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Department of Anthropology

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Undergraduate Programs

Our BA programs in Health Studies and Gerontology provide a multi-disciplinary focus on the study of aging and in-depth knowledge on a wide range of topics and issues in gerontology.

About Us

Our faculty members have backgrounds in economics, human geography, political science, social work, and sociology. These disciplines provide the multiple lens through which we view health and aging.

Graduate Programs

Take a critical social science perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health and/or aging.


Research in the Department of Health Aging and Society examines a wide range of issues and topics related to the fields of health studies and social gerontology.

Latest News & Events

#HASTALKS: Age and the Lens of Dress: Intersections of Time, Embodiment and Culture

Co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Julia Twigg, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, will explore some of the ways in which we can use dress as a lens to examine the changing meanings of age, exploring intersections between time and embodiment, and the significance of these for our interpretation of ageing within a particular culture.
Dec 23, 2020

Job Advertisement: Tenure-Track/Tenured, Assistant/Associate Professors

McMaster University is pleased to announce a cohort hiring initiative of up to twelve appointments of emerging and established academics and scholars who will contribute to the advancement of Black academic excellence across all six McMaster Faculties. McMaster seeks candidates whose scholarship and scholarly work forefronts or contributes to any of the following disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas of teaching and research.
Dec 04, 2020

Grad School Webinar on November 20, 2020!

Are you applying to a graduate program (MA or PhD) offered by the Department of Health, Aging & Society? Do you have questions about our graduate programs or the application process? Join our webinar as we answer your questions!
Nov 05, 2020

#HASTALKS: Time for a Long-Term Care System Reform in Canada?: lessons from other countries

Ito Peng, Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy at the University of Toronto, will examine some possible options for the future of Canada's long-term care system. Drawing some lessons from Japan, South Korea, and Germany, Professor Peng will discuss how we might apply some of the experiences of these countries to improve our long-term care system.
Oct 29, 2020

#HASTALKS: A Critical Exploration of Creativity and Dementia at the Intersection of Embodiment, Relationality and Citizenship

Co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Pia Kontos, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist, KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, will discuss her empirical research findings to illustrate how the relational model of citizenship brings a new and critical dimension to understanding the creativity of persons living with dementia while also addressing broader issues of their inclusivity and the ethical imperative to fully support engagement with the arts through institutional policies, structures, and practices.
Oct 05, 2020

Virtual #HASTALKS 2020-21

#HASTALKS brings together bright minds to discuss a wide range of subjects that foster learning, inspiration, and provoke conversations that matter in our field. Join us for the upcoming 2020-21 online sessions. All are welcome!
Sep 30, 2020