|Program||Expected Length||Project and/or thesis||Course based|
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
We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.
|Alexander Crizzle||Program evaluation; Gerontology; Community mobility; Driving assessment; Fall prevention; Neurodegenerative/Neurological disorders|
|Carl D'Arcy||AD and dementia, physical activity reducing mental disorders, successful aging, Psychological well-being, depression, psychiatry, health sciences|
|Tasha Epp||Zoonotic diseases, public health, epidemiology|
|Marwa Farag||Health policy,Health economics, Health care financing in developing countries, Health program evaluation, Macroeconomics and health|
|Xin Feng||Spatial statistics and disease mapping, survival and longitudinal data, Environmental and ecological statistics Infectious disease surveillance|
|Amanda Froehlich Chow||Child health, aging in place, rural health, Indigenous health, holistic wellness, physical activity & physical literacy, community-based research|
|Rein Lepnurm||Health care policy and strategy, Medical care organization, Entrepreneurship|
|Michael Szafron||Monte Carlo simulations , Computational biomodelling of the structure/function of biopolymers, Statistical methods for the health sciences|
|Hassanali Vatanparast||Nutritional Epidemiology, Nutrition and chronic diseases|
|Cheryl Waldner||Infectious disease and environmental epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, statistical and simulation modelling, Bayesian and spatial analysis|
Tuition and funding
When speaking to potential supervisors about the research you would like to pursue, ask about funding opportunities.
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.
|September 1 - December 31, 2020||$1,420.00 CAD||$2,243.60 CAD|
|January 1 - April 30, 2021||$1,420.00 CAD||$2,243.60 CAD|
|May 1 - August 31, 2021||$1,420.00 CAD||$2,243.60 CAD|
|Total per academic year||$4,260.00 CAD||$6,730.80 CAD|
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 2020||Winter 2021||Spring 2021||Summer 2021|
|Student fees||$584.88 CAD||$299.28 CAD||$27.50 CAD||$27.50 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.
Doctor of Philosophy
- 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% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (i.e. coursework required for a Master's program)
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.
- 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 academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions
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. Your application will not be processed until payment is received. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
PhD Program in Epidemiology
School of Public Health
104 Clinic Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z4