School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


(Offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences)

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"The Queen’s graduate training program in Epidemiology is an excellent choice for your higher education. Research opportunities are diverse, ranging from injury prevention to comparing effectiveness of cancer treatments to rural and Aboriginal health programs. Combined with the intimate and supportive environment cultivated by the faculty, the Queen’s Epidemiology program is an outstanding choice for your graduate career!”

Atif Kukaswadia, M.Sc., Ph.D. 

Program Contact

Sue Preston
Graduate Assistant
Department of Public Health Sciences
3rd Floor Carruthers hall
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613.533.2901
Website MSc:
Website PhD:


Program Overview

This program aims to provide students with the educational opportunities needed to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and methodological skills necessary to participate in health services or epidemiology research teams, or in public health practice.

Both the  M.Sc. and Ph.D programs offer the  opportunity to specialize  in  cancer research through the Collaborative Graduate Program in Cancer Research

The Ph.D. program trains epidemiologists as independent investigators and leaders in health or health-related agencies where research is an important function.


Students gain skills to communicate scientifically; describe trends and patterns of disease incidence and prevalence; critically review scientific literature related to community health and epidemiology; apply epidemiologic and analytic methods in the design of research; collect, analyze and interpret health data; conduct a study; and write and defend a thesis.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Our graduates go on to rewarding careers in a variety of health and health-related agencies.

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc. : 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.Sc.: Course work (4 core courses, 2 electives) + thesis

Ph.D.: Course work (3 core courses, 1 elective), comprehensive exams, (oral and written) and dissertation

Fields of study and Supervisors

We encourage Ph.D. students to identify an area of research interest and contact a potential supervisor before applying.

  • Dr. Kristan Aronson: Cancer epidemiology; Environmental and occupational epidemiology; Meta-analyses; Quality of life.
  • Dr. Bingshu Chen: Biostatistics.
  • Dr. Keyue Ding: Design and analysis of clinical trials; Sequential analysis; Statistical quality control procedures; Change point detection and estimation; Statistical computing.
  • Dr. Duncan Hunter: Health services research; Needs assessments.
  • Dr. Ian Janssen: Surveillance of obesity and sarcopenia; Causes and consequences of obesity in children and adults; Causes and consequences of sarcopenia in older adults; Clinical measurement and classification of obesity and sarcopenia; obesity and injury.
  • Dr. Ana Johnson: Cost-effectiveness analysis; Uncertainty; Decision analysis; HIV; Cancer; Orthopaedics; Hypertension.
  • Dr. Will King: Cancer epidemiology; Environmental epidemiology; Reproductive outcomes.
  • Dr. Zihang Lu:  Development of novel statistical methods to analyze complex data, and application of statistical methods to clinical and epidemiological research; design and analysis of observational studies; statistical methods for disease subtyping; longitudinal and functional data analysis; mixture modelling, Bayesian data analysis.
  • Dr. Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz: Survey methods; Health inequities; Autism, Intellectual/ developmental disabilities.
  • Dr. Paul Peng: Statistical models for survival data with a cure fraction; Statistical methods for causality analysis in observational studies; Novel statistical methods for analyzing data from case cohort studies.
  • Dr. William Pickett: Child health; Injury control science; Applied emergency medicine research.
  • Dr. Harriet Richardson: Cancer prevention trial methodology, Describing, for the purpose of improving; Family physicians’ use of primary prevention strategies; Quality of life data from clinical trials.
  • Dr. Bradley Stoner: Social and behavioral determinants of STI/HIV risk, and clinical epidemiology of STIs.
  • Dr. Heather Stuart: Psychiatric epidemiology; Community mental health research.
  • Dr. Dongsheng Tu: Clinical trials; Resampling methods and applications of censored data; Meta-analysis; Biostatistical theory and methods.
  • Dr. Wei Tu: The intersection of health care and the emerging data science. With the advancement of digital technologies, different sources of date (genetic, imaging, electronic health records, etc.) are available in health care; personalized medicine; robust dimensionality reduction; data privacy and its application in clinical trials; interpretable machine learning.

In addition to the aforementioned individuals, there are numerous Health Sciences faculty members who provide instruction to the Epidemiology students through the mandatory, core courses and/or elective offerings, and thesis supervision.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Master’s Programs: The Department guarantees a minimum funding level.

Ph.D.: minimum $18,000 per year

We encourage all students to apply for Queen’s Fellowship and Graduate Awards, Ontario Graduate Scholarships and Tri-Council grants. Queen’s automatically issues a one-time top-up award to all incoming federal Tri-Council award winners.

We encourage second-year students to apply for internal awards:

We also offer paid research assistantships to select students.

Academic Prerequisites


  • 4-year undergraduate degree with an overall average of 75%.
  • All students must also have sound math skills, and at least one course in statistics with a minimum grade of A-.
  • The GRE is a mandatory requirement for applicants with degrees from non-Canadian universities, and a minimum score of 149 is required on the quantitative section. 


  • Master’s degree in epidemiology or a related discipline.
  • First-class academic standing (80%).
  • Demonstrated research competency, usually through a research-based thesis.
  • The GRE is a mandatory requirement for applicants with degrees from non-Canadian universities, and a minimum score of 149 is required on the quantitative section. 

Other Requirements

Ph.D. Applicants

  • Transcripts and CV
  • A one page research plan
  • Applicants with non-thesis based masters training may include published, in-press or under review-research papers as documentation of academic research experience.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paperbased) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30); and total score (88/120). Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

M.Sc.: January 15th 

Ph.D.: January 31st.

Early submission offers a better chance of receiving available departmental funding.

How To Apply

Please visit the website of the Department of Public Health Sciences BEFORE starting your application:

PhD - How to Apply

MSc - How to Apply

Learning Outcomes & Program Milestones

Degree Level Expectations - MSc (121 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (125KB)

Program Milestones - PhD (810KB)

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website

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