Global Health

Global Health

Faculty of Health

Global Health is the study and practice of improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide. The program addresses transnational health issues and the structures that shape our capability to live healthy lives, locally and globally. Students learn to approach the complexity of health through a multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral approach that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level health care. As the first undergraduate global health program in Canada, Maclean’s magazine listed it as one of York’s “stand out” programs.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent monkeypox outbreak are examples of global health challenges that do not recognize borders. Our health and that of the rest of the world’s population is intertwined with broader issues, including population growth and migration, wealth disparity, environmental degradation, government policy and human rights. Health not only involves the absence of disease, but also the promotion of physical, mental, and social well-being – with keen attention to how the conditions that ensure health and health equity require positive health practices on both an individual and societal level.

Tomorrow’s health professionals, both medical and non-clinical (e.g. health care managers, NGO leaders, health data analysts and policy researchers) will need to take a coordinated global approach working across borders with others to address global health challenges. York’s School of Global Health prepares you to be one of these professionals through a comprehensive education that encompasses both the biomedical sciences and the social sciences and humanities, looking at all aspects of health from healthcare to public health to the social determinants of health. Students in the Global Health program also benefit from small class sizes where they enjoy direct interaction with fellow students and with professors who are experts and professionals in their fields.

Scholarships & Awards

The following is a list of available scholarships, awards, and prizes offered by the School of Global Health, Faculty of Health, and York University, including their descriptions, criteria, value, and stage of awarding. Some scholarships, awards, and prizes require an application, while others will be awarded automatically without application based on data the University already collects. Please check all requirements, eligibility, and deadlines.

  • York Global Health Entrance Scholarship
  • Global Health Prizes
  • York Global Health Travel Award
  • President’s International Scholarship of Excellence
  • Tentanda Via Award – International
  • Merit-Based and Characteristic-Based Scholarships
  • Gold Medal for Academic Excellence & Outstanding Leadership
  • Silver Medal for Outstanding Leadership
  • President Emeritus Mamdouh Shoukri International Award for Global Health

Global Health Courses

All students, whether in the BA or BSc options, take the same core courses that explore the major issues at the forefront of global health 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
  • Global Health and Epidemiology
  • 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

In addition to providing the anatomy and physiology prerequisites for medical school, the Global Health degree also prepares students for 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) or to directly enter the workforce. Medical schools are increasingly looking for candidates who have the kind of comprehensive education and who demonstrate social responsibility along with the teamwork and leadership skills provided by York’s Global Health program.

Real World Experience

All Global Health students have an opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on, real-world experience tackling global health issues. Specialized honours students will have the opportunity to work in an organization locally or internationally. Examples of organizations where students can be placed include the Hospital for Sick Children, Black Creek Community Health Centre, Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and YorkU’s EcoCampus in Costa Rica.

Careers in Global Health

  • Global Health Policy Analyst/Advisor
  • Health Systems Planner (with further postgraduate training)
  • Clinic Director
  • Physician (with further postgraduate training)
  • Health Educator/Health Promoter
  • Health Manager 
  • Health Researcher
  • Nurse (with further postgraduate training)
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Development (environmental health, sustainable water, housing)
  • Information Specialist
  • Communications Specialist
  • Lawyer (with further postgraduate training)
  • Teacher (with further postgraduate training)
  • Systems Integration Specialist

You may also be interested in Health Studies.

Program Details


Offered by

Faculty of Health


Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered

BA, BSc


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time


Experiential Education

  • Practicum
  • Class-focused

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)


Winter entry

No


Summer entry

No


Scholarships

Apply for scholarships and awards by February 15 and submit your application in PDF format. View the Financial Aid tab on this page for awards specific to your student status.

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