students at health fair

GAIHN has a number of programs to help you acquire valuable skills and experiences with nursing and social justice

Education & Curriculum

Providing 90% of health care services in the world via a multitude of settings across the continuum of care, nurses play a crucial role in defining and in addressing global health challenges. This is a key reason why the Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN) formally appointed Global and Indigenous Health Nursing (GAIHN) as a unified front in overseeing all global health activities and initiatives within the School.

Ashukin Program:

The ISoN launched the Ashukin program in January 2018, which enables Bachelor of Science (Nursing) BSc(N), Bachelor of Nursing (Integrated) (BNI)—and eventually, Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing - Direct-Entry—students to acquire clinical learning experiences in Indigenous communities in Quebec. The program is aptly named “Ashukin”, a Naskapi and Atikamekw word meaning “bridge”, in reference to the tangible connections being created between communities. The program provides students with the opportunity to work with Indigenous populations in both Southern and Northern Quebec, in urban, rural and remote communities.

As part of the program, students perform a needs assessment in collaboration with community members, who actively take part in identifying their own needs. Based on the assessments, students are tasked with developing a health promotion or primary prevention project to be shared with the community at large upon completion. This way, students get to exchange culture and knowledge with members of an Indigenous community, while learning clinical competencies ranging from public health, health promotion, health education to primary prevention, and the communities get to share their knowledge, and benefit from the students’ work. To learn more about this program and how to apply click here

Ashukin students present at GAIHN Health Fair
Ashukin students present at GAIHN Health Fair

Global Health Concentration:

In tandem with GAIHN, the ISoN developed a Global Health Concentration in 2007, an enriched educational stream for globally conscious graduate nursing students, featuring curricula designed to prepare nurses for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited resource environments. The philosophy driving the curricula stresses the importance of understanding the inherent power dynamics, equity issues and ethical dilemmas that arise through global health nursing work. You can learn more about this program here

Ambassador Program:

The Ambassador Programs enables Undergraduate students to complete their final internship outside of the McGill hospital network including in rural and Indigenous communities, in other provinces and countries to broaden their understanding of health care in difference cultures and health care systems. GAIHN supports the annual information session for students interested in applying to the ambassador program in collaboration with the Nursing Undergraduate Society (NUS), where alumni come and share their clinical experiences in global health settings with interested students. This also creates a culture at the ISoN that is open to discussing issues of health equity.

Pre-departure Workshop:

The Pre-departure workshops started in 2006 for all students going outside of Montreal for a clinical stage with both the Ambassador Program and the Global Health concentration. The importance of pre-departure training has long been established as essential to prepare students going to complete clinical stage components outside of their culture. The pre-departure workshop focuses on the ethics of learning in another culture, reflecting at one’s positionality and role within another health care system. GAIHN was instrumental in developing and offering this training, involving and coordinating with former students to come and mentor students about to embark on a clinical placement outside of their culture.

students at pre-departure workshop

Re-Entry Workshop (REW):

Over the years the importance of supporting students upon their return from global health experiences has received much less attention, despite the challenges that students face. GAIHN was a leader in developing a Re-Entry Workshop (REW), one of the first organized debriefing training programs offered at McGill (mandatory for the GHC students) to help students with the challenges of re-integration. Students come together in a group with an experienced facilitator, several times over a 3-month period of time to share and debrief over a meal and further develop and integrate the learning from their Global Health experience working with an underserved population.


There are many electives that have been taken and recommended by past students that deepen knowledge of global and Indigenous health, the following chart has a list of these electives:


GAIHN Suggested Elective List 

Suggested Electives 

Description of Courses 

Offered 2019/2020 

AFRI 598  

Research Seminar in African Studies (3 credits): An interdisciplinary research seminar on topics of common interest to staff and students of the African Studies Program. As part of their contribution, students will prepare a research paper under the supervision of one or more members of staff 


Winter 2020 

AGEC 442 

Economics of International Agricultural Development (3 credits): The course deals with economic aspects of international development with emphasis on the role of food, agriculture and the resource sector in the economy of developing countries. Topics will include world food analysis, development project analysis and policies for sustainable development. Development case studies will be used. 


Winter 2020 

AGRI 411 

Global Issues on Development, Food and Agriculture (3 credits): International development and world food security and challenges in developing countries. Soil and water management, climate change, demographic issues, plant and animal resources conservation, bio-products and biofuels, economic and environmental issues specially in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Globalization, sustainable development, technology transfer and human resources needs for rural development. 


Winter 2020 

AGRI 550 

Sustained Tropical Agriculture (3 credits): Contrast theory and practice in defining agricultural environmental "challenges" in the Neotropics. Indigenous and appropriate technological means of mitigation. Soil management and erosion, water scarcity, water over-abundance, and water quality. Explore agro-ecosystem protection via field trips and project designs. Institutional context of conservation strategies, NGO links, and public participation. 


Winter 2020 

ANSC 400 

Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses (3 credits): The basic principles of molecular biology and the underlying molecular basis for various methodologies in molecular biology are covered. The molecular genetic basis for viral infections and tumorigenesis will be covered as examples of the use of molecular genetic approaches to address biological problems. 


Winter 2020 

ANTH 227 

Medical Anthropology (3 credits): Beliefs and practices concerning sickness and healing are examined in a variety of Western and non-Western settings. Special attention is given to cultural constructions of the body and to theories of disease causation and healing efficacy. Topics include international health, medical pluralism, transcultural psychiatry, and demography. 


Fall 2019/Summer 2020 

ANTH 212 

Anthropology of Development (3 credits): Processes of developmental change, as they affect small communities in the Third World and in unindustrialized parts of developed countries. Problems of technological change, political integration, population growth, industrialization, urban growth, social services, infrastructure and economic dependency 


Winter 2020/Summer 2020 

ANTH 302 

New Horizons in Medical Anthropology (3 credits): Using recent ethnographies as textual material, this course will cover theoretical and methodological developments in medical anthropology since the early 1990's. Topics include a reconsideration of the relationship between culture and biology, medical pluralism revisited, globalization and health and disease, and social implications of new biomedical technologies. 


Winter 2020 

ANTH 322  

Social Change in Modern Africa (3 credits): The impact of colonialism on African societies; changing families, religion, arts; political and economic transformation; migration, urbanization, new social categories; social stratification; the social setting of independence and neo-colonialism; continuity, stagnation, and progressive change. 


Fall 2019 

ANTH 326 

Anthropology of Latin America (3 credits): Central themes in the anthropology of Latin America, including colonialism, religiosity, sexuality and gender, indigeneity, social movements, and transnationalism. 


Fall 2019 

ANTH 327 

Anthropology of South Asia (3 credits): An introduction to anthropological research in India and greater South Asia. Topics include politics, caste, class, religion, gender and sexuality, development and globalization. 


Not Currently Offered 

ANTH 407 

Anthropology of the Body (3 credits): This course will survey theoretical approaches used over the past 100 years, and then focus on contemporary debates using case studies. The nature/culture mind/ body, subject/object, self/other dichotomies central to most work of the body will be problematized. 


Winter 2020 

ANTH 423 

Mind, Brain and Psychopathology (3 credits): Evolutionary origins of the human mind and the 'social brain', and the psychopathologies that are said to provide access to this evolutionary history, through the perspective of the anthropology of science and psychiatry. 


Fall 2019 

ANTH 426 

Immigration and Culture (3 credits): Immigration is transforming Europe and North America, and is a major demographic and cultural process in Canada. It is also the subject of government policies in Canada and elsewhere, including the increasingly controversial "multiculturalism." The study of immigration and its cultural dimensions should be covered in our anthropology curriculum, if we are to be up-to-date in our understanding and teaching about globalization and about Canada today. 


Not Currently Offered 

ANTH 436 

North American Native Peoples (3 credits): A detailed examination of selected contemporary problems 


Fall 2019 

ANTH 438  

Topics in Medical Anthropology (3 credits): Conceptions of health and illness and the form and meaning that illness take are reflections of a particular social and cultural context. Examination of the metaphoric use of the body, comparative approaches to healing, and the relationship of healing systems to the political and economic order and to development. 


Not Currently Offered 

ANTH 522 

Issues in Biological Anthropology (3 credits): Recent developments in biological anthropology, such as the evolution of social systems in primates, foraging strategies, and emerging infectious diseases. 


Not Currently Offered 

ARCH 564 

Design for Development (3 credits): Designing for sustainable development to meet broad developmental goals. Innovative design approaches, strategies and projects to address these objectives via economic empowerment, food security, gender equity, health, sanitation, climate-change preparedness, and shelter-sector engagements. 


Not Currently Offered 

ECON 313 

Economic Development 1 (3 credits): Microeconomic theories of economic development and empirical evidence on population, labour, firms, poverty. Inequality and environment 


Fall 2019/Winter 2020 

ENVR 430 

The Economics of Well-Being (3 credits): Definition, measurement, and determinants of subjective well-being and their implications for policy, growth, and the environment 


Fall 2019 

ENVB 500 

Advanced Topics in Ecotoxicology (3 credits): Exploring the impact of environmental chemicals on biological organisms in an ecological context. Basic topics in ecotoxicology, such as source and fate, routes of exposure, bioavailability, dose-response, biomarkers, and risk assessment will be covered from both theoretical and applied perspectives. The processes by which pollutants are tested, regulated, and monitored will be critically examined. 


Fall 2019 

EPIB 684 

Principles of Environmental Health Sciences 1 (3 credits): Topics in environmental health sciences: principles of exposure assessment and of toxicology. 


Fall 2019 

EPIB 685  

Principles of Environmental Health Sciences 2 (3 credits): Topics in environmental health sciences: principles of environmental epidemiology. 


Winter 2020 

FMED 506 

Indigenous Perspectives: Decolonizing Health Approaches (1 credit): Indigenous-grounded health promotion in primary care with the goal to foster meaningful patient and community engagement in research and healthcare while using a decolonized framework. Class discussions draw on diverse ways of knowing and living, enriched by group interactions with facilitators (i.e. Indigenous elders, patients, and health workers) 


Not Currently Offered 

FMED 619   

Program Management in Global Health & Primary Health Care (3 credits): Program management design, theory, methods and practical applications in both domestic and global health settings, with a focus on primary health care in order to achieve rapid scale-up of effective health interventions towards universal coverage while strengthening health systems for sustained impact. 


Winter 2020 

GEOG 210 

Global Places and Peoples (3 credits): Introduction to key themes in human geography. Maps and the making, interpretation and contestation of landscapes, 'place', and territory. Investigation of globalization and the spatial organization of human geo-politics, and urban and rural environments. 


Winter 2020 

GEOG 216 

Geography of the World Economy (3 credits): The course introduces the geography of the world economic system. It describes the spatial distribution of economic activities and examines the factors which influence their changing location. Case studies from both "developed" and "developing" countries will test the different geographical theories presented in lectures. 


Fall 2019 

GEOG 221 

Environment and Health (3 credits): This course introduced physical and social environments as factors in human health, with emphasis on the physical properties of the atmospheric environment as they interact with diverse human populations in urban settings. 


Fall 2019 

GEOG 301 

Geography of Nunavut (3 credits): An introduction to the physical and cultural geography of Canada's newest territory. The course will emphasize the bio-physical heterogeneity of the natural environment and the cultural and political ecology of the human population 


Fall 2019 

GEOG 303 

Health Geography (3 credits): Discussion of the research questions and methods of health geography. Particular emphasis on health inequalities at multiple geographic scales and the theoretical links between characteristics of places and the health of people 


Winter 2020 

GEOG 310 

Development and Livelihoods (3 credits): Geographical dimensions of rural/urban livelihoods in the face of socioeconomic and environmental change in developing regions. Emphasis on household natural resource use, survival strategies and vulnerability, decision-making, formal and informal institutions, migration, and development experience in contrasting global environments 


Winter 2020 

GEOG 325 

New Master-Planned Cities (3 credits): This course examines the origins, designs, motivations and cultural politics of planned cities, focusing primarily on those currently under construction in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. A variety of themes will be explored including design responses to urban pollution and over-crowding, 'new' cities from earlier decades, totalitarianism and the city, utopianism, 'green' cities, and 'creative' cities. The course examines the various motivations underlying the design and construction of planned cities and how they are shaped by power, religion, and political ideologies. There will be a focus on evolving concepts used in city design as well as the continuities and cultural revivalism expressed through urban design and architecture. Students interested in urban and cultural geography, cities, architecture and planning in different cultural contexts will enjoy this course. 


Winter 2020 

GEOG 403 

Global Health and Environmental Change (3 credits): Major themes and contemporary case studies in global health and environmental change. Focus on understanding global trends in emerging infectious disease from social, biophysical, and geographical perspectives, and critically assessing the health implications of environmental change in different international contexts. 


Not Currently Offered 

GEOG 406 

Human Dimensions of Climate Change (3 credits): This course will examine the human dimensions of climate change focusing on the vulnerability of human systems, climate change adaptation and mitigation, key policy debates, and current and future challenges. Case studies will be utilized to provide context and help investigate and understand key concepts, trends, and challenges. 


Not Currently Offered 

GEOG 408 

Geography of Development (3 credits): Examines the geographical dimensions of development policy, specifically the relationships between the process of development and human-induced environmental change. Focuses on environmental sustainability, struggles over resource control, population and poverty, and levels of governance (the role of the state, non-governmental organizations, and local communities). 


Fall 2019 

GEOG 409 

Geographies of Developing Asia (3 credits): Current development questions that are of concern to the Asian region. Emphasis on critically studying the major processes of social, economic and environmental change through regional case studies in rural, peri-urban and urban contexts. Covers important debates and considerations that lie at the heart of development geography. 


Not Currently Offered 

GEOG 417 

Urban Geography (3 credits): Classic and contemporary perspectives in urban geography. Range of topics including effects of capitalism, gender, suburbanism, segregation and inequality, property, urban landscapes, and urban space. Emphasizes theoretical issues but includes empirical and/or case studies. 


Fall 2019 

GEOG 423 

Dilemmas of Development (3 credits): Africa seems beset by development problems. Some of these appear to have no clear answer. Such dilemmas present significant barriers to moving forward with durable, effective development in Africa. This course will examine two primary and frequently interlocked dilemmas in East Africa with wide ranging impact - food security, and conflict. 


Not Currently Offered 

GEOG 493 

Health and Environment in Africa (3 credits): Health and Environment in Africa (3 credits)Exploration of key diseases of development, as well as patterns and determinants of health and disease in East Africa. Topics will focus on population and environmental health. 


Not Currently Offered 

GEOG 502  

Geography of Northern Development (3 credits): Analysis of the evolution of development policies and their spatial implications in circumpolar areas with an emphasis on the application of geographical concepts. Special attention is given to indigenous peoples and new immigrant populations in northern North America 


Fall 2019 

GEOG 503  

Advanced Topics in Health Geography (3 credits): A critical review of current themes and trends in health geography, with emphasis on geographical perspectives in public health research. Topics include the social and environmental determinants of chronic and infectious disease, health and health-related behaviours. Seminars focus on critical appraisal of conceptual and methodological approaches in health geography research. 


Not Currently Offered 

GEOG 507  

Advanced Social Geography (3 credits): Current theories and themes in social geography, such as relations between society and space, social and spatial relations of inequality, difference and diversity, situated and embodied identities, social issues and problems, connections between society and nature, all within a spatial framework. 


Not Currently Offered 

GEOG 530  

Linkage of physical processes (hydrology and ecosystems) with issues of societal and socio-economic relevance (land, food, and water use appropriation for human well-being). Application of a holistic perspective on land, food and water issues in an international setting, highlighting linkages, feedbacks and trade-offs in an Earth system context. 


Not Currently Offered 

HSSM 605  

Medical Anthropology (3 credits): Seminar in the anthropology of medicine. 


Not Currently Offered 

HSSM 610  

Sociology of Medicine (3 credits): Seminar in the sociology of medicine. 


Not Currently Offered 

INDS 111 

Molecules to Global Health (6 credits): Introduction to the scope of medical and dental practice, from the molecular to global health. Basic principles of pathology and pharmacology, concepts of disease, and the role of the physician and dentist in the Canadian health care system. 


Fall 2019 

INTD 200 

Introduction to International Development (3 credits): An interdisciplinary introduction to the field of International Development Studies focusing on the theory and practice of development. It examines various approaches to international development, including past and present relationships between developed and underdeveloped societies, and pays particular attention to power and resource distribution globally and within nations. 


Fall 2019/Winter 2020 

INTD 597 

Seminar in International Development (3 credits): An interdisciplinary research seminar on topics of common interest to staff and students of the International Development Studies program. As part of their contribution, students will prepare a research paper under the supervision of one or more members of staff. 


Not Currently Offered 

LAWG 521 

Student-Initiated Seminar 1 (3 credits): Supervised student-initiated seminar. 


Fall 2019/Winter 2020 

MICR 341 

Mechanisms of Pathogenicity (3 credits): A study of the means by which bacteria cause disease in animals and humans. Includes response of host to invading bacteria, bacterial attachment and penetration processes, and modes of actions of exotoxins and endotoxins. 


Fall 2019 

MIMM 214 

Introductory Immunology: Elements of Immunity (3 credits): Basic immunology, organs and cells, elements of innate immunity, phagocytes, complement, elements of adaptive immunity, B-cells, T-cells, antigen presenting cells, MHC genes and molecules, antigen processing and presentation, cytokines and chemokines. Emphasis on anatomy and the molecular and cellular players working together as a physiological system to maintain human health. 


Winter 2020 

MIMM 324 

Fundamental Virology (3 Credits): A study of the fundamental properties of viruses and their interactions with host cells. Bacteriophages, DNA- and RNA-containing animal viruses, and retroviruses are covered. Emphasis will be on phenomena occurring at the molecular level and on the regulated control of gene expression in virus-infected cells. 


Fall 2019 

MIMM 413 

Parasitology (3 credits): A study of the biology, immunological aspects of host-parasite interactions, pathogenicity, epidemiology and molecular biological aspects of selected parasites of medical importance. Laboratory will consist of a lecture on techniques, demonstrations and practical work. 



Winter 2020 

NRSC 221 

Environment and Health (3 Credits): Introduction to physical and social environments as factors contributing to the production of human health, with emphasis on the physical properties of the atmospheric environment as they interact with diverse human populations in urban settings 


Fall 2019 

NUR2 516 

An overview of the main issues in global health studies, approaches by which to understand these issues, and the importance of making reasoned links between the key global health studies concepts. 


Fall 2019 

NUR2 636 

Global Health Nursing Clinical (3 Credits): This course continues to develop the knowledge and skills required to enhance the health of families. Family health has to do with ways of learning, developing, relating, behaving, and thinking which promote physical and psychological well-being. It involves coping with adversity by developing or drawing on family and individual strengths, as well as external resources. From the foundational perspective of Strengths-Based Nursing, students will continue to develop approaches to family assessment and intervention using theoretically and empirically grounded strategies for working with families. 


Fall 2019 

NUTR 341 

Global Food Security (3 credits): Food insecurity is one of the most critical issues humanity has faced in history. The magnitude of this phenomenon, reflected in its worldwide presence and in the number of individuals affected, makes it an imperative component of all nations' and of all internaltional agencies' agendas. Its complexity of determinants and its numerous consequences require the involvement of multipe disciplines and sectors. McGill undergraduate students as future professionals tackling global issues require an integrated and multidisciplinary training on food security. 


Fall 2019 

NUTR 501  

Nutrition in Developing Countries (3 credits): This course will cover the major nutritional problems in developing countries. The focus will be on nutrition and health and emphasize young children and other vulnerable groups. The role of diet and disease for each major nutritional problem will be discussed. 


Fall 2019 

NUTR 512 

Herbs, Foods and Phytochemicals (3 credits): An overview of the use of herbal medicines and food phytochemicals and the benefits and risks of their consumption. The physiological basis for activity and the assessment of toxicity will be presented. Current practices relating to the regulation, commercialization and promotion of herbs and phytochemicals will be considered 


Fall 2019 

PARA 410 

Environment and Infection (3 Credits): Infectious pathogens of humans and animals and their impact on the global environment are considered. The central tenet is that infectious pathogens are environmental risk factors. The course considers their impact on the human condition and juxtaposes the impact of control and treatment measures and environmental change 


Winter 2020 

PARA 515  

Water, Health and Sanitation (3 credits): The origin and types of water contaminants including live organisms, infectious agents and chemicals of agricultural and industrial origins. Conventional and new technological developments to eliminate water pollutants. Comparisons of water, health and sanitation between industrialized and developing countries. 


Winter 2020 

POLI 227 

Developing Areas/Introduction (3 credits): An introduction to Third World politics. A comparative examination of the legacies of colonialism, the achievement of independence, and contemporary dynamics of political and socio-economic development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Topics include modernization, dependency, state-building and national integration, revolution, the role of the military, and democratization 


Winter 2020 

POLI 522  

Developing Areas (3 credits): Seminar on developing areas. Topic varies year to year. 


Not Currently Offered 

POLI 646  

Politics of Developing Areas 1 (3 credits): A specific problem area in the Comparative Politics of Developing Areas. 


Winter 2020 

POLI 650  

Seminar in Peacebuilding (3 credits): An examination of transitions from civil war to peace, and the role of external actors (international organizations, bilateral donors, non-governmental organizations) in support of such transitions. Topics will include the dilemmas of humanitarian relief, peacekeeping operations, refugees, the demobilization of ex-combatants, transitional elections, and the politics of socio-economic reconstruction. 


Winter 2020 

POLI 670  

Advanced Topics: International Relations (3 credits): A specific problem area in International Relations 


Fall 2019 

POLI 575  

Seminar: International Politics (3 credits): A research seminar dealing with topics in the field of international politics. 


Fall 2019 

POLI 679  

International Security: Conflict and Co-operation (3 credits): Covers theoretical and historical literature on international security, strategy, war, and cooperation. Includes systemic, societal and normative explanations or war, peace, security, and change. 


Not Currently Offered 

POLI 680  

Social Change/Advanced Industrialized Democracies (3 credits): Introduction to the theories, concepts and empirical work on advanced democracies with a focus on issues of social change. Theories of the welfare states, social capital, postmaterialism, political participation, social movements and issues of diversity are studied from a variety of methodological perspectives. 


Winter 2020 

PPHS 501 

Population Health and Epidemiology (3 Credits): This course presents concepts and methods of epidemiology at the introductory level. The use of epidemiologic methods for population and public health research and practice will be illustrated. A review of selected population health questions such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the cardiovascular disease epidemic, cigarette smoking, or screening for disease will be presented. 


Winter 2020 

PPHS 511 

Fundamentals of Global Health (3 credits): This exciting and interactive course aims to give students the opportunity to broaden their understanding and knowledge of global health issues, including global burden of diseases, determinants of health, transition in health and drivers of such transition, challenges in healthcare delivery in resource-limited settings, and the variety of agencies and actors engaged in addressing global health challenges. The course consists of lectures, case studies, debates, discussions and small group work. 


Fall 2019/Winter 2020 

PPHS 525 

Health Care Systems in Comparative Perspective (3 credits): Comparative perspective to illustrate processes involved in the development and evolution of health care systems around the world. Countries examined will represent different welfare state regimes, health care system typologies, levels of development and wealth. 


Fall 2019 

PPHS 527  

Health Services Research and Policy (3 credits): Key health policy topics in developed economies using analytic frameworks and tools from economics. Major topics include health insurance, health care financing, and the roles of individuals and public and private institutions in the health care system. 


Not Currently Offered  

PPHS 528  

Economic Evaluation of Health Programs (3 credits): Concepts and methods used to carry out economic evaluations of health programs and interventions, including public health interventions, pharmaceuticals, and other health care interventions. Includes topics such as calculation of unit costs, measurement of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and assessment of uncertainty in cost-effectiveness analysis. 


Fall 2019 

PPHS 529 

Global Environmental Health and Burden of Disease (3 credits): This course presents the grand challenges in global health from environmental and occupational risks along with the multi-disciplinary methods used to identify, control, and prevent them. It will introduce students to knowledge and skills in core disciplines of environmental health and approaches to environmental risk recognition, control and prevention in a global context. 


Winter 2020 

PPHS 602/ EPIB 602 ??? 

Foundations of Population Health (3 credits): Introduction to population health and the conceptual basis of the population health approach to measuring disease occurrence and to prevention. Fundamentals of, and methods for, studying burden of disease in population, and how these differ across time, space, and groups. Topics include population dynamics, denominators, occurrence of events, time, person and place, health indicators, standardization, life tables, age, cohort and period effects, disease surveillance and vital statistics. Introduction to the concepts and principles of measurement including measurement error, validity, reliability, and accuracy. 


Not Currently Offered 

PPHS 612  

Principles of Public Health Practice (3 credits): Principles and methods in public health practice. Topics will include investigation in public health, public health intervention, program evaluation, public health and the health care system, society and public health. 


Not Currently Offered 

PPHS 615 

Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits): Introduction to the field of infectious disease epidemiology taught from a public health perspective. Topics include analytic methods, study design, outbreak investigations, surveillance, vaccine development and evaluations, screening, modelling, and infectious causes of cancer or chronic diseases. 


Fall 2019 

PPHS 624  

Public Health Ethics and Policy (3 Credits): Critical assessment of ethical dilemmas and policy considerations raised by the practice of public health. Specific topics include: measuring and defining health; surveillance and privacy; preparedness, quarantine, and distribution of resources during a health emergency; and health inequalities. 


Fall 2019 

PPHS 616  

Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance (3 credits): The objectives of this course are to familiarize students with the theory and methods of surveillance, a core public health function. The seminars will define surveillance and explore surveillance applications and methods through case studies and in-class exercises. Topics will include: measurement, indicators, analytical methods, and the future of surveillance. Computer-based modules will complement seminars. Topics will include: estimating the burden of a disease, detecting disease outbreaks, and identifying cases of chronic disease 


Winter 2020 

PSYC 533  

International Health Psychology (3 credits): The focus will be on health and illness in developing countries, in particular, on health problems (malnutrition, alcohol abuse, mental illness, family planning, and HIV) where psychosocial factors play a large role in the problem and the solution. Attempted solutions based on community participation, health education, non-governmental and international agencies will be discussed. 


Not Currently Offered 

PSYT 711 

Cultural Psychiatry (3 credits): Topics covered: cross-national epidemiological and ethnographic research of major and minor psychiatric disorders; culture-bound syndromes and idioms of distress; culture, emotion and social interaction; psychological and symbolic healing; mental health of immigrants and refugees; psychiatric theory and practice as cultural constructions; methods of cross-cultural research. 


Not Currently Offered 

RELG 572  

Religion and Global Politics (3 credits): An exploration of the resurgence of global religions in geo-political and international relations in the post Cold-War era. It examines the complex roles that religious traditions play in democratization, human rights, conflict, and development. 


Fall 2019 

SOCI 225 

Medicine and Health in Modern Society (3 credits): Socio-medical problems and ways in which sociological analysis and research are being used to understand and deal with them. Canadian and Québec problems include: poverty and health; mental illness; aging; death and dying; professionalism; health service organization. 


Not Currently Offered 

SOCI 254 

Development and Underdevelopment (3 credits): Competing theories about the causes of underdevelopment in the poor countries. Topics include the impact of geography, the population explosion, culture and national character, economic and sexual inequalities, democracy and dictatorship. Western imperialism and multi-national corporations, reliance on the market, and development through local participation, cooperation, and appropriate technology. 


Winter 2020 

SOCI 307 

Globalization (3 credits): Socio-economic, political and cultural dynamics related to processes of globalization. An examination of the following: key theoretical foundations of the globalization debate; the extent and implications of economic globalization; global governance and the continuing relevance of nation-states; instances of transnational activism; the diffusion of cultural practices; patterns and management of global migration and mobility. 


Winter 2020 

SOCI 309 

Health and Illness (3 credits): Health and illness as social rather than purely bio-medical phenomena. Topics include: studies of ill persons, health care occupations and organizations; poverty and health; inequalities in access to and use of health services; recent policies, ideologies, and problems in reform of health services organization 


Not Currently Offered 

SOCI 331 

Population and Environment (3 credits): Main topics and controversies linking population processes and the environment. Topics include how population processes influence the environment, population responses to changing environments, policies related to these effects, variation across and within developed and developing countries. 


Winter 2020 

SOCI 365 

Health and Development (3 credits): Main concepts and controversies linking health to broader social and economic conditions in low income countries. Topics include the demographic and epidemiological transitions, the health and wealth conundrum, the social determinants of health, health as an economic development strategy, and the impact of the AIDS pandemic. 


Not Currently Offered 

SOCI 370 

Sociology: Gender and Development (3 credits): Exploration of the main development theories and discussion of how gender is placed within them, analysis of the practical application of development projects and discussion of how they affect gender dynamics, and examination of power relations between development agencies and developing countries. Examples from Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America are used. 


Fall 2019 

SOCI 390 

Gender and Health (3 credits): Key conceptual and substantive issues in gender and health since c1950: stratified medicalization of women's and men's health; social movements in health including the women's health movement; gender inequality in morbidity and mortality; gender, power and control in patient/physician interactions; embodied experience; politics and policies of gender and health. 


Not Currently Offered 

SOCI 508 

Medical Sociology and Social Psychiatry (3 credits): Medical Sociology and Social Psychiatry (3 credits)The social construction of mental illness and disease, the personal and professional definition and recognition of illness, the distribution and determinants of illness, disease, sickness in the population, and the politics of medical research 


Not Currently Offered 

SOCI 512  

Ethnicity & Public Policy (Credit): Major themes in the theoretical literature on ethnicity. Public policies with direct and indirect implications for inter-ethnic relations will be studied. Policies affecting areas such as language, education, immigration, employment and promotion, multiculturalism and welfare. Examples drawn from several multi-ethnic societies. Political, constitutional, and economic problems associated with these policy initiatives 


Not Currently Offered 

SOCI 513  

Social Aspects HIV/AIDS in Africa (3 credits): Examination of the social causes and consequences of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Gender inequality, sexual behaviours, marriage systems, migration, and poverty are shaping the pandemic as well as how the pandemic is altering social, demographic and economic conditions across Africa. 


Not Currently Offered 

SOCI 515  

Medicine and Society (3 credits): The sociology of health and illness. Reading in areas of interest, such as: the sociology of illness, health services occupations, organizational settings of health care, the politics of change in national health service systems, and contemporary ethical issues in medical care and research. 


Fall 2019 

SOCI 519  

Gender and Globalization (3 Credits): Focus on the diverse forces of globalization that impact the lives of men and women. Critical analysis of key theories and concepts implicated in the intersection of globalization processes with gender dynamisms. 


Fall 2019 

SOCI 520 

Migration and Immigrant Groups (3 Creidts): Review of the major demographic, economic and sociological theories of internal and international migration. The main emphasis will be on empirical research on migration and immigrant groups. 


Not Currently Offered 

SOCI 525  

Health Care Systems in Comparative Perspective (3 credits): Comparative perspective to illustrate processes involved in the development and evolution of health care systems around the world. Countries examined will represent different welfare state regimes, health care system typologies, levels of development and wealth. 


Fall 2019 

SOCI 545  

Sociology of Population (3 credits): The classic literature of sociology of population. Drawing reciprocal linkages between social and population processes: Historical, family and labour force demography, demographic and fertility transitions, mortality, ethnic and race relations, gender, macro-structural interaction theory, and the relation of population and the environment 


Fall 2019 

SOCI 588  

Biosociology/Biodemography (3 credits): This course will explore linkages between social and biological systems, their influence on health and well-being over the life course, and on health disparities. Topics include classical sociological approaches to biosocial processes, sociobiology (reductionist, but population-based), and newer demographic studies on gen-environment, epigenetic, and stress-metabolic/allostatic processes. 


Winter 2020 

SWRK 400 

Policy and Practice for Refugees (3 credits): Refugee-generating conflicts, international and national responses are considered. Canadian policy, history and response to refugees are analyzed. Theory-grounded practice with refugees is examined, including community organizing and direct service delivery to individuals and families. 


Fall 2019  

SWRK 620  

Migration and Social Work (3 credits): Informing practice through examination of how migration's social, economic, political, legal, cultural aspects shape lives of those migrating voluntarily or involuntarily to Canada. Historical context of immigration policies, acculturation frameworks, different models of service provision in resettlement. Intersecting oppressions of status, ethnicity, gender, class, age, sexual orientation and differential ability. 


Winter 2020 

SWRK 626  

International and Community Development (3 credits): Advanced analysis of international and community development as a field of practice, policy and research. Critical concepts include colonization, development and underdevelopment, international socio-economic inequalities, social justice and social change, planning for development, governance. 


Winter 2020 

URBP 501 

Principles and Practice 1 (2 credits): This six-week intensive course exposes students to issues and techniques that are applicable in diverse professional planning contexts. The subject matter, geographic area, scale of intervention and institutional location of planning varies from semester to semester. The course focuses on a specific case study and is taught by a visiting lecturer with professional experience in the selected subject matter. 


Not Currently Offered 

URBP 520 

Globalization: Planning and Change (3 credits): Economic and social issues related to planning for sustainable development, with a focus on water. Political and environmental determinants of resource use. Impact of global, regional and local institutions, programs and plans in Barbados and in the field locale in general. 


Fall 2019 

WILD 424 

Parasitology (3 credits): Systematics, morphology, biology and ecology of parasitic protozoa, flatworms, roundworms and arthropods with emphasis on economically and medically important species. 


Not Currently Offered 


Funding Opportunities

Travel Awards:

Three ISoN students were awarded funding in the fall 2019. Given the inability to travel, GHP agreed to offset costs given these funding bursaries. There were three applicants for the 2020 spring travel awards. All applicants were evaluated by faculty. The pandemic interrupted the process and the bursaries were not given.

Global Health Programs offers a variety of travel awards for McGill students, including the Luger-Mikelberg Travel Award for Global Health and the Mary A. Metcalf International Travel Fund- which you can find more info on here.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies department also features the Graduate Mobility Award, which you can find here.


Other Awards, Grants, Scholarships


The Canadian Nurses Foundation is the only national foundation solely committed to promoting the health and patient care of Canadians by financially supporting Canadian nurses engaged in higher education, research, home health-care and specialty certification; advocating dissemination and utilization of nursing knowledge.

Study Awards are supported by the Scholarship Fund Trust Accounts investment income as designated by CNF donors, and by contributions made by corporate and individuals donors. CNF gives nurses across Canada approximately $250,000 annually in scholarships and certification awards.

The awards have different values, depending on the level. Generally the average value is:

  • Baccalaureate level from $750 to $3,000
  • Master and Nurse Practitioner level from $1,000 to $5,000
  • PhD level from $2,000 to $10,000

Award values can vary from the average indicated.

You must have already have completed, or be in the process of completing, at least one year in a nursing program, and have at least three complete semesters remaining after the application deadline.

For more information, visit the CNF website.


Community of Science funding information is drawn from federal and regional governments, private foundations, societies, corporations and associations. Visit the COS website for more information.

NSERC Concourse

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council offers scholarships and fellowships for every stage of study, from undergraduate to postdoctoral.

Visit the For Students and Fellows page of the NSERC website for more information.


The Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec offers a range of scholarships for baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral students.
Visit the Prix et bourses page of the OIIQ website for more information.


Each year, the Réseau de recherche en interventions en sciences infirmières du Québec hands out graduate level fellowships and undergraduate Honor type bursaries to promising students that are likely to become tomorrow's generation of nursing researchers.

For more information, visit

McGill's Scholarships and Student Aid Office

Find all the resources and advice you need to help pay for university, from step-by-step guides on how to apply for funding to information on how to budget effectively. Visit for more information.

Funding for all Nursing Students 

F.A. Davis Nursing Undergraduate Scholarship

F.A. Davis. F.A. Davis is an independent Nursing, Medicine, and Health Sciences publisher located in Philadelphia, PA. They are offering their 3nd annual undergraduate $1,500 student scholarship opportunity! This scholarship reflects their continual commitment to the education of nurses and recognizes the very special nature of those who have chosen to embark on this challenging, yet rewarding career path. They understand how hard nurses work, and want to reward them for their dedication to the field.

Award amount: $1,500 · Deadline: July 15, 2017 · See more...

Ingram School of Nursing Alumni Awards

Several awards of approximately $1,000 each are granted annually to undergraduate nursing students in the second and third year of their program and to students in the graduate program in Nursing. These prizes include: the Marion Lindeburgh Scholarship, the Irma Riley Award and the Agnes Boisde Award.

The Ingram School of Nursing also awards book prizes. Students are encouraged to inquire at the School about additional fellowships and scholarships available during the current academic year.

Application deadline: TBA

McGill Global NCD Alliance Grants

The McGill Global Noncommunicable Diseases Alliance (GNCDA) is pleased to announce the call for applications for its 2021 grants round. Annually, the GNCDA supports NCD research in resource-limited communities by providing microgrants to students, medical residents, university faculty and healthcare professionals. This year, microgrants will be awarded to eight groups of researchers across the three grant categories:

  • NCD Research Grants: Three awards worth $3,000 each for graduate students within and outside McGill. Deadline: July 5, 2021
  • NCD Micro-research Funds: Three awards worth $2,000 each for healthcare and allied professionals, university faculty, or medical residents living in resource-limited communities for community-based research at their local/home site. Deadline: July 5, 2021
  • NCD Challenge grants: Two grants worth up to $5,000 per group for McGill researchers collaborating with researchers from and in resource-limited communities on NCD-related projects. Deadline: July 31, 2021.

Only one proposal submission per applicant regardless of grant type. Applicants with multiple submissions will be disqualified. Find out more.

The McBurney Fellowship Program

The McBurney Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for McGill faculty with partners in Latin America to receive funding to send and mentor one or more outstanding graduate or undergraduate students of all levels to serve with programs that are improving the health and social conditions faced by poor and marginalized populations in Latin America.

For more details, including application deadline, visit the Institute for Health and Social Policy website.

Global and Local Community Awards

The following global and local community awards are available to McGill students and residents working with underserved populations in Montreal or elsewhere:

Alex W. Strasberg MD CM 1921 and Harvey M. Weinstein MD CM 1967 Global Health Award: Awarded by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences upon recommendation of the Director of Global Health Programs to provide support for undergraduate medical students or post-graduate residents in the Faculty who are engaged in global health research and/or clinical training related to immigrant, refugee, and aboriginal/indigenous populations, in Canada and abroad. Support may include funds for travel, housing, research, and/or clinical experiences. Preference will be given to projects of merit and projects with cross-disciplinary perspectives as well as faculty support. Value: Varies.

Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine: This award is for a project that has ALREADY been completed. Established in October 2006 by Dr. Alice Chan‐Yip, M.D., C.M. 1962,in memory of her late parents, the prize is awarded annually by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Scholarship Committee to a medical student who participates in a Canadian multicultural or international elective, research project or community service experience of at least four weeks. The prize (up to $1000) will be awarded to the student who presents the best project demonstrating an understanding of the contribution of social and cultural factors to health.

You can find more information about both internal and external funding available to nursing students on the GHP funding website here.

Funding for Indigenous Students

Jean Goodwill Scholarship

Two $2,500.00 nursing scholarships are to be awarded and administered by the Canadian Indigenous
Nurses Association (CINA). The aim of the scholarship is to encourage nurses of Indigenous ancestry to
obtain the specialized knowledge they will require.

George and Tillie Cramer Scholarship

A $1000 bursary, to a Native Woman of Kahnawake pursuing higher education in the field of health sciences. The first scholarship was awarded in 1993.

Global Health Programs Travel Awards

The McGill Global Health Travel Awards program is designed to provide opportunities for McGill University students planning to travel for global health projects. Students have access to a variety of travel awards from the McGill Global Health Programs (GHP). The program supports students participating in global health projects internationally or in Canada.


Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

Kateri Memorial Funds 

The purpose of Karonhiaráhstha’s Memorial Fund is to provide financial assistance to Kahnawakehró:non students who are pursuing their education and career in the fields of Medicine and other Health Care Professions, including but not limited to, Holistic Medicine and Mental Health Professions. Additionally, Karonhiaráhstha’s Memorial Fund aims provide education and awareness training in child safety, protection, first-aid and life-saving techniques to all community members. Furthermore, the Memorial Fund is also available for bereavement relief, community recognition awards, and providing specialty equipment, programs and/or books to community organizations.

The Rathlyn Fellowship

Thanks to the generosity of Roger Warren, one fellowship for $25, 000 is being offered to a deserving Indigenous student seeking admission to a Master’s or a Doctoral program at McGill University in 2020-21. The applicant’s research must focus on some aspect of the study of Canada. Based on progress reports and participation in the activities of the Institute, the award may be renewed.


Funding for Students with Disabilities

Information about funding for students with disabilities and assistance with applications is available through the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). It is recommended that students make an appointment with an OSD advisor to find out how to best have their needs addressed

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