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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.

Research

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.

Graduate Programs

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

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.

Latest News & Events

Hamilton boosts a basic income.... and a 'sense of dignity'

The North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress kicks off Thursday at McMaster University

May 24, 2018

Improving health research among Indigenous peoples in Canada

Dr. Chelsea Gabel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society and Indigenous Studies Program, and colleagues discuss health research involving Indigenous Peoples in an analysis article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

May 22, 2018

Seniors of Canada Photo Exhibit: April 13, 2018

Seniors of Canada, a community-engagement project led by PhD Social Gerontology students in the Department of Health, Aging & Society and funded by the McMaster School of Graduate Studies SPICES program, is hosting a photo exhibit featuring images and stories of local Hamilton seniors.

Apr 03, 2018

‘It’s not just words in a book’

Anju Joshi delights in surprising people. When she was in her 20s, she started her decades-long career in gerontology. Now, after more than three decades of teaching students about aging, she's ready to retire and switch her focus to helping young people.

Mar 28, 2018

CTE meets #metoo: Violence and victimhood reconsidered in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Dr. Aryn Martin, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, York University will offer a nuanced perspective on the construction of domestic violence and sexual assault through a consideration of conditioning in certain professions and sports, and a speculation of the extent to which Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy plays a role.

Mar 15, 2018

Helping low-income countries get the most out of scarce health care resources

Dr. Lydia Kapiriri has developed a framework to help policy makers in low-income countries decide how to effectively allocate precious health care resources and evaluate whether their efforts have been successful.

Feb 05, 2018

Hons.B.A. Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Aging and Society & Health and Society

Students will graduate with a double major and because much of the Health, Aging and Society 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. Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Aging and Society and Another Subject

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. Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society and Another Subject

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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Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Aging and Society

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 and Society

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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Hons.B.A. Honours Aging and Society Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction

The specialization 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. Through an exploration of healthcare narratives and firsthand accounts grounded in lived experience, students should begin to appreciate the diversity of perspectives within the world of mental health. Students will also gain a solid understanding of mental illness and some of the ways in which social change and other non-biomedical interventions can be harnessed to address issues related to mental health and addiction and to promote well-being. By completing the specialization, students will be equipped to discuss mental health and illness from a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Health and Society Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction

The specialization 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. Through an exploration of healthcare narratives and firsthand accounts grounded in lived experience, students should begin to appreciate the diversity of perspectives within the world of mental health. Students will also gain a solid understanding of mental illness and some of the ways in which social change and other non-biomedical interventions can be harnessed to address issues related to mental health and addiction and to promote well-being. By completing the specialization, students will be equipped to discuss mental health and illness from a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives.

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Minor Minor in Health, Aging and Society

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Minor Minor in Mental Health, Addiction and Society

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. Students will also gain a solid understanding of mental illness and some of the ways in which social change and other non-biomedical interventions can be harnessed to address issues related to mental health and addiction and promote well-being.

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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. NOTE: The Department of Health, Aging & Society is in the process of recommending a degree name change from PhD in Health Studies to PhD in Health & Society, subject to required approvals. Please visit the Department web site regularly for updates.

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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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