McGill University - Faculty of Medicine

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Epidemiology: Pharmacoepidemiology

McGill University - Faculty of Medicine

Faculty:Faculty of Medicine
Field of Study:Epidemiology
Pharmacology and Toxicology, Other
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $4,991
National: $4,991


The Pharmacoepidemiology Option of the Ph.D. Program may be of interest to students from the natural or quantitative sciences (e.g., microbiology, computer science, biostatistics, statistics, economics), Public or Population Health, or Epidemiology, or who hold a degree in one of the health professional sciences (e.g., medicine, pharmacy). Applicants must have an interest in the epidemiology of medications, along with strong conceptual, analytic, and quantitative skills (e.g., differential and integral calculus, statistics) at the undergraduate level. The Pharmacoepidemiology Option prepares students with the advanced epidemiological research skills needed to undertake original contributions to new knowledge related to pharmacoepidemiology. The program is generally completed in four to five years. In addition to obtaining advanced training in the foundations and principles of epidemiology and applied biostatistics as part of the Ph.D. program, students in the Pharmacoepidemiology Option receive specialized training in pharmacoepidemiology, including advanced pharmacoepidemiologic methods, pharmacology for pharmacoepidemiologists, and practical experience in pharmacoepidemiology through their doctoral thesis. Graduates will be prepared to engage in scientific collaboration, and communicate results to other scientists and diverse audiences. They will go on to careers in pharmacoepidemiology in public, private, and academic settings. With a world-renowned reputation for excellence in pharmacoepidemiology, McGill-trained pharmacoepidemiologists are known for methodological and quantitative rigour, and quantitative analytic independence.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold a Master's degree in epidemiology or its equivalent, possess a reasonable level of mathematical competency and have a good knowledge of differential and integral calculus at the level of a CEGEP or first year undergraduate course. Those who do not meet these requirements may be admitted to a Preparatory Year.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration)
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 20, 2022