Public Health and Health Systems - PhD at Waterloo

At a glance:

Application deadline

  • January 15 (for admission in September)

Graduate research fields

  • Aging and Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Global Health
  • Health and Environment
  • Health Evaluation
  • Health Informatics
  • Work and Health

Study options

  • Thesis

Minimum admission requirements

  • Students applying to the program should have completed a Master’s degree (or its equivalent) with content related to ongoing faculty research in areas such as health, public health, health systems, gerontology, health informatics, global health, occupational health, and evaluation.
  • A minimum 75% average in Master's level coursework.
  • Completion of a Master's degree and evidence of prior research achievements (e.g., Master’s thesis, first author peer-reviewed publication, adjudicated research report).
  • Before applying to the program, students are strongly advised to establish contact with potential supervisors.
  • Students are sometimes accepted for direct admission to the PhD in the SPHHS program if they have an Honours Bachelor of Science degree or the equivalent and have exceptional academic and research performance, including evidence of prior research achievements (e.g., adjudicated research report, significant documented contribution as a co-author to a peer-reviewed publication, first author peer-reviewed publication). Directly admitted students will be required to complete 9 (required and elective) graduate courses, graduate milestones and a doctoral thesis.
  • Three academic references 
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)
    • School of Public Health and Health Systems does not consider international applications whose English language proficiency scores fall below the minimum requirements

Approximate tuition, fees, and living costs

  • Canadian and permanent resident students, full-time: $2,254.00 tuition and $491.01 incidental fees per term (as of January 2021)
  • International students, full-time: $7,182.00 tuition and $703.01 incidental fees per term (as of January 2021)
  • Study and living costs