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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.

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.

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.

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 120 units including

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

SOC SCI 2J03

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

9 Units from HLTH AGE 4B03, 4C03, 4D03, 4F03, 4G03, 4I03, 4J03, 4M03, 4N03, 4O03, 4Q03, 4R03, 4S03, 4T03, 4Z06

15 units from course list or HLTH AGE electives

42 units of 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 1BB3 and a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in HLTH AGE 1AA3.

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 28.

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)

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 1AA3 - Introduction to Health Studies

HLTHAGE 1BB3 - Introduction to Aging and Society

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 2F03 - Aging and Health Care Systems

SOCSCI 2J03 - Introduction to Statistics

HLTHAGE 3AA3 - State, Civil Society and Health

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

HLTHAGE 3B03 - Advanced Research Inquiry or HLTHAGE 3G03 - Community Based Research

 

15 units from

Course List or Health, Aging and Society

 

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

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:
4 Years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of at least 3.5 (C-) and an average of at least 4.0 (C-) in HLTH AGE 1AA3 and 1BB3
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
Spring