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

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)

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$102.00$165.00
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)$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

 20172016201520142013
Applications4338464260
Offers2116191421
New registrations1410101216
Total enrolment7761565751

Completion Rates & Times

Based on 9 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 2.66 years and the maximum time is 5.00 years with an average of 3.90 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: 29 September 2017].

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.

  • Richardson, Chris (Epidemiology, adolescent health, substance use, psycho-social functioning , measurement)
  • 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)
  • Silver, David (Ethics)
  • Singer, Joel (Clinical trial methodology and clinical trials in HIV/AIDS)
  • Sobolev, Boris (Health care, access, epidemiology, biostatistics, registries, simulation, policy evaluation, Methodology for analysis of waiting times, risk of adverse events while awaiting elective surgery, and the use of simulation experiments in policy evaluation)
  • Spiegel, Jerry (Global health, International health, environmental health, Cuba, Latin America, Effects of globalization on health, ecosystem approaches to human health, understanding and addressing influences of physical and social environments on health, global health and human security, the economic evaluation of interventions, and health and equity in Latin America)
  • Spinelli, John (cancer prevention, risk factors, biostatistical and epidemiologic methods, cancer and the environment, pesticides and cancer, etiology of lymphoma, multiple myeloma and leukemia, etiology of breast cancer, Identification of environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and in the interaction between genes and the environment, lymphoma)
  • Spittal, Patricia (Indigenous/Aboriginal Health, HIV work in Uganda,)
  • Sutherland, Jason (Health care funding, patient outcomes, Development of methods for monitoring and evaluating health system performance, Measuring burden of illness, Exploring causes and consequences of variations in health system utilization and funding)
  • Wong, Hubert (Statistics and Probabilities, Biostatistical methods)
  • Yassi, Annalee (occupational health, health of health workers, international health, global health, community-based research, capacity building, Latin America, evidence-based best practices, workplace injury and illness prevention, HIV and TB prevention and care for health workers, South Africa )

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • 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)
  • Dr. Amy Lee Hall
    "Shift work is common in our society but also affects health. Dr. Hall investigated ways to improve the measurement of shift work, for better research on worker health. She demonstrated that current methods can be enhanced by measuring light at night, using detailed definitions of exposure, and examining shift work policies and practices." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Samantha Taylor Pollard
    "Dr. Pollard investigated the role of a shared approach to decision making within the context of asthma treatment. The results of her work support the use of individualized care plans for asthma patients as well as the involvement of a multidisciplinary team throughout the treatment decision-making process." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Rachel Margaret McKay
    "Antibiotic use drives the global problem of antibiotic resistance. Dr. McKay studied physician practice patterns related to antibiotic use, and found wide variation in practice. Her research draws attention to the nature of interventions to improve the responsible use of antibiotics, with the goal of preserving their usefulness." (November 2017)
  • 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)

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

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