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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Current News & Announcements

Health Graduate Students Association has organized a Meet & Greet for Health Policy & Equity and Critical Disability Studies graduate students.

All graduate students in these programs are welcome!

Please RSVP using this eventbrite link.


Master student Nora Yousefi and Associate Professor, Claudia Chaufan in the School of Health Policy and Management's graduate program in Health Policy & Equity have co-authored a paper accepted for an oral presentation at the upcoming Health Promotion Ontario Conference. It is based on Nora's ongoing research  on fetal alcohol syndrome among indigenous populations and goes by the title “Think before you drink: A critical discourse analysis of dominant narratives around Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) in indigenous populations in Canada.”


Professor Dennis Raphael in the School of Health Policy and Management in the Graduate Program in Health Policy and Equity has written an op-ed piece in the Toronto Star Social murder and the Doug Ford government.


Graduate Program in Health Policy and Equity Professors Dennis Raphael and Michaela Hynie have chapters in the new book Under-Served: Health Determinants of Indigenous, Inner-City, and Migrant Populations in Canada


Congratulations to Manasi Nandakumar who defended her Major Research Paper (MRP) Pathologizing Abuse: Examining Public Health Approaches to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Canada.


Congratulations to Amanda Wootton who defended her Major Research Paper (MRP) The Politics of Reproductive Health and Women's Rights: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Family Planning 2020.


Professor Emeritus of the School of Health Policy and Management, Joel Lexchin was quoted in a lifehealthpro.ca article Majority of pharma firms silent following call to end opioid marketing

Dr. Lexchin also recently wrote an op-ed published in the Sherbrooke Record Sept. 11. Read full story here.


Congratulations to Associate Professor Sean Hillier who was interviewed at the conclusion of the 22nd International AIDS Conference by the Takeaway for Public Radio International about his research and conference presentations discussing the increasing rates of HIV in Indigenous Peoples' and communities - especially in relation to the ongoing effects of colonization. This interview was broadcast on New York Public Radio and picked up by NPR, BBC 1 Radio, and played by 28 stations across the U.S.


Congratulations to Mirna Romero who defended her doctoral thesis The Selection Process of the Mexican NEML: A Grounded Theory Approach. Mirna's supervisor, Professor Emeritus Joel Lexchin and thesis committee members, Professor Trudo Lemmens and Kelly Thomson are very proud of the culmination of Mirna's research efforts in completing her PhD.


Congratulations to Jennifer McDonald who defended her Major Research Paper (MRP) The Reproduction of Patriarchy and the Politics of Gender in Medical Practice: A Critical Discourse Analysis Across Training, Career and Life.

Jennifer also presented her research successfully at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association this past August in Chicago. Her research was driven by her passion to contribute to greater equity in the medical profession, which she hopes to join – she is currently applying to medical school, and we wish her great success for the future!


 

Health informatics Professor Christo El Morr in the Faculty of Health at York University has authored the new book Introduction to Health Informatics: A Canadian Perspective (Canadian Scholars Press), an engaging textbook that unpacks health informatics from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Dr. El Morr has also co-authored two papers: the first, identifying a new "Group Engagement" factor in a tool that measures patient engagement, within a  Canadian outpatient day hospital mental health program., and the second on eHealth as a facilitator of equitable access to primary healthcare in rural settings and refugee camps in Lebanon.


Professor Steven Hoffman, in the School of Health Policy & Management, and Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health, is part of York's hosting of the CIHR Trailblazer Awards on September 24th, 2018.

Dr. Hoffman is also co-author on a study exploring the experiences, perceptions and views among World Health Organization staff about the changes, progress and challenges brought by the guideline development reforms initiated in 2007.

He is also part of a research team commissioned by the World Health Organization and led by York University mapping antimicrobial resistance education in health care.

Professor Hoffman has also 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.

He has also written an op-ed piece in the Toronto Star about How King St. pilot project is improving our health.


PhD Candidate in Health Policy and Equity, Samadhi Mora Severino is on the advisory committee in developing the Family Engagement Certificate, as part of a project by Kids Brain Health Network. Samadhi was interviewed about the importance of family engagement in disability research.


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Congratulations to Dr. Farah Ahmad who is the new Graduate Program Director for Health Policy & Equity.


 

Professor Tamara Daly in the School of Health Policy & Management, and graduate program in Health Policy & Equity awarded major Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant.


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Congratulations to Professor, and former Graduate Program Director Dennis Raphael, in Health Policy & Equity, for the recent essay Governments know work and living conditions can kill us - it's time to act, published in The Conversation. The article has also been picked up by the National Post among other news outlets.


Recent Publications & Awards

Congratulations to PhD student in Health Policy & Equity, Joli Scheidler-Benns who has co-edited the e-book The Poverty, Inequality, and Job Challenge: The Case for Basic Income in Canada in which Professor, and former Graduate Program Director Dennis Raphael has the chapter The Persistence of Poverty

Dr. Raphael has also recently presented new research that questions legitimacy and competency of Canada's governing authorities, “Governmental Illegitimacy and Incompetency in Canada and other Liberal Nations: Implications for Health,” published in the International Journal of Health Services; and also a recent article in the "Journal of Public Health" that shows link between determinants of oral and general health.


Congratulations to Associate Professor Liane Ginsburg in the School of Health Policy and Management for a recent publication Implementing Frontline-Worker–Led Quality Improvement in Nursing Homes: Getting To “How” 


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Congratulations to Dr. Farah Ahmad, Graduate Program Director for Health Policy & Equity and Associate Professor on a recent co-authored publication in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health titled Patients' Mental Health Journeys: A Qualitative Case Study with Interactive Computer-Assisted Client Assessment Survey (iCASS).


Congratulations to PhD Candidate in Health Policy and Equity, Samadhi Mora Severino as co-author on an article with CanChild (McMaster University Childhood Disability Research Institute) titled New international developments are challenging traditional policy approaches to childhood disability. Canadian policy-makers should take note.


Congratulations to Professor, and former Graduate Program Director Dennis Raphael, in Health Policy & Equity, for the recent research paper, Understanding the Promotion of Health Equity at the Local Level Requires Far More than Quantitative Analyses of Yes-No Survey Data - Comment on “Health Promotion at Local Level in Norway: The Use of Public Health Coordinators and Health Overviews to Promote Fair Distribution Among Social Groups”.


Congratulations to Professor, and former Graduate Program Director Dennis Raphael, in Health Policy & Equity, for the recent research paper, co-authored with PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity, Zsofia Mendly-Zambo, and Toba Bryant, titled Canada considers a basic income guarantee: can it achieve health for all? published in Health Promotion International.


Congratulations to Associate Professor, Claudia Chaufan in the School of Health Policy and Management for recent publication of What Can the Slim Initiative in Genomic Medicine for the Americas (SIGMA) Contribute to Preventing, Treating, or Decreasing the Impact of Diabetes among Mexicans and Latin Americans? in Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies.


Congratulations to Professor, and former Graduate Program Director Dennis Raphael, in Health Policy & Equity in the School of Health Policy and Management,  and Associate Professor, Claudia Chaufan in the School of Health Policy and Management on co-authoring a publication with other researchers on The cultural hegemony of chronic disease association discourse in Canada in Social Theory & Health.


Congratulations to Attia Khan, current PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity for her three recent publications:

Health: Attitudes, Disparities, promotion

Immigrant and Refugee Youth Mental Health: A Scoping Review of Literature utilizing an intersectional approach

Protection of Privacy of Information Rights among Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities


Congratulations to Ambreen Sayani, current PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity for her recent publication Inequities in genetic testing; implications for public health practice.


Congratulations to Professor, and former Graduate Program Director Dennis Raphael, in Health Policy & Equity, for the recent research paper, co-authored with Toba Bryant, titled Welfare States, Public Health and Health Inequities published in Public Health.


   

Congratulations to current PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity, Reshma Prashad for recent publication Accessing the Value of Patient Generated Health Data in the Journal of Hospital & Medical Management.