Student Testimonials

Emily Cichonski

Emily Cichonski

“Before I came to university, my goal was to work in a hospital. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do in a hospital or how I would get there, but I always knew that is where I wanted to be.” Read more

Your Classes

What You’ll Take:

  • Inquiry: Introduction to Health and Society (HLTHAGE 1ZZ3)
  • Introduction to Aging and Society (HLTHAGE 1BB3)
  • Introduction to Mental Health and Illness (HLTHAGE 1CC3)
  • 9 units from a select course list
  • 12 units of electives

Learn more about Health and Society I requirements here.

After successful completion of Health & Society I, students will enter one of the following degree programs:

  • Honours Health & Society
    • Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction
  • Honours Aging & Society
    • Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction
  • Combined Honours Aging & Society and Health & Society
  • Combined Honours Health & Society and Another Subject
  • Combined Honours Aging & Society and Another Subject
  • B.A. in Health, Aging & Society
  • Option to enter other programs depending on eligibility

McMaster Social Sciences + Mohawk Affiliated Certificates

Through our partnership with Mohawk College, you can earn a college certificate while completing your degree – exclusively available to all Social Sciences students, including Health & Society students.

Certificate options include:

Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction

The Specialization and Minor in Mental Health and Addiction provide students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between mental health, addiction, and society. It involves examining the links between mental health and wider social processes, including marginalization, the construction of deviance, and the social determinants of health.

Students will also gain a solid understanding of mental illness and some of the ways in which social changes and other non-biomedical interventions can be harnessed to address issues related to mental health and addiction and promote well-being.

For a full list of courses that can be available in this program, please consult the academic calendar.