Global Health

Global Health

Faculty of Health

Global health challenges, such as COVID-19 (coronavirus) and Antimicrobial Resistance, do not recognize borders - they are everywhere, including in our own communities. Study the health of the world’s population that is intertwined with broader issues, including wealth disparity, environmental degradation, government policy and human rights. Students in York’s Global Health degree examine these and other issues in small classroom settings benefitting from direct interaction with their professors and fellow students. Combine your classroom learning with a fourth-year field placement offered with organizations locally or internationally.

Global Health Courses

All students, whether in the BA or BSc options, are exposed to the major issues that are at the forefront of global health through core courses, including:

  • Global Health Governance and Leadership
  • Global Health Policy, Power and Politics
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Determinants of Health: Local to Global
  • Chronic Diseases and Care
  • Communicable Diseases and Care
  • Healthcare Planning for Communities
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Agents of Change in a Global World (strongly recommended as an elective course)

Pathways to Medical, Professional Schools & Post-Graduate Training

Taught by professors in all areas of the Faculty of Health – Health Policy & Management, Kinesiology & Health Science, Nursing and Psychology – the Global Health degree provides an excellent foundation for medical school, professional schools (e.g. law, teaching), graduate school and post-graduate training (e.g. nursing).

Global Health as a 2nd Degree

Students who hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and are admissible according to Faculty of Health and York University policies may pursue a second degree in Global Health at York University. With full-time study (i.e., 15 credits per term), students may be able to complete an Honours BA/BSc degree in Global Health in as little as four terms (two calendar years). Students pursuing a Specialized Honours BA/BSc degree in Global Health may complete the program in six terms (3 calendar years).

Students will be assessed as eligible for an Honours or Specialized Honours degree in Global Health if they have graduated with an Honours or 90-credit bachelor’s degree. Students will be granted transfer credit in accordance with the University’s residency requirement. Depending on the program of study from an applicant’s first degree, it is likely that all general education and many elective course requirements will be waived. This will allow students to focus exclusively on their Global Health major course requirements as they fast-track their studies.

Real World Experience

All Global Health students have an opportunity to do a fourth year placement with 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

  • Health Policy Analyst/Advisor
  • Health Systems Planner*
  • Clinic Director
  • Health Manager
  • 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
  • Communications Specialist
  • Doctor*
  • Nurse*
  • Lawyer*
  • Professor*
  • Teacher*

*with further postgraduate training

For more information about York's Global Health degree, contact the Global Health program at or 416-736-5028.

You may also be interested in Health Studies or Health & Society.

Program Details

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Faculty of Health

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Fall entry


Winter entry


Summer entry



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