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Graduate Secretary: Cindy Elchuk

Phone: (306) 966-1649

School of Public Health
University of Saskatchewan
Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK    S7N 5E5

Fax: (306) 966-7920

Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the quantitative study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injuries in human and animal populations. The epidemiology program is offered at the PhD level only. It is designed to produce highly qualified epidemiologists capable of investigating complex population and public health issues, and independently designing and conducting quantitative research to address the biological and environmental determinants of health. Through classroom instruction, hands-on experience in the research programs of faculty of the School of Public Health, and their own dissertation research, students will develop expertise in one or more of the following areas of specialization:

  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases
  • Infectious disease epidemiology 
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Occupational epidemiology

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

All candidates interested in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology will need to meet the University of Saskatchewan's graduate studies requirements. Applicants to the program are required to have an undergraduate degree in a life, behavioral or social sciences and an MSc in the life, behavioral or social sciences, MN, MVetSc, MBA, or MPH, with a 75% average or greater in their last two years of study. Applicants are also expected to have completed PUBH 800.3 (Epidemiology for Public Health) and PUBH 805.3 (Biostatistics for Public Health) or their equivalents with a minimum average of 75% in each course prior to application to this program.

Candidates must also demonstrate previous research experience. Those who have previously not completed a thesis-based program and have limited research experience may be admitted on a probationary basis until they have completed a research work experience under the direction of an appropriate supervisor. This research experience must be completed during their first two years of study and would include a minimum of 120 hours applied to a research project not directly related to their dissertation. Applicants undertaking this option will be expected to present their findings at the completion of their project.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Students interested in applying to the epidemiology program should do so by February 15th for a September start date. 

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Please see the funding and scholarships offered by the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

 

For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

Ph.D. +

The PhD in epidemiology is a three-year dissertation degree. The program will produce highly qualified epidemiologists capable of investigating complex population and public health issues, and independently designing and conducting quantitative research to address the biological and environmental determinants of health. Through classroom instruction, hands-on experience in the research programs of faculty of the School of Public Health, and their own dissertation research, students will develop expertise in one or more of the following areas of specialization: infectious disease epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, occupational epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, and epidemiology of zoonotic diseases.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in a life, behavioral or social science
  • 75% GPA in the last 2 years of study
  • Previous research experience
  • English proficiency – TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.0