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Health Studies

The Health Studies Program explores how health is shaped by the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work, and age, and how these in turn connect to a wider set of environmental, social, cultural, economic, and political forces. Health Studies students investigate the impact of systems put in place to deal with illness, and examine how understandings of health are shaped by the cultures we live in and by competing claims about health and disease.  

Understanding health requires knowledge from a range of disciplines and sectors: Health Studies brings insights from across the social sciences, sciences and humanities to its courses. Students from a variety of backgrounds come together in a stimulating environment that challenges them to think about health in new ways.  

Students in the major stream receive interdisciplinary training in critical approaches to health and care. Students in the specialist stream undertake directed independent research culminating in an undergraduate research project that is excellent training for graduate studies. The Health Studies program also allows students to tailor their studies so that they can focus on specific aspects of health and health care.



  • Health Studies (specialist and major options)


First-Year Courses

  • The Health Studies program does not offer any courses at the first year level


Advice for First Year

Ideally, preparation for this program would include one or more courses in life sciences (such as biology, environmental sciences, psychology or physiology) and social sciences (such as sociology, anthropology, political science, geography or economics). However, students from all disciplines, including the humanities, are welcome to apply to the Health Studies program.


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