Admission requirements


The Department of Community Health & Epidemiology 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 Mi’kmaw or other Indigenous communities, and African Nova Scotian communities. We also welcome applicants whose background includes work experience in a field related to evaluative sciences or data analytics, or those with health professional training.

MSc program admission requirements

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree in a related field such as basic sciences, social sciences, health sciences, engineering, or health professions.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3/4.3 (minimum B+ average) over the last two years of full-time study, or the last 60 credit hours of study.
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing.
  • Our Epidemiology and Applied Health Research program requires the development and mastery of substantial quantitative skill. To ensure that applicants are likely to be successful in the program, we require evidence of quantitative proficiency, demonstrated by strong performance in a recent math or statistics course, or other evidence of quantitative skills.
  • Proof of English language competency if the first language is not English (TOEFL iBT 100; IELTS 7.5; EAP2 A).

Enrolment in our program is limited. If your application is selected to progress to the next step, you will receive an invitation to participate in an interview as part of the admission process.

PhD program program requirements

  • A thesis-based master's degree or its equivalent in epidemiology or a related discipline* and demonstrated research competency.**
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.7/4.3 (A- average) in the last 60 credit hours of study.  
  • Degree granted by univeristy of recognized standing.
  • Proof of English language competency if the first language is not English (TOEFL iBT 100; IELTS 7.5; EAP2 A).
  • Confirmation from a supervisor who is willing to support the student educationally and, if the student does not obtain outside support, financially

*In addition to the standard program requirements, students who do not have prior course work in advanced biostatistics or epidemiology will normally be required to take additional courses in these areas as part of their program. Exact course requirements will be determined by the admissions committee during the admission process.

**In exceptional circumstances, an applicant completing a Master’s thesis is eligible to apply. Applicants transitioning directly from their MSc to PhD must have completed their Master's degree prior to beginning the PhD program.  

Other considerations:

  • Successful completion of a Master's degree will not guarantee admission to the PhD program in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated an ability to proceed through a rigorous academic program in a timely fashion
  • All applicants are expected to describe their plans to finance their PhD studies, including intentions to apply for external funding (e.g. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards.


English language proficiency

Dalhousie graduate programs require students to have a high level of English language proficiency to be successful. To ensure you possess the language skills necessary to thrive, all students who speak English as an additional language must demonstrate their abilities through a language competency test.

It is possible to have this requirement waived if you completed your degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English and in a country where English is one of the official languages. You will be able to request this waiver during the application process.