Careers in Health, Aging & Society
A Health, Aging & Society degree brings a multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging, examining the relationship between health and aging on a socio-cultural, economic, and political level.
Health, Aging & Society provides an understanding of aging issues within and across different contexts: cultural, economic, health care, physiological, psychological, and social. 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, focusing on aging issues within a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches.
Employers value Health, Aging & Society graduates for their critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills, which apply to wide range of employment opportunities.
Health, Aging & Society students understand health and aging from a social science perspective:
- Theories that explain health inequalities
- How health systems are organized and how they impact health
- Social systems and how they affect our aging populations
- Social aspects of aging
Employers seek out the skills acquired by Health, Aging & Society graduates, such as
- Critical thinking
- Communication skills
- Research and analysis skills
- Time management
- Expository writing
Examples of Health, Aging & Society career paths*
- Health Policy/Social Policy Research
- Project Coordinators
- Care Coordinators
- Volunteer Coordinators
- Public Health
- Occupational Therapy
- Recreation/Activation staff in Long-term Care
- Education Coordinators (i.e., Alzheimer’s Society)
* This is not an exhaustive list, but it is a start in your career exploration.