Public Health Policy: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating graduate units.

  • Complete the application form available on the website.

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum length: five pages).

  • Two-page, free-form essay outlining:

    • ​​​​​​​​​​interest in public health policy

    • aspirations

    • learning goals

    • career plans

    • specific research plans

    • experience relevant to public health policy.

  • Letters from two references. One letter should come from the prospective supervisor and should describe availability of resources necessary to carry out research, including the type of mentoring the supervisor will be able to provide, comments on academic progress, and the student's potential benefit from the collaborative specialization.

Specialization Requirements

  • Individual student plans of study must meet the requirements of both the home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization.

  • To fulfil the requirements of the collaborative specialization, students must complete the following:

    • ​​​​Undertake thesis research with a public health policy focus under the supervision of one of the collaborative specialization's core faculty members.

    • Complete 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) in public health policy from the following list: CHL 5300H Public Health Policy, CHL 5308H Tools and Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation, HAD 5011H Canada's Health Care System, or PPG 1001H The Policy Process. Students who have completed two of the four courses listed above may be considered for a course reduction of up to 1.0 FCE in the PhD program.

    • Completion of the graduate seminar series course CHL 5309H.

  • All students enrolled in the collaborative specialization must complete the requirements of the collaborative specialization, in addition to those requirements for the degree program in their home graduate unit.