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Rachel Weldrick: Recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Rachel Weldrick, research assistant at the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, has been awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards in the country.

Jun 08, 2017

In Memoriam Karl Kinanen (1927-2017)

On Friday, the 19th of May – after living a life marked by great ambition, intellectual curiosity and abiding altruism – Karl Kinanen, a beloved member of the McMaster community, has passed away.

May 25, 2017

Teaching/Marking Assistant Positions available

TA/Marker positions in HLTHAGE 2GO3 AND 2LO3

Apr 05, 2017

Yes, you can try something new

Adults who take on a new sport or a musical instrument find life is a lot more fun. The Department of Health & Aging's Meridith Griffin spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about the benefits of starting new physical activities as an adult.

Mar 16, 2017

Health, Aging & Society welcomes Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor

From March 23 to 24, 2017, Dr. Gary Evans of Cornell University will be at McMaster as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Feb 24, 2017

Health, Aging and Society Spring/Summer 2017 Undergraduate Course Offerings

Thinking about taking courses this Summer? Not sure what to take? Find out what courses the Department of Health, Aging and Society will be offering in the upcoming Spring/Summer 2017 academic session!

Feb 21, 2017

Hons.B.A. Combined Honours in Gerontology and Health Studies

Students will graduate with a double major and because much of the Gerontology and Health Studies 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. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology

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 Studies

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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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.

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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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Minor Minor in Mental Health, Addiction and Society

New for 2017/18!  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.

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