Applied Health Sciences (Ph.D.)
Director: Dr. Elizabeth Ready
Faculty of Graduate Studies
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About the Program
This program is a multi-unit, research-based Ph.D. in Applied Health Sciences. The three participating academic units are: Kinesiology and Recreation Management, Nursing, and Medical Rehabilitation. The program offered is a unique and timely Ph.D. program, which includes the treatment and discussion at a graduate level of applied health science as a multi-dimensional entity, while at the same time allows for individualized high-quality health science research with an individual researcher, or small group of researchers.
The program combines the strengths of the in-depth discipline specific learning needed to prepare Ph.D. graduates, with the benefits of collaborative learning with students and faculty in other disciplines. In particular, knowledge commonly used by several disciplines can be explored and critiqued as sources of theoretical and practical knowledge. The participation of faculty and students from several disciplines in the exploration and use of knowledge will enhance students’ capacity for critical appraisal of the sources and uses of knowledge.
Objectives of the Program
Applicants must meet the University of Manitoba Graduate Studies general regulations for admission.
Applicants must possess a research-based Master’s degree in a discipline or profession consistent with Applied Health Sciences. Applications from other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Prior to admission to the Ph.D. program, applicants will be required to specify his/her area of research interest, and to have corresponded with (an) eligible Ph.D. advisor(s) (member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies), who is (are) a faculty member of one of the three participating units, and who is (are) willing to accept them into the program.
Elements taken into consideration in determining the acceptance of the applicant into the program: grade-point average in Master’s courses, previous courses taken, specific research interest of the applicant, student’s rationale for choosing to apply to this program as opposed to a uni-discipline degree, current profile of students in the program, research funding and facilities availability through the proposed advisor(s) for the proposed research, and financial support for the applicant.
No admission tests are required for this program.
Applications (and all required documentation) for the Applied Health Sciences Ph.D. program must be submitted directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies through the online application UMGradConnect.
A completed application will include:
(a) a completed Faculty of Graduate Studies official application for admission form, together with the application fee and supporting documentation.
(b) a list of academic awards, publications and/or any research or other relevant experience.
(c) at least two letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s intended Ph.D. advisor(s), attesting to the suitability of the candidate for Ph.D. studies in this program, and agreeing to accept them should they be admitted into the program; and one from the student’s Master’s degree advisor. One additional letter of recommendation may also be appended.
(d) a letter explaining the student’s rationale for choosing to apply to this program.
(e) a Statement of Funding. This form can be found in the 'Downloadable Forms' section of your UMGradConnect application.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is received by the department in advance of the deadline.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Additional information required:
(f) Upon application submission, the Supervisor Data form will be emailed to the applicant. This form should be sent to the intended supervisor for completion, then sent directly to:
Applied Health Sciences Ph.D. program
500 University Centre
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Applications (Canadian/US/International) will be accepted up to and including March 1 of each year. Applications will be accepted for the regular session only (September start-date).
Minimum program requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies are found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this program's Calendar entry.
The course-work requirement will consist of a minimum of twelve credits of 7000-level course-work consisting of at least three credits from any two of the three partners (6 credits).
Students will also be required to take the course “AHS 7000: Research and practice in applied health sciences”, a lecture/seminar course in which faculty members from the three academic partners will participate (3 credits).
The remaining three credit hours can be chosen from a combination of graduate courses from the three partners or from other faculties outside the three participating Faculties/Schools that offer graduate courses related to applied health sciences (3 credits).
Students in the program will also be required to take part in a monthly seminar in Applied Health Sciences with mandatory attendance for the first two years of their program (Year 1: AHS 7002 Seminar I in Applied Health Sciences; Year 2: AHS 7004 Seminar II in Applied Health Sciences), as well as yearly research-related activities (poster day, oral presentation day) involving student presentations. The monthly seminars will consist of an admixture of presenters from the University of Manitoba and from outside, with the focus on applied health science issues. Poster and oral presentations will involve directed research projects, research proposals, and applied health sciences issues.
Students will be expected to complete a candidacy exam, consisting of an oral and written component, before the end of the second year of their program. The student must pass the written and oral phases of the exam to be considered a candidate for the Ph.D. degree.
The research proposal, in the form of a document outlining the rationale and background for the study, specific objectives, and methods and procedures will be presented by the candidate in an oral format. Following the oral presentation, the candidate will defend their proposal.
The research program, culminating in the preparation and defense of a doctoral thesis, will be conducted according to the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Manitoba.
Second language reading requirement: None
Expected time to graduation: Four years
Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies web site for information.
Program Procedures for Candidacy Exams and Thesis Proposals
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