|Department/School||School of Public Health Sciences|
|Faculty||Faculty of Health|
Fall (September - December)
|Application and document submission deadline(s)||
February 1 (for admission in September)
|Program type||Doctoral, Research|
|Length of program||48 months (full-time)|
|Registration option(s)||Full-time, Part-time|
|Research field(s) - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student’s research concentration||
Aging and Health
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Health and Environment
Work and Health
What does it take to get in?
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).
- Students may be allowed to transfer into the PhD program directly from the School of Public Health Sciences (SPHS) Master's programs. Such students must have completed all Master's coursework requirements, have demonstrated a superior academic record, and have 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).
- Students are sometimes accepted for direct admission to the PhD in the SPHS 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.
- Review the finding a supervisor resources
- Before applying to the program, students are strongly advised to establish contact with potential supervisors
- Resume/Curriculum vitae
- Supplementary information form (SIF)
- Indicating reasons for pursuing graduate studies (e.g., discuss how a graduate degree maps onto your career plans) and outlining research interests.
- Review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completing this form
- 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.
- Three academic references are required
- Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable.
TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)
The School of Public Health Sciences does not consider international applications whose English language proficiency scores fall below the minimum requirements
How much will it cost?
- Use the student budget calculator to estimate your cost and resources
- Visit the graduate program tuition page on the Finance website to determine the tuition and incidental fees per term for your program
- Review the study and living costs
- Review the funding graduate school resources for graduate students
What can you expect at Waterloo?
- Review the degree requirements on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, including the courses that you can anticipate taking as part of completing the degree
- Check out profiles of current graduate students to learn about their experience at Waterloo
- Check out Waterloo's institutional thesis repository - UWspace to see recent submissions from the School of Public Health Sciences graduate students
- Check out the Waterloo campus and city tours
- Review the School of Public Health Sciences website to see information about supervisors, research areas, news, and events