The York Institute for Health Research (YIHR) is a university-based organized research unit that fosters interdisciplinary health research. Established in 1990 as the York University Centre for Health Studies and renamed in 2004, it draws together faculty from the social, health, environmental and pure and applied sciences, and from nursing and law, mathematics, psychology and informatics. The research undertaken at YIHR proceeds from the assumption that the health of individuals and communities reflects a host of interacting variables – social, political, behavioural, economic, biological, cultural and historical – and that without attention to these factors, efforts at intervention are likely to fail.
Research at YIHR focuses on five thematic areas. They incorporate many academic areas, including biology, political science, policy, psychology, women’s studies and law, in an attempt to be inclusive of the broad number of disciplinary perspectives that have an interest in health research.
YIHR’s five thematic areas:
Determinants of Health
Determinants of Health is concerned with how biological factors are co-mapped with social determinants of health to affect health. For more information, click Determinants of Health.
Health, Law, Ethics, and Social Justice
Health, Law, Ethics, and Social Justice explores ethical, legal, and political aspects in the theory and practice of prevention of disease and injury, and promotion of the public’s health. For more information, click here.
Health Behaviour and Health Education over the Lifespan
Health Behaviour and Health Education focuses on health-related knowledge and beliefs, social and behavioural change, and health status at the individual, family, community and social policy levels. For more information, click here.
Health and the Environment
Health and the Environment focuses on interactions between people and their physical and social environment and attempts to promote healthy living and improve quality of life. For more information, click here.
Access to Health Care: Health Governance and Policy
Health Governance and Policy aims to understand and improve the politics and processes of service delivery in health. For more information, click here.