PhD Timeline

A PhD program at SPPH takes an average of four years of full-time study to complete and must be finished within six years. If you have questions about extensions or leaves, please click here (Extensions) or here (Leaves of Absence).

Students are generally admitted to candidacy within two years of enrolling in the degree, and must be admitted within three years. If you are a student who has transferred from a Masters program, then this means within three years of enrolling in the Masters.

Sample PhD Timeline:

Prior to Admission
Year 1 Term 1
(Sept to Dec)
  • Complete Coursework:
    • Electives
  • Meet with Supervisor
  • Apply for Awards
Year 1 Term 2
(Jan to Apr)
  • Complete Coursework:
    • One of the following:
    • Electives (if needed)
  • Begin Defining Thesis Topic
Year 1, Summer Term
(Sept to Apr)
  • Complete Coursework
    • Electives (if needed)
  • Continue to define thesis topic
  • Begin preliminary work for thesis preparation (ethics applications, data requests)
Year 2, Term 1
(Sept to Apr)
  • Complete Coursework:
  • Begin Preparing Thesis Proposal
  • Begin to seek additional committee members
Year 2, Term 1
(Jan to Apr)
  • Complete Coursework
    • Electives (if needed)
  • Study for Comprehensive Exam
  • Prepare Thesis Proposal
  • Formalize Supervisory Committee
Year 2, Summer Term
(Jan to Apr)
Years 3-6
  • Advance to Candidacy
  • Continue & Complete Research
  • Write & Revise Dissertation with assistance from Supervisory Committee
  • Complete Final Oral Examination
  • Submit Dissertation to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Apply to Graduate


SPPH 400 – Statistics for Health Research

Planned collection, numeric and graphic summarization, and elementary statistical analysis of data. Examples primarily from health sciences illustrate standard techniques for parametric and non-parametric hypothesis testing; regression and correlation; contingency tables. Also randomization, “blindfolding” and other specifically biomedical topics in statistics. Class size may be limited.

Please note this is a Graduate level course.

Prerequisite
Ability to use high school Algebra and simple graphs.

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Term 1: Traditional
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Term 1: Distributed Learning
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SPPH 502 – Epidemiological Methods I

Sources and uses of epidemiologic data for health services planning and administration including methods of data collection and study design.

Prerequisite:
Enrolment in a Health Care and Epidemiology graduate program, or permission of instructor.

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Term 1: Distributed Learning
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SPPH 607 – PhD Research Seminar

Required course in PhD program. Topics of current interest will be presented and discussed by students and various faculty.

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Term 1
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SPPH 621 – Approaches to Enquiry in Population and Public Health

Research approaches in the area of population and public health; focus on developing research questions and the centrality of research questions in conducting research.

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Term 1: Traditional
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SPPH 500 – Analytic Methods in Epidemiological Research

Basic epidemiological designs as a framework for commonly used biostatistical techniques such as the Mantel-Haenszel, chi-squared, linear and logistic regression, and survival analysis. Computer packages will be available for computation of assignments.

Prerequisite
Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 502 or (c) all of SPPH 567, SPPH 502.

Term Offered and Syllabus
Term 2: Traditional (Section 002 – Master’s students)
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Term 2: Traditional (Section 007 – PhD students)
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Term 2: Distributed Learning (Section DL2)
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SPPH 503 – Epidemiological Methods II

Critical thinking in epidemiology; principles and methods of study design; context for epidemiological investigations of human health.

Prerequisite
Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 502 or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 502 or (c) all of SPPH 567, SPPH 502.

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Term 1: Distributed Learning
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SPPH 506 – Quantitative Methods

Major quantitative research designs, measurement reliability and validity, common data sources used, internal and external validity, research proposals, and peer review.
Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 506 or SPPH 548.

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Term 2: Traditional
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SPPH 519 – Qualitative Methods in Health Research Design

Purposes, context, procedures, and relationships within qualitative health research and methodologies.

Term Offered and Syllabus
Term 2: Traditional
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Term 2: Distributed Learning
No syllabus available

SPPH 530 – Epidemiology of Occupation and Environmental Health

No sections currently scheduled.

SPPH 604 – Advanced Epidemiological Methods

This second level course will teach research trainees to apply methods taught in prior courses towards the development of a fundable research protocol and the analysis and interpretation of real epidemiologic data.

Prerequisite: Either (a) all of HCEP 400, HCEP 500, HCEP 502, or (b) all of SPPH 400, SPPH 500, SPPH 502, and one of the following: SPPH 503, SPPH 506, SPPH 519 or SPPH 530.

Term Offered and Syllabus
Term 1: Traditional
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Term 1: Distributed Learning
No syllabus available

Term 2: Distributed Learning
No syllabus available