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Global Health

Canada’s first undergraduate global health degree.
Listed by Maclean’s Magazine as one of York’s "Standout Programs".

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Making A Difference Local to Global 

Global health challenges, such as COVID-19 (coronavirus) and superbugs resistant to antibiotics, do not recognize borders – they are everywhere, including in our own communities. Solutions to these and other challenges, including an understanding of the role of the social and economic factors that influence human health in stopping the rise of communicable and chronic diseases, will come from knowledgeable and skilled professionals with the ability to communicate, collaborate, problem solve, and think creatively. York’s School of Global Health prepares you to be one of these professionals who can make a difference.

Our health and that of the rest of the world’s population is intertwined with broader issues, including wealth disparity, environmental degradation, government policy and human rights. Health not only involves the absence of disease, but also the promotion of positive health practices on both an individual and societal level. Students in York’s Global Health degree program learn how to make a difference in small classroom settings benefitting from direct interaction with fellow students and with professors who are experts active in the field.

For more information on York’s Global Health degree, visit the Global Health website.


All students, whether in the BA or BSc options, are exposed to the major issues that are at the forefront of global health through core courses, including:

  • Global Health Governance and Leadership
  • Global Health Policy, Power and Politics
  • Determinants of Health: Local to Global
  • Agents of Change in a Global World (strongly recommended as an elective course)
  • Methods and Approaches in Global Health Research

  • Chronic Diseases and Care
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Healthcare Planning for Communities
  • Global Health Ethics
  • Communicable Diseases and Care

Pathway to Medical, Professional Schools & Post-Graduate Training

The Global Health degree provides an excellent foundation to directly enter the workforce or as first-rate preparation for medical school, professional schools (e.g., law, teaching), graduate school, and post-graduate training in various health professions (e.g., public health, nursing, health management and administration).

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Real World Experience

All Global Health students have an opportunity to do a placement with an organization locally or internationally. Examples of organizations where students have been placed include the Hospital for Sick ChildrenBlack Creek Community Health CentreDoctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and YorkU’s EcoCampus in Costa Rica.

Global Health student Oyewunmi standing in the Ontario HIV Treatment Network office

I really developed my communication skills and professional capabilities. It was a wonderful, collaborative experience that I enjoyed a lot.

Oyewunmi, who worked at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Toronto, doing research and communications work on reducing HIV stigma in the African-Caribbean community

Global Health student Andre standing near a river in Costa Rica

I was able to apply what I learned about social determinants of health and biomedical ethics in a real work environment. It was a life-changing experience to explore Costa Rica and be welcomed into the community as an honourary member.

Andre, who worked at the Toxicology Institute, York’s EcoCampus in Costa Rica on a clean water trial project

Global Health student Fatima standing in the Doctors Without Borders office

My placement taught me how NGOs work and I had a great mentor who helped me to hone my skills. I see myself working in an NGO.

Fatima, who worked at Doctors Without Borders, Toronto, on advocacy and policy research and development

Careers in Global Health

  • Global Health Policy Analyst/Advisor
  • Health Systems Planner*
  • Clinic Director
  • Health Educator/Health Promoter – chronic diseases, communicable diseases, maternal/child wellbeing
  • Health Manager
  • Health Researcher
  • Nurse*
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Development – environmental health, sustainable water, housing
  • Physician*
  • Information Specialist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Lawyer*
  • Teacher*
  • Systems Integration Specialist

*with further postgraduate training

Pathway to Medical & Professional Schools: The Global Health degree provides an excellent foundation for medical school, professional schools (e.g. law, teaching), graduate school and postgraduate training (e.g. nursing).

For more information, visit our dedicated page on careers in Global Health.

Professor giving a lecture

Global Health Graduates

The first graduating class from York’s Global Health degree (established 2014) are starting new careers in medicine, research, nursing, and more, as well as going on to graduate school.

Nishila Mehta
Nishila Mehta
Medical School,
University of Toronto
Ranjana Nagi
Ranjana Nagi
Research Fellow,
Global Strategy Lab
Samira Ugas
Samira Ugas
2nd Entry Nursing program,
York University
Rimaljit Kaur
Rimaljit Kaur
Research Assistant,
Brampton Civic Hospital,
William Osler Health System
Andre Mouras
Andre Moura
Masters in Environmental
Studies program,
York University

This program gave me a sense of purpose and direction, of what I can do to make a difference.

— Global Health Graduate

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