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

photo of Professor Farah Ahmad

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


Associate Professor, Claudia Chaufan in the School of Health Policy and Management was recently awarded the 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 provided 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 returned from her recent trip to Birzeit University, with the Community Health and Social Sciences Programs. She engaged full-time in research and curriculum development.  Dr. Chaufan shares a blog post, Palestine still the Issue: Reflections on my recent visit to Birzeit University.


Professor Emeritus of the School of Health Policy and Management, Joel Lexchin recently wrote two opinion pieces for the Winnipeg Free Press, What is Big Pharma paying your doctor? and Raising our drug prices won't help U.S.

Dr. Lexchin was also recently interviewed for Maclean's magazine about Health Canada plans to 'severely restrict' opioid marketing as death toll mounts, as well as 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 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


Research by Professor Steven Hoffman, in the School of Health Policy & Management, and Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health was quoted in the National Post: ‘Irrational exuberance’: Experts urge caution as Canadian schools race to develop cannabis curricula. Dr. Hoffman was also recently  quoted on the floor of the Senate Chamber on 4th June 2018 by Senate's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs & International Trade when speaking about the cannabis legalization bill.


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.


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. Juha is also currently Executive Director of the Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention.


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."


Recent Publications & Awards

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


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 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.


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.