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Health Studies (Policy, Management, Informatics)

York’s Health Studies program emphasizes an approach to health that focuses on broader societal issues.

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Health Beyond Medicine

Doctors and nurses rely upon health managers, information specialists and policy experts to ensure that our health care system serves our needs and is sustainable.

  • Health managers oversee systems to ensure the quality of care and services for patients.
  • Information specialists provide and analyze data that hospital executives rely upon to make decisions.
  • Policy specialists advise governments on the best ways to meet patient and broader societal needs today and in the future.

Careers in health policy research and consulting, business management, and information analysis are among Toronto’s Top Jobs (Toronto Star, Feb. 2020).

For more information on York’s Health Studies degrees (Health Studies, Health Policy, Health Management, Health Informatics), visit the Health Policy & Management website.

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Degree Options

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:

Health Policy

Bachelor of Health Studies (BHS) Specialized Honours
Political, economic, cultural, and environmental considerations all factor into how health care decisions are made. In this program, students explore health care decision-making and the role of both government and non-government organizations. Important issues are covered, including the public/private mix in health care, integrated health systems, international health systems, the influence of stakeholder groups such as the pharmaceutical industry and more.

Health Management

Bachelor of Health Studies (BHS) Specialized Honours
With a growing population and demand for more health services, one of the fastest growing professions is that of health care manager. In the health management program, students learn about the health system from an organizational perspective through courses that cover health management, leadership and decision-making, measuring health system performance, health finance, and integrated health systems.

Health Informatics

Bachelor of Health Studies (BHS) Specialized Honours
Computers, networks, mobile technology and apps are rapidly changing health and health care - everything from how we communicate with our health care providers, to how we get information, to how health care professionals collect, share and use electronic information that directly affects our health. Students also learn how to analyze and evaluate information crucial to health care decision-making.

Health Studies

Honours Bachelor of Health Studies (BHS)
Not sure if you want to focus on Health Management, Informatics or Policy in your first year? Choose Health Studies and explore all three. In addition to taking courses in management, informatics and policy, students study the breadth and depth of health and health care through a wide variety of issues and social contexts (e.g. status and disability, homelessness), including case studies in health care in the community. Societal factors that determine why some people stay healthy and others become ill are also examined such as income, stress, early life, social exclusion, work conditions, unemployment, social support, addiction, food and transportation. Health Studies offers students the flexibility to attain a double major or do a minor in other Faculty of Health or York programs.

Certificate: Our certificate in Health Informatics provides students with the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge and skills in this growing area.

Pathway to Medical & Professional Schools: A Health Studies degree provides an excellent comprehensive education plus the prerequisite courses required for medical or other professional schools.


All students, whether in the Specialized Honours options (Management, Informatics or Policy) or the Honours Bachelor of Health Studies option, take the same core courses, including:

  • Foundations of Health Studies
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Policy: Power & Politics
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Health Care Law

  • Health Management I
  • Health Informatics I
  • Statistical Methods in Health Studies
  • Applied Research Approaches in Health Studies
4th Year Field Placement Course

Students have an opportunity in 4th year to get hands on experience through a field placement in a variety of health care settings in which students are mentored and supported by fieldwork-supervisors (HLST 4990 Health Studies Practicum).

Careers in Health Policy, Management and Informatics

With an aging and growing population and workforce, new technologies and restructured health care systems, Health Studies graduates are in demand in a variety of fields such as in health care, not-for-profit organizations, research, government and the private sector.

  • Health Care Manager
  • Health Systems Planner
  • Quality Performance Manager
  • Information Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Health Policy Researcher
  • Data Analyst
  • Health Finance Manager
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Systems Designer
  • Systems Integration Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • Health Human Resources Manager
  • Health Policy Advisor/Analyst
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Care Consultant
  • Health Writer/ Communications Professional
  • Physician*
  • Nurse*
  • Lawyer*
  • Social Worker*
  • Teacher*

*with further postgraduate training

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Health Studies professor speaking to students in a hospital

Health Studies Graduates

Health Studies alumni are working in health care, government, non-profit organizations, business, research and more.

Julia Salzmann ss

Julia Salzmann
Senior Policy Advisor,
York Region

Shirley Li

Shirley Li
Information Coordinator, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Brad Lang

Brad Lang
Project Manager,
Improvement Project
Management Office,
St. Michael's Hospital

Jennifer Catton

Jennifer Catton
Manager, Strategy and Quality
Joint Department of Medical Imaging,
Sinai Health Systems - Women's College Hospital

Sadiq Raji

Sadiq Raji
Senior Analyst
Canadian Institute for Health Information

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