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Social Dimensions of Health (MA or MSc)

Social Dimensions of Health (SDH) is an interdisciplinary program that combines the faculties of Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, and Human and Social Development. SDH gives you the opportunity to learn about and undertake advanced research in health and its relation to society. You’ll work and study with faculty engaged in leading research.

Our master’s program takes a unique approach to graduate health research studies. You’ll engage in flexible, relevant courses as well as hands-on research experiences. You’ll learn with a small cohort of other SDH students and share your unique perspective in colloquiums and research methods courses.

You may apply for either the MA or MSc degree. However, your designation will be decided by your supervisor and the SDH program director. Both degrees require a thesis.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
2 years Yes No

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All SDH graduate students must have two faculty members who serve as their academic co-supervisors. When you apply:

  • You must list two potential supervisors on your application
  • These faculty members must agree to be your co-supervisors and recommend your admission

Please see the full list of potential supervisors on the Social Dimensions of Health site.

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Application deadlines

Canadian applicants: January 15 for September entry.
International applicants: January 15 for September entry.

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Contact Laleh Mousavi at or 250-472-5374.

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