The Health Studies program at University College is home to a vibrant group of students from all walks of life who participate in many activities outside of the classroom. From one of U of T's best academic unions, the Health Studies Students' Union (HSSU), to the annual Undergraduate Health Studies Journal publication, there are a variety of community activities that students can enjoy while extending their learning experience beyond the classroom.
Some examples of current and past student initiatives include:
- The Health Studies Students' Union held a symposium in 2016: HealthX - Concepts in Context: Refugee Health, with keynote addresses by Dr. Phillip Berger and Dr. Andrea A. Cortinois
- Health Studies students participate in the Women in House program which aims to promote greater female representation in the government by inviting female students to shadow the lives of female Canadian politicians for a full day in Ottawa. It involves a fully-subsidized, two-day trip to Ottawa to directly witness the political procedures, learn about gender equity, and engage in mentorship and networking with Canadian political leaders. For more details on the program and participants, please visit: https://utwomeninhouse.wordpress.com/
- The HSSU holds Coffee with a Prof events three times per year - enabling students to spend more time getting to know their profs and providing them with the opportunity to ask valuable questions outside of the classroom environment. In March 2014, the HSSU held a semi-formal to raise money for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).
- In January 2014, the HSSU held a symposium on The Aging Population in collaboration with the Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology Student Union (LMPSU) which covered issues such as neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s, and new approaches to stroke recovery.
- In the 2011-2012 academic year the HSSU won the UTSU Award for Outstanding Academic Union, and again organized a successful Health Studies Symposium featuring guest speaker Dr. Abdallah Daar.
- During the 2011-2012 year students travelled to both Cuba and Six Nations Reserve to learn about different frameworks of health.
Students are encouraged to get involved with the various Health Studies events and activites at University College, and take advantage of the support offered by both the Student Union as well as other students.