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 for Graduate Students


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Congratulations to Dr. Iffath Sayed, who recently graduated from our program, and has accepted a tenure-stream position in the Health Policy and Administration Program at Penn State University in the USA.

Instructor Iffath Syed with York University’s School of Health Policy and Management part of research team that highlights racialization of long-term care workers.


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Akwatu Khenti (PhD 2018) alumni of Health Policy & Management interviewed: Most at risk, first in line: Public health experts say racialized Canadians should be prioritized for vaccines


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January 27 | 12pm ET
The COVID-19 pandemic reinforces the importance of the social determinants of health

Dr. Dennis Raphael, Professor, Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health  

It has been known since the mid 1850s that the primary factors shaping health are living and working conditions. Canada has produced many documents about these social determinants of health but provides a discouraging portrait concerning their quality and equitable distribution. The COVID-19 pandemic has served to reinforce these understandings yet the prospect of government action on these issues remains uncertain.

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Current News & Announcements

The article Inequities in genetic testing for hereditary breast cancer: implications for public health practice by PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity, Ambreen Sayani was showcased in the top read and cited articles from the Journal of Community Genetics from 2018 and 2019 that included a spectrum of articles covering genetics in primary care, public health aspects of genetics, and ethical, legal, social, and economic issues. It features both original articles and thought-provoking reviews.


Recent Publications & Awards

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Paper co-authored by Oghenowede Eyawo, a York University assistant professor in the Faculty of Health's School of Global Health and Associate Member in Health Policy & Equity in the School of Health Policy & Management; and A.M. Viens, a York University Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health's School of Global Health and the School of Health Policy and Management:

COVID-19 response and lockdowns: Strategies for low- and middle-income countries.


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PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity, Arnel Borras has published Toward an Intersectional Approach to Health Justice in the International Journal of Health Services.


Dr. Farah Ahmad has published Canadian Clinicians Adopting Virtual Health Care During COVID-19 Pandemic: Salute to Our Fast Learners

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Dr. Claudia Chaufan has published "It's the politics, stupid: Why more "skin in the game" will not help control US healthcare spending" in Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Other Social Characteristics as Factors in Health and Health Care Disparities

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Dr. Farah Ahmad and Iffath Syed (PhD 2019) co-authored a publication of an open-access manuscript in the Journal of Concurrent Disorders about COVID-19 in Canadian long-term care.
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Congratulations to Iffath Syed (PhD 2019) for the successful publication of Hijab, niqab, and the religious symbol debates: consequences for health and human rights.
Congratulations to Iffath Syed (PhD 2019) for the successful publication of a peer-reviewed manuscript in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (indexed in Pubmed/Medline), Clearing the Smoke Screen: Smoking, Alcohol Consumption, and Stress Management Techniques among Canadian Long-Term Care Workers.

Assistant Professor, Sean Hillier, in the School of Health Policy & Management, and co-authors Elias Chakkour (PhD Student in SHPM in Health Policy & Equity), and Hamza Al-Shammaa (Research Trainee) have paper Indigenous Nationhood in the Age of COVID-19: Reflection on the Evolution of Sovereignty in Settler-Colonial States published in Journal of Indigenous Social Development.
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Congratulations to PhD Candidate Kiki Chang who was recently awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for 2020–21.

York PhD student has paper published in international journal

Faisal Mohamed, a student in York University’s Graduate Program in Health, co-wrote a paper that appeared in the “The International Journal of Health Services,” exploring how trade policy leads to social and health inequalities by influencing pharmaceutical prices.

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