Program requirements

Summary of Course Requirements Units
Total: 18.0
Interdiciplinary Perspectives on Health Research (SDH 500A) 1.5
Interdiciplinary Methods Applied to Health Research 1.5
Methodology 2-1.5 unit courses 3.0
SDH Perspectives Colloquium (SDH 501A)) 1.5
SDH Methods Colloquium (SDH 501B) 1.5
Electives 2 - 1.5 unit courses 3.0
Thesis (SDH 599) 6.0

Student Handbook

 

Interdiciplinary Perspectives on Health Research SDH 500A

Interdiciplinary Methods Applied to Health Research SDH 500B

 

SDH Perspectives Colloquium I (SDH501A)

SDH Methods Colloquium II (SDH 501B)

 

Methodology

Two additional required courses (1.5 units each) focus on methods and will typically be chosen from a list of approved courses offered in the program's collaborating faculties. This list can be obtained here.

The departments/schools offering these courses will consider requests from SDH students on an individual, student-by-student basis provided they have permission of the instructor and/or the chair or director of the unit offering the course, that there is space in the course and the student has the particular prior background and skills to succeed in the course. Students without an appropriate background may be asked to take additional courses preparatory to taking the courses.

Other courses, such as directed reading, special topic courses or upper-level undergraduate courses that address health-related topics may be used to fulfill the methodology requirements if approved by the SDH Program Director.

Ideally, methodology courses are completed during Year 1 (fall, spring or summer session) depending on course availability.

Electives

Two 1.5-unit elective courses, which allow students to tailor their coursework to their specific research interests, will be chosen in consultation with the student's supervisory committee from an approved list of graduate courses. This list can be obtained by here

The departments/schools offering these courses will consider requests for SDH students on an individual, student-by-student basis provided they have permission of the instructor and/or the chair or director of the unit offering the course, that there is space in the course and the student has the particular prior background and skills to succeed in the course. Students without an appropriate background may be asked to take additional courses preparatory to taking these courses.

Other courses, such as directed reading, special topic courses or upper-level undergraduate courses that address health-related topics may be used to fulfill the elective requirements if approved by the SDH Program Director.

Ideally, elective courses are completed during Year 1 (fall, spring or summer session) depending on course availability.

Thesis (SDH 599)

A thesis based on independent research will form a major part of the program. Thesis proposals will be examined by the supervisory committee in an oral examination. Upon successful defense of the proposal, the student will be approved to begin thesis research and will register in SDH 599 Thesis. Normally master's research proposals should be approved no later than the beginning of the second year of the program. The thesis defense will normally take place by the end of the second year.