Health & Aging

Health and Aging


The Health & Aging field of study in the Health & Rehabilitation Sciences graduate program is a scholarly, interdisciplinary, research-based program driven by research in a variety of aging-related thematic areas. The field leverages established, collaborative inter-faculty research partnerships with the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculty of Social Sciences. In addition, the program has established collaborative clinical and research partnerships with: 

  • Aging, Rehabilitation & Geriatric Care
  • The Lawson Health Research Institute (LHRI)
  • London Health Sciences Centre
  • St. Joseph’s Health Care London

This field of study supports collaborative learning, with students and faculty mutually discovering and creating knowledge. As it encourages creativity, innovation, independence and initiative in seeking and acquiring knowledge, MSC/PhD students will:

  1. Develop an in-depth understanding of the complexities of aging across the lifespan, from prevention to end of life, and will explore significant health issues related to aging and age-related social determinants of health at individual, community, health system, and policy levels.
  2. Strengthen and apply their scientific inquiry skills, apply and advance their knowledge in research methods and issues related to aging.
  3. Expand their analytic and critical thinking skills by integrating evidence, theory, and practice in understanding and responding to significant issues related to aging.
  4. Establish and/or broaden collaborative research and practice partnerships relevant to aging within the university environment, its affiliated research institutions, community health agencies, and communities of seniors.

Field Leader

Marie Savundranayagam
School of Health Studies
msavund@uwo.ca

Students must complete three mandatory half-credit courses, one from each of the following categories:

Students must attend and participate in Seminar Milestones:

In addition, all PhD students must pass a formal comprehensive examination as a requirement of the program.

Schedule & Milestones