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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.

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.

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

Notes

  1. See Admission to Level II Programs in Academic Regulations in this section of the Calendar.
  2. Courses other than those listed in the Course List may be substituted with the prior permission of the Chair. Students wishing to apply for substitutions must contact the Health, Aging and Society Administrator. Given the extensive curriculum revisions that have been made, students are strongly encouraged to review course antirequisites in the Course Listings section of the Calendar.
  3. Students who have completed HLTH AGE 2A06 or 3Z06 (or equivalent – see course antirequisites) are not required to complete HLTHAGE 2A03 or 3B03 or 3G03.
  4. Students with prior credit in GERONTOL or HEALTHST courses may consult the Health, Aging and Society Administrator to determine eligibility toward degree requirements.
  5. Students may take a maximum of 9 units from HLTHAGE 4B03, 4C03, 4D03, 4F03, 4G03, 4I03, 4J03, 4N03, 4O03, 4Q03, 4R03, 4S03, 4T03, 4Z06 A/B.
  6. HLTHAGE 1BB3: Introduction to Aging and Society must be completed by the end of 60 units, however students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement in Level I. Both HLTHAGE 1AA3 and 1BB3 are prerequisites for HLTHAGE 2BB3 which is a required course in Level II of the program.

120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

30 units

from

  • the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program

3 units

  • SOCSCI 2J03 - Introduction to Statistics

0-3 units

15 units

from

  • Course List or Health, Aging and Society

39-42 units

  • Electives, of which at least six units must be taken from outside of Health, Aging & Society

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) 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 27.

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.

Course List

  • ANTHROP 2AN3 - The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
  • ANTHROP 2U03 - Plagues and People
  • ANTHROP 3C03 - Health and Environment: Anthropological Approaches
  • ANTHROP 3HI3 - The Anthropology of Health, Illness and Healing
  • ANTHROP 3Y03 - Aboriginal Community Health and Well-Being
  • ECON 2CC3 - Health Economics and its Application to Health Policy
  • ECON 3Z03 - Health Economics
  • GEOG 2HI3 - Geographies of Health
  • GEOG 3HH3
  • GEOG 3HP3 - Population Growth and Aging
  • GEOG 4HH3 - Environment and Health
  • HISTORY 2EH3
  • HTHSCI 2G03 - Epidemiology
  • INDIGST 3H03 - Indigenous Medicine I - Philosophy
  • INDIGST 3HH3 - Indigenous Medicine II - Practical
  • KINESIOL 3A03 - History of Exercise and Sports Medicine
  • KINESIOL 3S03
  • KINSIOL 3SS3
  • LABRST 3D03 - Work: Dangerous to your Health?
  • PEACEST 3B03 - Peace-Building and Health Initiatives
  • PHILOS 2D03 - Bioethics
  • PHILOS 3C03 - Advanced Bioethics
  • PSYCH 2AP3 - Abnormal Psychology: Fundamentals and Major Disorders
  • PSYCH 3B03 - Special Populations
  • RELIGST 2C03
  • RELIGST 2ER3 - Religion, The Body, and the Machine
  • RELIGST 2M03 - Death and Dying: Comparative Views
  • RELIGST 2N03 - Death and Dying: The Western Experience
  • RELIGST 2MT3 - Asian Meditation Traditions
  • RELIGST 2WW3 - Health, Healing and Religion
  • SOCWORK 3C03 - Social Aspects of Health and Illness
  • SOCWORK 3O03 - Social Work and Sexualities
  • SOCIOL 3G03 - Sociology of Health Care
  • SOCIOL 3HH3 - Sociology of Health
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For more information:
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Health, Aging and Society, Undergraduate Program
Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH), Room 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 5.0 (C) including a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in HLTH AGE 1AA3.
Program Type:
Course-based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September