Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive exam is a two-part exam used to evaluate the depth and breadth of knowledge as well as research skills early in the doctoral program.


Epidemiology (EPI) students


BCH, CMM, MIC and NSC students

  • The comprehensive exam should occur within 4 or 5 term of first enrolment.
  • Must be enroled for the course (BCH, CMM, MIC or NSC) 9998 for the term in which you are planning to complete your comprehensive examination.
  • In the event of re-examination, the exam must be successfully completed before the end of the 6th term.

MD/PhD students

  • The Comprehensive Examination must be successfully completed by the end of Year 3 (term 5).
    • Students who entered the MD/PhD Program without a Masters degree have until the first term in Year 4 (term 6) to complete the Comprehensive Exam.
  • Must be enroled for the course (BCH, CMM, MIC or NSC) 9998 for the term in which you are planning to complete your comprehensive examination.
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