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

Financial Bursary for Students with Disability

Awards for students with disabilities are administered by Student Financial Services. The SFP must be submitted by January 19, 2018. A hardcopy of the Awards for Students with Disabilities 2017-2018 form (.pdf) along with the required supporting documentation, including a print out of the SFP, must be submitted to the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies by January 19, 2018. The Faculty of Graduate Studies will then provide the information to Student Financial Services.

Current News & Announcements

Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin of York University's School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health interviewed in Canadian Association of University Teachers Association (CAUT) magazine   about the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry, the medical profession and government.

Professor Dennis Raphael in York University’s School of Health Policy and Management, Faulty of Health interviewed in NOW Magazine about his contribution to study showing research that calls for an end to the classification of obesity as a significant health issue. The research is based on two major research papers by former York health policy and equity masters students Stella Medvedyuk and Ahmednur Ali, lead authors on the paper.

Congratulations to Zsofia Mendly Zambo who defended her Major Research Paper (MRP) Competing Approaches to Household Food Insecurity in Canada on 29th September 2017. Zsofia is continuing her studies as a doctoral student in Health Policy & Equity in the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, York University.

Congratulations to Nathan Waddington who defended his Major Research Paper (MRP)  A Seed Will Grow In Proper Soil: Education and Health Literacy as the Starting Points for Structural Reformation Through the Addressing of the Social Determinants of Health within Canada on 29th September 2017. Nathan's official convocation/graduation will be in 2018.

Congratulations to Karina Umaigba who defended her Major Research Paper (MRP) A Critical Literature Review of the Impact of Precarious Work on the Mental Health of Immigrant Women in Canada on 29th September 2017. Karina's official convocation/graduation will be in 2018.

Recent Publications & Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Claudia Chaufan, Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, who has received a $3000 Minor Research Grant from the Faculty of Health Research and Awards Committee.

Congratulations to Masters student Nora Yousefi in the Health Policy and Equity graduate program at York University, and Associate Professor Claudia Chaufan who won an award for their submission of  their research paper "Think before you drink": A critical discourse analysis of the dominant narratives on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Indigenous Populations in Canada at the 10th Annual Dalla Lana Student Led Conference, The Next 150: Resisting Colonialism and (Re) claiming Health on Turtle Island (November 11th and 12th, 2017). Nora is the lead author on the paper. Nora and Professor Chaufan also presented a poster at the conference. For anyone interesting in seeing the poster and award, they can be viewed at the School of Health Policy and Management, 4th floor of the HNES building.

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.


Congratulations to current MA graduate student in Health Policy & Equity, Luke Power for the recent acceptance of his manuscript entitled Care Leavers: A British Affair to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Child & Family Social Work.


Congratulations to recent graduate Adrienne Shnier (MA 2012; PhD 2015; J.D. Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University), co-author with Professor Joel Lexchin (Professor Emeritus, Graduate Program in Health Policy & Equity, York University)Continuing medical education and pharmaceutical industry involvement: An evaluation of policies adopted by Canadian professional medical associations, on the paper recently published in the International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine.