Program requirements

The SDH Student Handbook contains a wealth of information on program requirements and resources. In addition to the handbook, check out the Graduate Calendar. These are key resources to help you navigate the program and find information on registration, tuition, leaves of absence, exams and defenses, course and program descriptions. The Graduate Calendar is updated at the beginning of each term, while the SDH Student Handbook is updated annually. In the case of a discrepancy between the information in this handbook and Graduate Calendar, the Graduate Calendar should be followed.

Summary of Course Requirements Units Units
Total 18.0
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health Research (SDH 500A) 1.5
Interdisciplinary Methods Applied to Health Research (SDH 500B) 1.5
Colloquium I: Perspectives (SDH 501A) 1.5
Methodology: two 1.5-unit methods courses from the approved list 1.5
Electives: two 1.5-unit electives from the approved list 1.5
Thesis (SDH 599) 6.0

You will typically complete the four SDH core courses, methods courses, and electives over the first year of the program (three terms). Course descriptions are available in the Graduate Calendar. The four SDH core courses have been designed to cover foundational topics in interdisciplinary health research and to demonstrate the breadth of relevant research taking place at the University of Victoria.

In addition to the four core courses, you will take two approved methods courses and two approved electives. Consult the SDH Program section of the Graduate Calendar for an up-to-date list of approved methods and elective courses. Work with your supervisory committee to identify the best courses to support your learning.

If you require training in a specific topic for which no course is available at the University of Victoria, you may be able to take a graduate course at another university in Western Canada. Refer to the Western Deans’ Agreement and Application Form on the FGS website). You also have the option of a creating and taking Directed Studies course for credit (SDH 590). Consult the SDH Student Handbook for more information and discuss course options with your supervisory committee.

Thesis (SDH 599)

Before beginning your thesis, you will prepare a thesis proposal and defend it to your supervisory committee in an oral examination (no later than the beginning of the second year of the program). Upon successful defense of the thesis proposal, you are approved to begin your thesis research. You will register in the thesis course (SDH 599) each term until the requirements are complete. Consult the SDH Student Handbook and Graduate Calendar for more information on the thesis proposal and thesis research requirements.