The requirements to complete a
Prospective applicants should consult the Graduate Calendar for a complete description of regulations concerning the
Coursework is normally completed during the first and second years of full-time study. Between 4-10 half courses are required. Courses are chosen from the list of recommended courses for each curriculum area. Courses offered are subject to change each year. A list of courses offered during the 2020-21 academic year is available here.
Required courses include:
Students without prior graduate training in a given area are required to take the maximum number of required courses for that area. Students who have completed relevant graduate courses prior to admission may have selected course requirements waived at the time of admission to the program. A minimum of 4 half-courses (2 doctoral seminar courses, 2 specialty field courses) may not be waived and must be taken while the student is enrolled in the Health Policy PhD program.
Each student will be assigned a faculty supervisor upon admission to the program, with a three-member supervisory committee to be appointed within 6 months of the student's enrolment in the program. At least two (of three) supervisory committee members must be core faculty members of the Health Policy program. The primary faculty supervisor and the supervisory committee members provide guidance and monitor the student's progress. The supervisory committee is expected to meet with the student at least twice annually to assess the student's progress, and to file a written progress report with the Program to ensure timely advancement is being made.
Comprehensive examinations are completed during the first and second years of
All Health Policy
By the beginning of the third year of full-time study, the doctoral dissertation proposal is formally presented and defended before a committee. Doctoral dissertation research is normally completed during the third and fourth years of full-time study, with the completion, approval, and defense of the dissertation by the end of the fourth year.