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Gilbrea students walk for Alzheimer’s

$1,255 raised in support of local programs and services provided by the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton.

Jan 18, 2017

Health, Aging & Society Graduate Programs Open House

Thinking about graduate studies in health and/or aging? The Department of Health, Aging & Society invites interested upper year undergrad students (Levels 3 & 4) to attend the HAS Graduate Programs Open House on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 2:30-4:30 pm, in MUSC 308/309.

Jan 12, 2017

Postdoc Fellow takes home top prize for Perspectives on Aging Photovoice project

“Spaces, Places, and Transitions: Southern Labrador Inuit Perspectives on Aging Well”, reports on Pace’s postdoctoral research project. Her research takes the form of a community-based, participatory research which seeks to understand southern Labrador Inuit perceptions of transitions into aging and dementia.

Nov 14, 2016

Preparing for Canada's Aging Population | Target of $15 million gift from Chancellor Labarge

Creating human-centred solutions to the challenges that we will all face as our society ages is one of the many goals of our Social Sciences researchers who are involved with the Institute including Dr. Jim Dunn, who specializes in urban infrastructure and Dr. Amanda Grenier, who specializes in socio-cultural aspects of aging among vulnerable older people, and is the Director of the Gilbrea Centre.

Oct 20, 2016

Seniors see high-tech cars as both friend and foe, study says

A new study led by McMaster researcher Jessica Gish (pictured) found that seniors are embracing Advanced Vehicle Technologies (AVTs) like back-up cameras and blind spot monitors, but are using them selectively. By Erica Balch, September 27, 2016

Sep 27, 2016


Soon you will begin registration and class selection for the upcoming academic year and we would like to advise/remind you of restrictions on Level IV HLTH AGE courses and to give you a bit of a head start in course planning.

Aug 16, 2016

Hons.B.A. Combined Honours in Gerontology and Health Studies

Students will graduate with a double major and because much of the Gerontology and Health Studies curriculum is common, will still have the flexibility to take many interesting electives or use elective units towards the completion of a minor and/or one of three certificates (1. Applied Behaviour Analysis 2. Business Studies 3. Leadership and Management in the Not for Profit Sector)

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Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology

This degree program brings a multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging. Designed to foster an understanding of aging issues within and across different contexts, issues ranging from the individual experience of the aging process to the societal complexities of an aging population are examined both within the Canadian context and more broadly.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies

This degree program focuses on the significance of health and illness in cultural context. The perspectives of the social sciences and humanities are brought to bear on exploring the diverse meanings and practices associated with health and health care. Attention is given to different theoretical approaches to understanding the health of individuals, groups and communities in contemporary and historical perspectives.

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B.A. Bachelor of Arts in Health, Aging and Society

Health and aging issues have become more complex, more important, and more challenging for individuals, institutions, and societies around the world. With the number and proportion of older people increasing, individuals, institutions, and societies face new opportunities and new challenges in a number of areas, including family dynamics, social relationships, work and retirement, health and health care, and the social and cultural experience of aging.

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M.A. Master of Arts in Health & Aging

The M.A. in Health & Aging is an interdisciplinary study of social and cultural aspects of health and aging. Complementing an attention to key conceptual and methodological debates in the social sciences, this degree highlights a number of key research fields in the study of health and/or aging, such as: social-cultural dimensions of health and aging; systems, services and policy; and environments and health inequalities.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies

The Ph.D. in Health Studies is an interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, political, and environmental aspects of health. The program allows students to take a critical, interdisciplinary, and social science perspective in the study of health, illness, and health care. Areas of research include: critical health studies; environments and health inequalities; systems, services and policy; and global health.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Social Gerontology

The PhD in Social Gerontology is an interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, and political aspects of aging. The program allows students to take a critical social science perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of aging. Areas of research include: health and social care; critical gerontology; systems, services and policy; diversity; and cumulative inequalities.

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Minor Minor in the Social Studies of Mental Health and Addiction

New for 2017/18!  The minor in Mental Health and Addiction provides students with opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between mental health, addiction, and society. It involves examining the links between mental health and wider social processes, including marginalization, the construction of deviance, and the social determinants of health.

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