McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Welcome from the Dean and Vice-President, Dr. John G. Kelton

Welcome to McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences.

Dr. John G. Kelton
Dr. John G. Kelton, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

We are unique in Canada as a Faculty that trains physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants and midwives to work together as part of effective health care teams to provide the finest patient care.

The programs within our Faculty cover the spectrum of health care, including schools of medicine, nursing and rehabilitation science, as well as a midwifery program and a unique and popular undergraduate Bachelor of Health Sciences program. In 2008, we started Canada's first undergraduate program for physician assistants.


Our Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine is known worldwide for its innovative method of small group, problem-based education, with a focus on self-directed, life-long learning, which is pivotal from the day students enter our schools and throughout their professional careers.

Our School of Nursing has a very successful, fully integrated collaboration with Conestoga College in Kitchener and Mohawk College in Hamilton that is now graduating more than 300 students a year with McMaster's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The School of Rehabilitation Science provides exemplary, self-directed, problem-based educational programs, all at the graduate level, including a recently launched PhD. The school is a leader in the transition to electronic-based curriculum, as it trains evidence-based practitioners who excel in their profession.

Graduate studies cover a wide-range physician residency programs and master's and PhD level training including our well-known Health Research Methodology program and a new program in biomedical engineering. All complement the Faculty's goal of providing tomorrow's health care leaders.


In keeping with our pursuit of excellence, we are evolving the training we provide, to ensure we remain at the leading edge of health sciences education. The recently revamped curriculum for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine with its emphasis on electronic problem-based learning is just one example of how we lead the field in educational innovations.

McMaster was established in 1887 and has become one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. The Faculty of Health Sciences is a major contributor in maintaining that position, with $133 million in research funding being overseen by health sciences investigators. The Faculty is committed to moving forward with discoveries that will improve medical knowledge and treatments for the people of Hamilton, Canada and beyond. In partnership with hospitals, government bodies and private enterprise, we continually pursue medical breakthroughs in our laboratories and incorporate them into the practice of health care professionals.

Our Faculty thrives on a team approach to health care that goes beyond the tenet of various professionals interfacing with the patient and family. This approach represents a true partnership between the community and the University. Within McMaster's health care group is a broad spectrum of staff, faculty, students, alumni and community supporters, as well as our strong academic hospitals Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.


As Dean, I am working hard to ensure all parts of our team are appreciated, recognized and rewarded for their significant contributions.

We are Together, advancing health through learning and discovery.

I invite you to learn more about McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences on this website.


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