Work and Health (PhD)
The PhD program in Work and Health is offered by the three academic units that comprise the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences: School of Public Health and Health Systems, Department of Kinesiology, and the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. The collaborative nature of this program allows you to cross departmental and disciplinary boundaries to access courses and resources that add different perspectives to current research problems.
The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is committed to the prevention of illness and injury, optimisation of health, and quality of life. You'll have the opportunity to investigate these issues as they relate to safe, healthy work environments and to achieving a work-life balance.
Sample research areas
- Risk management and disease prevention in occupational health
- Workplace interventions to reduce injury risk
- Work-leisure-family balance
- Health issues and non-traditional work arrangements
- Epidemiology of workplace injuries, illness, and disease
- Return to work after injury
- Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
As a graduate of the Work and Health program, you'll be prepared for careers in academic settings, industry, Government Ministries of Labour or Health, health and safety associations, and policy analysis.
Minimal requirement for admission to the collaborative PhD program in Work and Health is normally a Master's degree in a field that is relevant to the area of work and health. This commonly includes kinesiology, recreation and leisure studies, or health studies and gerontology. Other disciplines that may be suitable include engineering, management sciences, psychology, sociology, and epidemiology.
Applicants must have a minimum overall university average of 75%. Supplementary requirements include a Statement of Interest, examples of written work, and a current resume.
Interested students should first apply to the Applied Health Sciences academic unit of their choice (School of Public Health and Health Systems, Department of Kinesiology, or Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies) via the online application form. Applications for September admission are normally due February 1st. For information regarding applications process and deadlines, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications of students who indicate an interest in the Work and Health program and who have been deemed admissible by the relevant home department will then be reviewed by an executive committee composed of one member from each of the three home departments.
Students must fulfill the minimum requirements of their home department (including period of enrolment, continuous enrolment, comprehensive examination, dissertation submission and defense, etc.). See the Graduate Studies Calendar for further information:
The PhD program may be completed either on a full-time or part-time basis, but must be completed within the following time periods from completion of the MA degree unless an extension has been granted. See Graduate Studies Calendar - Regulations - Enrolment and Time Limits:
- Full-time - 12 terms
- Part-time - 18 terms
Students must obtain credit for each of the courses listed below. They will normally complete a minimum of four half (0.50 credit) courses, consisting of two core/fundamentals courses, a graduate level statistics/research methods course, and an elective which will be related to work and health. In addition, students will participate in the doctoral research seminar in work and health.
- Foundational Knowledge on Work and Health
- Approaches to Research in Work and Health
- A Graduate Level Course in Research Methods or Statistics
- One elective course (see list of electives below)
- Work and Health Seminar (graded on credit basis)
- REC 601 Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Leisure Research
- REC 603 Leisure and Social Policy
- REC 605 Social and Psychological Analysis of Leisure
- REC 608 Gender, Leisure & the Use of Time
- REC 610 Administrative Practice in Recreational Service
- REC 672 The Analysis and Interpretation of Leisure Research Data
- REC 673 Qualitative Research Data Analysis and Interpretation
- REC 792 Advanced Research Methods (PhD only)
- REC 798 Advanced Topics in Leisure Studies (PhD only)
- KIN 601 Muscle Physiology in Work
- KIN 602 Respiratory and Cardiovascular Physiology in Work
- KIN 616 Neural Control of Human Movement
- KIN 620 Ergonomic Aspects of Occupational Musculoskeletal Injuries
- KIN 631A Introduction to Statistics
- KIN 631C Correlation and Regression
- KIN 631 E Analysis of Variance I
- KIN 631F Analysis of Variance II
- KIN 631G Biological Deterministic Modeling and Signal Processing
- KIN 651 Motor Learning
- KIN 656 Neurobehavioural Analyses of Perceptual and Motor Deficits
- KIN 727 Low Back Disorders: Optimizing Prevention, Rehabilitation and Performance
- HSG 601 Lifespan Approaches to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- HSG 604 Evaluation of Health and Human Services Programs
- HSG 605A Introduction to Statistics
- HSG 605C Correlation and Regression
- HSG 605E E Analysis of Variance I
- HSG 605F Analysis of Variance II
- HSG 606 Epidemiological Methods
- PHS 604 Public Health and the Environment (On-line course format)
A review of each student's progress takes place during the month of May each year. Students are evaluated on several criteria, including performance in courses, progress with regard to the comprehensive examination and thesis work and, where appropriate, reports submitted by the students regarding their research and teaching assistantship activity. A grade average of at least 75% must be maintained.
Students will complete the comprehensive examinations as required by their home department. At least one of the comprehensive examination committee members will be appointed from a department other than the home department but within the collaborative program in Work and Health. The comprehensive examinations will normally occur on completion of the students course work and will begin during the fourth term of their program.
The PhD dissertation will be on a topic in an area relevant to work and health.