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Graduate Program    

Master of Arts in Health and Aging

The Department of Health, Aging and Society offers a research degree that takes a critical social science perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health and/or 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:

Social-cultural:  The historical, social and cultural dimensions of health and/or aging. (Narrative and historical analysis; communication & the media; physical culture, embodiment and bioethics; the arts & humanities).

System, services and policy:  The provision, organization and delivery of services and the formulation and impact of health and public policy. (Health and public policy analysis; the broad determinants of health; and the provision of care across generations).

Global and international:  The institutions and actors that address health and/or aging globally and internationally. (The global aging population; debates in the advancement of world health; comparative analysis of institutions and policies; social justice; health and human rights).

This M.A. degree allows students to advance their education and training in social scientific research practices. The program emphasizes the importance of formulating and conveying a critical analysis of contemporary issues and challenges with regard to health and/or aging. Students are encouraged to develop an independent program of research in health studies, aging studies or at the intersection of the two areas of study.

Program Information


Upon admission, students will be accepted into the one-year course work and research paper option.  Students must apply for the two-year course work and thesis option during their first term of studies.

 

Students will have two options for completing their M.A.:


I.  M.A. 1-year Program

This option takes 12 months to complete.  It features two terms of course work (six courses) and a Major Research Paper completed under the supervision of a faculty member.  Students accepted into the Master's program are placed in the 1-year MA option by default.


EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2013:

Students will be required to complete six (6) half courses including:

(i)  HLTH AGE 701/Social Science Perspectives on Health and Aging, and HLTH AGE 702/Research Methods & Design in Studies of Health & Aging.

(ii) Four elective courses offered by the Department of Health, Aging and Society or by another department or academic unit (provided that permission has been obtained from those departments or academic units).  One of the four courses can be taken as an independent study with a faculty member (HLTH AGE 706/Independent Study).  Only two of the four elective courses may be taken in a department or academic unit other than Health, Aging and Society.

(iii)  A research paper (7500-8500 words, excluding references) supervised by a core or associate faculty member.  The research paper will be read by the supervisor and another faculty member.  (If the supervisor is an associate member, then the second reader must be a core faculty member selected by the supervisor in consultation with the student).


II.  M.A. 2-year Program

Once accepted into the Master's program, students MAY APPLY for the two-year degree option that requires course work in the first year (four courses) and a thesis (in the second year) that is based on original research under the supervision of a faculty member.

 

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2013:

Students will be required to complete four (4) half courses, including:

(i)  HLTH AGE 701/Social Science Perspectives on Health and Aging, and HLTH AGE 702/Research Methods & Design in Studies of Health & Aging.

(ii)  Two elective courses offered by the Department of Health, Aging and Society or by another department or academic unit (provided that permission has been obtained from those departments or academic units).  One of the two courses may be taken as an independent study with a faculty member (HLTH AGE 706/Independent Study).  Only one of the two elective courses may be taken in a department or academic unit other than Health, Aging & Society.

(iii)  A thesis that involves original and independent research (20,000 - 25,000 words excluding references) supervised by a core faculty member or an associate member is approved by the graduate committee.  The thesis will be orally examined by a committee including the supervisor and two other faculty selected by the thesis supervisor in consultation with the student.

 

MA IN HEALTH & AGING BROCHURE

 

 

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