Doctorate (PhD) in Epidemiology

Program at a Glance

  • 4-year program (average duration)
    • This program includes MED 8166 and MED 8167, 6 optional course units in epidemiology (EPI) at the graduate level, the completion of the seminar course (EPI 8166), the comprehensive examination (EPI 9998) and the research activity (THD 9999).
    • For the complete program requirements and course descriptions.
  • The following course sequences show you which courses you should take for your particular program and in which term you should take them. They help you plan your course schedule.
    • Course sequences are only guidelines.
    • Some graduate courses are offered every year, others in alternating years.
  • Visit My Academic Requirements in uoZone to make sure you enrol in all courses or activities you need to obtain your degree.

Scroll down to the bottom page to see:

  • the important milestones to complete every year for the full length of your program
  • the toolbox (Links to forms, the description of the courses and other useful links)

Year 1 Course Sequence and Milestones

First Term

Courses

  • Optional course units from the list of approved courses
  • MED 8166 Professionalism and Professional Skills
  • MED 8167 Professional Skills
  • EPI 8166 Seminar (fall term)
  • THD 9999 Thesis

Milestones

  • Create and meet with your Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) before the end of the first term. It is essential that you schedule your TAC meeting well in advance.
  • Fill out the Nomination TAC Members form.
  • Complete your section of the Thesis Advisory Committee report.
  • Submit the Thesis Advisory Committee form and the Annual Research Progress report before the end of this term through the Service Request application in your uoZone account.
  • Fill out and submit your Individual Plan of study (ISP).
  • You have to describe and justify your proposed course work.
  • You TAC need to approve your ISP

Second Term

Courses

  • Optional course units from the list of approved EPI courses
  • MED 8167 Professional Skills
  • EPI 8166 Seminar
  • THD 9999 Thesis

Third Term

Courses

  • (If required) Optional course units from the list of approved EPI courses
  • MED 8167 Professional Skills (if required)
  • THM 9999 Thesis

 

Notes for Year 1
Graduate Courses
  • List of approved epidemiology (EPI) courses.
  • In some cases, we may cancel classes with low enrolment or convert them into Directed Studies.
  • Some graduate courses are offered every year, others in alternating years.
  • MED 8166 is compulsory for all students enrolled in a PhD program and attendance is mandatory for all workshops. This course is only offered during the fall term.
  • MED 8167: You must take this course during the first year. You cannot defer this course to a subsequent term.
  • You must take 6 optional EPI units (PhD-level courses often have EPI 7XXX course codes) during your first year of study. These units may include:
    • Advanced methods courses that are offered as permanent course offerings
      (e.g., EPI 7108 Analytic Epidemiology and/or EPI 7105 Advanced Methods in Biostatistics are each suitable courses to aid students in preparing for the comprehensive examination);
    • “Special topics” courses in an area of special interest to the student and offered at an advanced level
      (e.g., EPI7913 Advanced Health Economic Evaluation); and/or
    • “Directed studies courses”, which are developed for one or a very small number of students and may incorporate innovative features such as a combination of existing courses and extra-university learning experiences (e.g., workshops, e-learning activities, special projects). Directed studies courses must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies after submission of the proposed syllabus using a standard template.
  • In addition to these course requirements for all doctoral students, some students have additional course requirements specified as conditions associated with their individual offers of admission, for example, MSc-level courses that address gaps in the student’s background preparation for the doctoral program.
  • You may choose to complete extra courses, beyond the requirements described here.
  • You must complete all required courses in advance of sitting the comprehensive examination.
THD 9999 Thesis (Continuous activity)
  • Once you have enrolled for the first time in a continuing activity such as the thesis, you must maintain your enrolment until the activity is completed.
  • After your first (manual) enrolment to the thesis, all subsequent enrolments are automatic, unless you have a hold on your account (which will require that you manually enroll once you have arranged to have your hold lifted)
EPI 8166 Seminar Series
  • You must attend a minimum of twenty seminars during the fall and winter terms and track your seminar attendance using the Student Seminar Report form.
    • Submit this form by email to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office at grad.med@uOttawa.ca before April 30.
  • Seminar Series Calendar in EPI
  • As part of the requirements of the Seminar Series, you must attend the EPI Annual Research Day

Year 2 Course Sequence and Milestones

Fourth Term

Courses

  • (If required) Complete Optional or Elective courses that are still outstanding
  • THD 9999 Thesis
  • EPI 9998 Comprehensive Exam

Milestones

  • Meet with your TAC.
    You must hold your second TAC meeting within 16 months of initial enrolment.
  • Submit the Thesis Advisory Committee form and the Annual Research Progress report before the end of this term through the Service Request application in your uoZone account.

Notes

  • If you have not submitted your TAC or Progress Report by the end of this term, you will not be able to enrolment for future terms.
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination should occur within 4 or 5 term of your first enrolment.

Fifth term

Courses

  • THD 9999 Thesis
  • EPI 9998 Comprehensive Exam (if not completed)
  • EPI 9997 Thesis Proposal

Milestones

  • Completion of the Comprehensive Examination, if not completed, before the end of this term.
  • Submit your thesis proposal to your TAC for approval. Once approved, submit the approval form to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office by email at grad.med@Ottawa.ca.
  • Within 6 months of the thesis proposal approval, publicly present the proposal and submit a report to the TAC for approval. Once the form is approved, submit it to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

Sixth Term

Courses

  • THD 9999 Thesis
  • EPI 9997 Thesis Proposal (if required)

Milestones

  • Submit thesis proposal to TAC for approval. Once approved, submit an approval form to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.
  • Within 6 months of thesis proposal approval, publicly present the proposal and submit a report to TAC for approval. Once the form is approved, submit it to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.
  • The Thesis Proposal must be submitted and approved by the end of the sixth term.

Year 3 Course Sequence and Milestones

Seventh Term

Courses

  • THD 9999 Thesis

Milestone

  • Submit the Thesis Advisory Committee form and the Annual Research Progress report before the end of this term through the Service Request application in your uoZone account.

Note

  • If you have not submitted your TAC or Progress Report by the end of the term, you will not be able to enrolment for future terms.

Eight Term

Course

  • THD 9999 Thesis

Ninth Term

Course

  • THD 9999 Thesis

Year 4 Course Sequence and Milestones

Tenth Term

Courses

  • THD 9999 Thesis

Milestone

  • Submit the Thesis Advisory Committee form and the Annual Research Progress report before the end of this term through the Service Request application in your uoZone account.

Note

  • If you have not submitted your TAC or Progress Report by the end of the term, you will not be able to enrolment for future terms.

Eleventh Term

Courses

  • THD 9999 Thesis

Milestone

  • Obtain permission to write before or during this term.

Twelfth Term

Courses

  • THD 9999 Thesis

Milestones

  • Submit your thesis during or at the end of this term.

Important milestones to complete every year
for the full length of your program

  • Meet with your Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC)
    You must hold your first TAC meeting during the third term.
    Your meetings can be more frequent, but once a year, for every subsequent years, you must meet with your TAC.
  • Submit these two forms through the Service Request application in your uoZone account:
  • Report of the TAC
  • Annual Research Progress Report

Toolbox

Useful links

Courses

Forms

Disclaimer

The above should match the information found in the official program calendar (and related archives), under ‘program requirements’. However, despite our rigorous control procedures, we cannot guarantee complete accuracy.

  • In the event of a discrepancy between the content on this page and the official calendar, the calendar takes precedence and is the authoritative source.
  • Please note that you must follow the program requirements in effect in the calendar year of your first enrolment. Additional requirements may apply.
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