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Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal Health: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Public Health

Participating Degree Programs

Adult Education and Community Development—MA, ME​d, P​hD
Anthropology—MA, MSc, PhD
Counselling Psychology—MEd, EdD
Counselling and Clinical Psychology—MA, PhD
Geography—MA, PhD
Medical Science—MSc, PhD
​Nutritional Sciences—MSc, PhD
Public Health Sciences—MPH, PhD
Social Justice Education—MA, MEd, EdD, PhD

Supporting Units

Aboriginal Studies program (undergraduate), Faculty of Arts and Science

Overview

The Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health involves the graduate programs listed above. Aboriginal Health is offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' Aboriginal Studies program. The main objective is to ​provide graduate training in Aboriginal health research and practice while enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation "Completed Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health" on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/institutes/wbiih/collaborative-program-in-aboriginal-health/ 
Email: amanda.sheppard@utoronto.ca​​
Telephone: (416) 978-6459
Fax: (416) 978-1883

Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health
c/o Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto
155 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3M7
Canada

Aboriginal Health: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in a collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments.

  • Applicants must submit to the committee of the Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health:

    • ​​A personal statement, in the form of a letter no longer than three pages, to describe relevant personal and/or professional experiences, a career plan, and motivation in seeking advanced training in Aboriginal health. The nature of any relationship with an Aboriginal community/organization that already exists or to be developed should also be described.

    • Photocopies of application materials submitted to their home unit including a curriculum vitae (CV), transcripts, and letters of reference.​

Specialization Requirements

  • All master's students in the collaborative specialization will take a core course (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]) chosen from the list below or an individual reading course to be approved and supervised by a member of the Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health.

  • In home graduate units where a thesis or major research paper is required, it must deal with an Aboriginal health topic. At least one member of the student's thesis committee should be a core faculty member of the collaborative specialization.

  • In home graduate units that do not have a thesis requirement, students must undertake a practicum or equivalent in an Aboriginal health topic, supervised by a core faculty member of the collaborative specialization.

  • Students must participate in the Research Seminar Series, held monthly, as well as participate in at least one National/Regional Workshop.

  • Students must complete the requirements of the collaborative specialization in addition to those requirements f​or the degree program in their home graduate unit.

Aboriginal Health: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in a collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments.

  • Applicants must submit to the committee of the Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health:

    • ​​​​A personal statement, in the form of a letter no longer than three pages, to describe relevant personal and/or professional experiences, a career plan, and motivation in seeking advanced training in Aboriginal health. The nature of any relationship with an Aboriginal community/organization that already exists or to be developed should also be described.

    • Photocopies of application materials submitted to their home unit including a curriculum vitae (CV), transcripts, and letters of reference.​

Specialization Requirements

  • The requirements are the same as for the master's program listed above.

  • Students who have previously taken one of the core courses (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]) during their master's program are required to take a different course during their doctoral program.

  • Students participate in a new Research Seminar Series and at least one National/Regional Workshop.

Aboriginal Health: Courses

Core Courses

AEC 1290H
Indigenous Healing in Counselling and Psychoeducation
CHL 5421H
Aboriginal Health
NUR 1014H
Politics of Aboriginal Health
SES 1930H
Race, Indigenous Citizenship, and Self Determination : Decolonizing Perspectives