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Quick Guide to Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs

Please note that this Guide intends to provide users with very brief reference points and more in-depth information can be found on each program's specific website.

Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

A research-intensive program embracing  a variety of diverse scientific areas of biochemistry, including stem cells and cancer research, cell and human biology, microbiology and infectious diseases, and structural biology.

Degrees offered: MSc, PhD, MD/PhD 

Format: Full-Time

Applicants: Individuals with B.Sc. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Medicine, Microbiology or Physics.

BDC

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

A program that encompasses level III and IV of undergraduate studies as well as a 12-month course-based Master program. It is offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences with key contributions from the School of Business.

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Degrees offered: combined BHSc and MBDC

Format: Full-Time

Applicants: applicants will have completed coursework in Level II Science or Health Science. Masters level admission will be almost exclusively to students who have completed the undergraduate BDC program.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

A research program created by the Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences to provide a unique collaborative environment that leverages McMaster’s existing expertise in medical sciences and engineering, and links current and emerging areas of molecular, medical and bioengineering research.

Degrees offered: MSc, PhD, MD/PhD

Format: predominantly Full-Time

Applicants: individuals with undergraduate backgrounds in either Engineering/Physical Sciences or Health/Life Sciences.

Chemical Biology

Chemical Biology

The program focuses on understanding the role that biomolecular interactions play in the control of biological function. Research in the program is based on a multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates a wide range of scientific areas from synthetic and analytical chemistry to structural and molecular biology.

Research programs: Chemical Genomics, Biomolecular Interactions, Biomolecular Structure, Dynamics and Function

Degrees offered: MSc, PhD

Format: Full-Time

Applicants: graduates of the Life Sciences, Chemistry, and Biophysics.

Child Life Studies

Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care

Child Life specialists are members of pediatric interdisciplinary health care teams whose primary focus is on the developmental and emotional needs of children and their families. The program is designed to meet the learning needs for Canadian and international students as well as the healthcare system’s need for certified child life specialists with Master’s level training. The program includes a stream for Child Life specialists already in the field that wish to upgrade their qualifications to a Master’s degree.

Degrees offered: Master of Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care (first intake September 2016)

Format: Full-Time and Part-Time

Applicants: graduates with a four-year undergraduate degree in Psychology, Life Sciences, Bachelor of Health Sciences, and Child and Youth Studies, as well as the Child Life specialists or relevant healthcare professionals (e.g. pediatric clinical psychologists).

eHealtheHealth

The program is the result of the partnership between the Faculties of Health Sciences, Engineering, and School of Business. It provides training in the broad interdisciplinary area of health informatics with the emphasis on the industry-relevant academic research and development.

Fields of study: Business, Computer Science, Health Science

Degrees offered: MSc

Format: Full-Time and Part-Time

Applicants: graduates from a variety of undergraduate programs with a strong interest in applying computing solutions to challenges in the healthcare industry.

Global HealthGlobal Health

The program is designed for students looking to gain the skills and experience required for leadership careers within key international health organizations, government agencies, NGOs and the private sector. It is developed by the Faculties of Health Sciences, Social Sciences and the DeGroote School of Business in partnership with Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and partner universities in Thailand and India.

Fields of interest: Globalization and Development, Global Health Management, Global Diseases

Degrees offered: MSc

Format: Full-Time

Applicants: graduates from a variety of undergraduate programs. Qualified students with no health background may be required to take a course in health before entering the program.

Health managementHealth Management  

The program is the result of the partnership between the DeGroote School of Business and Faculty of Health Sciences. It provides regulated health professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to excel as a middle or senior manager within both the public and private spheres of Canada's health care sector.

Degrees offered: Master of Health Management

Format: Part-Time, on-line

Applicants: health professionals who are currently employed in a clinical and/or management capacity in any health care sector in Canada or internationally. 

Health PolicyHealth Policy

The program is designed to train intellectual leaders in the field who will make seminal contributions to policy understanding and practice. The curriculum provides theory and empirical methods for framing, investigating, and answering crucial questions about health policy. Graduates are equally well prepared for leadership positions in government, consulting, non-governmental organizations, or private industry.

Areas of specialization: Health Economics; Political Studies; Social Organization

Degrees offered: PhD

Format: predominantly Full-Time

Applicants: individuals with previous graduate training in a relevant field (social sciences, health professions, policy, business, legal or administrative professions). A Master’s degree is preferred.

HRMHealth Research Methodology   

A research intensive program with the goal of equipping the graduates with research methods skills that enable them to “push the boundaries of knowledge” relevant to improving clinical practice (including medical education research), strengthening health systems and enhancing population health. 

Fields of specialization: Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Services Research, Population Health, Health Technology Assessment

Degrees offered: MSc, PhD, MD/PhD

Format: Full-Time and Part-Time

Applicants: individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds and disciplines.

Health Science EducationHealth Science Education

The program is designed to develop skills in both the research and scholarship in health professions education. It provides students with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of current professional practice in health science pedagogy and research principles in health science education.

Degrees offered: MSc

Format: Full-Time and Part-Time

Applicants: individuals with an undergraduate  degree in Health Sciences or related health professional degrees, an MD, or a Master of Science in Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.

Medical SciencesMedical Sciences

A research intensive program in biomedical and health-related fields, which prepares students for future careers in translational research relevant to human health. Ongoing interactions between basic scientists and clinical faculty within the program foster unique opportunities for translational research spanning multiple departments and disciplines.

Research Areas (major): Blood and Vasculature, Cancer and Genetics, Infection and Immunity, Metabolism and Nutrition, Physiology and Pharmacology.

Degrees offered: MSc, PhD, MD/PhD

Format: predominantly Full-Time

Applicants: individuals with undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry, Biology, Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Health Sciences, Pharmacology and Physiology, Arts and Science, Integrated Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Life Sciences as well as Kinesiology. Applicants with Engineering, Business and other backgrounds with a minor or experience in Health/Life Science are also considered.

NeuroscienceNeuroscience

A collaborative partnership among the Faculties of Science, Health Sciences, Engineering and Humanities, the Neuroscience program is designed to break through the conventional boundaries and covers the broadest spectrum of neuroscience. Current research projects within the faculty are aimed at improving human health and discovery in areas such as neural development, behavioural genetics, brain imaging, perception, pain, motor learning, vision, hearing, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, autism, Parkinson's disease, depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, anxiety, addiction, and more.

Fields of Study: Cellular and Molecular, Clinical and Health Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, and Systems and Behavioural Neuroscience.

Degrees offered: MSc, PhD, MD/PhD

Format: predominantly Full-Time

Applicants: individuals from a range of different undergraduate programs will have appropriate backgrounds for admission to the program.

NursingNursing

The Nursing graduate program provides students with the opportunity to become clinical health science investigators in Nursing, contributing to the development of the theoretical basis of practice and to the development and evaluation of health care interventions and programs. The program offers studies leading to the MSc and PhD, as well as Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner. Students in the graduate program have access to the educational, research and clinical resources of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the services of the Hamilton-Wentworth health care community.

Areas of Excellence: Illness Prevention and Management, Health Equity and Disparity, Health System Integration and Innovation.

Degrees offered: MSc, PhD

Format: Full-Time and Part-Time

Applicants: individuals with an undergraduate degree in Nursing.

OTOccupational Therapy

A professional course-based program leading to the Master’s degree, which equips graduates with requisite knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours to practice as entry-level occupational therapists in a range of institutional and community settings throughout Canada and the international community. It prepares students in their eligibility to be registered practicing occupational therapists and meets professional accreditation and practice standards.

Degrees offered: MSc

Format: Full-Time

Applicants: individuals with an undergraduate degree from a range of different programs.

PhysiotherapyPhysiotherapy

A professional Master’s program comprised of academic and clinical education, which prepares students in their eligibility to be registered practicing physiotherapists in Canada. This program meets Canadian professional accreditation and practice standards.

Degrees offered: MSc

Format: Full-Time

Applicants: individuals with an undergraduate degree from a range of different programs with the following pre-requisites: a human anatomy course, a human physiology course, a humanities course and a statistics course.

Public HealthPublic Health

The program ensures an adequate supply of public health professionals with the right knowledge, skills and relevant education and mentorship opportunities to revitalize Canada’s public health system and addresses the vulnerability of our public health infrastructure, and the need for more comprehensive and responsive public health policies and programs.

Areas of focus: public health policy & public health management, public health research methods, and environmental health.

Degrees offered: Master of Public Health

Format: Full-Time and Part-Time

Applicants: individuals with an undergraduate degree in Sciences or equivalent, or an approved professional degree (i.e., Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition, Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmacy or Social Work).

Rehab ScienceRehabilitation Science

A research intensive program with the focus on occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

Research Areas: Childhood Disability and Participation, Work and Participation in Society, Musculoskeletal, Aging and Health, and Knowledge Transfer and Professionalism

Degrees offered: MSc, PhD, MD/PhD

Format: Full-Time and Part-Time

Applicants: occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other health professionals who have a baccalaureate degree and are eligible to practice in their discipline.

Speech-Language PathologySpeech-Language Pathology

A professional Master’s program training rehabilitation health professionals with specialized knowledge, skills, and clinical training in the prevention, screening, identification, assessment, and management of congenital and acquired communication and swallowing disorders.

Degrees offered: MSc (SLP)

Format: Full-Time

Applicants: Individuals with an undergraduate degree from a range of academic disciplines will be appropriate for this program. Course experience in linguistics, psychology, science and statistics is recommended.

MD/PhD

The program is designed to train the next generation of clinician scientists who will pursue research as a major career priority and be at the forefront of medical research and innovation. It has a unique integrated format during which students will complete both the MD curriculum and the PhD requirements.

Applicants must be successful in their application for Medical School admission and meet the entry criteria for the eligible PhD program.

Eligible graduate programs: Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Health Research Methodology, Medical Sciences, and Neuroscience.

Clinician Investigator Program (CIP)

The program is a two year Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada program with the goal of training clinician investigators. Trainees are physicians who are in, or have recently completed, a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons accredited Clinical Residency Program and are also enrolled in a Faculty of Health Sciences graduate program (unless they already have a PhD).

Eligible graduate programs: Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Health Research Methodology, and Medical Sciences.

Graduate Diploma Programs

Graduate Diploma programs are offered as either a "stand alone" option (i.e. a student can be enrolled in the diploma program without concurrently studying towards their Masters or PhD degree), or can be taken by students that are enrolled in one of the Masters or Doctoral programs.

"Stand Alone" programs

Please note that Advanced Neonatal Nursing diploma is available to qualified individuals who have successfully completed a Master's degree with a clinical nursing component.

 

CBSClinical Behavioural Sciences

The program is designed for professionals who are working in the health services field. Courses are developed for adult learners and have an inter-professional small group approach. Students from a variety of professional backgrounds, agencies, and hospitals study in the program, attending classes on a part-time basis while they continue in their usual employment.

Diplomas for students enrolled in the Masters or Doctoral programs

 

 

 

Advanced Neonatal NursingAdvanced Neonatal Nursing

The program is available to qualified students as an extension of the M.Sc. degree in the Nursing Program as well as to qualified individuals who have successfully completed a master's degree with a clinical nursing component.

Clinical EpidimiologyClinical Epidemiology

A course-based, online program on the foundational tenets of clinical epidemiology, consisting of four full-term courses. A unique option in Canada, this program offers maximum flexibility for working professionals, students or post-graduate trainees already enrolled in another program, from anywhere in the world.

AstrobiologyAstrobiology

A collaborative program between Faculties of Science and Health Sciences under the umbrella of the Origins Institute.

Eligible programs affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences are Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, and Chemical Biology.

Primary Health Care Nurse practitionerPrimary Health Care Nurse Practitioner

An advanced graduate program for those with the Master’s degree in Nursing and two years of full time nursing practice within the past five years.

WWBWater Without Borders

WWB is a collaborative graduate program in water, environment and health between the United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and McMaster University.

The program is open to graduate students in all Faculties and programs.