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

Dennis Raphael (Professor, Graduate Program in Health Policy & Equity)

Professor Dennis Raphael, in York University’s School of Health Policy and Management, Faulty of Health contributes 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 (see "Announcements & Awards" section below).


Book launch: Professor Marina Morrow co-edits new book on social justice in mental health.

York University Professor & SHPM Chair Marina Morrow

A new book co-edited by Marina Morrow, York University professor and Chair, School of Health Policy & Management, explores critical research approaches for social justice in the practice of mental health.


Announcements & Awards

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.


Congratulations to recent graduates Stella Medvedyuk (MA 2015) and Ahmednur Ali (MA 2015) co-authors with Professor Dennis Raphael (Graduate Program in Health Policy & Equity, York University) on the paper Ideology, obesity and the social determinants of health: a critical analysis of the obesity and health relationship recently published in Critical Public Health. Their work is based on their Major Research Papers (MRPs), Stella's Let's talk about 'fat': Conceptualization of obesity in Canada, the role of social determinants of health & neoliberal policies and Ahmednur's 'Fat' or Fiction:  Examining the Role Political and Economic Forces Play in Driving the Concern over Obesity.

Stella Medvedyuk (MA 2015)

Ahmednur Ali (MA 2015)

Dennis Raphael (Professor, Graduate Program in Health Policy & Equity)


Congratulations to Lynn Torres (MA 2016; PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University) and Ambreen Sayani (PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University) for having Lynn's Institutionalized Childcare in Canada, Sweden, and Finland and Women’s Health: The Intersection of Welfare State with Cultural Beliefs and Ambreen's Socially-based Inequities in Breast Cancer Care: Intersections of the Social  Determinants of Health and the Cancer Care Continuum published in Women's Health and Urban Life.

Lynn Torres (MA 2016; PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University)

Ambreen Sayani (PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University)


 Congratulations to Polly Ford-Jones (MA 2014; PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University) co-author with Dr. Claudia Chaufan (Associate Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, York University) for having the paper A Critical Analysis of Debates Around Mental Health Calls in the Prehospital Setting published in INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing.

Polly Ford-Jones (MA 2014; PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University)

Dr. Claudia Chaufan (Sessional Associate Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, York University)


Congratulations to Yemisi Onilude who defended her Major Research Paper (MRP) Analyzing how government policy and financing health services impact health equity and access in the global context.  Yemisi is going to be continuing her studies at Ryerson University for a Masters of Applied Science in Environmental Applied Science and Management.

Yemisi Onilude (MA 2017)


 Congratulations to Akwatu Khenti (PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University) who is a now an Assistant Deputy Minister, Anti-Racism Directorate in the Ontario Government!

Akwatu Khenti (PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University)


 Congratulations to Juha Mikkonen (PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University) who has been appointed the Executive Director of the Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention (EHYT) located in Helsinki, Finland.

Juha Mikkonen (PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University)


Dr. Dennis Raphael (Graduate Program in Health Policy & Equity, York University) is traveling to to Rwanda soon with Morris Komakech (PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University) to give a presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa Conference in Kigali, held October 4th to 6th, 2017.

Dennis Raphael (Professor, Graduate Program in Health Policy & Equity)

Morris Komakech (PhD Candidate, Health Policy & Equity, York University)