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Indigenous Health

Indigenous Health: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Public Health

Participating Degree Programs

Adult Education and Community Development—MA, ME​d, P​hD
Anthropology—MA, MSc, PhD
Counselling and Clinical Psychology—MA, PhD
Counselling Psychology—MEd, EdD
Geography—MA, PhD
Medical Science—MSc, PhD
​Nutritional Sciences—MSc, PhD
Public Health Sciences—MPH, PhD
Social Justice Education—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

Supporting Units

Indigenous Studies program (undergraduate), Faculty of Arts and Science


The Collaborative Specialization in Indigenous Health involves the graduate programs listed above. Indigenous Health is offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' Indigenous Studies program and the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health (WBIIH). The main objective is to ​provide graduate training in Indigenous health research and practice while enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation "Completed Collaborative Specialization in Indigenous Health" on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Telephone: (416) 978-8502
Fax: (416) 978-1883

Collaborative Specialization in Indigenous Health
c/o Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health (WBIIH)
University of Toronto
155 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M7

Indigenous Health: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

Specialization Requirements

  • All master's students in the collaborative specialization will take the core course CHL 5520H Indigenous Health (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]).

  • In home graduate units where a thesis or major research paper is required, it must deal with an Indigenous health topic. At least one member of the student's thesis committee must be a core faculty member of the collaborative specialization.

  • In home graduate units where students undertake a practicum or equivalent, it must focus on an Indigenous health topic and be supervised by a core faculty member of the collaborative specialization.

  • Students in coursework-only programs must complete additional coursework in approved Indigenous health electives. For the MEd in Adult Education and Community Development and the MEd in Social Justice Education (Option IV), 1.0 FCE in additional courses in Indigenous Health are required.

  • Students must participate in at least 80% of the Research Seminar Series, held monthly, as well as participate in at least one Indigenous land-based activity.

  • Students must complete the requirements of the collaborative specialization in addition to those requirements f​or the degree program in their home graduate unit.

Indigenous Health: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

Specialization Requirements

  • The requirements are the same as for the master's program listed above.

  • Students who have previously taken the core course CHL 5520H Indigenous Health during their master's program are required to take a different course, approved by the CS director, during their doctoral program.

  • Students participate in at least 80% of a new Research Seminar Series held monthly and at least one Indigenous land-based activity.

Indigenous Health: Courses

Core Course

CHL 5520H Indigenous Health