Major programs in UTSC’s Department of Health and Society (DHS) promote an understanding of health across a spectrum of academic perspectives: from the clinical and biological health sciences to social science and humanistic ways of knowing. Health Studies assesses how individual behaviour affects individual health, examines how health systems and public policy works to promote population health, focuses on the identification of health patterns using large-scale survey data, and applications of this data for innovative health promoting strategies. What binds together these disciplinary approaches is a consciousness of the need for rigorous biological knowledge to be understood in tandem with the social milieux of human health and embodiment. Above all, this interdisciplinary program is built around an evidence-based paradigm, to which the faculty in the program are unreservedly committed.
Students who choose to major in Health Policy (BA) will become experts in the structure and effectiveness of health care systems, including public health policy, health crises and management, caregiving across the life course, and pressing issues in health care delivery for marginalized communities. Courses examine the character and consequences of different health care systems, public health policies, and governmental and civil society responses to ongoing societal issues related to health. Special emphasis is placed on how matters of culture and identity—including race, ethnicity, gender, disability, and colonialism—directly impact health outcomes and services across Canada and in the wide world beyond.
Typical career pathways may include: health policy analysis, health administration and management (community to global level), public health, community health, disability studies, arts-based health interventions and therapies, health-related non-governmental organizations (NGOs), health communication, medicine and allied health professions (including nursing, physical rehabilitation, occupational health), research and academia.
Detailed major requirements are listed on the academic course calendar.