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Global and Population Health

Global and Population Health


Courses that comprise this learning track will introduce fundamentals of global and population health in terms of terminology, factors that affect the health of a population, as well as appropriate ways to study in this field. Students will have the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of appropriate methodologies for studying population health, as well as will be able to explore specific populations with particular needs in greater depth.

This track requires students to take a total of 8 courses; 7 Required and 1 Additional

Required Courses

All of these courses must be taken for this track to be completed

GLPH 171, Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease uses an evidence based approach to address the impact of social and environmental exposures and circumstances on health at both an individual and population level.


IDIS 173, History and Philosophy of Health and Healthcare is a multidisciplinary course organized around five major fields of scientific endeavour: anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, and population and global health. In each module, students will learn about the historical evolution of one of these fields, focusing on the people, events, and discoveries that have had the biggest impact on its development.


HSCI 270, Fundamentals of Health Research Methodology introduces fundamentals of health-related research methods with a focus on developing critical reasoning skills, using examples from a wide range of health-related research topics.


GLPH 271, Global and Population Health emphasizes population health instead of the health of individuals. This course was previously BMED 271 Global and Population Health.

GLPH 471 – Advanced Global and Population Health focuses on advanced topics of global health, building on the knowledge that students gained in GLPH 271. This course also provides experiential learning.

HSCI 383, Advanced Research Methodologies will develop the understanding of the three primary types of research employed in health sciences: experimental quantitative, observational quantitative, and qualitative. For each approach, research procedures will be explored.

Additional Courses

Students must take at least TWO (2) of the following courses to complete this track

BMED 483, Advanced Topics in Infectious Disease examines basic principles of infectious diseases. Selected infectious disease syndromes will be examined to explore unique host microbe interactions.

IDIS 280, Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare aims to prepare learners with the knowledge and capabilities for working within complex interprofessional environments that are common in the healthcare sector.

IDIS 480, Advanced Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare presents philosophies and methodologies crucial for safe and excellent teamwork in healthcare. It aims to prepare students with additional knowledge and advanced capabilities to work within complex interprofessional environments.

GLPH 385, Biohacking and Gerontechnology examines technologies that are in use/evolving in the aging support and anti-aging arsenal, including gerontechnology and anti-aging technologies.

GLPH 493, Global Health Practice will strengthen students’ abilities to respond to a community’s health needs through a practical service learning position with an approved local or international community health organization.