Finding solutions to health-related problems requires multidisciplinary comprehension of all dimensions of health, including biological and social determinants, economics and politics of health care systems and health care delivery, and ways in which health is understood by individuals, societies and cultures.
Global health concerns include not only infectious and tropical diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and malaria), but also chronic and non-infectious diseases, as well as age-related illnesses and maternal and child health. Global health also addresses mental illness and the health consequences of trauma, violence, war and displacement. Another key focus in global health is the organization, financing and management of health service systems.
At York, our Global Health program (BA/BSc) is the first undergraduate degree of its kind. The program offers courses through an interdisciplinary framework that brings together the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities, providing for unparalleled breadth and depth of knowledge in health, as well as factors that affect health ranging from biology (e.g. genetics) to social determinants of health (e.g. poverty and human rights).
The York Advantage
- Specialized options including Global E-Health; Global Health Policy, Management & Systems; Global Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; and Global Health & the Environment will help you develop a rewarding career based on your individual interests.
- We offer online and blended courses (combination of online and in-class) to help you complete your degree as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- Students benefit from Student Success programs in which they can receive writing support (Write to Succeed) and study tips (Peer Assisted Study Sessions), among other programs.
- You’ll enter the workforce career ready, with knowledge and skills gained from in-class instruction and experiential education opportunities.
- A fourth-year practicum in partnership with academic institutions and NGOs in Canada or overseas will provide hands-on work experience to further increase your experience employability.
- The Global Health program is also considered a strong pre-professional degree pathway for medicine, nursing, health law, health administration and relevant graduate degrees.
Careers with a Global Health degree
Career options for those with a BA or BSc in Global Health include policy development and infectious disease management with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), education, research, community outreach, community healthcare planning, health systems administration, business in both the private and non-profit sectors, and program planning and evaluation with health agencies, government and NGOs.
Possible career paths include:
- 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
- Policy development and infectious disease management with international NGOs
- Community outreach
- Administration and health program planning and evaluation
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.