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You can choose from a wide range of areas of focus for your thesis, keeping in mind that 16.5 credits need to be taken in the core courses listed below. You will also need to maintain a B+ (76%) average in your course work.

Core Courses

  • SPPH 400 (3 credits) Statistics for Health Research (unless equivalent course approved)
  • SPPH 502 (3 credits) Epidemiological Methods I (unless equivalent course approved)
  • SPPH 500 (3 credits) Analytical Methods in Epidemiological Research
  • SPPH 504 (3 credits) Application of Epidemiological Methods
  • SPPH 607 (1.5 credits) Research in Progress
  • SPPH 621 (3 credits) Approaches to Enquiry in Population and Public Health
  • SPPH 699 (0) PhD thesis

    At least one of the following courses:

  • SPPH 503 (3 credits) Epidemiological Methods II
  • SPPH 506 (3 credits) Quantitative Research Methods
  • SPPH 519 (3 credits) Qualitative Methods in Health Research Design
  • SPPH 530 (3 credits) Epidemiology of Occupational and Environmental Health

If you have taken an equivalent course previously, you can ask for an exemption, except for SPPH 607. If you want to check whether you are eligible for an exemption, please contact the course instructor before the first class is held.

Should you receive an exemption, you will still need to register for the course, which will show on your transcript as ‘EX’. It’s important to note that this will not reduce the total credits required for the degree – you will need to substitute the same number of credits by taking a different course.