Program

Application deadline is February 1st for September admission.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

Population health research is concerned with understanding the individual and collective factors that determine health and applying this knowledge to maintain and improve the health status of the population and reduce inequities in health status between groups. We add the term 'community' to reflect the historic emphasis of our field on the creation, protection, and promotion of health within the context of communities, which may be geographic or based on shared identity and social ties.

As a student in this program, you will develop skills in project management, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and communication. You will create and manage an individualize research project and be able to work with our community partners and affiliated research units such as:

  • Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit
  • Saskatchewan Cancer Control Research Program
  • Saskatoon HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour

Research supervisors

M.Sc. applicants do not need a supervisor in place before applying. The list below may still be of use in learning about the research interest of our faculty.

Ph.D. applicants must have a faculty supervisor confirmed before they apply. Use the list below to find a potential supervisor.

Name Research areas
Sylvia AbonyiMedical Anthropology, Population Research Ethics, Ethnographic Methodologies, Indigenous Health, Population Health, Community-based Research
Brenna BathHealth Services Research, Chronic Back Disorders, Integrated Knowledge Translation, Mixed Methods
Marcel D'EonProgram evaluation: use of grouped self-assessments for measuring outcomes of interventions , Effective teaching methods
Rachel Engler-StringerFood systems and food security , Nutritional health inequities , Community-based and participatory research , Health promotion
Laurel HansonGlobal Health & Development , Transformative pedagogies , Activism & social movements , Sexual & reproductive health , Fair trade, gender & health
Bonnie JanzenSocial epidemiology , Gender and health , Work (paid and unpaid) and health , Socioeconomic circumstances and health , Rural population health
George KatselisFunctional and Structural Mass Spectrometry-based Clinical Proteomics, Metabolomics, and Lipidomics
Shelley KirychukEpidemiology of rural and agricultural related exposures and respiratory health outcomes
Joshua LawsonRespiratory epidemiology, Asthma
Anne LeisIntegrative oncology , Cancer patients quality of life , Health services utilization & self-care , Community engagement, Chronic disease management
Hyun LimSurvival Analysis, Design & Analysis/Clinical Trials , Statistical Methods / Longitudinal Data , HIV/AIDS & TB, Injury Studies , Epidemiologic Studies
Debra MorganRural health service delivery for individuals with dementia and their caregivers, Care of long-term care residents with dementia, Integrated knowledge
Nazeem MuhajarineChild health research, social and economic status in use of health care services , Survey methodology and analysis, understanding factors on health,
Cory NeudorfBaseline measurements, Health equity audits, set health service delivery improvement targets, improve determinants of health & appropriateness of care
Punam PahwaStatistical Modeling of Survival Data, Modeling of Missing Observations , Costs of Farm Injuries
Kalyani PremkumarTechnology use in medical teaching/learning , Educational games , Curriculum design, Complementary & alternative medicine, Self-directed learning,
Vivian RamsdenPrimary health, health promotion, stroke and cardiovascular disease prevention, cross-cultural learning, clinical research methods
Michael SchwandtPopulation health, Social determinants of health, Public health practice, Built environments, urban design and health, Healthy public policy
Jose Tellez-ZentenoTemporal lobe epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, epidemiology of epilepsy
Ulrich TeucherAboriginal Health, Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health, Cross-Cultural Research, Human Developmenr, Human Development, Indigenous, Indigenous knowledge, aboriginal, children, cross-cultural research, food security, health, qualitative research in psychology, self
Lilian ThorpeEpidemiology, Aging and developmental disabilities, Dementia and psychotic disorders in the elderly , Medical ethics
Catherine TraskMusculoskeletal health and MS injury/disorder prevention, Exposure assessment, Epidemiology of work-related exposures and musculoskeletal disorder
Hassanali VatanparastNutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition and chronic diseases

Tuition and funding

Funding

The department DOES NOT guarantee student funding. A limited amount of money is available to support students and is allocated on a competitive basis according to students’ academic record. To be eligible for CH&E scholarship funding, students must have obtained at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate or graduate study. In addition, students who receive funding may only work a maximum of 12/hours/week on activities not related to their graduate program of studies. Other funding may be available through faculty members’ research grants. All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships from local and national sources.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2017 $1313.00 $1969.50
January 1 - April 30, 2018 $1313.00 $1969.50
May 1 - August 31, 2018 $1313.00 $1969.50
Total per academic year $3939.00 $5908.50

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), or equivalent
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

A student qualified for admission to the Graduate College but requiring additional undergraduate training in certain areas in order to proceed with graduate courses and research may be admitted as a conditionally-qualified student. One specific requirement is that applicants must have satisfactorily completed three credit units in statistics at the upper undergraduate level within the past 5 years. In addition, students are required to have an undergraduate course related to community health issues or relevant work experience.

  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.); Master of Science (M.Sc.), or equivalent from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 75% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Applicants holding a Master's degree in a related field (e.g., social work, nursing, health care administration, health psychology) may be required to take qualifying courses before being fully admitted to the program.

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

  • a four‐year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Find a supervisor

Ph.D. applicants

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

M.Sc. applicants

You may apply online directly without a supervisor selected.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
    • Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed a relevant test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

M.Sc. applicants

  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (may be done during the online application)
  • A letter addressed to the Graduate Program Chairperson which includes:
    • A detailed statement of how your educational and/or work experience (including community involvement) have led you to become interested in pursuing a degree in Community and Population Health Sciences.  Also describe your educational and career goals and why you believe our program will help you meet these goals. (1-2 pages).
    • The following statement: If accepted into the MSc program, I will adhere to the residency policy requiring me to be on campus until core program requirements have been met, including thesis committee approval of pre-proposal and completion of required courses.
  • A writing sample (3-5 pages), appropriately scholarly referenced to an established format (e.g. APA, Vancouver) presenting your view on a community health issue. The health issue chosen should reflect the general area of research you hope to pursue in CH&E. The purpose of this is to help us assess your ability to organize your thoughts and express them coherently in writing, rather than knowledge of any particular subject matter. The essay should not simply reproduce factual information from another source.

For Ph.D. applicants

  • A letter from the proposed PhD supervisor indicating agreement to supervise
  • Description of proposed thesis research (2-3 pages) typed, double-spaced, and appropriately referenced
  • A letter addressed to the Graduate Program Chairperson which includes:
    • A detailed statement of how your educational and/or work experience (including community involvement) have led you to become interested in pursuing a degree in Community and Population Health Sciences.  Also describe your educational and career goals and why you believe our program will help you meet these goals. (2-3 pages)

    • The following statement: If accepted into the PhD program, I will adhere to the residency policy requiring me to be on campus until core program requirements have been met, including thesis committee approval of pre-proposal, completion of required courses and successful completion of the comprehensive exam.
  • A writing sample (3-5 pages), appropriately scholarly referenced to an established format (e.g. APA, Vancouver) presenting your view on a community health issue. The health issue chosen should reflect the general area of research you hope to pursue in CH&E. The purpose of this is to help us assess your ability to organize your thoughts and express them coherently in writing, rather than knowledge of any particular subject matter. The essay should not simply reproduce factual information from another source.

After all of the above is received by the department, you may be invited for a personal interview.

Contact

Department of Community Health & Epidemiology
Health Science Building
107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
Nazeem Muhajarine
Email: nazeem.muhajarine@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Cindy Elchuk
Email: cindy.elchuk@usask.ca