Our Program

Through our program, students engage with the social science literatures and theories that are relevant to the study of health policy and health systems. They also develop knowledge of the policies and systems in their specialization (e.g., global health, public health, drug policy, etc.) as well as the methodological expertise required to analyze and conduct research and develop evidence.

In addition to required courses, students are expected to draw on (and in the case of PhD research, contribute to) an appropriate subset of the social science literatures and theories relevant to the study of health policy and health systems. MSc students must complete 6 half courses. PhD students must complete 10 half courses, of which one is their comprehensive examination course.

Degree Requirements - MSc
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
CHL5300H Public Health Policy
HAD5778H Comparative Health Systems and Policy
One statistics course

If the student will not emphasize statistical methods in their program:

HAD5772H  – Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers

If the student will emphasize statistical methods in their program:

HAD5744H – Introduction to Health Econometrics

One other methods course Quantitative methods:
HAD5746H – Applied Health Econometrics
(NB. HAD5744H is a prerequisite)

Qualitative methods:
HSR1001H – Intro to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research
HAD5740H – Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research
(NB. HSR1001H is a prerequisite)

Case study methods:
HAD5781H – Case Study Research for Health Services, Systems and Policy

Mixed methods:
HAD5742H – Mixed Methods in Health Services Research
(NB. HSR1001H is a prerequisite)
Electives, as appropriate, for example

CHL5308H – Tools & Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis & Evaluation

HAD5022H – Politics, Policy, Public Health and Health Technology

HAD5760H – Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis

HAD5773H – Intro to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector

Degree Requirements - PhD

MSc requirements plus the following required courses

HAD6760H Introduction to Health Services Research Theory & Methods
HAD6763H Health Policy Comprehensive Course
HAD6770H Applying Health Services Research Methods