Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health and Health Systems - Aging, Health and Well-Being

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.

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  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Collaborative
    • Doctoral
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • Normally a Master’s degree with a minimum 75% average in a field that is relevant to the area of aging, health and well-being (normally kinesiology, recreation and leisure studies or health studies and gerontology, but other degrees in life and social sciences could be suitable as well).
    • 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: 


  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must fulfill the minimum requirements of the PhD program in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS) and will normally complete a minimum of 9 one‐term (0.50 unit) graduate courses beyond an Honours Bachelor degree, including at least 4 courses beyond the Master’s degree. Course requirements are as follows:

      • HLTH 750 Fundamentals of Aging, Health and Well‐being

      • 1 graduate level statistics/research methods course (1 of HLTH 704, HLTH 705, HLTH 706, or HLTH 719) with assignments and major projects focused on aging

      • HLTH 701 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Public Health and Health Systems with assignments and major projects focused on aging

      • 1 additional elective methods course related to aging, health, and well‐being

    • Students must also complete the following CR/NCR graduate seminar:

      • HLTH 751 Aging, Health & Well‐being Seminar (must attend for at least two terms)

  • Link(s) to courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
    • Students will complete the comprehensive examinations as required by the SPHHS. At least one of the comprehensive examination committee members will be appointed from a department other than the home department. The comprehensive examination will normally occur on completion of the students course work and will begin during the fourth term of their program.
  • 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.
    • The thesis will be on a topic in an area relevant to aging, health, and well-being.
  • Other requirements 
    • Student evaluation: 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.