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Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course

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

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Social Work

Participating Degree Prog​rams

Adult Education and Community Development—MA, MEd, PhD
AnthropologyMA, MSc, PhD
Counselling and Clinical Psychology—MA, PhD
Counselling Psychology—MEd, EdD​
Dentistry—MSc, PhD
Exercise Sciences—MSc, PhD
Health Administration—MHSc
Health Policy, Management and Evaluation—MSc, PhD
Information—MI
Information Studies—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:

  1. aging and the life course

  2. 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 department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation "Completed Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course" on their transcript and parchment.

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
Suite 328, 263 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W7
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 u​nit.

Specialization Requirements

  • In addition to meeting the program requirements of their home department, students will be required to com​plete the master's-level core course (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]) and one elective course (0.5 FCE) for either of the two options.

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

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 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

  • In addition to meeting the program requirements of their home department, 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

AGE 2000H
Principles of Aging

Doctoral Level

AGE 3000H
Advanced Research Seminar in Aging and the Life Course (AGE 2000H 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

AGE 1000H
​​Multidisciplinary Research Concepts in Palliative and Supportive Care​

Doctoral Level

AGE 1500H
Adva​nced Research Methodologies in Palliative and Supportive Care (AGE 1000H is a prerequisite for entry into the doctoral level of the collaborative specialization)​

Elective Courses

AGE 2500H
Current Research Topics in Aging and the Life Course
DEN 1003Y
Preventive Dentistry
EXS 5501H
Physical Activity and Aging
EXS 5502H
Aging and Functional Capacity: an Integrative Approach
NUR 1037H
Aging and Place: Social and Policy Transitions
NUR 1057H
Interventions to Enhance Health, Abilities and Well-Being
NUR 1058H
Aging, Gender, and Equity
REH 1520H
Physiological Factors Constraining Rehabilitation of the Elderly
REH 1620H
Methodological Issues in Research on Aging and Health
REH 1640H
Sociology of Disability
SLP 1533Y
Aphasias
SLP 1534Y
Motor Speech Disorders
SLP 2501H
Special Topics in Communication Disorders
SLP 2502Y
Specialized Study in Communication Disorders
SOC 6707H
Intermediate Data Analysis
SWK 4612H
Social Work and Aging: Integrated Policy and Practice
SWK 4613H
Social Work Practice with the Aged: Policy and Practice
SWK 4618H
Special Issues in Gerontological Social Work 
SWK 4634H Family Practice Across the Life Cycle
SWK 4637H Special Topics in Health
SWK 4641H Special Topics in Social Work in Gerontology
SWK 4803H
Special Studies 3: Evidence-Based Counselling Strategies with Older Adults

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

AGE 1200H
Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology: Introduction to Theory and Practice
AGE 1250H
Relational Practices with Families in Oncology and Palliative Care
HAD 5301H
Intro to Clinical Epidemiology and Health
HAD 5730H
Research Economics I: Economic Evaluation
HAD 5771H
Resource Allocation Ethics
LAW 6006H
Public Health Law
MSC 1051H
Research Bioethics
MSC 1060H
Biostatistics for Health Sciences
MSC 1090H
Intro to Clinical Biostatistics
MSC 3003Y
Empirical Approaches in Bioethics
NUR 1021H
Nursing Ethics
NUR 1023H
Critical Issues in the Design of Controlled Trials of Behavioural Health Care Interventions
NUR 1024H
Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry
NUR 1025H
Doing Qualitative Research
NUR 1026H
Evaluating Interventions in Clinical Settings
NUR 1045H
Theories of Pain: Impact on the Individual, Family, and Society
NUR 1046H
Persistent Illness: Theoretical, Research, and Practice Implications
NUR 1050H
Coping With Illness
NUR 1051H
Assessment and Management of Common Responses to Illness 
PHL 2145H How Bioethics Fits into Other Disciplines
PHL 2146Y Topics in Bioethics
RLG 2018H Religion and Bioethics
RLG 2037H Religion and Healing