Relevant Experience Requirements for All Applicants
Applicants should have interest, experience, and/or skills in a health-related field. This information can be provided in the following required documents.
|Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A detailed and up-to-date CV that highlights your academic, research, and professional experience. Please include (if relevant): academic history, publications, conference presentations, awards, fellowships, teaching experience, workshops, volunteer work, or employment. We recommend sharing your CV with your potential supervisor.
Find more resources to assist in preparing your CV from UBC Student Services or G+PS.
|Letter of intent (LOI)
A letter of intent that describes your career objectives, your research interests, and how the PhD program will meet your career goals. The LOI should be about 700 words. We recommend sharing your LOI with your potential supervisor.
Additional instructions and suggestions can be found in our LOI Guide. You can find even more tips on writing your LOI from G+PS.
Three reference letters are required for each application. We prefer that two of these references be from former professors, but we will accept professional references if you do not have academic references. Please ask your references highlight your academic skills, research skills, and your ability to excel in an academic environment. This might include:
- Potential to succeed as a graduate student
- Academic ability and initiative
- Critical thinking and complex problem solving skills
- Ability to interpret and communicate data clearly and effectively
- Demonstrated compassion, professionalism, and integrity
Please ask your referees to provide information on the context in which they’ve known you (e.g., work environment, your role and responsibilities, or the educational/course setting).
For additional information, including information for people writing reference letters, see our Reference Guide.
Program-Specific Admissions Policies
Supervisor support is required for all PhD applications. We are not able to review applications without supervisor support. The best way to connect with a potential supervisor is to investigate Faculty profiles (including research interests and recent publications) and then contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to inquire whether they are willing to serve as your supervisor.
Use the G+PS Supervisor Tool to assist you in your investigation.
SPPH offers a minimum funding guarantee of $22,000 per year for the first four years in your PhD program. All new full-time admissions to the SPPH PhD program will receive an offer of admission from the program that includes a funding package. The funding package may consist of any combination of external or internal scholarships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or income from other academically-related work at UBC (e.g. graduate administrative assistantships, lectureships). At your request, income from other employment in your field of research may be considered part of the funding package, whether the work occurs on or off campus. You may be required to disclose your sources and amounts of university employment income or scholarship funding, as well as other income sources to the graduate program, and you must inform the program immediately of any new or additional funding sources. You will be able to accept or decline the package as a whole or only accept specific components.
Indigenous applicants are encouraged to contact the program before applying for more information about supports for Indigenous students and applicants at UBC.
Information about tuition fees for the PhD program can be found here.