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.
Program overview and highlights | Tuition fees
- 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.
- The University of Waterloo's Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Policy #73, also called "creator-owned," which grants ownership to the inventor.
- The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is committed to providing a minimum of $90,000 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 graduate students go into academic research positions, and assume leadership roles in health promotion, health planning, policy and health information analysis, research management,healthcare coordination, epidemiology, program evaluation, or other professional positions.
Tuition is based on a four-month term, and is subject to change on an annual basis.
See the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs study and living costs page for full details
Application deadline for fall enrolment is January 15.
Applications may be accepted after this deadline, however please contact potential supervisors.
- Integrative approach to the biological, psychological, social, and environmental determinants of health and wellness focused on the life-course trajectory of aging in individuals.
- 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.
- Investigating the impacts of the built environment, environmental degradation, urbanization, globalisation on population health.
- 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.
- 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 (HI) is a rapidly developing field where health sciences and information technologies converge to support and improve the status of individual and community health.
- Examining occupational health and safety risks and designing interventions to improve health and wellness in the workplace and develop more effective safety management systems.
- Examining how globalizing processes impact economic development, health, healthcare, and education.
- Examining reciprocal relationships between lifestyle, lifespan development, and sociodemographic factors and brain health on the level of whole populations.
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 February 1.
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.