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Graduate Programs

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

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.

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.

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

Apply for the McCall MacBain International Fellowship

Valued at up to $23,500 per fellowship for up to 10 McMaster students, the McCall MacBain International Fellowship will offer you the chance to learn a new language, study, and gain work experience in a country of your interest.

Oct 22, 2018

Grad School Livestream Q&A on October 29, 2018!

Are you applying for 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 Livestream Q&A as we answer your questions!

Oct 12, 2018

McMaster's Faculty of Social Sciences is turning 50

Join us for a day of discovery as we celebrate 50 years of Social Sciences at McMaster! Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Oct 09, 2018

Fall Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) information sessions

Come out to learn more about the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). The USRA provides you with an opportunity to receive funds of $3,500 to cover part-time, research-based activity over the Fall/Winter Terms.

Sep 24, 2018

Joint Economics and Health, Aging & Society Professor Receives Grant for New Health Research

Michel Grignon, a joint faculty member of the Department of Economics and the Department of Health, Aging & Society, has been awarded federal funding for a new research project focusing on healthy aging.

Sep 13, 2018

Why these university students love living with seniors

'It's weird to say, "My roommate, who is 92," says 23-year old participant in university co-housing program.

Sep 12, 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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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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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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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 & Society

The Ph.D. in Health & Society 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: social-cultural dimensions of health; environments and health inequalities; systems, services and policy; and global health.

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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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