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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Kinesiology - Work and Health

The Work and Health doctoral program (W&H) is a collaborative program between Kinesiology, the School of Public Health and Health Systems, and the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

It provides students with an interdisciplinary platform upon which to develop a broad understanding of issues related to work and health.  The program affords the opportunity to cross departmental boundaries to access courses and resources, including dissertation committee members who can provide cross disciplinary perspectives on research questions related to work and health.


Each student has been assigned a graduate supervisor to help in getting oriented in the program, selecting courses, and serving on thesis committees. 

Degree requirements

Thesis option:

Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)


  • Students will normally complete a minimum of 2.00 units of graduate courses (e.g. 4 courses each at a 0.50 unit weight), that must include the courses listed below. All graduate courses must be assigned a numerical grade. Students must obtain an average of at least 75% in the set of courses which they present in fulfilment of course requirements. Unsatisfactory academic performance in any one course will result in a review of the candidate's status by the Department Graduate Committee. If a student with a failed course is permitted to continue, additional work may be required to clear the failure in that course or an additional course may be required to replace the failed course. Alternatively, the student may be required to repeat part or all of the program.
    • KIN 730 Fundamentals of Work and Health (0.50 units)
    • KIN 731 Approaches to Research in Work and Health (0.50 units)
    • 0.50 units of graduate level statistics/research methods
  • Students must also complete the following CR/NCR graduate seminars:
    • KIN 732A Work and Health Research Seminar I
    • KIN 732B Work and Health Research Seminar II

Link(s) to courses

Academic Integrity Workshop

PhD Professional Development Seminar

  • Students are required to complete a series of professional development seminars and workshops throughout their program of study.

PhD Comprehensive Examination

  • Each student is required to write a comprehensive examination and complete an oral examination on selected aspects of the written examination.
  • 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 student’s coursework and will begin during the fourth term of their program.
  • Students should consult the Department of Kinesiology Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for details concerning the administration procedure for this examination. When the written and oral examinations have been completed, the PhD comprehensive Examination Committee must arrive at one of the following decisions:
    • Accepted (Passed)
    • Accepted Conditionally
    • Decision Deferred (Re-examination)
    • Rejected (Failed)
  • If the decision is "Decision Deferred (Re-examination)", students must complete this requirement no later than the end of the term following the term in which they initially attempted the comprehensive examinations. Re-examination does not necessarily imply a re-examination of both the written and oral aspects of the examination. If the decision is "Rejected (Failed)" the candidate is required to withdraw from the program.

PhD Thesis

  • Thesis Proposal: Following successful completion of the comprehensive exam, each student will be required to compete a PhD thesis proposal. The proposal involves a written document related to the student’s thesis area. The thesis project and proposal are developed in consultation with the supervisor. Each student must orally defend the thesis proposal to the Advisory Committee, consisting of the supervisor (or co-supervisors), and two other members (one of which must be from a home Department within the collaborative program in Work and Health). A chair to oversee the oral thesis proposal defense will be appointed by the home Department.
  • Thesis Defence: Each student is required to submit a thesis embodying the results of original research carried out under the direction of an Advisory Committee headed by the supervisor. The candidate defends the thesis before an Examining Committee approved by the Department Graduate Committee. The Examining Board should consist of the Advisory Committee (see thesis proposal above), an additional member that is external to the Department (referred to as the internal-external), and finally an additional member that is external to the University (referred to as the external examiner).
  • The thesis will be in an area relevant to Work and Health.

Other requirements 

  • Student evaluation: A review of each student's progress by both the supervisor and Department Graduate Committee takes place each year. Students are evaluated on several criteria, including performance in courses, progress towards course and milestone completion, thesis progress, scholarly activity, and research and teaching assistantship activity.