PhD Programs

100% of our PhD graduates have found either full- or part-time employment.


Are you a critical thinker with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge?

Do you have an intellectual curiosity that fuels your passion to ask questions and to understand the "whys" and "hows" related to improving some aspect of the health of populations?

The application portal for PhD programs for Fall 2020 admission is closed. The application period for Fall 2021 admission is October 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

Office of Educational Programs Contact

P: 780-492-8211 | F: 780-492-0364 | E:

Scholarships and Awards

We want to recruit the brightest and the best. Learn about recruitment scholarships available exclusively to applicants to our PhD programs.

Find out more about scholarships, awards and assistance for students.

Academic Leaders

Susan Chatwood

Work with talented professors recognized for their innovative public health research.

Learn about their research interests.

Award-winning Students

Our students have been very successful in competing for and winning many impressive awards.

Meet Heather Morris and Alexa Ferdinands, our 2019 Killam Graduate Scholars.

Plan your program

PhD Specializations

Choose from four specializations to increase your ability to generate new knowledge in the field of public health:

Course Layout

The Course Layout summarizes all of the course requirements, including core courses, specialization courses and electives.

View the PhD Course Layout

Program Sequence

The Program Sequence summarizes all of the degree requirements, including courses, professional development, ethics training, examinations and thesis research. It is a suggested model for the timing of degree requirements; timing may differ by student, however, so final planning decisions should be discussed with thesis supervisor.

View the PhD Program Sequence

Course Registration

You can find out when our courses are offered and / or register (if space available) using Bear Tracks.

Not enrolled in our programs?
Graduate level students who are not enrolled in a program* offered by the School may register in our courses if space is available. For these individuals, registration opens:

  • After August 20 for Fall Term
  • After December 22 for Winter Term
  • After April 17 for Spring Term
  • After June 19 for Summer Term

*If you are not currently registered in another program at the University of Alberta, it is possible to take courses as an Open Studies student or through the Western Deans' Agreement.

Course calendar