Global health challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, do not recognize borders. Public health crises or disease outbreaks in one part of the world can threaten other parts of the globe within days, if not hours. The health of the world’s population is intertwined with broader issues, including wealth disparity, environmental degradation, government policy and human rights. York’s Global Health Degree (Honours and Specialized Honours BA and BSc) examines these and many other issues with a focus on preparing the next generation of health leaders with the knowledge and skills for careers in health education, research, health systems, planning, policy and more in the non-profit, government and private sectors, locally, nationally and internationally. Students will benefit from the flexibility of online and blended (online and in-class) courses, along with a practicum in their fourth year working in the field with academic institutions and NGOs in Canada or overseas.
Students will graduate with an understanding and knowledge of global health architecture, comparative health systems, health information and communication technology, challenges of community empowerment in resource-poor settings, the nature, dynamics and impact of international migration on human resources for health, and health care financing and health sector reform across cultures and countries.
BA Honours in Global Health (120 Credits)
BSc Honours in Global Health (120 Credits)
The Honours BA and BSc degree options require a minimum of 48 credits from core, foundational courses including (among others) Determinants of Health, Chronic Diseases and Care, Communicable Diseases and Care, Global Health Research Methods & Measurement, Health and Human Rights, Global Health Policy: Power and Politics, Healthcare Planning, and Global Health Governance and Leadership. Students will benefit from the flexibility of selected courses offered online or in a blended (online and in-class) format.
In addition to core courses in the major, students take elective courses shaped to their individual interests, which may include courses from other disciplines. Also, students in the BSc degree option take courses in the physical and life sciences, while those in the BA option take courses in the social sciences and humanities. Both Honours BA and BSc degree options will allow students who so choose to take a double major or pursue a minor in another program.
BA Specialized Honours in Global Health (120 Credits)
BSc Specialized Honours in Global Health (120 Credits)
The Specialized Honours degree option combines core, foundational courses that all students take including (among others) Determinants of Health, Chronic Diseases and Care, Communicable Diseases and Care, Global Health Research Methods & Measurement, Health and Human Rights, Global Health Policy: Power and Politics, Healthcare Planning, and Global Health Governance and Leadership. Students will benefit from the flexibility of selected courses offered online or in a blended (online and in-class) format.
In addition to core courses, students specialize in one area of concentration, from among the following: health promotion and disease prevention; global health policy, systems and management; global e-health; and global health and the environment. Students choose elective courses shaped to their individual interests in these areas. Also, the BSc degree includes courses in the physical and life sciences, while the BA option includes courses in the social sciences and humanities.In the Specialized Honours program, students obtain hands on experience through a one-term practicum in their fourth year working in the field with academic institutions and NGOs locally, in Canada, or internationally.
HH/IHST 1020 - Agents of Change in a Global World
A general education course in the Faculty of Health and the only undergraduate course of its kind in Canada, Agents of Change in a Global World examines effective change processes and the attributes of those who lead them. Students reflect on the question “Can one person make a difference?” Students will engage in experiential learning including how to write a project proposal and project planning. This course uses blended learning approaches with alternating on-line and face-to-face learning in which students work with community organizations successfully making a difference.
Agent of Change
Maseh Hadaf has the passion, the commitment and soon, thanks to York’s global health program, the skills to become an Agent of Change. Born in Kabul during the Afghan civil war, some of Maseh’s earliest memories are of his mother, a doctor, struggling to secure basic health care for pregnant women and their children. The Hadaf family immigrated to Canada in 2000, but Maseh remains immoveable in his dream to help rebuild his birth country from the health care system up. As a York global health student, he’s already preparing for his future leadership role. Maseh is the founder and chief architect of the Ascend Leadership Conference, a three-day leadership training opportunity for 200 of York’s most promising student leaders. “You learn more about yourself and everyone around you through experiences like this,” says Maseh. “I can’t be a leader to others until I understand myself.”
Careers in Global Health
Career options for graduates include policy development, health systems administration and management, education, research, community outreach, community healthcare planning, infectious disease management, program planning and evaluation. Employers include local health agencies, hospitals, government, the private and non-profit sectors, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) locally, in Canada and overseas. The Global Health degree can also serve as a pre-professional degree for programs such as medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, health law and health administration or relevant graduate degrees.
- Global Health Policy Analyst
- Health Systems Planner
- Clinic manager/administration – community health
- Health educator/health promoter – chronic diseases, communicable diseases, maternal/child wellbeing
- Health researcher
- Community health worker
- Community development – environmental health, sustainable water, housing
- Information specialist
- Systems integration specialist
More Information About the Global Health Program
For more information about the Global Health Degree program, visit: globalhealth.yorku.ca
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