Gerontology: Graduate Specialization

The Collaborative Graduate Program in Gerontology


Your Future in Gerontology

The Gerontology Program collaborates with six departments; Education, Kinesiology, Psychology, Social Work, Public Health and Sociology, to provide students with an innovative, interdisciplinary learning perspective. Students have the opportunity to access multifaceted resources and work together with complementary disciplines.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Gerontology is designed for students who have been admitted into the following Master's degree programs:

Research and theory in Gerontology is reviewed, and the thesis or major project taken in the collaborating academic unit will have a gerontological focus.

This Program has unique features. Renowned leaders in the field of gerontology interact with graduate students and faculty to provide critical comments and a contemporary viewpoint. In addition to class time, lectures, workshops, symposia and forums serve to augment the students’ learning experiences.

Forums for Interdisciplinary Gerontology are discussions where students and members of the community present research to professional service providers, faculty and other students.

The Gerontology Research Symposium has as its theme "Celebrating Gerontology". This day is set aside as an opportunity for students to participate in the presentation of posters and papers related to health and aging. It is normally held each year in March.

Financial Awards and Assistance

Full-time graduate students may be offered assistantships for up to two years. A variety of funding sources are available such as, the Canadian Association on Gerontology, the Research Council, Ontario Graduate Scholarships and the Northern Bursary Program. For more information, contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at (807) 343-8785 or e-mail gstudent@lakeheadu.ca.

Areas of Research

Accidents and Falls                 
Advanced Health Directives
Bereavement
Caregiver Issues
Communication
Coping Skills
Depression
Disability 
Driving and Older Persons
Educational Needs of older people & Caregivers
Elder Abuse
Experiences of Aging
Healthy Aging
Immigration
Incontinence
Medication Use
Migration
Rural aging and long-term care services
Palliative Care
Physical Activity
Physiology of Aging
Program Evaluation
Psychosocial Support
Qualitative Gerontology
Respite Care
Social Policy Issues
Volunteerism

To apply to the Collaborative Graduate Program - Specialization in Gerontology, you must first apply to a Graduate Program in a Collaborating Department. Please go to Faculty of Graduate Studies' webpage to download the Graduate Studies Application Form.  Please note that an additional application is required for the Specialization in Gerontology.