Global Health

About Program Admission Requirements

Global health challenges, such as chronic and communicable diseases, do not recognize borders. 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 examines these and other issues to prepare students for careers in global health locally, nationally and internationally.

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
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Determinants of Health: Local to Global
  • Chronic Diseases and Care
  • Communicable Diseases and Care
  • Healthcare Planning for Communities
  • Healthcare Ethics

Courses cover global health concerns including communicable diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, ebola, and malaria), chronic diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer), age-related illnesses (such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease), maternal and child health, mental illness, and the health consequences of trauma, violence, war and displacement. The global health program also focuses on the organization, financing and management of health service systems.

The York Advantage

  • York’s Global Health program (BA/BSc) is the first undergraduate degree of its kind in Canada and was listed by Maclean’s Magazine as one of York’s “standout programs.”
  • Specialized options including Global E-Health; Global Health Policy, Management & Systems; Global Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; and Global Health & the Environment.
  • We offer online and blended courses (combination of online and in-class) to provide maximum study flexibility.
  • Students benefit from student success programs in which they can receive support with writing and study skills, among other programs.
  • You’ll enter the workforce career-ready, with knowledge and skills gained from in-class instruction and experiential education opportunities.
  • Students have an opportunity in their fourth year to benefit from a practicum placement, applying what they learn in class out in the real world working at an organization locally in the Greater Toronto Area, within Canada or internationally. Examples of placement opportunities include the Hospital for Sick Children and Doctors Without Borders in Toronto, or with international partners such as the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in Chandigarh India, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, or at York U’s EcoCampus in Costa Rica.
  • Global Health is considered a strong pre-professional degree for programs such as medicine, nursing, law or relevant graduate degrees.

Careers with a Global Health degree
Career options for graduates are diverse and include health promotion and disease prevention with local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), education, research, community healthcare planning, policy development, business, non-profit agencies, and program planning and evaluation with health agencies, government and NGOs.
Possible career paths include:

  • Global Health Policy Analyst/Advisor
  • Health Systems Planner*
  • Clinic Director
  • Health Manager
  • 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
  • Doctor*
  • Nurse*
  • Lawyer*
  • Professor*
  • Teacher*

*with further postgraduate training

You may also be interested in Health Studies or Health & Society.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health 1
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health 2
  • Foundations of Health Studies
  • Agents of Change in a Global World
  • Determinants of Health: Local to Global
  • Global Health Governance and Leadership

Possible Career Path

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  • health promotion and disease prevention specialist
  • policy analyst/adviser
  • researcher
  • community outreach specialist
  • health administrator

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.