HPME: Health Policy, Management and Evaluation PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The HPME graduate program offers three concentrations leading to the PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research; Health Professions Education Research; and Health Services Research.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an MA or MSc degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MSc/PhD transfer program; 3) direct entry following completion of a health professional (MD) degree.

The PhD program can be taken on a full-time or flexible-time basis. Some applicants may be admitted to a flexible-time PhD option with the approval of the Graduate Chair. The flexible-time PhD option benefits mature students with career and/or familial obligations.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree (MA or MSc) requiring a thesis with a B+ average or higher.

  • Applicants to the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research concentration must have a degree in a health profession (e.g., MD, BScN, BScOT, BScPT, DDM, MScN, or equivalent).

  • Satisfactory references pertaining to the applicant's academic and research abilities.

  • Outstanding students with a non-thesis master's degree may be admitted to the PhD upon the recommendation of the appropriate IHPME committee, if the applicant has the appropriate background preparation and research experience or publications which can be considered equivalent to a master's thesis. Students with a non-thesis master's degree and little or no research experience may be admitted to the MSc program and may petition to transfer into the PhD program within 24 months of first registration. Transfer is contingent upon successful completion of master's coursework and preparation and defence of a PhD thesis proposal.

  • Some applicants may be admitted to a flexible-time PhD option with the approval of the Graduate Chair. The flexible-time PhD option benefits mature students with career and/or familial obligations.

Program Requirements

  • Completion of a comprehensive course.

  • Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the PhD courses listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research concentration must select 2.0 FCEs compulsory courses and 2.0 recommended FCEs from the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research courses listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the Health Professions Education Research concentration must select 2.5 FCEs compulsory courses from the Health Professions Research courses listed below.

  • Writing of a PhD thesis under the supervision of an approved thesis committee (supervisor plus at least two additional graduate faculty members).

  • Oral defence of the thesis before an examination committee.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master’s; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master’s; 7 years direct-entry

 

Concentration: Health Services Research

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree (MA or MSc) requiring a thesis with a B+ average or higher.

  • Satisfactory references pertaining to the applicant's academic and research abilities.

  • Outstanding students with a non-thesis master's degree may be admitted to the PhD upon the recommendation of the appropriate IHPME committee, if the applicant has the appropriate background preparation and research experience or publications which can be considered equivalent to a master's thesis. Students with a non-thesis master's degree and little or no research experience may be admitted to the MSc program and may petition to transfer into the PhD program within 24 months of first registration. Transfer is contingent upon successful completion of master's coursework and preparation and defence of a PhD thesis proposal.

  • Some applicants may be admitted to a flexible-time PhD option with the approval of the Graduate Chair. This option benefits mature students with career and/or familial obligations.

Program Requirements

  • Students must select one of six emphases, and complete the required emphasis courses listed below.

  • Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • A comprehensive course (0.5 FCE) specified as part of the requirements for each emphasis below.

    • 2.0 FCEs as follows: HAD 5011H, HAD 5772H, HAD 6760H, and HAD 6770H.

    • Writing of a PhD thesis under the supervision of an approved thesis committee (supervisor plus at least two additional graduate faculty members).

    • Final Oral Examination of the thesis before an examination committee.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master’s; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master’s; 7 years direct-entry

 

See amendment made on December 12, 2018.

Students enrolled in the Health Services Research Concentration of the PhD Program must pursue one of six emphases, described below, and complete six courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) related to their declared emphasis.

Emphasis: Health Economics

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research.

  • HAD 5744H Applied Health Econometrics I.

  • HAD 5746H Applied Health Econometrics II.

  • HAD 5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis.

  • HAD 6750H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis II.

  • 0.5 FCE from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

Emphasis: Health Informatics Research

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5726H Evaluation and Research Design in Health Informatics.

  • HAD 6764H eHealth Innovation and Health Information Management Comprehensive Course.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE) from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE) from the course listing for the Master of Health Informatics program.

Emphasis: Health Policy

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5778H Comparative Health Systems and Policy.

  • HAD 6763H Health Policy Comprehensive Course.

  • Four courses (2.0 FCEs) from the following list:

    • CHL 5300H Public Health Policy

    • CHL 5308H Tools and Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation

    • HAD 5022H Politics, Policy, Public Health and Health Technology

    • HAD 5742H Mixed Methods for Health Services Research

    • HAD 5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis

    • HAD 5765H Case Studies in Health Policy

    • HAD 5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector

    • HSR 1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research.

Emphasis: Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research.

  • HAD 6761H Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation Comprehensive Course.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE) from the following list:

    • HAD 5743H Evaluation Design for Complex Interventions

    • HAD 5763H Advanced Methods in Health Services Research

    • HAD 5742H Mixed Methods for Health Services Research

    • HAD 5779H Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems and Policy Research

    • HAD 5740H Intermediate Level Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research

    • HAD 5728H Performance Measurement in Health Care: Theory and Application

    • HAD 5781H Case Study Research for Health Services, Systems and Policy.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE), generally advanced methods courses, from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

Emphasis: Health Technology Assessment

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5301H Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research.

  • HAD 6765H Health Technology Assessment Comprehensive Course (Credit/No Credit).

  • Three courses (1.5 FCE) from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

  • One course (0.5 FCE) from the following list:

    • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research

    • HAD 5771H Resource Allocation Ethics

    • HAD 5779H Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems and Policy Research.

Emphasis: Health Services Organization and Management Studies.

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5742H Mixed Methods for Health Services Research.

  • HAD 5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector.

  • HAD 6762H Health Services Organization and Management Comprehensive Course.

  • HSR 1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE) from course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree (MA or MSc) requiring a thesis with a B+ average or higher.

  • Applicants to the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research concentration must have a degree in a health profession (e.g., MD, BScN, BScOT, BScPT, DDM, MScN, or equivalent).

  • Satisfactory references pertaining to the applicant's academic and research abilities.

  • Outstanding students with a non-thesis master's degree may be admitted to the PhD upon the recommendation of the appropriate IHPME committee, if the applicant has the appropriate background preparation and research experience or publications which can be considered equivalent to a master's thesis. Students with a non-thesis master's degree and little or no research experience may be admitted to the MSc program and may petition to transfer into the PhD program within 24 months of first registration. Transfer is contingent upon successful completion of master's coursework and preparation and defence of a PhD thesis proposal.

Program Requirements

  • With the approval of the Graduate Chair, some applicants may be admitted to a flexible-time PhD program. This program will benefit students with career obligations. The degree requirements for the flexible-time PhD program are identical to those listed above for the full-time PhD program.

  • Students must register full-time for the first four years of their program (Fall, Spring, Summer sessions); thereafter, they may register part-time.

  • Completion of a comprehensive course.

  • Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the PhD courses listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research concentration must select 2.0 FCEs compulsory courses and 2.0 recommended FCEs from the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research courses listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the Health Professions Education Research concentration must select 2.5 FCEs compulsory courses from the Health Professions Research courses listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the Health Services Research concentration of the flexible-time PhD program must pursue one of six emphases, described above, and complete six courses (3.0 FCEs) related to their declared emphasis.

  • Writing of a PhD thesis under the supervision of an approved thesis committee (supervisor plus at least two additional graduate faculty members).

  • Oral defence of the thesis before an examination committee.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years