University of Alberta

Human Ecology
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Human Ecology is an interdisciplinary department that offers a holistic systems approach to examine the interrelationships that individuals and families have with social, economic, and political factors and conditions. This student-centered, research intensive department offers a BSc in Human Ecology with a major in Family Ecology (minors in Aging, Child and Youth Studies, Community Diversity, Community Ecology, Community Nutrition, International Development), MSc in Aging, MSc in Family Ecology and Practice, and a PhD in Human Ecology (with streams in Aging and Children, Youth and Families). Undergraduate and graduate programs focus on individuals and families across the life course, and on the development and evaluation of policy and programs to enhance individual and family well-being. Research programs focus on understanding the physical, economic, and social aspects of aging with a focus on aging well, and on enhancing the health and well-being of children, youth, and families across the life course with an emphasis on vulnerable groups.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Deanna Williamson
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Family Science
  • 20% Aging
  • 20% Human Development
  • 20% Policy Programs
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
Department Address

302 Human Ecology Building
Edmonton AB T6G 2N1

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Ecology
  • Aging (minor)
  • Child & Youth Studies (minor)
  • Community Diversity (minor)
  • Community Ecology (minor)
  • Community Nutrition (minor)
  • International Development (minor)
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Principles and Practice in Human Ecology
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Human Sexuality
  • Later Life Families
  • Policy Development and Evaluation
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Family Dynamics
  • Introduction to Family Finance
  • Family Economic Issues
  • Issues in Professional Practice
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Family Challenges
  • Working with Families
  • Seniors and their Environment
  • Family Policy Issues
  • Family Law
  • Practicum Placement
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Deanna Williamson
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Ways of Knowing in Human Ecology
  • Fundamentals of Aging
  • Issues and Trends in Family Ecology & Practice
  • Family Challenges
  • Family Health and Wellness
  • Families and Aging
  • Theory in Family Ecology
  • Development and Analysis of Family Policy
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Research Methods for Investigating Causal Relationships
  • Professional Seminar Series
  • Directed Research Project
  • Graduate Practicum
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Aging (Thesis or Course-Based Programs)
  • Family Ecology & Practice (Thesis or Course-Based Programs)
Masters Comments

Master of Science in Aging;Master of Science in Family Ecology and Practice.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Human Ecology
CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.