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

Professor Steven Hoffman, in the School of Health Policy & Management, and Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health attended the World Health Organization's World Health Assembly.


Congratulations to Health Policy and Equity PhD candidate Syeda Kabir has accepted a permanent position with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as a Senior Policy Consultant in the Direct Services Division. She will be defending her PhD thesis in the near future.


Congratulations to PhD student Juha Mikkonen (centre right) who successfully defended his PhD thesis Intersectoral Action for Health: Challenges, Opportunities, and Future Directions in the WHO European Region on 7th May 2018. Juha is also currently Executive Director of the Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention.


Congratulations to MA student in Health Policy and Equity, Tyler Ward for a recent presentation "The Detention of Children in Canadian Immigration Holding Centres: Human Rights Violation and Health Implications from a Political Economy Perspective" on May 4th, 2018 at the York University Immigration Research Symposium: The Future of Immigration and Settlement in Canada and Beyond, which took place at Innis College Town Hall, University of Toronto.


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."


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.


Recent Publications & Awards

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 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.


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.


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

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


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


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.