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

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: 12 July 2017]. 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].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Monday, 4 December 2017 - 9:00am - Multipurpose Room, Liu Institute for Global Studies, 6476 NW Marine Drive

Alden Hooper Blair
The Intersection of Conflict, Substance Use, Trauma, and HIV: Exploring Their Complex Interplay Among Conflict-Affected Populations in a Rapidly Changing Northern Uganda

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 12:30pm - Room 200

David Zachary Roth
Determinants of West Nile Virus (WNV) Incidence in Select Regions of Canada: An Examination of Climate and Ecological Drivers in British Columbia and Saskatchewan

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.

  • 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)
  • Teschke, Kay (Bicycling, traffic injuries, bike lanes, Exposure assessment, env/occupational health, cycling, back injuries, water/health, parkinson's)
  • Wong, Hubert (Stats for health research, clinical trials, forecasting, measurement error, methods, health services research)
  • 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. 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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