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.

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Health Graduate & Postdoctoral Professional Skills (GPPS) Workshops

The GPPS Career Pathways and Options workshops offer graduate students and postdoctoral fellows support and resources for exploring the versatile career options open to graduates, discovering and communicating their skills and expertise, and planning for the future. We offer training and support tailored to a variety of career paths: the professoriate, academic administration and staff, business, entrepreneurship, non-profits, and government. (Click here for upcoming dates and registration).

York PhD Health Student Wins Graduate Scholar Award

Reshma Prashad

A York PhD student has won a graduate scholar award for best paper at the International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society. Reshma Prashad, a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Health, will present her paper on Friday, Oct. 21 at the conference in Washington, D.C.

"I'm extremely excited to win this award, since it's my first ever international conference," she said. "To win this award solidifies my confidence."

Prashad notes there were close to 100 papers submitted for the conference from all over the world, and all were considered for the award.

Founded in 2011, the Health, Wellness, & Society Knowledge Community is brought together by a common concern in the fields of human health and wellness, and in particular their social interconnections and implications.

Attendees include leaders in the field, as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer opportunities for attendees to share their work, discuss key issues in the field, and build relationships with attendees.