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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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.
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.
Double Exposure: the pandemic has pushed back the curtain on how decades of austerity has left Canadians and the health care system more vulnerable - York University Professor Dennis Raphael was quoted in a Halifax Examiner on May 7. Read full story.
Congratulations to Zsofia Mendly-Zambo, a PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity at the School of Health Policy & Management York University - Faculty of Health, for her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarship to develop her analysis of agriculture and food policy in Canada and the role these play in shaping the mental health of farmers. She is focusing on the role that supply management might play in protecting farmers against stressors associated with participation in global commodities markets. Her research title is "The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Farmer Health: A Political Economy Perspective."
Recent Publications & Awards
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.
Congratulations to MA Student in Health Policy & Equity, Ilinca Dutescu for recent publication The Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis: How Neoliberalism Helps Microbes Dodge Our Drugs.
Professor Dennis Raphael and PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity, Morris Komakech recent publication, Conceptualizing and researching health equity in Africa through a political economy of health lens – Rwanda in perspective.
Associate Professor Farah Ahmad, Post-Doctoral Fellow Visitor Nasih Othman publish with others Depression-level symptoms among Syrian refugees: findings from a Canadian longitudinal study
SHPM Associate Professor, and Graduate Program Director of Health Policy & Equity, Claudia Chaufan has published an article in a US-European outlet, on Canadian sanctions policy during COVID. Dr. Chaufan was also interviewed for a US radio program, on the military transmission of COVID.
SHPM Associate Professor, and Graduate Program Director of Health Policy & Equity, Claudia Chaufan is part of a York research team that has received $1.1 million in COVID-19 research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
The first paper from the research team led by York Professor Eric Kennedy, includes Dr. Chaufan and two other faculty members, one from the University of Guelph and one from the University of Ottawa. The research paper reports early results of a national assessment of Canadian households on the matter of COVID-19, and attempts to capture social dimensions of the epidemic from its early onset. The research team hopes this will be the first in a series of interesting and relevant findings.
Importantly, one of our own graduate students from the School of Health Policy and Management, Jenna Vikse, is both a critical part of the team as well as second author in the report.
Associate Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management, Farah Ahmad and Post-Doctoral Fellow Visitor, Nasih Othman have co-authored Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Social Support and Coping Among Afghan Refugees in Canada.
Congratulations to Arnel Borras and Faisal Ali Mohamed, PhD Candidates in Health Policy & Equity for recent publication Health Inequities and the Shifting Paradigms of Food Security, Food Insecurity, and Food Sovereignty.
Congratulations to Faisal Ali Mohamed, PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity and Professor and Graduate Program Director in Health Policy & Equity, Claudia Chaufan for recent publication A Critical Discourse Analysis of Intellectual Property Rights Within NAFTA 1.0: Implications for NAFTA 2.0 and for Democratic (Health) Governance in Canada.
Congratulations to Jennifer McDonald, MA Candidate in Health Policy & Equity and Professor and Graduate Program Director in Health Policy & Equity, Claudia Chaufan for recent publication Work-life balance in medical practice: The reproduction of patriarchy and the politics of gender.
Congratulations to Professor and Graduate Program Director in Health Policy & Equity, Claudia Chaufan for recent publication The harsh effects of sanctions on Iranian health.
Congratulations to Iffath Syed, PhD (2019) in Health Policy and Equity for recent publication in BMC Public Health Diet, physical activity, and emotional health: what works, what doesn't, and why we need integrated solutions for total worker health.
Congratulations to Professor Dennis Raphael, Toba Bryant, and PhD Candidate in Health Policy & Equity, Zsofia Mendly-Zambo for their recent published article in Health Promotion International, Canada considers a basic income guarantee: can it achieve health for all?