Bachelor On Campus

Health & Society

York University

36 months
32416 CAD/year
7037 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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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 University's Health & Society BHS program will sustain and nurture that interest.


The Health & Society BHS program at York University 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.

Possible Career Paths Include:

This program's broad interdisciplinary approach to health in its social context makes an excellent foundation for careers in the health-care sector, counselling, voluntary and private agencies, government, law, journalism, health advocacy, education or social work.

  • Community health/ health advocate
  • Healthcare worker
  • Alternative healthcare worker
  • Health administration, management, policy officer
  • Law/ teaching

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Controversies: Issues of Health, Illness and Society
  • Nutritional Anthropology: Food and Eating in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • The Anthropology of International Health
  • Humanities or Social Science General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • Courses outside the major

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official Transcripts (all students are required to submit official transcripts except those qualifying as Mature applicants or as Visiting Students on a Letter of Permission)
  • Course Descriptions
  • Language Proficiency Requirements
  • Supplementary Application

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32416 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32416 CAD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    7037 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7037 CAD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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