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Faculty of Health Professions

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



The PhD in Health Program will prepare the next generation of researchers, academics and leaders in health to answer questions critical to improving health and social well-being locally, nationally and internationally.  The program is designed to recognize and respond to the World Health Organization's (WHO) definition of health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."  As part of the program, students will complete a focused, research intensive program of study contextualized within the broader health perspective.

Length of Program

  • PhD - typical time to complete is 4-5 years

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies with additional requirements of the program based on past academic experiences.  See admission requirements for details.

Areas of Research

Areas of research focus are linked to the specialities of professors in the Faculty of Health Professions. 

Application Deadline

The application deadline for internal scholarship opportunities is January 15th. Other applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Program start dates are September and January.

Contact Information

Subject Code: HLTH
Tel: 902-494-7809
Email: phdfhp@dal.ca
Address: Room 316, Burbidge Building
5968 College Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2, Canada
Graduate Coordinator: Shaun Boe
Graduate Coordinator Tel: 902-494-6360
Graduate Coordinator Email: s.boe@dal.ca