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Graduate Programs

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

Three graduate programs

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. 

Finding a Supervisor

Contact us to discuss finding the right supervisor to mentor you through your graduate research and to discuss what the Department of Heath, Aging and Society has to offer.

Kristine Espiritu, Administrative Assistant, Graduate Program
905-525-9140 ext. 27227
hasdept@mcmaster.ca

Our strength is the quality of our faculty

The department has 14 members. There is a strong research focus. The underlying strength of the department lies in its interdisciplinary composition. 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.

Our People

Research

The underlying strength of the department lies in its interdisciplinary composition. 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

Faculty members in the Department of Health, Aging & Society are actively involved in a wide range of different research projects. Areas of research include:

  • critical health studies
  • environments and health inequalities
  • systems, services and policy
  • global health
  • health and social care
  • critical gerontology
  • systems, services and policy
  • cumulative inequalities
  • studies of the social, cultural and political dynamics of health and/or aging
  • studies of the social determinants of health and/or aging including public health interventions
  • studies of the health care system, social services, and health and public policies
  • studies of health and aging in an international and global context

Current Research

Research centres and groups

We pride ourselves on our various research concentrations but also encourage big picture and interdisciplinary work. Our researches work together across departments and faculties sharing expertise with the wider community. Some of the research centres Health, Aging and Society faculty are involved with include:

Social Sciences Research Centres & Facilities

Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Graduate Alumni

Alumni with a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Health & Aging.

Read some of our alumni stories