Required Courses

All students enrolled in the program must enroll in three core courses and one restricted elective. Core courses will be determined by the student's advisory committee, but normally consist of the courses listed below. This allows for adaptations where the student has met one or more of these requirements as part of a previous program of graduate study. PhD students are considered full-time for every term for the duration of their programs, including the May to August summer term. They will register in their research class (PUBH 996) for each term.

Core Courses

  • PUBH 842.3 - Current Biostatistical Methods and Computer Applications
  • PUBH 843.3 - Advanced Topics in Analytical Epidemiology
  • PUBH 846.3 - Analytic Methods in Epidemiological Research

Core Courses (All students are required to register in the following non-credit courses in their first term of study)

  • GSR 960.0 - Introduction to Ethics and Integrity
  • GSR 961.0 - Ethics and Integrity in Human Research

Core Courses (All PhD students must maintain continuous registration in the following two courses)

Restricted Elective Courses (All students must select at least one of the following restricted elective courses)


Core Courses

PUBH 842.3 - Current Biostatistical Methods and Computer Applications - This course will introduce statistical methods commonly used by biostatisticians and their application in current research problems. The emphasis will be on the analysis of discrete outcomes and time-to-event data in observational and experimental designs. Class participants will develop skills in applying statistical models using existing software. Prerequisite(s): CHEP 805.

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PUBH 843.3 - Advanced Topics in Analytical Epidemiology - The course introduces students to advanced epidemiological tools and analytical concepts including complex data management, exposure analysis, generalize linear mixed models, GEE, survival analysis, detection of clusters, spatial models, and Bayesian analysis. Emphasis is placed on the correct application and interpretation of techniques presented as they apply to observational epidemiology. Prerequisite(s): PUBH 842.3, CHEP 801.3 or permission of the instructor.

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PUBH 846.3 - Analytic Methods in Epidemiological Research - This course will give students an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the principles of design and statistical analysis of epidemiologic research. Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of established methods of epidemiologic research and will also achieve the ability to independently design, perform, analyse and critique observational health research.

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Core Courses (All students are required to register in the following non-credit courses in their first term of study)

GSR 960.0 - Introduction to Ethics and Integrity - Is a required course for all first year graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. The purpose of this course is to discuss ethical issues that graduate students may face during their time at the University. All students will complete modules dealing with integrity and scholarship, graduate student-supervisor relationships, conflict of interest, conflict resolution and intellectual property and credit.

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GSR 961.0 - Ethics and Integrity in Human Research - Introduces students to the ethics of research with human subjects. Students will complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethics Conduct for Research involving Humans (TCPS) Tutorial and become familiar with the human ethics processes at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Core Courses (All PhD students must maintain continuous registration in the following two courses)

PUBH 990.0 - Public Health Seminar - PhD students must maintain continuous registration in the Fall and Winter Public Health Seminar Class (PUBH 990). This seminar series will cover a variety of important and timely topics potentially including: food safety (e.g. Listeriosis), water and health, influenza, SARS, prion diseases (BSE/nvCJD/CWD); diabetes, cancer, HIV, hepatitis, community mental health issues, zoonotic diseases, hospital acquired infections, risk assessment, risk communication, knowledge translation, confidentiality and data management in health surveillance, screening programs, global health issues, human resources in public health, immigrant and refugee health, Aboriginal health issues, rural health issues, urban health issues, agricultural health and safety issues, and social determinants of health. Students will be expected to attend 75% of the seminars during their first two years of the PhD degree. Each student will be expected to present one research seminar during both the first and second year of their program of studies as part of the requirements for PUBH 990.0.

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PUBH 996.0 - PhD Research - Students enrolled in the PhD Program in Epidemiology who are writing a thesis must register and maintain continuous registration in this course.

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Restricted Elective Courses (All students must select at least one of the following restricted elective courses)

AGMD 801.3 - Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health - An introduction to occupational health, industrial hygiene, and environmental health issues. It will provide an overview of occupational and environmental hazards and illnesses, including their recognition and control, pathophysiology, prevention, and legal and regulatory issues.

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CHEP 802.3 - Community and Population Health Research Methods - An introduction to the concepts and principles of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research within the field of community health. Provides an overview of all steps of the research process, with an emphasis on writing the thesis proposal.

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CHEP 806.3 - Applied Statistical Methods for Follow-up Data - Explores the application of advanced multivariate statistical methods which are commonly used in life sciences and is an extension and continuation of Biostatistics I (CH&EP 805.3). Topics to be covered in the course are: general approaches for longitudinal data analysis, which include analysis of repeated measures using Analysis of Variance, Survival Analysis, statistical methods based on Generalized Estimating Equations and Maximum Likelihood; and brief introduction to handling missing data. Computer software used: SPSS and SAS.

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CHEP 810.3 - Advanced Topics in Clinical Trials - This theory/practice-based course is designed to provide advanced knowledge about the design and analysis of clinical trials. This course cannot be taken with STAT 843 or VLAC 881.

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CMPT 838.3 - Simulation for Health Policy Modeling -

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NURS 892.3 - Research Methods - Focuses on research methodology with application to clinical nursing problems. Major emphasis will be placed on elements of the research process, critical analysis and evaluation of nursing research, quantitative and qualitative research design, and developing proposals for nursing research investigations.

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NURS 894.3 - Systematic Reviews of Healthcare Interventions - Healthcare professionals will be instructed on how to systematically review the effectiveness of an intervention based primarily on randomized controlled trials and if appropriate summarize the evidence using statistical techniques.

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NURS 897.3 - Nursing Research: Advanced Research Methods in Quantitative Design - The focus of this research course is on the design of quantitative research to advance the development of nursing knowledge. The course will examine various theories and assumptions of research design, measurement, and intervention development to investigate nursing practice issues and health outcomes.

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PUBH 809.3 - Field Epidemiology - Links the underlying theory to the practical application of epidemiological methods in the investigation and control of disease outbreaks. Case examples will be drawn from communicable and non-communicable diseases in both humans and animals.

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PUBH 832.3 - 1/2(2L-1S) - Infectious Disease Epidemiology - Lectures and exercises will provide an introduction to epidemiology of infectious disease including issues in diagnosis and surveillance, disease ecology and transmission, options for control, discussion of diseases important to public health, emerging diseases, and reporting. Prerequisite(s): A graduate level course in epidemiology and an introductory course in microbiology and permission of the instructor. Note: Students with credit for VTMC 832 will not receive credit for PUBH 832

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PUBH 844.3 - Chronic Disease Epidemiology - This is an advanced course that examines the theory, methods and applications of epidemiology in chronic disease and health conditions. The course identifies conceptual approaches and methods in survey research, the use of administrative health data, biomarkers, and the control of bias. Students apply this foundational knowledge to the leading chronic health conditions through presentations and a critical review of research protocols. Prerequisite(s): CHEP 800.3 or equivalent.

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PUBH 845.3 - Clinical Epidemiology - Clinical epidemiology is the science of applying the best available research evidence to clinical care. This is an advanced course which emphasizes the principles and methods used in clinical decision analysis, screening and diagnostic testing, intervention studies, and the preparation of systemic reviews and clinical practice guidelines. Prequisite(s): CHEP 800.3 or equivalent.

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VLAC 840.3 - Zoonoses and Food Safety - Will focus on the characterization and distribution of diseases common to animals and man. A selection of important zoonoses and food safety issues will be specifically covered with an emphasis on the principles of zoonotic disease transmission and control, risk factors to humans, and surveillance methods.

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VLAC 881.3 - Clinical Trial Design and Analysis - A course for veterinary graduate students who need an understanding of clinical trial design, statistics and clinical epidemiology in order to carry out their research and to evaluate themselves as clinicians. The course will cover areas of clinical trial design, applied medical statistics, diagnostic test evaluation and writing research grants.

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