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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Important Dates, Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Important Dates for Graduate Students

Masters student Jennifer McDonald, in the Health Policy and Equity graduate program has had a paper accepted at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Philadelphia this coming August 2018. Jennifer is the lead author of Work-life balance in medical practice: The reproduction of patriarchy and the politics of gender. This is a topic Jennifer has been eager to explore as she hopes to become a medical doctor. Congratulations Jennifer!

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

Associate Professor, Claudia Chaufan in the School of Health Policy and Management, and graduate student Faisal Mohamed, who recently defended his Major Research Paper (MRP) have been accepted to present at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Union for Radical Political Economics, at the University of Massachussetts - Amherst, this coming September. Faisal is the lead author of the presentation, entitled "The Politics of Pharmaceutical Policy: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Intellectual Property Rights within NAFTA."

photo of Professor Christo El-Morr

Assistant Professor, and Health Informatics Certificate Coordinator, Christo El Morr in the School of Health Policy and Management has recently 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.

Congratulations to Associate Professor, Claudia Chaufan in the School of Health Policy and Management for her recent J. William Fulbright grant award to the West Bank. The American-based Fullbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The award will provide Dr. Chaufan an opportunity to work collaboratively with international partners in educational, political, cultural, economic, and scientific fields as a Fulbright recipient with the expectation of establishing open communication and long-term cooperative relationships.

Dr. Chaufan will be travelling in June 2018 to Birzeit University, with the Community Health and Social Sciences Programs. She will be engaged full-time in research and curriculum development.  As a representative of the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health at York University, we are very proud of her selection by the Fullbright Foreign Scholarship Board's Specialist Program and the U.S. government's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs, and wish her great success!

Left: Marina Morrow (Committee Member); Pablo Idahosa (Internal Member); Dennis Raphael (PhD Supervisor) Right: Akwatu Khenti (PhD Candidate); Catherine Chalin (External Examiner); Charmaine Williams (Committee Member)


Congratulations to Akwatu Khenti who successfully defended his PhD thesis Three Decades of Epidemic Black Gun Homicide Victimization in Toronto: Analyzing Causes and Consequences of a Criminological Approach on 27 March 2018.

Akwatu is also currently Assistant Deputy Minister, Anti-Racism Directorate with the Ontario Provincial Government.

Professor Emeritus of the School of Health Policy and Management, Joel Lexchin has three articles recently published in The

Pharmacare and the chaoatic world of Canadian drug prices

Should Health Canada rely on foreign assessment of new drugs?

How Big Pharma deceives you about drug safety

Congratulations to Faisal Ali Mohamed who successfully defended his Major Research Paper (MRP) NAFTA - The Politics Behind Drug Protection on 16 February 2018.

Congratulations to Luke Power who successfully defended his Major Research Paper (MRP) The World Bank, Development Policy, and the Promotion of Gender Equality: New Ways or Old Tricks? on 18th January 2018.

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

Congratulations to Professor, and 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.

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.

photo of Professor Mary Wiktorowicz

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 Luke Power (MA 2018) in Health Policy & Equity, for the recent research paper, co-authored with Professor Dennis Raphael, titled 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.