00

Course Credit Exclusions: HH/HLST 3250 6.00, AP/ADMS 3526 3.00

HH/HLST 3310 3.00 Electronic Health Record

Provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage health information services in health organizations, to use computer technologies to collect, manage analyze and technically evaluate health information and work with confidential health records.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00; HH/HLST 2040 3.00 and HH/HLST 3341 3.00

Course Credit Exclusion: HH/NURS 3240 3.00

HH/HLST 3320 3.00 Health Database Applications

Students will develop a working knowledge of design, implementation, administration and maintenance of relational database systems used in various areas in healthcare. Oracle, the full-scale multi-platform database management system, is used to teach data base design and client/server application development and implementation.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00; HH/HLST 2040 3.00 and HH/HLST 3341 3.00

Course Credit Exclusions: AK/AS/ITEC 3220 3.00, HH/NURS 3230 3.00

HH/HLST 3330 3.00 Global eHealth/Virtual Communities

The course provides student with knowledge of Virtual Communities and their applications in e-Health, at a global level. It investigates the Virtual Community paradigm, its relation to the computer supported collaborative work, the internet and smart devices. The course also studies the convergence of Virtual Communities with social media, and their applications in global e-Health initiatives in different areas, such as homecare, chronic disease management, telemonitoring, and patient support.

Prerequisite: HH/HLST 2050 3.00

Pre/Corequisite: HH/HLST 3341 3.00

HH/HLST 3341 3.00 Health Informatics II: Health Information Systems

Designed to develop a global understanding of the significance of health information systems (HIS) in healthcare.  Topics include: health information management, HIS implications in transformation of health care and health care services delivery, standards development, technical and policy issues surrounding security, privacy and confidentiality of health care data.

Prerequisite: HH/HLST 2040 3.00

HH/HLST 3400 3.00 Healthcare Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Analyzes issues related to health system improvement and patient safety.  Examines quality improvement and patient safety theory and techniques and considers the barriers and facilitating factors for bringing about improvement in the delivery and outcomes of health care faced by managers, clinicians and organizations.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 24 credits

HH/HLST 3450 3.0 Financing Global Health

Explores the macro economic factors that affect nations in developing programs of universal health care coverage. It then considers best practices in financing and resourcing health care systems, with an emphasis on developing nations.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 2020 3.00 or HH/IHST 2000 3.00

HH/HLST 3500 3.0 Quality and Operational Excellence in Healthcare - Introduction to Lean Six Sigma

An introduction to Lean Six Sigma, a rigorous data-driven methodology and proven set of tools for eliminating waste, reducing variation and improving quality and processes.  Illustrates the relevance of Lean Six Sigma to continuous improvement in healthcare processes using examples and case studies across the health care continuum.   Extensive use of graphical and statistical analyses using statistical software.

Prerequisite: HH/HLST 2300 6.00

HH/HLST 3510 3.00 Poverty and Health in Canada: Current Evidence and Policy Responses

Examines evidence related to the increasing incidence of poverty in Canada and the mechanisms by which poverty threatens the health of both the poor and not poor. Explores various potential policy responses.

Prerequisites: 24 credits with at least six in either anthropology, education, health sciences, nursing, psychology, sociology or a related social science

HH/HLST 3520 3.00 Aging: Comparative Perspectives

This course will explore various approaches to understanding contemporary aging issues.

Prerequisites: 24 credits at least six of which are in education or the social sciences

HH/HLST 3530 3.00 Population Aging and Health: Policies, Programs and Issues

Aging in Canada has been depicted by many in the health care community as a looming calamity. Takes a unique Canadian focus and proposes that population aging can be a challenge that will force Canada's health care system to make some careful and innovative policy, program and service choices.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 24 credits

HH/HLST 3540 3.00 International Agencies in Health Care: The World Bank Versus the World Health Organization (WHO)

Non-governmental and supranational agencies are playing an increasing role in the health care planning and in influencing the development of health care policies in both developed and developing countries. Students will examine the roles of a number of these agencies.

Prerequisites: 24 credits

4000 Level Courses

HH/HLST 4000 3.00 Health Care Law

Legislation relevant to health care; consent to treatment; cases of negligence; medical staff privileges; release of information.

Prerequisites: 1) For students in the program, 54 credits including HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00, HH/HLST 2020 3.00, HH/HLST 2030 3.00 and HH/HLST 2040 3.00.   2) Other students 54 credits

Course credit exclusion: AK/ADMS 4740 3.00 (prior to Summer 2006)

HH/HLST 4010 3.00 Health Care Ethics: Policy and Management Perspectives

This course provides an overview of ethical issues involved in health care policy and management in Canada. It will combine theory and practical application to allow for reflection in the role values and beliefs play in health policy and management decisions.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00; HH/HLST 2020 3.00, HH/HLST 2030 3.00 and HH/HLST 2040 3.00

HH/HLST 4020 3.00 History of Health Care Ethics from Ancient Times to the Present

Analyzes the diversity and controversies surrounding health care ethics over more than two thousand years of debates and experiences by practitioners and patients. Makes connections between past practices and present developments upon which to guide future decision-makers.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00 and completion of 60 credits

Integrated with:  GS/CDIS 5025 3.00

HH/HLST 4100 6.00 Advanced Contemporary Health Policy

Involves a survey of contemporary Canadian and international health policy including its formation, content and outcome from a range of theoretical perspectives.  Introduces students to different methodological and analytic approaches to the study of public policy, and explores health policy issues in several sub-sectors.

Prerequisites:  HH/HLST 2020 3.00 and HH/HLST 3120 3.00

HH/HLST 4110 3.00 Comparative Health Policy

Examines historical, cultural, environmental, economic and political considerations of national health systems throughout the world, especially as health becomes less isolated and more an interconnected and integral part of all the other systems impacting our globe.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00 and HH/HLST 2020 3.00

Integrated with:   GS/CDIS 5065 3.00

HH/HLST 4130 3.00 Public Policy and Disabilities

This course examines public policy approaches to disability in Canada and other western nations. It considers the extent to which public policy can provide persons with disabilities access to societal resources; voice in policy development and opportunities for participation in everyday life.

Prerequisite: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00 and HH/HLST 2020 3.00 or equivalents.

Integrated with:   GS/CDIS 5090 3.00

HH/HLST 4140 3.00 Mental Health Policy

Involves an analysis of mental health policy, from early conceptualizations and approaches to mental health care, to more recent societal approaches, government initiatives and legislation in the Canadian and other international contexts.

Prerequisites: 54 credits including HH/HLST 2020 3.00

Integrated with:   GS/CDIS 5045 3.00

HH/HLST 4200 6.00 Applied Research Approaches in Health Studies: Advanced Seminar

Examines key issues associated with inquiry into health policy, management and informatics issues.  The advanced seminar topics include various research methods and design issues relevant to health studies, data analysis, and communication of research findings.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00; HH/HLST 2020 3.00, HH/HLST 2030 3.00, HH/HLST 2040 3.00 and HH/HLST 2300 6.00

HH/HLST 4210 3.00 Health Care Leadership

Addresses the most salient leadership skills required  for  the micro-meso-macro developments in the health care field in Canada: foresight, systems thinking, issue management, impact assessment, critical thinking, contingency planning, visioning, strategic planning, change management, facilitation, and negotiation.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00 and successful completion of 54 credits

HH/HLST 4220 3.00 Managerial & Leadership Competencies

This course is specifically designed to give students a "hands-on" application of key managerial/leadership competencies. It allows students to assess and understand their own managerial strengths and weaknesses and to develop a more well rounded repertoire of skills.

Prerequisite: HH/NURS 3770 3.00 or AK/ADMS 3440 3.00 or equivalents.

PRIOR TO FALL 2009: Prerequisite: AK/HH/NURS 3770 3.00 or AK/ADMS 3440 3.00 or equivalents. Course credit exclusions: AK/ADMS 4130 3.00 (prior to Summer 1996), AK/ADMS 4760 3.00.

Cross-listed to:  AK/AP/ADMS 4760 3.00, HH/NURS 4740 3.00

HH/HLST 4250 3.00 Measuring Health System Performance/Effectiveness

Analyzes issues related to the measurement, dissemination, and use of health system performance information.  Examines the measurement of health system performance at multiple levels in the system and in different settings and jurisdictions.

Prerequisite: HH/HLST 2030 3.00 or equivalent and successful completion of 54 credits

HH/HLST 4300 3.00 Advanced Seminar in Health Informatics

Provides students with up-to-date knowledge of the current research directions in the health informatics domain and the main questions raised in the field. Exposes students to a wide range of current research problems, projects, findings, and debate in health informatics.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 60 credits including HH/HLST 2040 3.00, HH/HLST 3320 3.00 and HH/HLST 3341 3.00

HH/HLST 4310 3.00 Analysis and Design of Health Information Systems

Provides the students with the knowledge and the ability to analyze health information systems and design health systems specifications to meet specific objectives, using the appropriate CASE tools. Methods for structured health analysis and design are covered. The use of teamwork is emphasized.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 60 credits including HH/HLST 2040 3.00 and HH/HLST 3320 3.00

HH/HLST 4320 3.00 eHealth

Introduces the major issues and trends in the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the health care service sector.

Prerequisite: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00

HH/HLST 4330 3.00 Decision Making & Decision Support Systems in Healthcare

Integrates literature on decision making and literature on Management Information systems in the health care context to illuminate the ‘rational’ and ‘non-rational’ aspects of decision making in health care.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 60 credits

HH/HLST 4340 3.00 Health Technology Assessment

Provides students with the knowledge and skills required to carry out systematic analysis and make informed decisions concerning the introduction, allocation and cost-effective use of technologies in healthcare.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 1010 3.00 and HH/HLST 1011 3.00; HH/HLST 2040 3.00, HH/HLST 3320 3.00 and HH/HLST 3341 3.00

HH/HLST 4510 3.00 Health and Human Rights

Examines how health and human rights are complementary approaches to understanding and analyzing human well-being.  The congruence of the two fields has arisen as the definition of human rights has expanded from civil and political rights to include social and economic rights. The course will examine this evolution and its implications.

Prerequisites: At least 36 credits

Cross-listed to: HH/IHST 4510 3.00

HH/HLST 4520 3.00 Contemporary Migration and Health

Analyze critically the historical, social, political, cultural and systemic factors contributing to the health of migrant populations for an advanced understanding of the context as experienced by migrants. The course content covers a historical review of migration with a focus on Canada; key theoretical frameworks; and heterogeneity within migrant groups with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 72 credits

Open to:  Graduate students in SHPM and the Global Health Program

HH/HLST 4900 3.0 Health Studies Project Management: Field Experience

Provides qualified students with the opportunity to work in the health field as part of their degree program.


1) Completion of at least 60.00 major credits including completion of or concurrent enrolment in HH/HLST 4200 6.00 and completion of HH/ADMS 2300 3.00 and a grade point average of B+ (7.00) in the health studies courses completed.

2) Open only to students in BHS Honours program.

NOTE 1:  The Course Director, together with the Experiential Education Office, will select from those with the prerequisites who apply.

NOTE 2:  Students are required to attend an orientation session with a duration of two hours prior to the commencement of the course.  The field experience component of this course will require a commitment of 12 hours per week over 11 weeks (132 hours).  As part of this 12 hours per week, students will be required to attend weekly seminars with their group members and either the course instructor or the contact person in the field organization with which they are working.

HH/HLST 4990 6.0 Health Studies Practicum

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 professionalismskills 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. The practicum is open to students in BHS specialized honours program.

Prerequisites: HH/HLST 4000 3.00, HH/HLST 4010 3.00 and HH/HLST 4210 3.00 Pre/Corequisites: HH/HLST 4200 6.00 Open to: Students in the BHS Specialized Honours program with 84 earned credits.

Note 1: A minimum GPA of 7.0 is required in major credits.

Note 2: Enrollment is by permission only. Students interested and qualified to apply to the practicum complete the Seeking Course Permission available on the School's website. 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.

Note 3: Students are required to complete mandatory career development workshops during their third year prior to applying to the practicum. Note 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.