Courses

HRS Courses


Students across all nine fields, and in both the master’s and PhD programs, complete a similar set of courses and must meet similar requirements in order to progress through their program. The specific requirements for each field are listed on the respective field pages. Listed below are the details of both the general and field-specific courses/requirements.

General Courses/Requirements

MSc Methods Courses

HS 9601a - Quantitative Methods in Health Sciences - 0.5 credit
This course covers three general topics: measurement, hypothesis testing and research design, and the role of research evidence in clinical practice. Although formulas are presented and calculations are performed, the principal orientation of the course is conceptual rather than mathematical.
*HS 9515 (statistics) is strongly recommended as a precursor to this course.

HS 9602a - Qualitative Research Methods in Health Sciences - 0.5 credit
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the qualitative paradigm and its current and potential applications in health and rehabilitation sciences. The philosophical assumptions that form an integral part of the qualitative paradigm will be examined, as will the assumptions underlying various qualitative schools of inquiry (e.g., grounded theory, phenomenology, ethnography, action research, narrative). Key considerations in the critical evaluation and design of qualitative studies within several schools of inquiry relevant to health and rehabilitation sciences will be addressed. Students will have opportunities to engage in critical analysis of qualitative research; discuss ethical issues related to the conduct of qualitative research; and engage in the process of proposal development within a group.

PhD Methods Courses

HS 9707a - Linear Regression for Health & Rehabilitation Sciences - 0.5 credit
This course is an introduction to linear regression for health sciences, examining simple regression, multiple regression, the use of categorical independent variables, and the fitting of interaction terms. Although formulas are given and calculations are presented, the principal orientation of the course is conceptual rather than mathematical.
*HS 9601 is recommended as a precursor to this course

HS 9708 - Advanced Topics in Qualitative Research - 0.5 credit
This course will give learners the opportunity to learn how to rigorously and systematically analyse qualitative data in the form of interview transcripts from a study on women's experience of aging and osteoporosis. The course will begin with a review of the three key qualitative approaches or research designs used in the health sciences (grounded theory, qualitative case study and phenomenology). Next, we will highlight how the approaches are shaped by specific research paradigms (post-positivism, interpretivism/constructivism or critical theory).
*HS 9602 is recommended as a precursor to this course

HS 9709b - ANOVA-based Methods of Data Analysis - 0.5 credit
This course will explore ANOVA-based methods of data analysis, including t test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, Split-plot ANOVA, Factorial ANOVA, and MANOVA.
*HS 9601 is recommended as a precursor to this course

HS 9730b - Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Research - 0.5 credit
This course provides an introduction to philosophical foundations of qualitative research with a particular focus on interpretive and critical paradigms of inquiry. Assumptions about what constitutes knowledge (epistemology), the nature of existence (ontology), and means for gaining knowledge (methodology) within different knowledge paradigms are considered. Students examine philosophical and theoretical perspectives that underpin various schools to qualitative inquiry and identify perspectives relevant to the coherent and rigorous design of research. Within this course, students explore perspectives that relate to their own research interests; expand their familiarity with the specialized terminology adopted in qualitative research; consider approaches to representing, writing and publishing qualitative research; and investigate implications for the design and evaluation of qualitative research in health and social care. This course is highly recommended for doctoral level students completing a qualitative research dissertation, and is open to highly motivated master's level students wishing to deepen their research knowledge.
*HS 9602 is recommended as a precursor to this course

HS 9788 - Advanced Quantitative - 0.5 credit
This course is designed to provide participants with solid foundation of clinical research methods including study design and critical appraisal of studies evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention (randomized trials and observational studies), diagnostic test accuracy, identification of risk factors for disease development or prognostic factors for disease outcomes, and systematic reviews with meta-analysis.

Elective Courses

HRS course electives include:

HS 9623 - Perspectives in Knowledge Translation
Knowledge translation has evolved from its original focus on the effective dissemination of information from researcher to research user. KT is now understood to be a process of engagement among those who generate knowledge and those who use that knowledge to develop policies, programs or deliver health services. The field reflects a rich history within multiple disciplines.

In this graduate-level course, we will gain a contemporary understanding of the field by:

  • Discussing primary studies and (systematic) review articles
  • Considering related commentaries by scholars in the field
  • Emphasizing the science of KT (in contrast to the application or doing of KT)
  • Becoming familiar with perspectives across various disciplines

HS 9632 - Current Topics in Child & Youth Health
Current Topics in Child and Youth Health is a seminar course designed to stimulate critical thinking in the area. In HS 9632a, students will examine and discuss health-related topics, trends, and issues as identified both by the instructor and the students. The course is also designed to help students acquire and strengthen the skills necessary at the graduate level (e.g., scientific writing) and gain experiences with presentation and group facilitation skills. Equally important at the graduate level is the acquired and practiced skill of listening critically and providing constructive criticism from the perspectives of curiosity and respect.

Course electives offered by other programs:

Nursing 9685 - Policy Development & Analysis I
This course focuses on understanding policy development and analysis within the context of Canadian health policy. Emphasis is on understanding the policy process and exploring philosophical, historical, political and social foundations of Canadian health policy including legislation, healthcare financing and contemporary debates in health policy. Topics may include primary health care reform, aboriginal health, mental health, homecare, globalization, and equity and social justice in health policy.

HRS Common Seminar

1 year

Several seminars are open to all faculty and students in the HRS program, and are regularly scheduled thorough the academic year. Announcements about the speaker and specific topics addressed in each seminar will be provided via e-mails and posted on the HRS seminar board. Topics and format of these seminars may vary. A student may be required to attend one or more of these seminar series depending on their field and/or based on the recommendations of their advisory committee.

The Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) Common Seminar is a required program milestone. MSc and PhD students must attend the seminar regularly in their first year of enrolment in the HRS Program. The seminar is intended to provide a forum for scholarly interactions among students registered in the various fields comprising the HRS program. In addition, the seminar is designed and will be run to foster the development of research skills necessary for graduate school success.

Candidacy Examination (PhD)

The exam consists of a written paper of publishable quality in peer-reviewed manuscript or book chapter format.

The purpose of the candidacy examination is to:

  • Demonstrate scholarly writing
  • Demonstrate a critical synthesis of theory and literature
  • Situate the student’s planned research within the field, including theory, research literature, and research methods

This paper will be evaluated by the Candidacy Examination Committee: the student’s supervisor, and two other individuals. Normally, all 3 examiners will have PhD-Level Training, and will have graduate membership in SGPS. Other individuals who may be external to the field, program, or university, can act as examiners as long as s/he is approved by the Health & Rehabilitation Sciences program.

The exam must be completed successfully in order for students to begin the thesis phase. The procedure, planning form, and evaluation form can be found on the HRS Program OWL web-site.

Prerequisite Courses

As necessary, students may need to take the courses listed below as pre- or co-requisite courses.

HS 9515a - Introduction to Statistics for Health & Rehabilitation Sciences - 0.5 credit
This is an introductory statistics course for students entering the Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. It includes data presentation and normalization, types of variables and levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, and hypothesis testing using both nonparametric and parametric procedures. This course is designed to introduce techniques used to analyze quantitative data used in health-related research and allied fields. Emphasis will be placed on the basic concepts of quantitative analysis including an introduction to multivariate analysis, and the use of statistical software.

HS 9516a - Introduction to Research Methods Health & Rehabilitation - 0.5 credit
This course addresses foundational knowledge and skills contributing to the development of students as early researchers. In this course, students will explore the philosophical assumptions underlying qualitative and quantitative methodologies, develop an appreciation of the potential contributions of various types of research, and reflect on their own assumptions and values regarding what they view as credible knowledge and ways of knowing. Students will discuss essential research elements, ethical principles and quality criteria relevant to qualitative and quantitative methodologies and designs, and will begin to develop critical appraisal skills.

Field-Specific Courses/Requirements

Health and Aging

Field-Based Course or Equivalent

HS 9640 - Demography of Aging - 0.5 credit
This interdisciplinary graduate course examines critical issues related to population aging, health care challenges driven by an aging population, and implications for health policy, education and research. The course will examine demographic trends, successful aging, the global burden of disease, compression of morbidity, the concept of frailty, conceptual frameworks and models that guide care of the elderly, health system design and capacity, and emerging new national and international trends.

HS 9740b - Current Topics in Health & Aging - 0.5 credit
Current topics in health and aging is a seminar course designed to stimulate critical thinking in the area. Students are expected to actively participate in seminars through informed discussions on current topics in health and aging and presentation of their on-going research activities.

HS 9641 - Bio-Psycho-Social Dimensions of Aging - 0.5 credit
This research-based seminar style course investigates bio-psycho-social dimensions of aging on the individual level. Students will be introduced to and encouraged to discuss theories of aging while using an interdisciplinary approach to examine the physical, psychological and social changes a person experiences with aging. Students will be challenged to simulate aging, engage in self-reflection, explore assessment tools in gerontology, partner with a senior for a case study, conduct measurements of an elder’s bio-psycho-social status, and learn how to prepare and deliver a short lecture, abstract, poster and essay.

Field-Based Seminar

1 year for MSc; 2 years for PhD

Health and Aging Seminar Series
The Health and Aging seminar is required for MSc students during the first year and PhD students during the first two years of study. It is open to all interested field members and designed to expose students to a breadth of topics and research methods in the field of Aging.  During each seminar, a faculty member or senior student in the field will present something from their research (completed, in progress or a comps paper), followed by an open discussion of the implications of the information for the field of aging in terms of: future research directions; societal trends; government policy and or health and social service delivery.

Health Professional Education

Field-Based Course or Equivalent

HS 9610 - HPE: Current Topics, Perspectives and Research Issues - 0.5 credit
This seminar course investigates current topics in health professional education and is reading intensive, interactive, and dialogic. Faculty members and students from across the field join the course to facilitate discussions on special topics and current research in the field. Topics may include but are not limited to: principles of adult and lifelong learning, clinical reasoning, critical thinking, reflective practice, client/family centred practice, communities of practice, applied ethics, evidence-based practice, relational learning and mentorship, collaboration and teamwork, interprofessional education, critical perspectives in professional education, humanities in health professional education, leadership, and learning organizations.

HS 9710a - Reflective Practice & Professional Knowledge in Health and Social Care - 0.5 credit
Reflective practice is perhaps the most popular theory influencing professional education in the last 20 years. This course critically examines the historical and contemporary discourses surrounding the theory of reflective practice and the implications for professional education. The course also investigates the broader notion of epistemologies of practice and considers the ways in which reflection, critical reflection, reflective practice, and dialogue shape the cultivation of professional knowledge in health and human service professions. Reflection in this course is examined along a continuum that includes narrative and aesthetic modes of reflection, intentional cognitive reflection, embodied or tacit reflection and critical reflexivity as they relate to professional knowledge. Attention is drawn to epistemologies of practice in light of traditional divides between theory and practice, and to the role of dialogue in knowledge exchange within communities of practice.

Field-Based Seminar

1 year for MSc; 2 years for PhD

Health Professional Education Seminar Series
This is a seminar series for students in the HPE field. It is typically held every two or three weeks over the fall and winter terms. Students and faculty members have the opportunity to present work-in-progress for formative feedback from the Health Professional Education community of practice. This seminar series offers the opportunity for members of the group to present and discuss their scholarly work, prior to presenting at conferences, or to other groups, or as a means to test out and brainstorm about research ideas. MSc students take part in at least one presentation (e.g. thesis proposal, work-in-progress, practice talk as part of preparation for a conference presentation or defense preparation). PhD students present their thesis proposals, once approved by their committees, and are encouraged to present other work-in-progress. Faculty members are invited to share their work in this venue. Attendance is mandatory for MSc students in the first year and PhD students in the first two years of the program. It is highly recommended and encouraged that students continue to participate throughout their tenure in the program.

Health Promotion

Field-Based Course or Equivalent

HS 9721a – Current Topics in Health Promotion  - 0.5 credit
Graduates from the Health Promotion area of concentration will have the knowledge and skills to conduct high quality research, be able to develop, implement and evaluate health promotion programs, and/or advocate for vulnerable populations. Current Topics in Health Promotion is a seminar course designed to stimulate critical thinking in the area. Students are expected to actively participate in the seminars through informed discussions and presentation of their on-going research activities.

Field-Based Seminar

1 year for MSc; 2 years for PhD

Health Promotion Seminar
This seminar will provide an opportunity for students to explore selected topics and issues related to health promotion.

Hearing Science

Field-Based Course or Equivalent

HS 9679y - Research Topics in Hearing, Speech and Language Science - 0.5 credit
This course will provide an opportunity for students to explore selected topics and issues in hearing science.

Field-Based Seminar

1 year for MSc; 2 years for PhD

Seminar in Hearing Science
This seminar will provide an opportunity for students to explore selected topics and issues in hearing science. Students in the Hearing Science field are expected to attend this seminar throughout all years of enrollment.

Measurement and Methods

Field-Based Course or Equivalent

HS 9515a - Statistics For HRS - 0.5 credit
This is an introductory statistics course for students entering the Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. It includes data presentation and normalization, types of variables and levels of measurement, descriptive statistics, and hypothesis testing using both nonparametric and parametric procedures. This course is designed to introduce techniques used to analyze quantitative data used in health-related research and allied fields. Emphasis will be placed on the basic concepts of quantitative analysis including an introduction to multivariate analysis, and the use of statistical software.

HS 9601a – Quantitative Research Methods in Health Sciences - 0.5 credit
*This is not a required methods course

This course is designed to provide participants with an introduction to quantitative research methods, including basic research study design and the skills and practice necessary to determine the internal validity of evidence found in the health sciences literature. We will specifically address the validity of studies evaluating effectiveness of interventions (randomized trials, cohort and case control studies), diagnostic tests, risk factors, development of disease, and disease prognosis and conclude the course with an introduction to systematic review.

HS 9602a – Qualitative Research Methods in Health Sciences - 0.5 credit
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the qualitative paradigm and its current and potential applications in health and rehabilitation sciences. The philosophical assumptions that form an integral part of the qualitative paradigm will be examined, as will the assumptions underlying various qualitative schools of inquiry (e.g., grounded theory, phenomenology, ethnography, action research, narrative). Key considerations in the critical evaluation and design of qualitative studies within several schools of inquiry relevant to health and rehabilitation sciences will be addressed. Students will have opportunities to engage in critical analysis of qualitative research; discuss ethical issues related to the conduct of qualitative research; and engage in the process of proposal development within a group.

HS 9707a - Linear Regression for Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (formerly HS 9600) - 0.5 credit
This course is an introduction to linear regression for health sciences, examining simple regression, multiple regression, the use of categorical independent variables, and the fitting of interaction terms. Although formulas are given and calculations are presented, the principal orientation of the course is conceptual rather than mathematical.

HS 9708 - Advanced Topics in Qualitative Research - 0.5 credit
*HS 9602 is recommended as a precursor to this course

This course will give learners the opportunity to learn how to rigorously and systematically analyse qualitative data in the form of interview transcripts from a study on women's experience of aging and osteoporosis. The course will begin with a review of the three key qualitative approaches or research designs used in the health sciences (grounded theory, qualitative case study and phenomenology). Next, we will highlight how the approaches are shaped by specific research paradigms (post-positivism, interpretivism/constructivism or critical theory).

HS 9709b - ANOVA-based Methods of Data Analysis - 0.5 credit
*HS 9601 is recommended as a precursor to this course

This course will explore ANOVA-based methods of data analysis, including t test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, S lit-plot ANOVA, Factorial ANOVA, and MANOVA.

HS 9730b – Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Research - 0.5 credit
*HS 9601 is recommended as a precursor to this course

This course provides an introduction to philosophical foundations of qualitative research with a particular focus on interpretive and critical paradigms of inquiry. Assumptions about what constitutes knowledge (epistemology), the nature of existence (ontology), and means for gaining knowledge (methodology) within different knowledge paradigms are considered. Students examine philosophical and theoretical perspectives that underpin various schools to qualitative inquiry and identify perspectives relevant to the coherent and rigorous design of research. Within this course, students explore perspectives that relate to their own research interests; expand their familiarity with the specialized terminology adopted in qualitative research; consider approaches to representing, writing and publishing qualitative research; and investigate implications for the design and evaluation of qualitative research in health and social care. This course is highly recommended for doctoral level students completing a qualitative research dissertation, and is open to highly motivated master's level students wishing to deepen their research knowledge.

Field-Based Seminar

1 year for MSc; 2 years for PhD

Measurement & Methods Seminar
This seminar will provide an opportunity for students to explore selected topis and issues related to measurement and methods.

Occupational Science

Field-Based Course or Equivalent

HS 9660a - Occupational Science: Foundations, Perspectives & Research Issues
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HS 9760b - Occupational Science: Philosophy and Advanced Theory - 0.5 credits
This course focuses on the evolution of, and contemporary issues within, occupational science, a basic interdisciplinary science dedicated to the understanding of human occupation. Occupational science incorporates a broad conceptualization of occupation inclusive of the range of activities that individuals, families and communities engage in as means to survive, thrive, and flourish. Varying perspectives on the role of occupational science will be addressed and current research issues and needs within the field will be examined. This course provides students with a forum to critically examine philosophical assumptions and underpinnings of various perspectives drawn upon by occupational scientists, with emphases on critical perspectives and examination of the social, political and cultural factors influencing the shaping of both knowledge regarding occupation and occupational inequities. Students will explore various ways of conceptualizing and enacting interdisciplinarity in occupational science, and consider the contributions of their evolving work to occupational science.

HS 9762 - Special Topics in Occupational Science - 0.5 credits
This course focuses on the evolution of occupational science, a basic interdisciplinary science dedicated to the understanding of human occupation and the concept of occupation. Occupational science incorporates a broad conceptualization of occupation that incorporates everything people do to contribute socially and economically to their communities, look after themselves, and enjoy life. Varying perspectives on the role of occupational science will be addressed and current research issues and needs within the field will be examined.

Field-Based Seminar

1 year for MSc; 2 years for PhD

Research Seminar in Occupational Science
This interactive seminar will provide an opportunity for students and faculty to explore, in greater depth, selected topics and issues related to the study of occupational science. This seminar will involve knowledge exchange among students and researchers through the presentation and discussion of various aspects of their research (ie. foundations, methodological approaches, findings, knowledge transfer). Discussion will relate presentations to current issues in occupational science and will facilitate integration of knowledge.

Physical Therapy

Field-Based Course or Equivalent

To fulfill the field-based course requirement, students in the Physical Therapy field may take any Methods course (with the exception of HS 9515).

Field-Based Seminar

1 year for MSc; 2 years for PhD

This seminar series will expose students to contemporary theory and methodology in Rehabilitation Sciences and the Physical Therapy field. The course will cover the conceptual bases of impairments of body structure and function, activity limitations, and restrictions in social participation as per the ICF within the context of health, illness, and disability. The seminar will also include presentations of ongoing research by graduate faculty affiliated with the field, as well as visiting scholars, and graduate students. This course will permit the presentation of research proposals and current research findings within the framework of the field. Master’s students are required to attend in their first year of the program and Doctoral students are required to participate in the first three years of their program.

Rehabilitation Sciences

Field-Based Course or Equivalent

HS 9650 - International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
This course provides the student with the conceptual model of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) and instruction pertaining to the taxonomy that evolves from this model. This course introduces students to the common language and concepts of this interdisciplinary program.

HS 96500 - Measurement and Analysis in Health Sciences 
This course is an intermediate level examination of measurement and analysis in health and rehabilitation research. Extensive use is made of multiple regression as a general and flexible method of data analysis.

HS 9752 - Philosophical Foundations of Rehabilitation Sciences
Rehabilitaton as a professional activity has existed for over three quarters of the century; rehabilitation as a focus of scientific study is quite recent. Thus, this course is intended to lay the philosophy and historical foundation for the study of rehabilitation as a science. The course first considers what rehabilitation is relative to functioning and disability. Then the question 'what is science?' is addressed by examining fundamental topics such as logical positivism, post positivist views of science, criteria for explanation and evidence, the unity/disunity of science, as well as objectivity/subjectivity. Finally, students consider the question of whether rehabilitation science is indeed a science.

HS 9702 and HS 9704 - Measurement and Methods Long Rounds
Students may choose four modules from among multiple offerings in both qualitative and quantitative methods topics. Individual topics are offered over a three week period. Please refer to the course descrption under the Measurement and Methods field for specific topic descriptions.

Field-Based Seminar

HS 9500 - Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Seminar Series
This is a common seminar series for all students in the health and rehabilitation sciences Graduate Program.

HS 9651 - Seminar in Rehabilitation Sciences
This seminar series will expose students to contemporary theory and methodology in Rehabilitation Sciences. The course will cover the conceptual bases of impairments of body structure and function, activity limitations, and restrictions in social participation as per the ICF within the context of health, illness and disability. The seminar will also include presentations of ongoing research by Graduate Faculty affiliated with the field, as well as visiting scholars, and graduate students. This course will include both MSc and PhD students and, therefore, will permit the presentation of research proposals and current research findings within the framework of the field. We also have an informal component to this seminar series, the content of which is flexible to meet the needs and interests of the cohort of participating students. Master's students are required to attend in their first year od the program and encouraged to continue to participate in their second year. Doctoral students are required to participate in the first three years of their program and encouraged to participate in their fourth year.

Speech and Language Science

Field-Based Course or Equivalent

HS 9679Y - Research Topics in Hearing, Speech and Language Science
The goal of this course is to provide an opporunity for students to explore issues in the field of Speech and Language Science.

Field-Based Seminar

This seminar will meet twice monthly during the fall and winter terms to provide an opportunity for students to explore, in greater depth, selected topics and issues related to the study of speech and language science. This seminar will involve students, researchers, and invited speakers presenting various aspects of research in speech and language.