Graduate Programs in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research 


Are you interested in improving the health of people and populations?

A degree in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research offers opportunities to investigate the distribution and causes of disease in individuals, improve health care delivery, and develop policies preventing diseases in populations. Our multidisciplinary approach to research offers learners from diverse academic backgrounds opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes in research methodology, biostatistics, health policy, and knowledge translation. These competencies provide our graduates with a variety of opportunities to pursue meaningful and rewarding careers across the health sector. 

Why complete a graduate degree at Dalhousie? 

The Department of Community Health and Epidemiology offers a diverse and collaborative learning environment that supports students to personalize their learning experience. The Department of Community Health and Epidemiology is an integral part of the Faculty of Medicine. Our faculty provide learners with opportunities to engage directly with clinical departments, public health professionals, policy makers and community stakeholders. Dalhousie is situated in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a scenic and welcoming Maritime hub.

Master's in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research

The thesis-based Master's in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research program begins a year of classroom learning to introduce core and specialized materials in epidemiology and biostatistics principals. This is followed by a research-intensive thesis component in which learners prepare a thesis proposal to demonstrate application of their core competencies to real-world problems. The degree culminates with a thesis defense seminar where learners demonstrate their mastery of the subject. 

PhD in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research

Eligible candidates for the PhD in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research must have a thesis-based Masters and demonstrated excellence in core principles of epidemiology and biostatistics. The PhD offers a scholarly path for learners to become independent investigators. 


Graduates of Epidemiology and Applied Health Research go on to have meaningful careers in a variety of health-related sectors: government, non-government organizations, not-for-profit, academia, hospitals, and the private sector.

Our Graduate Programs welcome applications

Our department is committed to a diverse and inclusive academic culture. We encourage prospective students from all equity-denied groups to apply, especially those from our local community such as African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw applicants. We can assist all applicants in identifying the scholarship and funding opportunities that they are eligible for.
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