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A Brief Overview

A PhD program at SPPH is intended for students who wish to obtain advanced research training that will enable them to conduct independent investigative research.

The program usually takes at least three years of full-time study to complete and you can choose from a wide range of courses covering many aspects of population and public health. The program requires a minimum of 16.5 credits including core courses and electives to help equip you with the research methods you will need carry out innovative research.

The degree requires the completion of a comprehensive exam, proposal presentation at SPPH’S thesis screening panel and course requirements. Faculty members can help you discover which topic is of the most interest to you and you should feel free to contact them directly to discuss this.

As part of your program at SPPH, you will be introduced to interdisciplinary research and learning, and you will participate in peer-led Journal Clubs and Grand Rounds. SPPH has an active student association, The Association of Population and Public Health Students (TAPPHS), who offer opportunities to broaden your connection with fellow scholars through events such as the annual SPPH Exchange.

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