About Us

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 social causes of inequality in health and the organization and delivery of health care and how public policy can redress these issues.

The program is critical and interdisciplinary. It is critical in that it critiques and attempts to change society while traditional approaches to health simply try to understand or explain it.  A critical approach digs beneath the surface to uncover the assumptions that prevent a true understanding of the economic, political, and social forces that prevent the attainment of health equity.  It is interdisciplinary in that these issues are explored through concepts drawn from political science, law, economics, sociology, history, and ethics. Health equity issues are dealt with at the local, national and international levels.

Students develop a strong theoretical foundation -- built on political economy, human rights, feminist and anti-racist frameworks -- to critically analyze the political and economic forces that shape the quality of various social determinants of health and the organization and delivery of health care. They become able to undertake research in the social and economic dynamics that underlie health inequities at global, national, and local levels. Moreover, students master the principles of qualitative and quantitative research methodology designed to address health policy & equity issues. In pursuing their interests, students can link into existing faculty research.

Both MA and PhD Program in Health can be pursued on either full-time or part-time basis. The  minimum program time limit for both programs is outlined as below (Note: 3 terms = 1 academic year running from September to August.)

Full-time 1 year (3 terms)4 years (12 terms)
Part-time2 years (6 terms)4-6 years (12 to 18 terms)