This interdisciplinary research-based program emphasizes a preventive focus on the social determinants of health that influence the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities across the life course. The FSS program provides a strong research foundation in family health. It is designed to expose students to a broad range of theoretical perspectives and equips them with strong qualitative and quantitative research skills.
The Master of Science degree generally requires two years of full-time study, including both course work and a research thesis. The program is organized around four major areas of study, with each student selecting one area in which to focus both course work and a research thesis. The four areas of study are:
Family Resource Management
Family Violence and Conflict Resolution
Faculty members conduct interdisciplinary research utilizing a variety of methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative techniques, with programs of research funded by CIHR, SSHRC, PHAC, MICH, and many other sources. The Department has established an extensive network of community partnerships that support community-based research.
The Department maintains state-of-the-art facilities for observational research and interview research, including lab facilities for computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI). Work and study space is available for graduate research assistants and many opportunities are provided for research training.