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In 1987, the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM) and the Division of Community and Northern Medicine (CNM) merged to form the Department of Community Health Sciences. Merging these two units and combining their interests and activities, created a well-rounded, innovative department with a national reputation for excellence in teaching, research and service.
The Department of Community Health Sciences aims to create, preserve and communicate knowledge with respect to the health of populations and thereby contribute to the physical, psychological, cultural, social and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world.
Internationally recognized research programs
Units, programs and Centres within the department focus on particular areas of research and service, including the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the Centre for Global Public Health.
Ongomiizwin – the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing
The Department of Community Health Sciences maintains a close relationship with Ongomiizwin – the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing. Ongomiizwin supports the department in the development of its undergraduate and graduate teaching programs to enhance the incorporation of Indigenous health.
Access both internationally regarded researchers and award winning teachers.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences offer a four-year program of study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health Sciences.
Expected duration: 4 years
Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section, students must complete:
- A minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework at the 7000-level
- A thesis
Sample course offerings
- CHSC 7200: Current Concepts in Global Health: Populations, Policies and Programs
- CHSC 7212: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Health
- CHSC 7270: Epidemiology of Chronic (Non-Cancer) Diseases
- CHSC 7320: Organization and Financing of the Canadian Health Care System
- CHSC 7510: Problem Solving in Public Health
- CHSC 7520: Principles of Epidemiology
- CHSC 7710: Social Aspects of Aging
- CHSC 7860: Methods and Concepts for Community Health Sciences
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Community Health Sciences (PhD) program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
To be considered for admission to the Community Health Sciences (PhD) program, you must have:
One of the following degrees:
- A thesis-based master's degree in community health sciences or public health with content equivalent to that offered by the department, or
- A thesis-based master's degree in basic medical sciences, biological or social sciences, or
- A thesis-based professional master's degree such a nursing, education or social work
A satisfactory English language proficiency test score, if applicable. Higher English language test scores are normally required to be competitive in the admissions review process, particularly for the writing band of these specific English language tests:
- IELTS: An overall score of at least 7, must include all components of the test (i.e., listening, reading, writing and speaking), where the writing band is not lower than a score of 7.
- TOEFL (iBT): a minimum total score of 92 is required, with a writing score no lower than 21
- If an applicant does not meet these writing score requirements, the Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) is accepted if completed prior to starting the program.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
The Community Health Sciences (PhD) program accepts applications for Fall entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates
- Three* letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application). *If your CHS MSc Supervisor has agreed to supervise your PhD program, only two letters of recommendation are required.
- Supervisor support letter
- Publication or writing sample
- Proof of English language proficiency, if required
For the most up-to-date information on your chosen program, please consult the Academic Calendar.
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.