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 30.0
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health Research (SDH 600A) 1.5
Interdisciplinary Methods Applied to Health Research (SDH 600B) 1.5
Colloquium I: Perspectives (SDH 601A) 1.5
Colloquium II: Methods (SDH 601B) 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
Candidacy (SDH 693) 3.0
Dissertation (SDH 699) 15.0

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 690). Consult the SDH Student Handbook for more information and discuss course options with your supervisory committee.

Candidacy (SDH 693)

Once you have completed your coursework, you will register in the candidacy examination (SDH 693) each term until the requirements are complete. Candidacy exams will normally be completed by the end of your second year (or sixth term) in the program. The purpose of the candidacy exam is to prepare you for the dissertation process through intensive reading and synthesis of literature in your area of focus and oral defense of your work. Consult the SDH Student Handbook for more information on the Candidacy Examination.

Dissertation (SDH 699)

Before beginning your dissertation, you will prepare a dissertation proposal and defend it to your supervisory committee in an oral examination (normally within three months of defending your candidacy examination). Upon successful defense of the dissertation proposal, you are approved to begin your thesis research. You will register in the dissertation course (SDH 699) each term until the requirements are complete. Consult the SDH Student Handbook and Graduate Calendar for more information on the dissertation proposal and dissertation research requirements.