The MA and PhD Program in Health (specialized field in Health Policy & Equity) emphasizes the analysis and promotion of equity in health through public policy action. It is directed at the societal causes of inequalities in health and the organization and delivery of health care and how public policy can redress these issues.

The program offers a comprehensive curriculum covering major scholarly perspectives. The structure and environment of the field encourage advanced research, new scholarship and opportunities to contribute to the discipline, enabling students to explore health policy in relation to equity and human rights perspectives.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Important Dates for Graduate Students

Invitation for all graduate students - including in Health in the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will be hosting a Graduate Student Social.

Date: Tuesday, 4th September 2018

Time: 12pm to 2pm (pizza lunch will be served)

Location: Scott Libary, 2nd Floor, Collaboratory

Current News & Announcements

photo of Professor Farah Ahmadphoto of Professor Christo El-Morr

Associate Professor, Farah Ahmad, and Assistant Professor, Christo El Morr, of the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health are presenting at the Digital Doings Symposium, taking place at York University on 15th February 2018, that will focus on Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Ahmad will be speaking about "Interactive eHealth Tools for Mental Health and Community Centres (CHCs)", and Dr. El Morr will be speaking about "Mindfulness Virtual Community (MVC)".

Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin of York University's School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, says prescription drugs will become less safe if Health Canada has its way

Recent Publications & Awards

Professor Steven Hoffman, in the School of Health Policy & Management, and Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health, is part of the research team commissioned by the World Health Organization and led by York University mapping antimicrobial resistance education in health care.

The study, titled “Mapping educational opportunities for healthcare workers on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship around the world,” was accepted in the Human Resources for Health journal.

Professor Hoffman also recently contributed an opinion piece to the Globe & Mail with President and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, Alan Bernstein about Fighting the flu: We need a new kind of intelligence.

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Congratulations to former graduate student in Health Policy and Equity, Avra Selick (MA 2012) and Professor in Health Policy and Management, as well as Director and Special advisor to the Dean for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects in the Faculty of Health, Mary Wiktorowicz, who co-authored a recent paper Co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders: The elusive path to integrated care. The article, published in the International Journal of Noncommunicable Diseases, is based on Avra's Major Research Paper (MRP) as part of her completion of a Masters Degree in the Health Policy and Equity graduate program.

Three new booklets co-authored by York Professors Pat Armstrong (Sociology and Cross-Appointed to Graduate Program in Health) and Associate Professor Tamara Daly (Graduate Program in Health) freely available:

Promising Practices in Long Term Care

Physical Environments for Long-term Care

Exercising Choice in Long-Term Residential Care

Congratulations Professors Armstrong and Daly!

Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin of York University's School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, along with co-applicants, received a $489,600 Project Grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) for work titled "Beyond Transparency in Pharmaceutical Research and Regulation." The research project aims to improve the transparency of pharmaceutical data, given the importance of access to this data for evidence-based decisions relating to pharmaceutical products. Specifically, it will identify the barriers that remain (despite recent legislative and policy changes to increase transparency) and develop strategies to overcome these barriers as well as standards and processes for data sharing. The research will be carried out in three phases by a multi-disciplinary team, with participation from three primary knowledge users (Health Canada, CADTH, and PMPRB) and other stakeholders.

Professor Dennis Raphael, Graduate Program Director in the graduate program in Health received a $3,000 Faculty of Health Grant in response to a Special Call in Cardiac Research. The accepted proposal is “Retrenchment and Austerity as a Threat to the Cardiovascular Health of Canadians and the Sustainability of the Health Care System.”

Professor Raphael also presented on the social determinants of health in Canada as part of the Faculty of Social Work's Positive Disruption Series in Calgary.

Assistant Lecturer in School of Health Policy and Management, Roberta Timothy presents op/ed in honour of Martin Luther King Day for on-line academic journal The Conversation about raising hope for parenting in an anti-black environment.

Congratulations to Assistant Lecturer at the School of Health Policy and Management, David Kirsch, who has chapter published - International Children's Nongovernmental Organizations - in book Accountability for Effectiveness in Global Governance (1st Edition).

Congratulations to current MA graduate student in Health Policy & Equity, Mariana Astrid Nunez Silva for the recent research paper Cookbooks: A Tool for Engaged Research, co-authored with Jen Bagelman and Carly Bagelman, published in the Journal GeoHumanities.


Congratulations to current MA graduate student in Health Policy & Equity, Luke Power for the recent research paper, co-authored with Professor Dennis Raphael,  entitled Care Leavers: A British Affair published in the journal Child & Family Social Work.

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Grace Liu in Health Policy & Equity for recent co-authored paper with Associate Professor Peter Tsasis Scoping review of inter-professional teamwork theories in health care:  Implications for policy, practice and research.

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Ambreen Sayani in Health Policy & Equity for recent co-authored paper with Professor Dennis Raphael (lead author) Assuming policy responsibility for health equity: local public health action in Ontario, Canada.


Congratulations to current PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity, Farihah Ali for recent co-authored report for Correctional Services Canada titled, Synthetic Cannabinoid Use in Correctional Populations – An Emerging Challenge for Offender Health and Safety? A Brief Review.


Congratulations to current PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity, Reshma Prashad for recent publication Back to the basics : the importance of health literacy in the development and utilization of ehealth interventions, co-authored with Mei Chen, as a book chapter in Optimizing health literacy for improved clinical practices.