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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
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Health Studies

From the Program Director

A message from the Michael Widener, Director of Health Studies Program

Explore How Health Is Shaped

Build the skills you need to help solve health challenges – both locally and globally. Our students examine how understandings of health are shaped by culture, bringing together insights from the humanities, sciences and social sciences. In a stimulating yet academically rigorous environment, you will investigate competing claims about health and disease, engaging with systems put in place to deal with illness.

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Tailored Streams of Study

You can choose from two programs of study – Specialist in Health Studies or Major in Health Studies. We tailor each stream within the program to accommodate your interests, while maintaining a rigorous academic core curriculum.

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Core Courses

The core courses provide an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary Health Studies. You can build on these courses to design a program that reflects your interests.

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Health Studies Perspectives on COVID-19

Many UC faculty and students are responding to the ongoing public health crisis. See what they have been saying.


Health Studies
Health Studies Student Deirdre Kelly-Adams explores the historical shortfalls and challenges of public health as it links to the lived experience of temporary migrant workers, refugees and other im/migrants.