Health & Society

About Program Admission Requirements

To see health in its social context is to look beyond the limits of medicine as we know it.

If topics such as health ethics, comparative health administration and health-care planning interest you, then York's Health programs will sustain and nurture that interest.

Health & Society will challenge you to look critically at biomedical models and practices, to understand the complexity of health policy, to see ways in which globalizing economies shape both illness and health care. It will also help you to appreciate the role played by social forces and cultural change in shaping individual well-being. Our unique program draws upon concepts and tools from many social scientific disciplines to explore the ways in which social conditions influence health and how health concerns shape social relations and institutions.

Health & Society is a term used to represent a body of scholarship that has emerged over the past twenty years in response to the limitations of a strictly biomedical approach to health issues.

  • By seeing health in its social context, you’ll look beyond the limits of medicine as we know it, to a much wider set of questions that engage social, cultural, political and moral aspects of the human experience.
  • Our program moves beyond a strictly biomedical approach to health issues and investigates such areas as health and the family, disabilities and the role of the medical professional in society.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Health Controversies: Issues of Health, Illness and Society
  • Humanities or Social Science General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • Courses outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Community health/ health advocate
  • Healthcare worker
  • Alternative healthcare worker
  • Health administration, management, policy officer
  • Law/ teaching

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.