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Cichonski Emily, Alumna

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Emily Cichonski


Department of Health Aging & Society


Research Interests:
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), women’s health, and health care services and delivery

My name is Emily and I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Studies and Gerontology in 2015 (now known as Health & Society), and a master’s degree in Health and Aging in 2016. Before I came to university, my goal was to work in a hospital. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do in a hospital or how I would get there, but I always knew that is where I wanted to be.  After graduating from my master’s in Health and Aging in 2016, I accepted a role at the YMCA of Greater Toronto as a Data Specialist. After working there for a year, I took a role as a policy analyst at the Ontario Chiropractic Association. I had a background in research from my master’s degree, which set me up well for the role. After working at the Association for approximately two and a half years, I sought out new opportunities – and through connections with one of my mentors, I took a role at William Osler Health System as an Integrated Health Systems Consultant. My role at Osler primarily focuses on supporting the development of the Brampton and area Ontario Health Team. Ontario Health Teams are being introduced to provide a new way of organizing and delivering care across the province.

 The Health, Aging and Society department was a crucial component of setting me up for success after school. The curriculum provided me with a solid understanding of the health care system, and the professors were knowledgeable and very supportive. The great thing about a degree in the department is that you have SO many options for career paths – many of my classmates (who I got a chance to connect with so many because of the small class sizes) had different interests and career goals. 

 If you are unsure of what you want to do, but know you want to end up in some form of non-clinical health care role (like me!), this program is for you. You’ll benefit from the interdisciplinary curriculum, strong connections you’ll make and the interactive learning environment.



MA, Health & Aging, McMaster University (2016)

BA, Combined Honours (2015), Health Studies and Gerontology, McMaster University