Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)

Quick Facts

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

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.

 

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)

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$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$2,811.98
Tuition per year$4,801.80$8,435.94
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (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

 20162015201420132012
Applications3846426068
Offers1619142130
New registrations1010121617
Total enrolment6156575139
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Friday, 29 September 2017 - 9:00am - Room 200

Rachel Margaret McKay
In Search of Improved Approaches to Antibiotic Stewardship: Can we Explain Variations in Physician Practice Patterns Related to Outpatient Infection Management?

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 - 8:30am - Room 203

Stephanie Svava Harvard
Economic Evaluations in the Context of Treatment Recommendations in Spondyloarthritis

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.

  • Kershaw, Paul (child care, parental leave, work-life balance, social policy, social citizenship, responsibilities and rights, gender and politics, income assistance, child benefit package, social inclusion, neighbourhood effects on child development, Canadian federalism, Citizenship, detrimants of Health, social care)
  • Koehoorn, Mieke (Occupational health, injury, compensation policies, Worksafe BC, Gender Work and Health)
  • Kopec, Jacek Andrzej (Arthritis )
  • Law, Michael (pharmaceutical policy, prescription drugs, health insurance, cost of medicines, drug costs, health policy, health care, drug advertising, Pharmaceutical policy)
  • Lima, Viviane Dias (Biostatistics, Epidemiological Methods, Epidemiology of HIV Disease, Epidemiology of HCV Disease, Public Health, Health care utilization, Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases)
  • Lovato, Chris (Health promotion, population health and program evaluation, impact of health programs and policies, particularly in the areas of cancer prevention and health services)
  • MacNab, Ying (Bayesian paradigm, foundations of statistics, space-time statistics, structured statistical models, taxonomic models, item response theory, inductive reasoning, Bayesian burden of disease methodology, Geometics, Health service and population health geoinformation system, and meta-data innovation in medical and health research)
  • Manges, Amee (Epidemiology, Molecular epidemiology, Public health)
  • Masse, Louise (obesity prevention, childhood obesity, policy approaches to address childhood obesity, physical activity, Obesity prevention, Physical activity assessment, School policies & impact on children)
  • McGrail, Kimberlyn (aging and health care services use; health care costs; health care financing; primary care; health care policy, Variations in health care services use across patients, providers and regions, and their relationship to population health, Aging and the use of health and social services, Personal, economic, and social factors that produce health at an individual and population level, and the role of the health care system in that process)
  • McLeod, Christopher (occupational heath and the social epidemiology of the working life course.)
  • Mitton, Craig (Health economics, decision making in health organizations)
  • Morgan, Steven George (Health care policy, prescription drug policy)
  • Murphy, Rachel (Nutrition, Cancer prevention, Obesity, Aging)
  • Naus, Monika (Communicable disease outbreak, control, vaccine, immunization, tuberculosis)
  • Oberlander, Timothy (Population epidemiological studies that characterize neurodevelopmental pathways that reflect risk, resiliency and developmental plasticity)
  • Ogilvie, Gina (Sexually transmitted infections, human papillomavirus, HIV in women and care for marginalized populations)
  • Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia (public health and substance use, with a focus on testing alternative approaches to expand and diversify the treatments offered; treatment needs of patients)
  • Patrick, David (Antibiotic Resistance,  Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Institution and evaluation of programs to control antimicrobial misuse and curb antibiotic resistance, Linking clinical, epidemiological and genomic sciences to explore etiology of idiopathic chronic diseases, determinants of antimicrobial resistance at popoulation level, impact of immunication programs for pneumococcal and meningoccocal disease, surveillance and control of emerging infectious diseases)
  • Poon, Brenda (Population-level early identification and early intervention for children with special needs; Complex systems of coordinated service delivery and supports; Family-centered services; Integrated child health information systems; Community-based research regarding social determinants of children)
  • Regier, Dean (theories of behavioral economics, personalized medicine, deliberative public engagement methods to inform healthcare priority setting)
  • Richardson, Chris (how the use of substances (tobacco, alcohol and marijuana) shift from experimental to recreational to regular patterns of consumption within the psychosocial context of adolescence; quantitative modeling that examines how the process of addiction/dependence develops)
  • Schechter, Martin (HIV/AIDS)
  • Shoveller, Jean (The social contexts of youth health inequities, Youth sexual health, The impact of gender, culture and/or place on youth health, Intervention research to promote health equity)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Nazrul Islam
    "Dr. Islam showed that harm reduction interventions significantly reduce hepatitis C (HCV) reinfection, and that protection against one HCV type does not provide protection against other HCV types. His findings inform comprehensive public health approaches to HCV prevention and provide promising insights regarding hepatitis C vaccine development." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Dimitra Panagiotoglou
    "Dr. Panagiotoglou examined the effect of recent hospital closures in British Columbia, and how acute care access, appropriateness and quality of care affect patient outcomes following medical emergencies. She found hospital closures were not associated with increased mortality, and that the care received once hospitalized can compensate for travel time." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Joseph Hernandez Puyat
    "Using big health data, Dr. Puyat examined depression treatment in the general population. He found that half of those treated for depression received inadequate care and that paying physicians more will not greatly improve access to care. His findings underscore the need for fundamental changes in the way mental health services are provided." (November 2016)
  • Dr. Sarah Neil-Sztramko
    "Dr. Neil-Sztramko studied the effects that physical activity has on the health and cancer risk of shift workers. Her early work led to the development of a physical activity intervention, which was feasible to implement in women shift workers. Preliminary results have shown an increase in physical activity and improvement in health of these women." (May 2016)
  • Dr. Lyndsay Michelle O'Hara
    "Dr. O'Hara conducted a record linkage and large cohort study to estimate the rate of tuberculosis in health workers in the Free State province of South Africa over a decade. Her results show that the risk of TB in health workers is up to 3 times greater than the general population. Her findings will be used to improve infection control in hospitals." (May 2016)

Sample Thesis Submissions

Further Program Information

 
 

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
01 December 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018

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