Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions


Student Handbook 2017-18 

Program Information:

Graduate Diploma (8 Months):  2 Core (AGHE 802/811) + 3 Electives

Master of Science (12 Months):  3 Core (AGHE 800/802/811) + 4 Electives + Project

Doctorate (48 Months): 4 Courses + Comprehensive Exam + Thesis

Core Courses:

  • AGHE 800 -Evaluating Aging-Related Programs and Services
  • AGHE 802 -Ethics and Biomedical Ethics of Aging
  • AGHE 811 -Normal Aging Processes
  • AGHE 901 -Knowledge Translation and Uptake  (PhD only)
  • AGHE 903 -Critical Analysis of Theories of Aging  (PhD only)

Core Courses – Calendar Descriptions:

AGHE 800: Evaluating Aging-Related Programs and Services
This course introduces learners to evaluation principles and practice as applied to programs that address social, physical and economic determinants of wellness and participation for older adults. Learners will acquire skills necessary to identify and apply program evaluation methods to inform ongoing program development. Topics will include theoretical aspects of program evaluation, as well as strategies for program development, monitoring and change with a focus on participatory approaches. Current debates in the field will be discussed, with particular attention to issues underlying research and evaluation with older adult populations in community and institutional contexts. Attention will be given to knowledge mobilization strategies that foster inclusion, empowerment and innovation. 

AGHE 802: Ethics and Biomedical Ethics of Aging

This course will explore ethical issues arising in the wellbeing and care of aging adults. Aspects of three streams of ethics will be addressed: professional ethics, organizational ethics, and biomedical ethics, as these streams relate to wellbeing and aging. Issues that will be addressed include: the organizational importance placed on aging adults, moral distress, advance directives, consent, values, and the ethics of wellbeing.

AGHE 811: Normal Aging Process
This course will differentiate normal from abnormal aging and examine the theories, models and strategies for healthy aging in Canada.  These principles will be studied through a mix of online and group learning activities in the context of a variety of health concerns related to aging and with respect to individual and community action and public policy.

AGHE 898: Master’s Project (Master’s students)
Students will develop research skills to search for evidence on a clearly defined question related to aging, methods for the critical appraisal of the evidence retrieved on the issue under investigation and skills in integrating the existing evidence. The course will include discussion, seminar presentations, and will culminate in a final research paper. 

AGHE 901 Knowledge Translation and Uptake (PhD required course)
An examination of the foundations of knowledge synthesis, translation, and uptake into practice with emphasis on definitions, frameworks, barriers and facilitators, interventions and evaluation and developing knowledge translation plans.  

AGHE 903 Critical Analysis of Theories of Aging (PhD required course)
The theoretical and philosophical approaches across multiple disciplines will be explored to assess the validity and reliability of theories of aging that are relevant to particular research questions from a health and social perspective.  Emphasis will be on developing a critical approach to theory development and testing.

Sample Electives:

  • AGHE 804 -Health and Social Systems for Older Adults
  • AGHE 810 -Epidemiology of Aging
  • AGHE 812 -Religion, Spiritual Health and Aging
  • AGHE 814 -Mobility and Functioning amongst Older Adults
  • AGHE 815 -Chronic Conditions and Self-Management
  • AGHE 818 -Rethinking Aging and Dying
  • AGHE 819 -Planning for Age Friendly Communities
  • AGHE 820 -Developing Educational Resources for Older Adults
  • AGHE 821 -Aging and Mental Health
  • AGHE 902 -Statistical Methods for Aging Research