Health Studies

Faculty List

  • A. Benoit, B.Sc. (Mount Allison University), M.Sc. (University of Ottawa), M.Sc. (University of Toronto), Ph.D. (University of Ottawa), Assistant Professor
  • 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
  • E. Caron-Beaudoin, B.Sc. (Université du Québec à Montréal), M.Sc. (Université du Québec à Montréal), Ph.D. (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique), Assistant Professor
  • A. Charise, B.A., B.Sc. (McMaster), M.A. (Western), Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate 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), Ph.D. (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), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • M. Silver, B.A., B.S., & M.P.P. (Univ. California, Berkeley), Ph.D. (Univ. of Chicago), Associate Professor
  • N. Spence, B.A. (Western), Ph.D. (Western), Assistant Professor
  • L.J.S. Tsuji, B.Sc. (Toronto), DDS (Toronto), Ph.D. (York), Professor

Chair: M. Silver  Email:
Program Coordinator: S. Ramrattan Email:
Associate Director, Undergraduate: Obidimma Ezezika, Email:

The Department of Health and Society, formally known as 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) Program in Health Studies - Population Health (B.Sc.), students focus on the biological and environmental determinants of health, epidemiology, ageing and the life cycle, and the importance of social and behavioural determinants of health. In the Major/Major (Co-op) Program 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.

The Department of Health and Society 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, Arts, Culture and Media Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Human Biology, International Development Studies, Mental Health, Philosophy, Public Policy, Sociology, and Statistics.

Students are encouraged to contact the Program Advisor or Associate Director, Undergraduate to discuss program requirements and their individual course of study.

Planning a Program in Health & Society
Students are advised to take required courses in the Major programs as early in their careers as possible. HLTA02H2 and HLTA03H3 should be taken during the first year. Failure to do so may lead to timetable conflicts and could prolong the completion of the program. Normally, students select whether to pursue the Health Policy stream (which leads to a B.A. degree) or the Population Health stream (which leads to a B.Sc. degree) at the beginning of their second year of study.

Students are not permitted to register in courses for which they have not completed the prerequisites indicated in the Calendar. Students may only enter a course for which they lack the prerequisites by obtaining the permission of the Program Advisor prior to registration. Ineligible students will be removed from courses.

Special Topic Courses:
Themes for special topic courses will vary year to year. For more information please visit the Department of Health and Society website.

Program Combination Restrictions
The Major/Major (Co-op) Program in Health Studies - Population Health (B.Sc.) and Major/Major (Co-op) Program in Health Studies - Health Policy (B.A.) cannot be combined.

Experiential Learning and Outreach
For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.