PhD (field: Social and Cultural Health Studies)

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

PhD (field: Social and Cultural Health Studies)


Program Name:
Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Health Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Health Sciences (PhD)
Field of Specialization:
Social and Cultural Health Studies
Program Description:
Our  PhD program is designed as a 4-year program involving:
  • course work,
  • a comprehensive examination,
  • an original research program,
  • the writing and subsequent defence of a thesis.
The goals of our program are:
  1. To develop knowledge through the systematic evaluation of evidence related to the health and well-being of individuals and groups.
  2. To develop well-trained individuals who:
    o   think creatively,
    o   are able to critically evaluate their own work and that of others,
    o   are capable of conducting research and scholarship at the forefront of their chosen field.

Our program offers you the opportunity to participate in an individualized program of study, including mentorship-style learning and concentrated inquiry in an area of interest. Course work emphasizes a broad approach to the subject area, with particular attention to research techniques and the application of research methodology, current paradigms, and related conceptual, philosophical, and theoretical issues in health science research.

Our PhD candidates are expected to conduct research independently, and to develop a program of research that is both original and capable of making a significant contribution to the candidate's field.
Our Faculty has eighteen research labs, four behavioural/observation labs, seven "dry" biophysical labs, five "wet" biophysical labs, and two teaching labs that can be used for research during periods of "down-time" from academic instruction.
Our graduate student computer lab has twenty thin client terminals connected to the Faculty's server and ten computer workstations. In addition, there are computer stations in the certain labs which are available to graduate students.
 Students have access to a variety of software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite 2007; SPSS, SAS, ATLAS TI, and discipline-specific software that students access via site licenses through their supervisors.
Also available is a large format printer for printing posters, a colour laser printer, and various scanners, cameras, and devices for digital analysis.
Program Information
If you have any questions about this program, Contact  Bev Minor
Entrance Requirements:
To be eligible for admission, applicants must have completed a thesis oriented Master's degree or equivalent with at least a B+ standing from a recognized university in a discipline appropriate to the intended field of doctoral study.
Previous course-work in Graduate Level Statistics is strongly recommended.
Applicants whose primary language is not English, or who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution, at which English is the primary language of instruction, must provide certification of English language proficiency.
The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences normally accepts only full-time degree students.
Agreement from a faculty advisor to supervise the student is also required for admission to the program.
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Graduate studies

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