This multidisciplinary minor is for students who want to explore health-related issues using the analytical lenses offered by the six disciplines that comprise the social sciences at the University — criminology, economics, political studies, psychology, social work and sociology. Indeed, each contributes to enriching students' understanding of the complex social factors that affect health. 

Professors from each discipline draw from a wealth of social-science research that reveals key insights into why some people are healthier than others, and what contributes to health improvement. In addition, the program encourages students to engage in critical dialogue about the social, economic, political, psychological and cultural dimensions of health.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The table below includes only discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on including a minor to your degree.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2018-2019 calendars for the previous requirements.

Compulsory courses
SSS 2110Social Science Approaches to Health Issues3 Units
SSS 4110Individual and Community Practices of Health3 Units
SSS 4120A Social Analysis of the Institutions and Governance of Health3 Units
Optional courses
9 course units from:9 Units
Criminal Justice and Health
Introduction to Health Economics
Health Politics and Policy in Canada
Psychosocial Aspects of Health
Sociological Perspectives on Determinants of Health
Health and Social Inequality
6 optional course units from the list of optional courses6 Units
6 optional course units at the 3000 or 4000 level from the list of optional courses6 Units
Total: 30 Units

List of Optional Courses

Choose at least two disciplines from the list of optional courses:
ANT 3133Medical Anthropology3 Units
CRM 2309Criminal Justice and Health3 Units
CRM 3311Mental Disorder and Justice3 Units
ECO 2110Microeconomic Analysis of the Public Sector3 Units
ECO 2123Introduction to Health Economics3 Units
ECO 3149Application of Cost-Benefit Analysis to Public Projects3 Units
ECO 4190Health Economics3 Units
FEM 2104Gender, (Dis)Ability and Health3 Units
GRT 2100Psychosocial Aspects of Aging3 Units
GRT 2102Intervention with Aging Populations3 Units
GRT 3102Cognitive Aging and Dementia3 Units
HSS 2121History of Health Care3 Units
PAP 4315Public Policy Analysis3 Units
PHI 2396Bioethics3 Units
POL 4162Health Politics and Policy in Canada3 Units
PSY 3101The Psychology of Death and Dying3 Units
PSY 3109Social Motivation3 Units
PSY 3122Human Sexual Behaviour3 Units
PSY 3142Drugs and Behaviour3 Units
PSY 3171Psychopathology3 Units
PSY 3306Psychosocial Aspects of Health3 Units
PSY 4134Community Psychology3 Units
SOC 2101Sociological Approaches to Health, Illness and Medicine3 Units
SOC 3101Sociology of Ethics3 Units
SOC 3107Ageing Here and Elsewhere3 Units
SOC 3123Sociological Perspectives on Determinants of Health3 Units
SOC 4139Sociological Analysis of Social Policy3 Units
SRS 2398Religion and Health3 Units
SVS 2125Health and Social Inequality3 Units
SVS 3504Santé mentale et service social3 Units
SVS 3521Intervention dans le champ de la toxicomanie3 Units