Undergraduate programs


The Faculty of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences, both of which incorporate multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of health, illness, and disease in human communities. Although not required, it is possible to concentrate in one of five areas, including global health.

Graduate programs


The Diploma in Global Health is a stand-alone credential, designed to serve the needs of those who would like training in the basics of global health practice. Learn more about the Diploma in Global Health.


Global health is one of the 4 concentrations in the Master of Public Health program. Learn more about the MPH degree.


The Master of Sciences in Health Sciences is a research intensive degree, which prepares graduates for research careers in one of the signature areas, including global health. Learn more about the MSc program.


The Doctor in Philosophy is designed to train students in advanced research in health sciences, and to provide them with the skills, content area expertise, analytical and critical-thinking capabilities required to pursue original research relevant to health. Research areas in the FHS include global health. Learn more about the PhD program.

Global Health Courses

Course descriptions can be accessed from the academic course calendar under HSCI. Undergraduate courses are listed as 1XX-4XX. Graduate courses are listed as 8XX. See below for a list of undergraduate and graduate courses in global health that have been offered in the past.

Global Perspectives on Health

HSCI 160

An introduction to the differences in health and health services among the nations of the globe. Vulnerable sub-populations worldwide and their special health needs. Mechanisms whereby events in one country can impact health in another. Future worldwide health risks, their economic and health consequences. SARS, avian 'flu,' West Nile virus, 'mad cow disease,' antibiotic resistant malaria or tuberculosis. Dangers to rich and poor nations from ignoring health problems in developing world. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Sickness and Wealth: Health in Global Perspective

HSCI 308

New formations of wealth and power that contribute to international health disparities and consideration of the relations of power both between and within nation-states that make some people sick and keep others well. Economic and political collusions that make people sick. Infectious disease and child survival, health implications of war, biotech, and the politics of food and water. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: HSCI 130.

Global Health Ethics

HSCI 327

Ethical issues related to public health as they are located in and influenced by a global context. Consideration of several ethical approaches including utilitarianism, deontic ethics, and the capabilities approach, as well as theories of justice. Application of approaches to topics ranging from global markets in human organs to international migration of health workers and pharmaceutical testing in the Developing World. Students who have taken HSCI 320 or PHIL 327 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: 60 units and one of PHIL 120W (or equivalent), 121, or 221; or HSCI 319W.

Global Perspectives in Indigenous Health

HSCI 406

Examination of the health and health problems of Indigenous peoples from a global perspective. Comparative study of social and historical factors affecting Indigenous peoples that contribute to health conditions and health status. Efforts of Indigenous peoples to restore health to their Nations. Prerequisite: 60 units and completion of HSCI 305 and either HSCI 340 or HSCI 319W.

International Trade Agreements and Health Policy

HSCI 407

A review of the impact of international trade agreements in shaping health policy in Canada as well as in other developed and developing countries. The impact of trade obligations in key health policy areas, including: the provision of health services, health insurance, intellectual property, pharmaceutical policy, bio-technology, the accreditation of health professionals and the ability of governments to regulate developments in the health care sector. Prerequisite: at least 60 units in health sciences including HSCI 130, 305 and at least one other upper division HSCI course.

The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

HSCI 431

A multidisciplinary and international focus on the transmission, impact, prevention, and human aspects of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Prerequisite: 60 units including either HSCI 212 or 330.

Senior Seminar in Global Health

HSCI 486

Treatment of current global health issues. Students will examine several topics from theoretical, methodological and policy perspectives. Prerequisite: 90 units, including at least 15 upper division HSCI units. Other prerequisites may vary according to topic.

Introduction to Global Health

HSCI 821

This is a survey course in global health. The course introduces students to fundamental concepts, frameworks and vocabulary that underwrite the logics of global health, as well as important histories and milestones in the field. A survey will be conducted of the most significant topic areas in the field, considering epidemiological patterns, etiology, approaches to improving health outcomes and the policy ramifications of our knowledge.

Global Health Governance

HSCI 822

Focuses on the rationales and institutional arrangements needed for collective action to address the health impacts arising from globalization. Using case studies, the course provides understanding of the practical challenges of policy making and diplomacy in a global context. The roles and limitations of key institutional actors and governance instruments are assessed, along with emerging forms of global health governance as collective action responses to global health needs. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or permission of the Instructor.

Health, Gender and Development

HSCI 823

Central role played by gender in health and development. Relationship of gender inequities to access to and control of resources needed to protect health. Use of gender lens in evaluating health systems and economic outcomes. Practical application of gender in health development approach to health financing, resource allocation policy problems in resource-constrained nations. A case studies approach. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or permission of the instructor.

Health Policy Making in a Global Context

HSCI 829

A case-study based approach to policy analysis, formation, decision-making and evaluation in global health contexts. Frameworks for developing policy. Program planning and evaluation methodologies. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program or permission of the instructor.

Global Health and International Affairs

HSCI 870

Intersection of international affairs and global health. Pressing global health issues are analyzed as they intersect with the global economy, international development, and security. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program, or permission of the instructor.