Applied Health Sciences (PhD)

The PhD program is centered in the development of knowledge through the systematic evaluation of evidence related to the health and well-being of individuals and groups. The program’s overall goals are to develop well-trained individuals who think creatively, are able to evaluate critically (both their own work and that of others), and are capable of conducting research and scholarship at the forefront of their chosen field. Students have the opportunity to participate in an individualized program of study, including mentorship-style learning and concentrated inquiry in an area of interest.


  • Behavioural and population health
  • Health biosciences
  • Social and cultural health studies

Entry point:

  • September (full-time or part-time)


  • Thesis – 12 terms (4 year)

This program is funded for the defined length above, as outlined on our financial page.

Application deadline:

  • February 15th

Applications typically open in October.

Admission requirements

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements.
  2. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
    • Three references are required.
    • A Statement of Intent: A free form letter or essay, of no more than two pages in length, in which applicants indicate their career aspirations/plans, specific research interests, and experience relevant to the program. If a potential thesis supervisor has been contacted, he/she must be identified in the statement of intent.
    • Since agreement by a faculty member of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences to act as a supervisor is required in order for a student to be accepted in the PhD program, prospective students must make personal contact with a potential Faculty of Applied Health Sciences supervisor. If a potential thesis supervisor has been contacted, he/she must be identified in the statement of intent.

Career outcomes

  • Academic career
  • Research career
  • Health and Sport Administrator
  • Health professional
  • Health analyst
  • Positions in hospitals and clinics