Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Social Work

Participating Degree Prog​rams

Adult Education and Community Development—MA, MEd, PhD
Anthropology—​MA, MSc, PhD
Counselling and Clinical Psychology—MA, PhD
Counselling Psychology—MEd, EdD​
Dentistry—MSc, PhD
Exercise Sciences—MSc, PhD
Health Administration—MHSc
Health Policy, Management and Evaluation—MSc, PhD
Information—MI
Information Studies—PhD
Medical Science—MSc, PhD
Music—MA, PhD
Nursing Science—MN, PhD
Pharmaceutical Sciences—MSc, PhD
Psychology—MA, PhD
Public Health Sciences—MPH, MSc, PhD
Rehabilitation Science—MSc, PhD
Social Work—MSW, PhD
Sociology—MA, PhD
Speech-Language Pathology—MSc, PhD
Women and Gender Studies—​MA

Overview

The Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course prepares students for specialization in the field of aging and/or the field of palliative and supportive care, with an emphasis on viewing aging and palliative issues within the perspective of the life course. The collaborative program offers students two options of study:

  1. aging and the life course

  2. palliative and supportive care

Students must apply to and register in a home participating unit (i.e., one of the graduate programs listed above), and follow a course of study acceptable to both the graduate unit and the Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative program, students receive the notation "Completed Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course" on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: www.aging.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-0377
Email: aging@utoronto.ca​

Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course
University of Toronto
Suite 328, 263 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W7
Canada

Programs

Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must apply to a participating graduate unit and comply with the admission procedures of that unit. Applicants may apply concurrently to their participating graduate unit and to the Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course.

  • Applicants must forward the following to the Program Committee of the Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course:

    • ​​​​​a. A copy of the School of Graduate Studies application form submitted to the participating graduate unit.

    • b. Copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions previously or currently attended.

    • c. A resumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

    • d. A letter explaining how their program of study and specific research interests relate to either option 1 in aging and the life course, or option 2 in palliative and supportive care at the graduate level.

  • ​​Students may use copies of official documents (a. and b. above) for their application to the Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course. These may be obtained from their home participating graduate u​nit.

Program Requirements

  • In addition to meeting the program requirements of their home department, students will be required to com​plete the master's-level core course (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]) and one elective course (0.5 FCE) for either of the two options.

  • It is expected that the student's thesis or practicum (whichever is included in their program of study) would be in his or her chosen study area (i.e., in either aging and the life course or palliative and supportive care).


Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must apply to a participating graduate unit and comply with the admission procedures of that unit.

  • Applicants may apply concurrently to their participating graduate unit and to the Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course.

  • Applicants must forward the following to the Program Committee of the Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course:

    • ​​​​a. A copy of the School of Graduate Studies application form submitted to the participating graduate unit.

    • b. Copies of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions previously or currently attended.

    • c. A resumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

    • d. A letter explaining how their program of study and specific research interests relate to either option 1 in aging and the life course, or option 2 in palliative and supportive care at the graduate level.

  • ​​​Students may use copies of official documents (a. and b. above) for their application to the Collaborative Program in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course. These may be obtained from their home participating graduate unit.

Program Requirements

  • In addition to meeting the program requirements of their home department, students will be required to complete both the master'sand doctoral-level core courses (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE] each) and one elective course (0.5 FCE) for either of the two options. The master's-level course must be completed before enrolling in the doctoral-level course.

  • It is expected that the student's thesis or practicum (whichever is included in his or her program of study) would be in his or her chosen study areas (i.e., in either aging and the life course or palliative and supportive care).


Course List

Core Courses for Option 1: Aging and the Life Course

Master's Level

AGE 2000H Principles of Aging​​

Doctoral Level

AGE 300​​0H Advanced Research Seminar in Aging and the Life Course (AGE 2000H is a prerequisite for entry into doctoral level of the collaborative program)

Core Courses for Option 2: Palliative and Supportive Care

Master's Level

AGE 1000H ​​Multidisciplinary Research Concepts in Palliative and Supportive Care

Doctoral Level

AGE 1500H
Adva​nced Research Methodologies in Palliative and Supportive Care (AGE 1000H is a prerequisite for entry into the doctoral level of the collaborative program)

Elective Courses

AGE 2500H Current Research Topics in Aging and the Life Course
DEN 1003H Preventive Dentistry
EXS 5502H Aging and Functional Capacity: an Integrative Approach
NUR 1057HInterventions to Enhance Health, Abilities, and Well-Being
​REH 1520HPhysiological Factors Constraining Rehabilitation of the Elderly
SLP 1533Y Aphasias
SLP 1534H Motor Speech Disorders​
SOC 6707H Intermediate Data Analysis
SWK 4612H Social Work and Aging: Integrated Policy and Practice
SWK 4613H Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Older Populations
SWK 4618HSpecial Issues in Gerontological Social Work 
SWK 4803HSpecial Studies III

Requests to approve other courses as equivalent to fulfil program requirements may be made to the Program Committee. Students taking either option may choose the master's core course in the other option as an elective.

Additional Electives for Option 2 Only

AGE 1200H Interprofessional Psychosocial Oncology: Introduction to Theory and Practice​​​​
AGE 1250HRelational Practices with Families in Oncology and Palliative Care
PHL 2145HBioethics
PHL 2146YTopics in Bioethics
HAD 5301HIntroduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
HAD 5730HEconomic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research
HAD 5771HResource Allocation Ethics 
LAW 388H Public Health Law
​MSC 1060HBiostatistics for Health Sciences
MSC 1090H Intro to Clinical Biostatistics
MSC 3003YEmpirical Approaches in Bioethics
NUR 1021H Nursing Ethics
NUR 1023H Critical Issues in the Design and Conduct of Controlled Trials of Behavioural Health Care Interventi​ons
NUR 1024HFoundations of Qualitative Inquiry
NUR 1025H Doing Qualitative Research: Design and Data Collection
NUR 1045H Theories of Pain: Impact on the Individual, Family, and Society
NU​R 1046H Persistent Illness: Theoretical, Research, and Practice Implications
NUR 1050H Coping With Illness
NUR 1051HAssessment and Management of Common Responses to Illness​​