The Department of Health, Aging and Society offers the following graduate programs, which take a critical social science perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health and/or aging:
Master of Arts (MA) in Health & Aging
This MA 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.
The PhD programs in Health Studies and Social Gerontology will apply an interdisciplinary, comparative, and critical lens to analysing and understanding health and aging as both social and cultural processes, constructs, and outcomes. It is the combination of these three perspectives, the ways that they interact with and build on one another, and a focus on both the social structural and cultural dimensions of health and aging that makes the programs distinctive in their respective areas. The PhD programs in Health Studies and Social Gerontology differ from many doctoral programs in these areas in that they allow students to develop and pursue broader research interests that may be outside the typical focus on public health, demography and service management.