Students enrolled in the master’s program in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa may be eligible to fast-track directly into the doctoral program without writing a master’s thesis.
  • Completion of all master’s course work.
  • Satisfactory progress in the research program.
  • Submission of a well-developed MSc thesis proposal that has been approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC).
  • Proof of substantial experience in empirical data collection and analysis.
  • Written recommendation by the thesis supervisor and another academic reference.
  • Approval by the Graduate Studies Committee.


You must submit the following documents to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Office of the Faculty of Medicine through one Service request in uoZone:

  • Letter of intent for the PhD Epidemiology program: explain your interest in the program, your background preparation, the area of study within epidemiology that will be the focus of your PhD work, identify your supervisor
  • Transcripts showing grades for your MSc Epidemiology courses
  • CV
  • Two letters of support, one of which should be from your MSc supervisor and the other is an academic reference (e.g., from another professor)
  • TAC report (PDF)
  • TAC members’ approval of your MSc thesis proposal
  • Signed PhD disclosure form (PDF) outlining supervisor and funding
  • Modification of enrolment form (PDF), requesting change from MSc to PhD

Students must be enrolled to the MSc (THM 7999) to request to fast-track to the PhD .
If not enrolled to THM 7999 for the upcoming term, attach a Graduate Registration form to add THM 7999 for the upcoming term.