This is a specialization course focused on developing and deepening participants' understanding of critical policy issues affecting health and health services in a comparative perspective. The course will primarily review health policy in the context of Canadian populations and systems. This course also introduces students to the field of health policy analysis and teaches relevant concepts and methods that will provide students with basic skills required to conduct health policy research for the purposes of informing or explaining health policy development, to be critical consumers of health policy research and media coverage of health policy issues.
A survey of fundamental concepts in public health. Includes history and evolution of the field, views of health and wellness, global population health and its determinants, social justice and health inequities, systems thinking, core public health functions, strategies and interventions to improve public health, the assessment-planning-action-evaluation cycle, ethics and values, intercultural competence, ways of knowing, and the roles of evidence and knowledge translation. SPH 530 is the first required core course for the MPH degree.