University of Victoria - Faculty of Graduate Studies

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Social Dimensions of Health

University of Victoria - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,279


The program cross-cuts disciplinary affiliations and links research opportunities at research centres with the academic mandates of the Faculties of Social Sciences, Humanities, Education and Human and Social Development. This means SDH students are able to work and study with researchers who are both excellent teachers and involved in cutting-edge research. With relatively few required courses and an array of choices in methodological and elective courses, the SDH program also enables students to tailor a program of study which suits their research interests.

The few required courses in the SDH program focus on practicality. The Fundamentals of Health Research course covers topics central to health research scholarship and provides students with necessary skills for conducting independent research. The SDH Colloquium Series features presentations by invited speakers on a variety of health research projects and ensures students are exposed to a breadth and depth of health research knowledge. In the upper years of their program, doctoral students will be asked to speak at the colloquium on a regular basis, gaining hands-on experience in making presentations, critiquing, and learning from the work of others and having their own work critiqued.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*78
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Students applying for doctoral degrees usually are required to hold a master’s degree in an appropriate discipline from a recognized university. Ordinarily, a B+ average in the last two years of university work is a minimum requirement for admission to the program, but students may request consideration on the basis of life or work experience equivalency.
    Application Notes : A sample of recent written work such as a research paper, essay, or published article is required.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • 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 October 18, 2022