McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

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The McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences is one of six faculties at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1966, it was the fifth medical school in Ontario. Today, the Health Sciences Centre houses both the university’s Faculty of Health Sciences administrative offices and its affiliated teaching hospitals.


University Health Sciences

The McMaster University Health Sciences Centre opened in 1972 to provide health care in Hamilton’s growing west end. The building also houses the McMaster Children's Hospital, the second largest children’s hospital in the province. In 1979, the Health Sciences Centre amalgamated with Chedoke Hospitals to become Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals.


Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL)

The School of Medicine was established in 1965 and was renamed the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in 2004 in honour of philanthropist and entrepreneur Michael G. DeGroote. Highlights of the building include Canada’s only university human vector lab, the Robert E. Fitzhenry Vector Laboratory.

Affiliated Hospitals

In 1997, Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals amalgamated with Hamilton Civic Hospitals to form Hamilton Health Sciences. Today, the faculty is affiliated with eight teaching hospitals.
  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Chedoke Hospital
  • Children's Hospital
  • Hamilton General Hospital
  • Henderson Hospital
  • McMaster Medical Centre
  • Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre
  • St. Joseph's Healthcare
  • St. Peter's Health System
  • Statistics

  • The Undergraduate Medical Program for the MD degree was initiated in 1969, graduating its first students in May 1972. At present, 148 students are admitted to the program each year.
  • The Faculty oversees more than $108.3 million in medical research a year, with a growth of 27% in the past year.
  • Innovative medical discoveries have included the recent developments towards a SARS vaccine.
  • McMaster has developed evidence-based medicine in Canada, and has the largest department of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics in Canada.
  • McMaster is home of the Canadian Cochrane Centre, which produces a collection of high quality evidence-based healthcare databases that is regarded as the world’s most comprehensive source of evidence-based healthcare information.
  • McMaster's MD Programme is renowned for being the birthplace of Problem Based Learning.
  • McMaster's BHSc (Honours) Progam is a highly selective program based on a tenets of inquiry and problem-based learning.

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