General Information

Population health research is concerned with understanding the individual and collective factors that determine health and applying this knowledge to maintain and improve the health status of the population and reduce inequities in health status between groups. We add the term 'community' to reflect the historic emphasis of our field on the creation, protection, and promotion of health within the context of communities, which may be geographic or based on shared identity and social ties.

As a student in this program, you will develop skills in project management, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and communication. You will create and manage an individualize research project and be able to work with our community partners and affiliated research units such as:

•        Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit

•        Saskatchewan Cancer Control Research Program

•        Saskatoon HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour  

Prospective Students

  • The Department offers MSc and PhD programs in Community and Population Health Sciences. The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) sets the minimum entrance requirements for graduate programs and for English proficiency
  • Students will be admitted to the CGPS only upon the recommendation of CH&E.  Meeting minimum entry requirements DOES NOT guarantee acceptance. Recommendations by CH&E are based on the evaluation of academic ability, alignment of research interests with CH&E faculty, and availability of an appropriate thesis supervisor.

All information for students interested in the Community Health & Epidemiology Graduate Program can be found on the admission website for the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Details

Program Overview

The MSc program in Community and Population Health Sciences prepares students for academic careers, including pursuit of doctoral studies, or to work in a variety of research-intensive environments. Students will learn about community and population health concepts, epidemiology, theory, and research; develop basic skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods and project management; and gain hands-on experience in research through the completion of a thesis. 

The MSc in Community and Population Health Sciences is a thesis-based program that can be completed in two years of full-time study.  

All current graduate students should familiarize themselves with the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) policies; the graduate student handbook; the CGSR policy manual and the student website on thesis preparation. 

Residency Requirement: CH&E graduate students are required to be ‘in residence’, meaning residing in Saskatoon, until core program requirements have been met, including thesis committee approval of pre-proposal and completion of required courses.


MSc Program Milestones (completion in two years)

 

Milestones

YEAR 1

Term 1

  • Required CHEP classes: 800.3, 802.3, 813.3
  • Required non-credit CHEP 990, GSR 960, 961
  • Advisory committee meeting to approve pre-proposal

Term 2

  • Required CHEP classes: 811.3, 805.3 or qualitative research class (e.g. PSY 809.3, JSGS 851.3, ERES 845.3, NURS 893.3 or equivalent)
  • One elective
  • Advisory committee meeting to approve proposal
  • Ethics approval

Term 3

  • Research and writing

YEAR 2

Term 1

  • Research and writing
  • Advisory committee meeting to review progress

Term 2

  • Research and writing
  • Present at CHEP Student Research Day
  • Advisory committee meeting to approve thesis for defence

Term 3

  • Thesis defence

The PhD in Community and Population Health Sciences is a research-intensive degree, preparing students to work as community/population health researchers in an academic or government setting. The program is designed with considerable flexibility, recognizing that students come to the population health field with diverse backgrounds. This allows students, with their Advisory Committee, to create individualized programs that take into consideration their particular research interests and the areas in which they need additional development. Through coursework and seminars, students will gain a more sophisticated understanding of community/population health theory and the research‐policy‐practice context. Designing and carrying out an independent research project provides an opportunity to further develop knowledge and skills around a specific problem.

 The PhD in Community and Population Health Sciences is a thesis-based program that can be completed in four years of full-time study. 

 All current graduate students should familiarize themselves with the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) policies; portions of this graduate student handbook are taken directly from the CGPS policy manual and the student website on thesis preparation.

Residency Requirement:

 CH&E graduate students are required to be ‘in residence’, meaning residing in Saskatoon, until core program requirements have been met, including thesis committee approval of pre-proposal, completion of core courses, and completion of the comprehensive exam.

Program Milestones: PhD (completion in four years)

 

Milestones

YEAR 1

Term 1

 

  • Coursework, including preparatory classes if needed (e.g. 800, 805, 813)
  • Required non-credit CHEP 990, GSR 960, 961

Term 2

  • CHEP 817 (required)
  • Other coursework

Term 3

  • Advisory committee meeting to approve pre-proposal

YEAR 2

Term 1

 

  • Remaining coursework
  • Advisory committee meeting to discuss comprehensive exam
  • thesis committee examiners identified
  • relevant advanced method and content/theory identified
  • plan to develop reading list in place

Term 2

  • Prepare for comprehensive exam

Term 3

  • Comprehensive exam

YEAR 3

Term 1

 

  • Advisory committee meeting to approve proposal
  • Ethics approval

Term 2

  • Research and writing

Term 3

  • Research and writing

YEAR 4

Term 1

 

  • Advisory committee meeting to review progress
  • Research and writing

Term 2

  • Research and writing
  • Present at CHEP Student Research Day

Term 3

  • Advisory committee to approve thesis for defence
  • Thesis defence

Contact

Department of Community Health & Epidemiology
Health Science Building
107 Wiggins Road
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5

Graduate Chair
Nazeem Muhajarine
Email: nazeem.muhajarine@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Stephanie Kehrig
Email: chep.info@usask.ca