UTSC's Health and Society programs 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. 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.
This program is built around, above all, an evidence-based paradigm, to which the faculty in the program are unreservedly committed. The Department of Health and Society offers several degree options: a BA Major or BA Major Co-op, a BSc Major or BSc Major Co-op, and a Minor in Health Humanities. Further information is available on the Department of Health and Society (Health Studies) page on the UTSC course calendar. Each year, Health and Society faculty and instructors offer a variety new Special Topics courses with descriptions that do not appear in the regular course calendar, but which count toward program requirements.
Our interdisciplinary program is designed to offer students the ability to critically explore the complexities of human health, including the following:
In addition to pursuing a rich core curriculum, students are strongly encouraged to diversify their learning by drawing upon relevant courses in various disciplines including Anthropology, Critical Development Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, Human Biology, Mental Health, Public Policy, Sociology and Statistics, as well as through emerging experiential learning opportunities and ongoing collaborations with community partner organizations.