Trinity One Anne Steacy Medicine & Global Health Stream


The Anne Steacy Medicine & Global Health Stream examines the connection between medical research, the practice of medicine and public health policy. Bringing scientific and social ideas about health together, you will study the process of medical discovery, the development of new drugs and treatments, and the impact that progress in medicine is having on health care throughout the world. This stream is designed for both science and social science students as we create an interdisciplinary space in which to explore these challenges and opportunities.




Students in the Medicine & Global Health Stream enroll in two seminar credits in their first year.


TRN135Y - Science and Social Choice

Many of the decisions we make as a society rely on advances in scientific knowledge. In this course, we will discuss a number of contemporary medical topics that involve complex scientific discoveries about health, the human body, disease, and infection. We will consider genes and study the medical implications of our growing understanding of the human genome. We will study a number of recent cases in order to explore how scientific findings influence decision-making in hospitals and the selection of social policies. We will also discuss the background forces that shape medical research and how this affects the kinds of health problems that are prioritized. The objective of this course is to develop a solid understanding of biological concepts related to human health and consider them in their wider social and ethical contexts.

Breadth Requirement: 3) Society and Its Institutions + 4) Living Things and Their Environment


TRN136Y - Canadian Health Policy in the Global Context

In this course we consider when our health policies support the highest standards of medical care, consistent with the latest discoveries in medical research. We examine the ways in which debates around ethics, effectiveness and efficiency shape global and national health policy. We begin by exploring the most important advancements in global health policy over the past two decades. We then assess Canada’s experience in providing health care, identifying lessons for national policy reform and for Canada’s role as a leader in global health research and policy. We explore a range of health challenges including universal health care, anti-microbial drug resistance, HIV AIDS, tuberculosis, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, cardiovascular care, oncology, environmental health, indigenous health, violence against women and mental health.

Breadth Requirement: 2) Thought, Belief and Behaviour + 3) Society and Its Institutions



The Anne Steacy Medicine & Global Health Stream's partner, Health Studies, offers an undergraduate Major that is likely to be of interest to students. Some students will graduate with a major or specialist degree from one of the Basic Science Departments of the Faculty of Medicine, or from the Human Biology program in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Others pursue programs in Global Health, Public Policy, Bioethics, or International Relations. Many combine majors from both groups.