Curriculum Overview

Program Overview

The four year program which spans nine terms, includes courses from basic sciences, social sciences, health sciences, women’s studies and electives, in addition to clinical courses. A variety of course formats include classroom, distance learning through web conferencing and print-based self-study courses. Teaching methods include lecture format, small group tutorials, self-directed activities and practical learning experiences in both laboratory and clinical practice settings.

Midwifery is an important component of women’s health care. Midwives’ expertise in the care of normal pregnancy and childbirth arises from their understanding of childbearing as a social, cultural and biological process and from their ability to competently exercise clinical skills and decision-making.

Clinical Courses

Clinical courses consist of a practical and theoretical component and concurrent problem-based weekly tutorials. Students are assigned to a midwifery practice as well as to interprofessional placements including nursing, neonatal intensive care nursery, and obstetrical practices. Throughout the program, students will be placed in more than one midwifery practice within the McMaster Midwifery Program catchment area and will gain clinical experience in a hospital setting and with an obstetrician. Students should expect to relocate for clinical placements. Travel and living expenses are the responsibility of the student.



Intensives

An Intensives course is 5-7 days in duration and consists of workshop-style presentations focussing on clinical skills. Attendance (100%) is mandatory.

Requirements

135 units total (Levels I to IV)

Note

An asterisk (*) following a course code indicates that transfer credit may be available.



Core Courses
Anatomy and Physiology - HTHSCI 1D06 A/B *
Working Across Difference in Midwifery - HTHSCI 1C06 A/B
Introduction to Research Methods and Critical Appraisal - MIDWIF 1F03
The Midwifery Profession - MIDWIF 1DO3
Life Sciences for Clinical Practice - HTHSCI 1J03 *


Women's and/or Indigenous Studies
6 Unit(s) of the following with at least 3 units being from either INDIGST 3H03 or INDIGST 3HH3
Women, Culture, Power - WOMENST 1A03 *
Women Transforming the World - WOMENST 1AA3 *
Indigenous Medicine I (Philosophy) - INDIGST 3H03 *
Indigenous Medicine II (Practical) - INDIGST 3HH3 *


Elective *
3 Unit(s)

One elective from the Faculties of Health Sciences, Humanities, or Social Sciences


PROPOSED TUITION FEE

$9,179.11 for Level One

(as of 2018-19)

Core Courses
Reproductive Physiology - HTHSCI 2M03
Normal Childbearing - MIDWIF 2H15
Pharmacotherapy - MIDWIF 2F03
Clinical Skills for Midwifery Practice - MIDWIF 2G06


Elective
3 Unit(s)

One elective from the Faculties of Health Sciences, Humanities, or Social Sciences


PROPOSED TUITION FEE

$9,112.27 for Level Two

(as of 2018-19)

Core Courses
Advanced Clinical Skills I - MIDWIF 3I03
Interprofessional Practice I - MIDWIF 3A09
Interprofessional Practice II - MIDWIF 3K06
Preparation for Primary Maternity Care - MIDWIF 3J06
Clinical Issues - MIDWIF 3F03
Advanced Clinical Skills II - MIDWIF 3L03
Complications and Consultation - MIDWIF 3H15

PROPOSED TUITION FEE

$9,045.92 for Level Three

(as of 2018-19)

Core Courses
Maternal and Newborn Pathology - MIDWIF 4A15
Midwifery Clerkship - MIDWIF 4B15

PROPOSED TUITION FEE

$9,045.92 for Level Four

(as of 2018-19)




Sample First Year Weekly Schedule



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Monday
  • 12:30PM - 4:30PM
    • HTHSCI 1C06 (Lecture): Working Across Difference in Midwifery
  • 5:30PM - 7:00PM
    • WOMENST 1A03 (Lecture): Women, Culture, Power
Tuesday
  • 1:30PM - 2:30PM
    • HTHSCI 1D06 (Lecture): Anatomy and Physiology
  • 3:30PM - 4:30PM
    • HTHSCI 1D06 (Tutorial): Anatomy and Physiology
  • 5:30PM - 7:00PM
    • HTHSCI 1D06 (Tutorial): Anatomy and Physiology
Wednesday
  • 1:00PM - 3:30PM
    • MIDWIF 1D03 (Lecture): The Midwifery Profession
  • 5:30PM - 7:00PM
    • WOMENST 1A03 (Lecture): Women, Culture, Power
Thursday
  • 9:30AM - 10:30AM
    • HTHSCI 1D06 (Lecture): Anatomy and Physiology
  • 11:30AM - 12:30AM
    • HTHSCI 1D06 (Tutorial): Anatomy and Physiology
Friday
  • 9:00AM - 11:00AM
    • HTHSCI 1J03 (Lecture): Life Sciences for Clinical Practice
  • 12:00PM - 3:00PM
    • HTHSCI 1J03 (Lab): Life Sciences for Clinical Practice