"Population health refers to the health of a population as measured by health status indicators and as influenced by social, economic and physical environments, personal health practices, individual capacity and coping skills, human biology, early childhood development, and health services. As an approach, population health focuses on the interrelated conditions and factors that influence the health of populations over the life course, identifies systematic variations in their patterns of occurrence, and applies the resulting knowledge to develop and implement policies and actions to improve the health and well-being of those populations.
- Federal, Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee on Population Health (ACPH), 1997.

The bilingual PhD in Population Health challenges students to address population health issues, determinants and causes of health, design of multi-level interventions, health systems, and health policy, grounded within interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks. Students integrate and apply knowledge from social, biological, clinical, organizational, and political sciences to generate new knowledge and advance the science of population health. Graduates will develop analytic and research skills to apply rigorous scientific methods to studies of population health, and develop knowledge, skills and experience to function as effective interdisciplinary researchers, health policy makers, health-care providers, legislators, and managers in the health sector.

Course sequence

List of approved courses and their areas of knowledge

Research areas

  • Indigenous health
  • Population health intervention
  • Environmental, developmental and social factors of youth health
  • Prevention, treatment and support of youth health
  • Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health
  • Environmental determinants of health (including environment-gene interactions)
  • Ethical, legal, and social issues in health, health systems and health research
  • Aging process and social and biological determinants of aging
  • Environmental and occupational health and safety
  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Health equity
  • Sex and gender-based analysis
  • Gender and health relationship
  • Global health
  • Health and gender based violence
  • Military and veterans' health
  • Etiology of disease and conditions
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • One Health approach
  • Other population health intervention, n.e.c.

Post-graduation opportunities

The Ph.D. in Population Health prepares students for teaching, administration and research in academic settings and careers in health in the public or private sector.

Required documents:

  • Letter of intent (2 pages)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts: You must submit official transcripts from every university you attended. This mandatory requirement applies to all courses and programs at any university you have ever attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchanges, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc.
    If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, you must submit a translation of the transcript that is signed and sealed by a certified translator.
  • Resume (CV)
  • Evidence of language proficiency: TOEFL 550 / IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual 5.0 (Paper-based) OR TOEFL 79-80 / IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual 5.0 (Internet-based)
  • Additional information form: Declaration of Language Competency, Letter of support from the proposed supervisor, knowledge assessment