Health Policy, Management & Digital Health

Health Policy, Management & Digital Health

Faculty of Health

With rapid changes in technology and a growing population, non-clinical health professionals, including health managers, digital health specialists, and policy experts are in demand. Students in 4th year can get hands on experience through a field placement in a variety of health care settings (HLST 4990 Health Studies Practicum). The Toronto Star lists careers in health policy research and consulting, business management, and information analysis as among Toronto’s Top Jobs.

Program of Study

Health Policy, Management & Digital Health
Specialized Honours Bachelor of Health Studies (BHS)

Students in the Specialized Honours BHS in Health Policy, Management & Digital Health are exposed to a wide-ranging suite of health policy, health management, and digital health courses. Health Policy provides a strong interdisciplinary theoretical foundation drawing from political science, political economy, law, sociology, gender studies, and ethics to critically assess social, cultural and health systems and contribute to policy research, development and implementation at all levels of society and within health systems. Health Management provides a systems approach to understanding the organization and delivery of healthcare as well as how to approach problem solving and decision making to improve quality, safety, effectiveness, and equity in health systems. Digital Health provides a theory and application-based education in information management, digital health solutions, interoperable health information systems, and current debates in health informatics/digital health to support leading edge health systems.

Courses

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

• Foundations of Health Studies
• Health Management I
• Health Policy: Power & Politics
• Health Care Law
• Social Determinants of Health
• Health Informatics I
• Health Care Ethics
• Applied Research Approaches in Health Studies
• Statistical Methods in Health Studies

4th Year Field Placement Course

Students enrolled in the Specialized Honours in Health Policy, Management & Digital Health have an opportunity in 4th year to get hands on, real-world experience through a 9.0 credit field placement in a variety of health care settings in which students are mentored and supported by fieldwork-supervisors (HLST 4990 Health Studies Practicum). Learn more at: go.yorku.ca/shpm-practicum

Possible Career Paths:

• Health Care Analyst
• Health Systems Planner
• Health Manager (finance, HR, systems)
• Project Manager
• Clinic Administrator
• Health Policy Researcher
• Data Analyst
• Health Finance Analyst
• Health Information Specialist
• Systems Integration Specialist
• Software Developer
• Health Human Resources Specialist
• Health Policy Advisor/Analyst
• Community Health Worker
• Health Care Consultant
• Health Writer/Communications Professional
• Physician (with further postgraduate training)
• Lawyer (with further postgraduate training)

You may also be interested in Health Studies or Global Health.

 

Program Details


Offered by

Faculty of Health


Offered at


Degrees offered

BHS


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time


Experiential Education

  • Practicum
  • Class-focused

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)


Winter entry

Yes (first and upper year)


Summer entry

Yes (first and upper year)