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Health Studies

Faculty List

  • L. Bisaillon, B.A. (Bishop's University), M.Pl. (McGill), Ph.D. (Ottawa), Assistant Professor
  • H. Brown, B.A. (Queen's), M.Sc. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Western), Assistant Professor
  • A. Charise, B.A., B.Sc. (McMaster), M.A. (Western), Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor
  • O. Ezezika, B.Sc. (University of Lagos), Ph.D. (University of Georgia), M. Env. Management (Yale), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • J. Fields, B.A. (New York Univ.), MA (UNC Chapel Hill), PhD (UNC Chapel Hill), Professor
  • C. Hartblay, B.A. (Macalaster), M.A. (UNC Chapel Hill), Ph.D. (UNC Chapel Hill), Assistant Professor
  • S.R. Sicchia, M.H.Sc. (Toronto), M.Sc.(Toronto), Ph.D., (Toronto), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • M. Silver, B.A., B.S., & M.P.P. (Univ. California, Berkeley), Ph.D. (Univ. of Chicago), Assistant Professor
  • N. Spence, B.A. (Western), Ph.D. (Western), Assistant Professor
  • L.J.S. Tsuji, B.Sc. (Toronto), DDS (Toronto), Ph.D. (York), Professor


Director: J. Fields, Email:
Program Advisor:  J. Roopnarinesingh, Email:
Fourth Year Student Advisor: S. Sicchia, Email:

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society (ICHS) offers two interdisciplinary Major programs that provide students with a critical and comprehensive understanding of health, the biological and social determinants of health, and the impacts of public policy on health and well-being. In the Major/Major Co-op programs in Health Studies - Population Health (B.Sc.), students focus on the biological and environmental determinants of health, epidemiology, aging and the life cycle, and the importance of social and behavioural determinants of health. In the Major/Major Co-op programs in Health Studies - Health Policy (B.A.), students examine the character and consequences of different health care systems, public health policies, and governmental and civil society responses to ongoing societal issues related to health.

ICHS also offers Canada’s first Minor program in Health Humanities, which explores human health and illness through the methods and materials of the creative arts and interpretive social sciences.

In addition to pursuing a rich core curriculum, students are strongly encouraged to diversify their learning by drawing upon relevant courses in various programs including Anthropology, International Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Human Biology, Mental Health, Philosophy, Public Policy, Sociology and Statistics.

The Minor in Health Studies is suspended to new enrolments. Students who are already enrolled in the Program should consult the 2012-13 Calendar.

Students are reminded that they are not permitted to register in courses for which they have not completed the prerequisites indicated in the Calendar.

Program Exclusion:
the Major/Major Co-op programs in Health Studies - Population Health (B.Sc.) and Major/Major Co-op programs in Health Studies - Health Policy (B.A.) cannot be combined.
Students who plan to apply to a graduate program related to health are strongly encouraged to take a second course in Statistics, STAB27H3.

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.