Program

Applications are accepted year round. Students may begin their program in January or September each year.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
Ph.D.4 years

Epidemiology is the quantitative study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injuries in human and animal populations. The epidemiology program is offered at the PhD level only. It is designed to produce highly qualified epidemiologists capable of investigating complex population and public health issues, and independently designing and conducting quantitative research to address the biological and environmental determinants of health. Through classroom instruction, hands-on experience in the research programs of faculty of the School of Public Health, and their own dissertation research, students will develop expertise in one or more of the following areas of specialization:

  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases
  • Infectious disease epidemiology 
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Occupational epidemiology

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Alexander CrizzleProgram evaluation; Gerontology; Community mobility; Driving assessment; Fall prevention; Neurodegenerative/Neurological disorders
Carl D'ArcyAD and dementia, physical activity reducing mental disorders, successful aging, Psychological well-being, Minor depression
Tasha EppZoonotic diseases, public health, epidemiology
Marwa FaragHealth policy,Health economics, Health care financing in developing countries, Health program evaluation, Macroeconomics and health
Xin FengSpatial statistics and disease mapping, survival and longitudinal data, Environmental and ecological statistics Infectious disease surveillance
Rein LepnurmHealth care policy and strategy, Medical care organization, Entrepreneurship
Jean MorarosCancer epidemiolgy, Health disparities, Aboriginal health, Immigrant & refugee health, Intimate partner violence, STIs, Alcohol & drug abuse
Michael SzafronMonte Carlo simulations , Computational biomodelling of the structure/function of biopolymers, Statistical methods for the health sciences
Hassanali VatanparastNutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition and chronic diseases
Cheryl WaldnerInfectious disease and environmental epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, statistical and simulation modelling, Bayesian and spatial analysis

Tuition and funding

Funding

When speaking to potential supervisors about the research you would like to pursue, ask about funding opportunities.

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, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

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

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in a life, behavioral or social science
  • 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)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Evidence of previous research experience

Application process

Find a supervisor

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.

Submit an online application

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

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter term start - January
  • Graduate (D) Spring term start - May

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.

If you are applying for start dates prior to Fall 2017 (Winter 2017 or Spring/Summer 2017) you will not be able to upload documents to your application. Please e-mail any unoffical copies of required documents to the graduate administrator listed below.

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 C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • 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 an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • The English-language proficiency test must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

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:

  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A brief statement of research interests (1-3 pages in length) that includes:
    • Specific areas of interest that could lead to a thesis topic;
    • A statement of education and employment history and how it relates proposed study of Epidemiology and Public Health;
    • A description of your educational and career goals; and
    • An assessment of how the PhD Program in Epidemiology will help achieve these goals.

Contact

PhD Program in Epidemiology
School of Public Health
104 Clinic Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z4

Program Chair
Carl D'Arcy
Email: thesis.admissions@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Marylin Rana
Email: thesis.admissions@usask.ca