2023-2024 Graduate Calendar

Applied Gerontology  
Master of Applied Gerontology Go to top of document
Dean Peter Tiidus Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies Deborah O'Leary Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Graduate Program Director Colleen Whyte Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Core Faculty Professors Allan Adkin (Kinesiology), Kimberley Gammage (Kinesiology), Diane Mack (Kinesiology), Lynn McCleary (Nursing), Deborah O'Leary (Associate Dean), Philip Sullivan (Kinesiology), Associate Professors Jarold Cosby (Kinesiology), Pauli Gardner (Health Sciences), Miya Narushima (Health Sciences), Jenn Salfi (Nursing), Colleen Whyte (Recreation and Leisure Studies) Assistant Professors Val Andrew Fajardo (Kinesiology), Alisa Grigorovich (Recreation & Leisure Studies), Asif R. Khowaja (Applied Health Science), Luke Turcotte (Health Sciences) Program Coordinator Tracey Schenck  
Program Description Go to top of document
The Master of Applied Gerontology (MAG) program is designed to prepare graduates from a range of undergraduate educational backgrounds to work in a variety of gerontology-related professions, organizations and services in administrative, service delivery, leadership and facilitative roles. The MAG program provides an array of required and elective courses as well as a full-credit field practicum providing hands on and leadership experience to meet the competencies expected of gerontological health professionals. The MAG program will provide students with the clinical and professional skills and knowledge for pursuing a wide scope of career possibilities in gerontology and health care.
Admission Requirements Go to top of document
Successful completion of a four year Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Psychology, Recreation and Leisure, Nursing, Public Health (or equivalent), with an average of no less than 75% (B). The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of candidates. Admission to part-time study is not normally available. Individuals interested in part-time study should consult with the Graduate Program Director.  
Degree Requirements Go to top of document
Basic degree requirements include the successful completion of ten half-course credits and a full-credit practicum. Students are expected to complete their degree requirements within three academic terms (12 months). Required Courses: GERO 5P02 Current Issues in Gerontology GERO 5P13 Advanced Communication and Aging GERO 5P15 Introduction to Inter-professional Practice GERO 5P88 The Process of Aging GERO 5P89 Research Literacy in Applied Gerontological Practice OR GERO 5P11 Theory and Practice of Health Program Planning and Evaluation (see Program Note 6) GERO 5P92 Mental Health and Aging GERO 5F99 Gerontological Practicum Plus four additional elective courses from the courses listed below: GERO 5P11 Theory and Practice of Health Program Planning and Evaluation GERO 5P12 Mobility and Physical Activity in Aging GERO 5P14 Community Services for Older Adults GERO 5P16 Aging and Technology GERO 5P87 Death and Dying in Later Life GERO 5P89 Research Literacy in Applied Gerontological Practice AHSC 5P39 Strengths-Based Facilitation Techniques AHSC 5P51 Health Ethics AHSC 5P81 Research Topics in Cardiovascular Regulation and Adaptation AHSC 5P93 Neural Control of Posture, Balance, and Gait AHSC 5P99 Psychological Approaches to Health and Behaviour Change MBAB 5P04 Organizational Behaviour and Design MBAB 5P05 Marketing Management MBAB 5P21 Business Strategy MBAB 5P23 Entrepreneurship KINE 5P08 Exercise and Chronic Disease KINE 5P11 Pharmacology and Human Development KINE 5P12 Lifestyle Counselling for Kinesiologists MPHA 5P01 Quality Health Systems Through Collaboration and Partnership MPHA 5P04 Critical Foundations of Public Health MPHA 5P08 Public Health Emergency Preparedness MPHA 5P09 Measuring Health Equity MPHA 5P10 Social Marketing and Health Communication MPHA 5P14 Leading Change in Public Health MPHA 5P15 eHealth Innovations and Trends MPHA 5P16 Colonization, Reconciliation and Indigenous Health Students must also register and successfully complete GERO 5N20.  
Program Notes Go to top of document
1.  Failure to succeed in the practicum course will result in dismissal from the program.  
2.  Students may require current Standard First Aid and CPR (BCLS or Level C) certification that is in accordance with and approved by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) when completing their practicum. The certification must be valid during the duration of study.  
3.  Proof of immunizations may be required prior to commencement of practicum courses. Immunization screening required for: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis, Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis, COVID 19. Students will also be required to fully adhere to all infection, prevention and control policy, procedures and current practices in place within their practicum setting.  
4.  Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) will be required by practicum agencies. It is the students responsibility to ensure the process is complete. All associated costs and expenses will be the responsiblity of students. In some cases, students may not be allowed to attend practicum if these requirements are not met.  
5.  All program costs associated with required documentation or equipment are the sole responsibility of the student. It is the students responsibility to ensure the process is complete prior to commencement of the program.  
6.  All students will be required to register for either 1) GERO 5P11 or 2) GERO 5P89. However, students are encouraged to register for both courses.  
7.  All MAG degree course requirements (6 required and 4 electives) MUST be successfully completed before students will be permitted to begin their required GERO 5F99 Gerontological Practicum course.  
Course Descriptions Go to top of document
Students must ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. Please note that not all courses are offered every session. Refer to the applicable timetable for details. Refer to Applied Health Sciences (AHSC) and Business Administration (MBAB) Calendar entries for course descriptions of AHSC and MBAB courses. GERO 5F99 Gerontological Practicum Practical experience providing students with specialized knowledge, practices, culture and skills, working in the field of gerontology. A minimum of 300 hours must be completed. Note: This course will include a 3hr Seminar scheduled once per week. GERO 5N20 Seminars & Professional Development in Gerontology This non-credit required course will be used to schedule seminars and guest lectures from the faculty, practitioners, community partners and other guest speakers on topics related to Gerontology, linking theory to practice. Restriction: Only open to MAG students GERO 5P02 Current Issues in Gerontology An overview of evidence-based thinking via research conducted with a gerontology focus. Students will be exposed to arrange of methodological and paradigmatic issues characterizing the multidisciplinary nature of research in gerontology. GERO 5P11 Theory and Practice of Health Program Planning and Evaluation Fundamentals of program planning, implementation, and evaluation in a variety of health settings. Critical examination of models and processes used to plan, implement and evaluate health programs. GERO 5P12 Mobility and Physical Activity in Aging Mobility and physical activity in aging populations. Issues related to assessment, training, fitness adaptations, and program are addressed. GERO 5P13 Advanced Communication and Aging Examination of communication with older adults and professionals in the field of gerontology. Focus on the application of theories and research evidence in practice. Seminar and practice labs. GERO 5P14 Community Services for Older Adults Examination of the role of community services for older adults with an emphasis on leisure opportunities, housing, transportation, retirement and community organizations. Topics include social services for older adults, environmental design, home support services, and policy considerations. *GERO 5P15 Introduction to Interprofessional Practice (also offered as NUSC 4Q90) Understanding and applying core competencies for effective collaboration. Topics include collaborative leadership, team functioning, communication, role clarity, conflict management, and client-centred approach as it applied to diversity of interprofessional settings. GERO 5P16 Aging and Technology Examination of the role of technologies in the lives of older adults and their caregivers, with an emphasis on health and wellness. Topics include digital leisure, assistive technology, self-tracking, surveillance technologies, virtual care, and co-design. GERO 5P87 Death and Dying in Later Life Experience and quality of life during the end stages of life for older adults. Examination of issues related to death, dying and bereavement by highlighting cultural, ethical, social and spiritual aspects, as well as end of life care. GERO 5P88 The Process of Aging The physiology of aging and how lifestyle, physical activity and nutrition may be able to influence the physiological processes of aging with the goal of optimizing physical and mental function and independent living into old age. GERO 5P89 Research Literacy in Applied Gerontological Practice Critical appraisal, interpretation and evaluation of research for application into gerontological practice. GERO 5P92 Mental Health and Aging Examination of mental health and mental illness and aging, including evidence about risk factors, health promotion, prevention, and effective interventions. Focus on most common mental disorders, including depression, addiction, dementia, and anxiety disorders. GERO 5V20-5V29 Specialized Topics in Applied Gerontology A topic in applied gerontology that will vary by instructor.  
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