Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course

Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course: Introduction

Lead Faculty of the Collaborative Specialization

Social Work

Participating Degree Programs

Adult Education and Community Development — MA, MEd, PhD
Anthropology — MA, MSc, PhD
Counselling and Clinical Psychology — MA, PhD
Counselling Psychology — MEd, EdD
Dentistry — MSc, PhD
Health Administration — MHSc
Health Policy, Management and Evaluation — MSc, PhD
Information — MI, PhD
Kinesiology — MSc, PhD
Medical Science — MSc, PhD
Music — MA, PhD
Nursing Science — MN, PhD
Pharmaceutical Sciences — MSc, PhD
Psychology — MA, PhD
Public Health Sciences — MPH, MSc, PhD
Rehabilitation Science — MSc, PhD
Social Work — MSW, PhD
Sociology — MA, PhD
Speech-Language Pathology — MSc, PhD
Women and Gender Studies — MA

Overview

The Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course prepares students for specialization in the field of aging and/or the field of palliative and supportive care, with an emphasis on viewing aging and palliative issues within the perspective of the life course. The collaborative specialization offers students two options of study:

  • aging and the life course;

  • palliative and supportive care.

Students must apply to and register in a home participating unit (i.e., one of the graduate programs listed above), and follow a course of study acceptable to both the graduate unit and the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students will receive the notation "Completed Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course" on their transcript.

Contact and Address

Web: www.aging.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-0377
Email: aging@utoronto.ca

Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course
University of Toronto
Room 238, 246 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V4
Canada

Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must apply to a participating graduate unit and comply with the admission procedures of that unit. Applicants may apply concurrently to their participating graduate unit and to the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course.

  • Applicants must forward the following to the committee of the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course:

    • a. A copy of the School of Graduate Studies application form submitted to the participating graduate unit.

    • b. Copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions previously or currently attended.

    • c. A resumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

    • d. A letter explaining how their course of study and specific research interests relate to either option 1 in aging and the life course, or option 2 in palliative and supportive care at the graduate level.

  • Students may use copies of official documents (a. and b. above) for their application to the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course. These may be obtained from their home participating graduate unit.

Specialization Requirements

MA in Adult Education and Community Development; MA and MSc in Anthropology; MA in Counselling and Clinical Psychology; MEd in Counselling Psychology; MSc in Dentistry; MHSc in Health Administration; MSc in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; Master of Information (Thesis and Co-op Options); MSc in Kinesiology; MSc in Medical Science; MA in Music; Master of Nursing Science; MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences; MA in Psychology; Master of Public Health; MSc in Rehabilitation Science; Master of Social Work; MA in Sociology; MSc in Speech-Language Pathology; MA in Women and Gender Studies

In addition to meeting the program requirements of their home graduate unit, students must complete:

  • The core course (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]) for the chosen option (i.e., aging and the life course or palliative and supportive care).

  • One elective course (0.5 FCE) from a) the chosen option's pre-approved elective list or b) the student's home graduate unit list of courses and/or other graduate-level elective courses, provided the focus of the student’s assignments is in the area of this specialization (aging or palliative) and the course is approved by the specialization committee as a suitable elective.

  • The major research paper, thesis, or practicum in the participating degree program will be on a topic in the chosen option of this specialization .

 

Specialization Requirements

Master of Information (Coursework-Only Option)

In addition to meeting the program requirements of their home graduate unit, students must complete:

  • The core course (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]) for the chosen option (i.e., aging and the life course or palliative and supportive care).

  • Four elective courses (2.0 FCEs), one of which can be a practicum course, from a) the chosen option's pre-approved elective list or b) the student's home graduate unit list of courses and/or graduate-level elective courses, where the topic of the major paper or practicum field is in the area of the chosen specialization (aging or palliative). Courses not on the pre-approved list must be approved by the collaborative specialization director and/or committee, after consultation with the Information faculty member associated with the collaborative specialization and, as needed, the course instructor, to count towards the collaborative specialization requirements.

 

Specialization Requirements

MEd in Adult Education and Community Development

In addition to meeting the program requirements of their home graduate unit, students must complete:

  • The core course (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]) for the chosen option (i.e., aging and the life course or palliative and supportive care).

  • Two elective courses (1.0 FCE) from a) the chosen option's pre-approved elective list or b) the student's home graduate unit list of courses and/or other graduate-level courses, provided the focus of the student’s assignments is in the area of this specialization (aging or palliative) and the course is approved by the specialization committee as a suitable elective.

Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must apply to a participating graduate unit and comply with the admission procedures of that unit.

  • Applicants may apply concurrently to their participating graduate unit and to the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course.

  • Applicants must forward the following to the collaborative specialization committee:

    • A copy of the School of Graduate Studies application form submitted to the participating graduate unit.

    • Copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions previously or currently attended.

    • A resumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

    • A letter explaining how their course of study and specific research interests relate to either option 1 in aging and the life course, or option 2 in palliative and supportive care at the graduate level.

    • Two letters of reference.

  • Students may use copies of official documents (i.e., application form and transcripts) for their application to the Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course. These may be obtained from the participating home graduate unit.

Specialization Requirements

  • In addition to meeting the program requirements of their home graduate unit, students will be required to complete both the master's- and doctoral-level core courses (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE] each) and one elective course (0.5 FCE) for either of the two options. The master's-level course must be completed before enrolling in the doctoral-level course.

  • It is expected that the student's thesis or practicum (whichever is included in his or her program of study) would be in his or her chosen study areas (i.e., in either aging and the life course or palliative and supportive care).

Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course: Courses

Core Courses for Option 1: Aging and the Life Course

Master's Level

AGE2000H
Principles of Aging

Doctoral Level

AGE3000H
Advanced Research Seminar in Aging and the Life Course
(AGE2000H is a prerequisite for entry into the doctoral level of the collaborative specialization)

Core Courses for Option 2: Palliative and Supportive Care

Master's Level

AGE1000H
Multidisciplinary Research Concepts in Palliative and Supportive Care

Doctoral Level

AGE1500H
Advanced Research Methodologies in Palliative and Supportive Care
(AGE1000H is a prerequisite for entry into the doctoral level of the collaborative specialization)

Elective Courses for Option 1 or 2

Special topics courses can be taken as part of the program requirements of this collaborative specialization. Students must check their home graduate unit's website for course availability in any given session.

AGE2500H
Current Research Topics in Aging and the Life Course
DEN1003H
Preventive Dentistry
NUR1057H
Interventions to Enhance Health, Abilities, and Well-Being
SLP1533Y
Aphasia
SLP1534H
Motor Speech Disorders
SOC6707H
Intermediate Data Analysis
SWK4614H
Social Work Practice in Palliative Care (social work students only)
SWK4618H
Special Issues in Gerontological Social Work
SWK4634H
Family Practice Across the Life Cycle
SWK4641H
Special Topics in Social Work in Gerontology
SWK4803H
Special Studies III

Requests to approve other courses as equivalent to fulfil collaborative specialization requirements may be made to the collaborative specialization committee. Students taking either option may choose the master's core course in the other option as an elective.

Additional Electives for Option 2 Only

HAD5301H
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
HAD5730H
Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research
HAD5771H
Resource Allocation Ethics
MSC1090H
Introduction to Computational Biostatistics with R
NUR1021H
Nursing Ethics
NUR1024H
Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry
NUR1025H
Doing Qualitative Research: Design and Data Collection
NUR1045H
Theories of Pain: Impact on the Individual, Family, and Society
NUR1046H
Persistent Illness: Theoretical, Research, and Practice Implications
NUR1050H
Coping With Illness
PHL2145H
Bioethics
PHL2146Y
Topics in Bioethics