The field orientation is designed to deepen critical thinking and research methods in a real life setting. It provides the opportunity to enhance assessment skills and cross-cultural intuition in a diverse complex setting. The experience includes field visits, small group discussions and final group presentations based on the findings from the field visits.
Students unable to participate in the India Global Health Symposium because of disabilities or travel causing them undue hardship will have to fulfill the course requirements locally. The curriculum expectations including field orientation and grading will be the same.
Summer Term (May-August) Courses (Both M.Sc. by Course Work and M.Sc. by Thesis)
Upon return to McMaster from the Global Health symposium students will proceed to their field placements or continue with their thesis research. The field placements can be anywhere from four weeks to two months depending on the student’s learning objectives. Course work option students will then complete a scholarly paper relevant to the field they selected during the remainder of the summer. Thesis students continue with their thesis work throughout the summer semester.
Students taking the thesis option will spend the remainder of the summer and can take the fall term to complete their research and theses, which may involve the collection and analysis of field data or developing major conceptual works based on the literature.