Division of Community Health and Humanities

Graduate Programs - Ph.D.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Yanqing Yi
Program Chair 


General Admission Inquiries:

Shannon Steeves
Academic Program Administrator (Interim}

Application Deadline Date:

January 15th (Fall admission only)
All application documentation must be received by the School of Graduate Studies by that date.

In exceptional circumstances, where a student has identified a supervisor and secured funding, admission may be granted for the beginning of the winter (January) or spring semester (May).

How to apply to this program?

Application is made through the School of Graduate Studies. Visit their application page for full details about applying to a graduate program at Memorial University.

Doctorate Program in Community Health

The doctoral program is a four-year, thesis-based program.  The program of study is determined by the student's supervisory committee based on past academic and professional experience. Effective Fall 2012, students (in consultation with their supervisor) will select one of the following three streams:

(1) Applied Health and Policy Research

(2) Epidemiology and Biostatistics
(3) Social Justice and Equity in Health

In addition to course work, students will also complete four graduate seminars, a comprehensive exam, and a dissertation.

Students will develop skills neeeded to undertake independent research. They will develop a comprehensive knowledge base of community health issues and will be able to demonstrate expertise in their specific area of study.

This program is available both part-time and full-time. Students studying full-time must secure funding.  All students in the program must secure a faculty supervisor.

Please note: The PhD is an on-site program. While some courses may occassionally be available in distance format, the majority of courses are offered on-campus only.

Program Requirements:

Applied Health and
Policy Research
Epidemiology and
Social Justice and
Equity in Health
Required or Recommended
7 OR 10 courses if prerequisites have not been met
4 graduate seminars
7 OR 10 courses if prerequisites have not been met
4 graduate seminars
6 OR 8 courses if prerequisites have not been met
4 graduate seminars

(if not already completed, students will complete as part of program)

MED6270 Epidemiology I
MED6280 Community Health Research Methods
MED6220 Intro to Community Health
MED6270 Epidemiology I
MED6280 Community Health Research Methods
MED6220 Intro to CH
MED6220 Intro to Community Health
MED6280 Community Health Research Methods
Required Courses
1) MED6276 Current Topics in Canada’s Health Care System
2) MED6288 Policy and Decision Making
3) MED6293 Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake
4) MED6294 Adv Qualitative Research OR Elective
5) MED6295 Adv Quant Methods
6) MED6279 Quant Methods for Applied Health Research
OR MED6278 Adv Biostats for Health Research OR Elective
7) Elective

4 Graduate Seminars:
1) MED6275 Epidemiology II
2) MEDXXXX Epidemiology III (course # tba)
3) MED6200 Biostatistics
4) MED 6295 Adv Quant Methods
5) MED6278 Adv Biostatistics for Health Research
6) MED6279 Quant Methods for Applied Health Research
7) Elective

4 Graduate Seminars:
1) MED6102 Critical Theory in Health and Society
2) MED6294 Adv Qualitative Research
3) MED6288 Policy and Decision Making
4) MED6108 Directed Readings
5) MED6297 Theories of Social Justice in Health
6) Elective

4 Graduate Seminars:
NOTE: Students admitted to the program may be required to take additional courses if the supervisory committee feels it will benefit the student's program of study.

Admission Requirements:

  • Master's degree in a related discipline from a university of recognized standing.
  • Master's thesis or have related research experience.
  • Meet the MUN English requirements (complete an undergraduate degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English or have satisfactory English testing scores).
  • Pre-requisite course: successful completion of a post-secondary level statistics course.
  • Have satisfactory appraisals from two referees.
  • Find a faculty member in the division who is will to be her/his supervisor. For information on how to find a potential faculty supervisor, please see: Tips for finding a supervisor.
Students seeking full-time status will also be required to secure funding. Should funding not be available, the student may choose to study part-time. Please visit the Research & Graduate Studies website for details on part-time versus full-time status.

Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and not all qualifying students are admitted to the program. The Division of Community Health reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

Application Process:

All applicants must complete an on-line application available from the School of Graduate Studies website. For information on how to apply to this program, please visit the Application Procedures webpage.

Once you submit your web application, you can check your graduate application status by going back to the web application site and signing in under the previously selected login ID and PIN used to create your web application. It is the applicant's responsiblity to ensure all supporting documentation is received by the application deadline date; checking the application status can help applicants monitor their graduate application.  For more details, visit: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/alreadyapplied.php.

Normally, applicants are notified about their admission status 6 to 8 weeks AFTER the application deadline date. 

Program Cost (effective Fall 2019):
Program Fee
Per Semester
No. of
Semesters Fee
must be Paid
Tuition for NL & Labrador Students $888 12 $10,656

Tuition for Canadian Citizens/
Permanent Residents

$1,154 12 $13,848
Tuition for International Students $1,499 12 $17,988

Students not completing their program by the number of semesters listed above will be required to pay a continuance fee for each additional semester required. Students are also responsible for a number of other fees, such as student union fees, recreation fees, and health and dental insurance. For a comprehensive list, please refer to the Minimum Expense Form found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Cost of Living:

The estimated cost of living for students attending Memorial University and living on or near campus can be found here.

Funding Information:

Students entering the program as a full-time student must secure funding. Funding may come in the form of faculty research grants, scholarships, or fellowships. A number of funding sources can be found on the following Memorial University websites:
School of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Medicine's Research and Graduate Studies Office.

Employment Opportunities:

Students graduating from this program can expect to be prepared for careers in academia and/or local, national, and international government and non-government organizations. Graduates may find employment as researchers, analysts, consultants, management or director level positions, and academic research and teaching positions.

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