The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

Fields (areas of research)

  • Population Health
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Doctoral
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • Students applying to the program are required to complete a Master of Science (MSc) degree (or its equivalent) with content related to health, public health, health systems, or gerontology with a minimum 75% average in master's level coursework.
    • Completion of a master's thesis.
    • Submit a letter indicating reasons for pursuing graduate studies and a written statement outlining research interests.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé/Curriculum vitae
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
    • Writing sample
      • Students must submit a copy of previous academic work, such as copies of preprints, reprints, or master's thesis, or other evidence of written scholarly work.
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      academic

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • 9 one-term graduate courses beyond the Bachelor's degree, including at least 4 courses (2 required and 2 electives) beyond the Master's degree, is the normal minimum requirement.

    • Required courses (2)

      • HTLH 701 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Public Health and Health Systems

    • 1 of the following required methods courses:

      • HLTH 704 Advanced Qualitative Methods for Health Research

      • HLTH 705 Advanced Statistical Methods for Analyzing Public Health and Health Systems Data

      • HLTH 706 Advanced Epidemiological Methods

      • HLTH 719 Advanced Research Methods in Health Informatics

    • Elective courses (2)

      • 1 methods elective course at the 600-or 700-level, selected in consultation with the supervisor (may include courses outside the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS), or courses offered by SPHHS, including additional courses from the required course list.

      • 1 additional elective, selected in consultation with the supervisor. Students without a background in public health and health systems, and focusing in research areas other than Health Informatics, should take HLTH 601 Lifespan Approaches to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Students focusing in Health Informatics may choose to take HSG 611 The Health Care System or an equivalent course approved by the SPHHS Graduate Officer.

    • Plus other free electives as may be required

      • It is important to keep in mind that these are minimum requirements. Both the student’s thesis advisor and the SPHHS Graduate Studies Committee have the right to stipulate additional coursework as necessary to ensure the student is adequately prepared. Many students complete at least three courses within their area of research interest, which may require the addition of one or more extra courses to the minimum coursework requirement.

  • Link(s) to courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
    • Candidates must complete a PhD Comprehensive Examination within seven terms of first registration. The comprehensive examination requirement is based on providing written responses to three questions and successfully completing an oral defense. The purpose of the comprehensive examination is to test the breadth and depth of the candidate’s comprehension of the methodological and theoretical aspects of their field of study. The process is designed to enable candidates to acquire a solid grounding in their core area of public health research that will provide a foundation for undertaking dissertation research. The examination will also test the candidate’s ability to critically evaluate the literature and synthesize information from sources to identify knowledge gaps and recommend solutions.
  • PhD Thesis
    • A PhD thesis on an approved topic is required, which is to be defended in an oral examination. The research is to be conducted under the supervision of the student's supervisor and the advisory committee. The PhD thesis advisory committee consists of at least three members, with the supervisor and at least one other committee member being faculty from within the School of Public Health and Health Systems. The proposal will be defended before the thesis committee; however, upon completion of the thesis, the final document will be defended before a five person Examination Board.