Three areas of excellence have been identified in which the School has strong faculty expertise and consolidated research activities that create synergy and foster collaboration. A list of potential supervisors to contact is found under each area.
Applicants to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs declare their intentions to focus within one of the following three areas of excellence. Students in the Graduate Program have available to them the educational, research and clinical resources of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the services of the Hamilton-Wentworth health care community.
Illness Prevention and Management
Health promotion, illness prevention and chronic disease management are proactive approaches to health care. These approaches may involve strategies at the individual, family, and community levels. Health promotion and illness prevention strategies are focused on keeping people well and preventing illness. Scholars engaged in research in this area of excellence are committed to developing an understanding of preferences for care; interventions to promote health of individuals, families and communities; and interventions aimed at supporting those living with acute or chronic conditions
Health Equity and Disparity
Health equity occurs when individuals, locally or globally, have the opportunity to maximize their full health potential. Health disparities occur when there is a difference in health status between two groups. Health equity and health disparities are influenced by the social determinants of heath and the conditions in which people live, work, and play. Scholars engaged in research in this area of excellence are committed to defining, measuring, understanding and addressing health disparities particularly in populations disadvantaged due to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability status, geographic location or a combination of the above. This includes advancing interventions, programs, and policies that promote resiliency, access, social justice, and health equity.
Health System Integration and Innovation
Health systems or health services research aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system through changes to practice and policy. Scholars engaged in research in this area of excellence are committed tothe development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative interventions as well as the translation of this knowledge to support optimal health service provision and improved health care outcomes.