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University of Lethbridge Doctor of Philosophy in Population Studies in Health
University of Lethbridge

Doctor of Philosophy in Population Studies in Health

Lethbridge, Canada

48 Months


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CAD 4,973 / per semester *


* for International Students| 2083.98 CAD for Domestic Students | Additional fees may apply


The PhD in Population Studies in Health is interdisciplinary and delivered jointly by the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the Health Sciences and Social Science disciplines.

Students registered in the Population Studies in Health will examine the intersection between the contexts in which individuals, families, and communities live and work, and experience health and well-being. Specifically, the major focuses on:

  • Identifying the complex structural factors and resources that impact health equity
  • Students will be exposed to theoretical frameworks linked to the health status of populations, including the social and ecological determinants of health
  • Identifying and understanding community and health system characteristics and the policy environment to comprehend health system resources and how they are effective in addressing population health concerns

A systematic, scientific approach to studying population studies in health will advance the current understanding of the complexity of health and illness while generating ways to address health concerns. In addition to focusing on health deficits or risk factors, population studies can also identify strategies to maintain or enhance health. Examining contextual factors can help decision-makers determine the generalizability of the strategies with other, similar populations.

The Population Studies in Health major is a thesis-based program. Each student’s academic program integrates the concentration that is declared, with their research, comprehensive examination, and coursework synchronized around the salient themes of the concentration and the particular research problem that is pursued.

Depending on the academic background, students may be required to complete up to six courses. Course requirements are offered through a combination of independent studies, which will be tailored directly to the themes of the declared concentration, and existing regularized graduate courses in the social and health sciences.

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