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PhD in Epidemiology

photo of will pickettWelcome to the PhD program in Epidemiology the Department of Public Health Sciences.  We are small and relatively new Canadian program in this field.  Although we are new, we like to say that our approach is traditional in terms of its core emphasis on the training of scientists in epidemiological methods.  Our graduates come out of our program with an in-depth understanding of this foundational public health science.

That being said, our students have a remarkable diversity of interests, and we welcome research in a variety of fields such as epidemiological methods, applied biostatistics, population and public health, research related to health services and policy, and clinical epidemiology.  Particular strengths of our faculty are in the broad areas of cancer care and epidemiology, mental health, physical activity and obesity, developmental disabilities, applied health economics, and social and contextual determinants of health (to name but a few). 

We try to tailor our course and thesis-based degree program to the individual needs of doctoral students.  The degree combines a number of formal and informal learning experiences including graduate courses, the comprehensive exam, and a multi-stage thesis process. Our funding levels are competitive.  We also look for opportunities for our doctoral candidates to grow academically in the classroom, in our “labs” and research units, and in the broader scientific community. 

If you are considering graduate or post-graduate training at this highest level, we would encourage you to get in touch. 


Will Pickett, Ph.D
Director, Ph.D in Epidemiology