PhD Aging, Health and Well-being

The Aging, Health and Well-being doctoral program (AHWB) is a collaborative program between Kinesiology and Health Sciences, the School of Public Health Sciences, and the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the Faculty of Health.

This program provides students with an interdisciplinary platform upon which to develop a broad understanding of issues related to the health and well-being of our aging population. The program affords the opportunity to cross departmental boundaries to access courses and resources including dissertation committee members who can add different perspectives to research problems.

Research interests of faculty members who participate in the collaborative program, as well as detailed course and program requirements are listed at the Aging, Health, and Well-being website.

Students must fulfill the minimum requirements of their home department, as well as obtain credit for each of the courses listed below. They will normally complete a minimum of four half (0.50 credit) courses, consisting of a core/fundamentals course, a graduate level statistics/research methods course, and two electives which will be related to aging, health and well-being.

In addition, students will participate in the doctoral research milestone seminar in Aging, Health and Well-being and are also encouraged to participate in the Recreation and Leisure Studies PhD milestone seminar. Recreation and Leisure Studies students must also complete REC 700, required of all doctoral students in Recreation and Leisure Studies.

  • REC 750 Fundamentals of Aging, Health and Well-being
  • Graduate level statistics/research methods course
  • Two electives related to aging, health and well-being

Also, the graduate academic integrity module must be completed through Learn. This milestone is required for each new graduate degree completed at Waterloo. 

A program checklist is available on Waterloo Learn or on the Health policies and procedures website (with embedded links).