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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)

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)

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

Students are strongly encouraged to complete HLTHAGE 2A03 and 3B03 or 3G03 to satisfy the Research Methods requirement of the degree, but may complete the Research Methods course(s) as required by the other subject and replace these with equal units of Health, Aging and Society or Course List courses. Given the extensive curriculum revisions that have been made, students are strongly encouraged to review course antirequisites in the Course Listings section of the Calendar.

Students with prior credit in GERONTOL or HEALTHST courses may consult the Health, Aging and Society Administrator to determine eligibility toward degree requirements.

Students may take a maximum of 9 units from HLTHAGE 4B03, 4C03, 4D03, 4F03, 4G03, 4I03, 4J03, 4N03, 4O03, 4Q03, 4R03,  4S03, 4T03, 4Z06 A/B.

120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

30 units

from

  • the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program.
    (See Admission above.)

9 units

  • HLTHAGE 2B03 - Social Identity, Health and Illness
  • HLTHAGE 2BB3 - Perspectives in Health Studies and Gerontology
  • HLTHAGE 2F03 - Aging and Health Care Systems

6 units

  • HLTHAGE 3AA3 - State, Civil Society and Health

and one of

  • HLTHAGE 3BB3 - Field Experience
  • HLTHAGE 3EE3 - The Practice of Everyday Life: Observations and Inquiry

6 units

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

and one of

  • HLTHAGE 3B03 - Advanced Research Inquiry
  • HLTHAGE 3G03 - Community Based Research
  • an equivalent research methods course(s) if required by the other subject (See Note 2 above.)

3 units

from

  • Course List or Health, Aging and Society

36 units

  • courses specified for the other subject

3-6 units

from

  • SOCSCI 2J03 - Introduction to Statistics or
  • an equivalent statistics course as prescribed by other Social Sciences programs

9 units

from

  • HLTHAGE 4B03 - Death and Dying in Later Life
  • HLTHAGE 4C03 - Representations of Health and Illness Across the Lifecourse
  • HLTHAGE 4D03 - Health in Cross-Cultural and International Perspectives
  • HLTHAGE 4F03 - Selected Issues in the Social Aspects of Health
  • HLTHAGE 4G03 - Global Health
  • HLTHAGE 4I03 - Aging and Health
  • HLTHAGE 4J03 - Narratives of Illness
  • HLTHAGE 4N03 - Aging and Well-Being
  • HLTHAGE 4O03 - Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music
  • HLTHAGE 4Q03 - Representations of Mental Illness
  • HLTHAGE 4R03 - Beyond the Social: Determinants of Indigenous Peoples Health
  • HLTHAGE 4S03 - Health and the Unfairly Structured City
  • HLTHAGE 4T03 - Gender and Health
  • HLTHAGE 4Z06 A/B - Health, Aging and Society Thesis
  • (see Note 4 above)

9-15 units

  • Electives

Enrolment in this Academic Plan is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 (C) including credit in HLTH AGE 1AA3 and a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in HLTH AGE 1BB3

Any student seeking admission to a Level 2 program in the Faculty of Social Sciences for the following Fall/Winter session must submit an Application for Admission to Level 2 through the Mosaic Student Centre (“My Academics”; Program/Plan Selection application) no later than April 28.

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) 

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.

  • ANTHROP 2AN3 - The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
  • ANTHROP 2C03 - Archaeology of Environmental Crisis and Response
  • ANTHROP 2FF3 - Human Skeletal Biology and Bioarchaeology
  • ANTHROP 2U03 - Plagues and People
  • ANTHROP 3C03 - Health and Environment: Anthropological Approaches
  • ANTHROP 3HI3 - The Anthropology of Health, Illness and Healing
  • ANTHROP 3Y03 - Aboriginal Community Health and Well-Being
  • ANTHROP 4S03 - The Anthropology of Infectious Disease
  • ECON 3Z03 - Health Economics
  • GEOG 2HI3 - Geographies of Death and Disease
  • GEOG 3HH3 - Geography of Health and Health Care
  • GEOG 3HP3 - Population Growth and Aging
  • GEOG 4HH3 - Environment and Health
  • HISTORY 2EH3 - The Social History of Cancer
  • HISTORY 3CP3 - The Citizen-Patient: A Modern History of Public Health, 1700-Present
  • HTHSCI 2G03 - Epidemiology
  • INDIGST 3H03 - Indigenous Medicine I - Philosophy
  • INDIGST 3HH3 - Indigenous Medicine II - Practical
  • KINESIOL 3A03 - History of Exercise and Sports Medicine
  • KINESIOL 3S03 - Somatics
  • KINESIOL 3SS3 - Body, Mind, Spirit
  • LABRST 3D03 - Work: Dangerous to your Health?
  • PHILOS 2D03 - Bioethics
  • PHILOS 3C03 - Advanced Bioethics
  • PSYCH 2AP3 - Abnormal Psychology: Fundamentals and Major Disorders
  • PSYCH 3B03 - Special Populations
  • RELIGST 2C03 - Moral Issues
  • RELIGST 2M03 - Death and Dying: Comparative Views
  • RELIGST 2N03 - Death and Dying: the Western Experience
  • RELIGST 2WW3 - Health, Healing and Religion
  • SOCWORK 3C03 - Social Aspects of Health and Illness
  • SOCWORK 3O03 - Social Work and Sexualities
  • SOCIOL 3G03 - Sociology of Health Care
  • SOCIOL 3HH3 - Sociology of Health
  • SOCIOL 4G03 - Advanced Topics in the Sociology of Health and Illness
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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:
4 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 (C) including credit in HLTH AGE 1AA3 and a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in HLTH AGE 1BB3
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
Spring