The School of Public Health and Health Systems is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
As part of the School of Public Health and Health Systems, you will be immersed in leading research, and gain the skills to tackle some of the biggest health concerns of today. Beside our leading researchers, you will learn how to integrate perspectives from multiple disciplines as well as discover how to use research to design, implement, and evaluate health programs, policies and services.
The application deadline for fall enrolment is January 15.
Program overview and highlights
- Trans-disciplinary, population health approach to addressing health and health system challenges in Canada and around the world
- You'll learn how to use research to improve the management and accountability of health promotion programs, and health or healthcare systems.
- New research fields allow students to be recognized for expertise in epidemiology and biostatistics, health evaluation, health informatics, health and environment, global health or aging and health.
- The University of Waterloo's unique Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Policy #73, also called "creator-owned," grants ownership to the inventor.
- The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is committed to providing a minimum of $94,000 in funding over four years to support new domestic doctoral students as part of its PhD funding initiative. Students may also be eligible for additional funding opportunities.
- Our alumni lead careers in research (industry, government and academia), health promotion, health planning, policy and health information analysis, research management, healthcare coordination, epidemiology, program evaluation, and other professions.
- Public Health and Health Systems (PhD) degree requirements
Faculty research expertise
Faculty in the School of Public Health and Health Systems are experts in a broad range of research areas, including:
Health and aging - Integrative approach to the biological, psychological, social, and environmental determinants of health and wellness focused on the life-course trajectory of aging in individuals.
Food and water safety, security, and governance - Examining the global health impact of food and water safety and security through epidemiology of food and water borne disease, nutrition management, and medical geography.
Health and environment - Investigating the impacts of the built environment, environmental degradation, urbanization, globalisation on population health.
Chronic disease prevention and management - Interdisciplinary research to analyse and improve national and international health policies and regulations of chronic disease through understanding and altering social, economic, political, and cultural determinants.
Health policy and health systems - Investigating and evaluating health care systems and improving their integration and efficiency through the design of diagnostics, treatment, and analytic and assessment tools.
Health informatics - Health sciences and information technology converge to support and improve the status of individual and community health.
Healthy workplaces - Examining occupational health and safety risks and designing interventions to improve health and wellness in the workplace and develop more effective safety management systems.
Global health - Examining how globalizing processes impact economic development, health, healthcare, and education.
Health neuroscience and cognitive epidemiology - Examining reciprocal relationships between lifestyle, lifespan development, and sociodemographic factors and brain health on the level of whole populations.
PhD students in the School of Public Health and Health Systems can now pursue a designated field to exemplify an area of expertise within their broader program.
- Epidemiology and biostatistics
- Health evaluation
- Health informatics
- Health and environment
- Global health
- Aging and health
Once completed, fields are recognized on a student's transcript. To learn more, visit the PhD Public Health and Health Systems program page on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar website.
Full- or part-time | On campus | Thesis based
Global water issues are becoming increasingly complex and often require a collaborative approach across the breadth of disciplines. The PhD Public Health and Health Systems offers a NEW water specialization.
Facilitated by the University of Waterloo's Water Institute, this collaborative approach provides access to more than 140 faculty members involved in water research across Waterloo's campus. The program allows you to develop specialist expertise in public health and health systems, while matching the knowledge and skills required to communicate across disciplines and within interdisciplinary teams in the water sector.
- Admission and degree requirements for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health and Health Systems - Water
Application deadline for Fall enrolment is January 15.
Graduate student resources
As part of her doctoral research, Lesley Johnston is investigating ways in which community well-being in Mongolia and Zambia are affected by Canadian-sponsored mining operations.
Learn more about Lesley and other students in the School of Public Health and Health Systems on our graduate students profile page.