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Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions

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 (MSc Only)
  • AGHE 802 - Ethics and Aging
  • AGHE 811 - Issues in Aging and Health
  • AGHE 898 - Master's Project (MSc Only)
  • AGHE 901 - Knowledge Translation and Uptake  (PhD only)
  • AGHE 903 - Critical Analysis of Theories of Aging  (PhD only)

Core Courses – Calendar Descriptions

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.  

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


For a full list elective courses, along with descriptions, please visit the Course Descriptions page.