Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)

Overview

The School of Population and Public Health offers a research-oriented PhD program that enables students with a masters degree to advance their knowledge and skills in epidemiological and biostatistical methods. Students will further their research training by applying these methods to independent thesis research under the supervision of a faculty member. Students can pursue thesis research in a wide variety of topics related to the health of populations and the delivery of health services.

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full or Part-time
Specialization
Population and Public Health
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Medicine
School
School of Population and Public Health

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Yes

GRE required?

GRE or comparable test (check program website)

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 December 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 18 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 18 January 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 18 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 18 January 2019

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 December 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 18 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 18 January 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 18 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 18 January 2020

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Career Outcomes

60 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 is in a non-salaried situation; for 3 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 56 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (16)
Simon Fraser University (5)
University of Toronto (2)
University of California - San Diego (2)
Ryerson University (2)
University of Saskatchewan
Queen's University
University of Kentucky
Oregon State University
Carleton University
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Public Health Agency of Canada
Abbvie Corporation
Samsung
Redwood Outcomes
Alberta Health - Government of Alberta
BioClin Health Research, Inc.
National Cancer Institute
Public Health Ontario
Genentech
Queensway Carleton Hospital
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Epidemiologist (2)
Physician
Oncologist
Senior Epidemiologist
Senior Statistician
Executive Director
Senior Researcher
Outcomes Research Scientist
Investigator
Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
This program underwent a name or structural change in the study time frame, and all alumni from the previous program were included in these summaries. These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Alumni on Success

Lianping Ti

Job Title
Research Scientist
Employer
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20172016201520142013
Applications4338464260
Offers2116191421
New registrations1410101216
Total enrolment7761565751

Completion Rates & Times

Based on 15 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 2.66 years and the maximum time is 6.33 years with an average of 4.45 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 23 September 2018].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Anis, Aslam (cost effectiveness of AIDS treatments; drug assessments – pharmacoeconomics; health care economics; health regulations, Health economics, rhematoid arthritis, biologic therapies)
  • Bansback, Nick (inform policies and practices in health through the application of)
  • Bartlett, Karen Hastings (Indoor air quality, bioaerosol exposures in work and community environments, particularly in rural or agricultural settings)
  • Black, Charlyn (Health Care Organization, Health Information Systems, Health services research, Quality, effectiveness and outcomes of health care, Health information systems, Research and policy, Knowledge translation, Population health)
  • Brauer, Michael (Environmental Health, Community Health / Public Health, air pollution, environmental health, built environment, environmental epidemiology, remote sensing)
  • Brussoni, Mariana (injury prevention, accident prevention, fathering, risk-taking )
  • Bryan, Stirling (Economics of health care, policy, from UK)
  • Burgess, Michael (Philosophy and social sciences, ethics and social policy in the areas of genomics, genetics and biotechnology (health, agriculture and environment))
  • Buxton, Jane (Epidemiology, harm reduction)
  • Cox, Susan (Applied Ethics, Interpersonal Communication, Community Health / Public Health, Genetics and Ethics, Learning and Development Approaches, Health Promotion, narratives of health and illness, grief, loss, death and dying, research ethics/ethics in research, arts and health education, arts and healing, arts-based approaches to research)
  • Davies, Hugh William (Occupational Health, Noise and Chrnoic Disease)
  • Dummer, Trevor (health geography, cancer prevention, environmental exposures, health inequalities, geographic information science, obesity, risk factors, Environmental epidemiology and environment and health interactions, with specific emphasis on cancer etiology and cancer prevention)
  • Elango, Rajavel (Protein Nutrition, Maternal-Fetal Nutrition, Childhood Malnutrition, Amino Acid Metabolism, Human Nutrition )
  • Frank, Lawrence (health and environmental impacts of transportation and urban planning (land use) decisions. transportation, transit, public health, sustainability, sprawl, neighbourhood walkability, physical activity, urban planning, Sustainable transportation)
  • Frank, Erica (Preventive medicine, Free accredited education)
  • Frankish, Charles James (Health Inequities, Community Partnership Research, Health Literacy, Homelessness & Health, Health Indicators, Citizen Participation in Health-System Reform, Community-Service-Learning)
  • Gadermann, Anne (Social determinants of health; Housing and homelessness; Quality of)
  • Gardy, Jennifer (Genomics, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Tuberculosis, Outbreaks)
  • Guhn, Martin (wellbeing of children and youth; social determinants of developmental health; social and cultural community and neighborhood effects on child development; music and emotion )
  • Himsworth, Chelsea (ecology of infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases, diseases involving free-ranging wildlife.)
  • Ho, Anita (Human right issues, cross-cultural ethics, health-care access and disparity, professional-patient relationship, minority care experience, decision-making models, and various concepts of autonomy)
  • Janssen, Patricia (Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Social Determinants of Health, Perinatal Period, Gestation / Parturition, maternal child health, health of marginalized women , mobile health for pregnancy and parenting)
  • Joseph, K.S. (Pregnancy complications, preterm birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, neonatal)
  • Karim, Ehsan (Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Statistics and Probabilities, Data mining, Parametric and Non-Parametric Inference, Community Health / Public Health, Model Building, Computer Science and Statistics, Causal Inference, Biostatistics, Statistics, Machine Learning, Data science, Survey sampling)
  • Kassam, Rosemin (global health, access and use of medicines and health services among vulnerable populations, community readiness, improving patient/client self-efficacy to engage effectively in their health care processes and decision-making, implementation and evaluation of patient care and health promotion programs, and capacity building of current and future frontline health professionals)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Kimberly Catherine Thomson
    "Dr. Thomson studied population patterns of child and adolescent mental health. Her research shows that behaviour patterns observable in Kindergarten can predict mental health conditions and self-reported well-being up to 10 years later. Results suggest that addressing the social conditions in which children develop may promote child mental health." (May 2018)
  • Dr. David Zachary Roth
    "Dr. Roth examined the role of ecological and climate factors in driving patterns of West Nile Virus incidence in western Canada using data from BC and Saskatchewan. The results of this work were used to develop a practical decision support tool to aid resource allocation and disease prevention in the BC context." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Giulia Michelina Muraca
    "Dr. Muraca examined the risks to mothers and babies following forceps, vacuum, and cesarean delivery. Though increased use of forceps and vacuum is recommended to reduce cesarean delivery rates, Dr. Muraca argues that each of these procedures have associated risks and suggests an evidence-based, collaborative approach to selecting an intervention." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Alden Hooper Blair
    "In response to a scarcity of research addressing substance use in conflict and post conflict areas, Dr. Blair's work helped shed light on the intersection of mental health, HIV, and substance use in northern Uganda. Findings highlight the need to integrate rigorous evidence with community perspectives and understanding of risk." (May 2018)
  • Dr. Barbara Joanna Pakula
    "Dr. Pakula's research provided the first national estimates for mental health disorders among gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual Canadians. Her analysis revealed sexual minorities face a disproportionate mental health burden, linked to stress and isolation. Her research is informing the elimination of mental health disparities." (November 2017)

Sample Thesis Submissions

Further Program Information

 
 

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 December 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 December 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2020
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2020

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