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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Population Studies in Health

Canada

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What will I learn?

Program description

The PhD in Population Studies in Health is interdisciplinary in nature and delivered jointly by the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the Health Sciences and Social Science disciplines.

Students registered in the Population Studies in Health will examine the intersection between the contexts in which individuals, families, and communities live and work, and experience health and wellbeing. Specifically, the major focuses on:

Identifying the complex structural factors and resources that impact health equity

Students will be exposed to theoretical frameworks linked to the health status of populations, including the social and ecological determinants of health.

Identifying and understanding community and health system characteristics and the policy environment to comprehend health system resources and how they are effective in addressing population health concerns

A systematic, scientific approach to studying population studies in health will advance current understanding of the complexity of health and illness, while generating ways to address health concerns. In addition to focusing on health deficits or risk factors, population studies can also identify strategies to maintain or enhance health. Examining contextual factors can help decision makers determine the generalizability of the strategies with other, similar populations.

The Population Studies in Health major is a thesis-based program. Each student's academic program integrates the concentration that is declared, with their research, comprehensive examination, and course-work synchronized around the salient themes of the concentration and the particular research problem that is pursued. Depending on the academic background, students may be required to complete up to six courses. Course requirements are offered through a combination of independent studies, which will be tailored directly to the themes of the declared concentration, and existing regularized graduate courses in the social and health sciences.

Identification and in-depth examination of one of seven topic areas: (1) life course, aging and health; (2) intervention efficacy; (3) diversity, disparities and inequalities, and social determinants of health; (4) policies and policy analysis; (5) population and demographic change; (6) sustainability and population health; and (7) global health.

Advanced understanding of relevant methodological areas to examine population studies, for example, case studies, social epidemiology, and network analysis.

Identification and application of novel methodologies to study population health. For instance, syndemics, which examines interactions between concurrent or sequential diseases in a population in relation to social conditions that cluster among populations.

Advanced ability to propose, design, and implement a research topic that addresses health issues from a population studies and clinical outcome perspective.

Advanced ability to identify relevant knowledge translation methods that will impact policy and programming within population studies.

Majors

  • Policies, policy analysis, and population health
  • Population health and demographic change
  • Global population health
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Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (48 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,531.65 (US$ 10,092) per year
First Six Terms: Tuition fees - CAN $4,510.55 per term; Seventh Term to Completion: Tuition fees - CAN $1,353.15

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

4 January 2023, 8 May 2023, 6 September 2023

Venue

University of Lethbridge

4401 University Drive,

LETHBRIDGE,

Alberta (AB),

T1K 3M4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants normally must meet the following requirements: Hold a master's degree in a related discipline. Most majors: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, on a 4.00 scale, on all graded master’s-level courses. CSPT and Education: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, on a 4.00 scale, on all graded master’s-level courses. English Language Requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken within the last two years, with minimum scores of: 580 on the paper-based TOEFL and 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE); or 86 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT); Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each band; Academic Pearson Test of English (PTE), taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 63; Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 70.

For international students

Applicants normally must meet the following requirements:

Hold a master's degree from a recognized degree-granting institution in the discipline of interest or in a related discipline

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, on a 4.00 scale on all graded master's-level courses OR calculated on the most recently completed PhD if the applicant is applying for another PhD in a closely related discipline

English Language Requirements:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 86.

Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 6.5, and a minimum score of 6.0 in each band.

Academic Pearson Test of English (PTE), taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 63.

Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 70.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Lethbridge

The University of Lethbridge is a leading public Canadian research university where students work directly with experts to tackle global issues.

  • 2nd best primarily undergraduate university in Canada
  • Wide range of course types to suit every student
  • Access to outdoor activities and natural landscapes
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