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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.

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.

Graduates have been successful at finding careers in a range of health and/or aging fields, such as:

  • Health Policy/Social Policy Research
  • Project Coordinators
  • Care Coordinators
  • Volunteer Coordinators
  • Education Coordinators (i.e. Alzheimer’s Society)
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource
  • Administration Education
  • Recreation/Activation staff in Long-term care
  • Law
  • Public Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medicine Chiropractic School
  • Social Work

Requires completion of 90 units including:

HLTH AGE 2A03, 2B03, 2BB3, 2D03, 2F03

HLTH AGE 3AA3, 3B03 or 3G03, 3BB3 or 3EE3, 3L03

33 units of electives

Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.5 and an average of at least 4.0 in HLTHAGE 1AA3 and 1BB3.

Any student seeking admission to a Level II program in the Faculty of Social Sciences for the following Fall/Winter session must submit an Application for Admission to Level II through the Mosaic Student Centre (“My Academics”; Program/Plan Selection application) no later than April 30.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

Some awards of interest:

  • The Barbara and Ronald Bayne Gerontology Internship Award
  • The Karl Kinanen Alumni Prize In Gerontology
  • The McMaster University Retirees Association Prize
  • The Audrey Evelyn Mepham Award in Gerontology
  • The Pioneer Energy LP Gerontology Prizes
  • The Pioneer Energy LP Prizes
  • The Retired Teachers of Ontario Hamilton/Haldimand District Prize In Gerontology

Some scholarships of interest:

  • The McMaster University Retirees Association Scholarship
  • The Pioneer Energy LP Scholarship
  • The Ellen Bouchard Ryan Scholarship
  • The Alvina Marie Werner Scholarship
  • The Susan Farley Scholarship
  • The Wouters Family Scholarship

The department provides academic advising (contact Lori Ewing, ewingl@mcmaster.ca, ext. 27961).  Students are given the opportunity to be involved in affiliated research centres (i.e. Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging: www.aging.mcmaster.ca; Institute for Healthier Environments: www.mcmaster.ca/mieh/, etc.) and the Health, Aging & Society Student Association (HASSA) healthagingandsociety.mcmaster.ca/copy_of_h.a.s-student-associations

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

HLTHAGE 2A03 - Research Methods in Health and in Aging I

HLTHAGE 2B03 - Social Identity, Health and Illness

HLTHAGE 2BB3 - Perspectives in Health Studies and Gerontology

HLTHAGE 2D03 - Continuum of Care

HLTHAGE 2F03 - Aging and Health Care Systems

HLTHAGE 3AA3 - State, Civil Society and Health

HLTHAGE 3L03 - Embodied Aging

 

3 units from:

HLTHAGE 3B03 - Advanced Research Inquiry

HLTHAGE 3G03 - Community Based Research

 

3 units from:

HLTHAGE 3BB3 - Field Experience

HLTHAGE 3EE3 - The Practice of Everyday Life: Observations and Inquiry

Undergraduate Calendar Career Resources Experiential Education Student Financial Aid & Scholarships HAS Student Association
For more information:
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Health, Aging and Society, Undergraduate Program
KTH-226
905-525-9140 ext. 27227
hasdept@mcmaster.ca
Length:
3 Years
Required Credential:
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Program Type:
Course-based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
Spring