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 Ph.D. 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
Khrisha AlphonsusEpidemiology, neurological disorders, mental health and addiction, chronic conditions, population research, quantitative and qualitative methods
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, depression, psychiatry, health sciences
Tasha EppZoonotic diseases, public health, epidemiology
Marwa FaragHealth policy,Health economics, Health care financing in developing countries, Health program evaluation, Macroeconomics and health
Amanda Froehlich ChowChild health, aging in place, rural health, Indigenous health, holistic wellness, physical activity & physical literacy, community-based research
Rein LepnurmHealth care policy and strategy, Medical care organization, Entrepreneurship
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

Tuition and funding


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

Graduate students at USask can receive funding from a variety of sources to support their graduate education.


Doctoral program

Doctoral students pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program. Both international and domestic PhD students pay the same rate.

January 1 - April 30, 2024 $1,644.00 CAD
May 1 - August 31, 2024 $1,644.00 CAD
September 1 - December 31, 2023 $1,644.00 CAD
Total per academic year $4,932.00 CAD

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Student fees $497.88 CAD $659.51 CAD $35.00 CAD $35.00 CAD

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 (Ph.D.)

  • Evidence of previous research experience
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least a 75% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (i.e. coursework required for a master's program)

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

Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • Contact information of your three referees
    • For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
  • Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $120 application fee. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

Submit required documents

Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined 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 be required only for applicants 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.

Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

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.
  • 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.

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 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

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

  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A research statement (one to three 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 Ph.D. Program in Epidemiology will help achieve these goals.


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

Program Chair
Michael Szafron

Graduate Administrator
Darla Mitchell