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Epidemiology

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Testimonial

"The Queen’s graduate training program in Epidemiology is an excellent choice for your higher education. Research opportunities are diverse, ranging from injury prevention to comparing effectiveness of cancer treatments to rural and Aboriginal health programs. Combined with the intimate and supportive environment cultivated by the faculty, the Queen’s Epidemiology program is an outstanding choice for your graduate career!”

Atif Kukaswadia, M.Sc., Ph.D. (candidate)

Program Contact

Tim Rosillo
Graduate Assistant
Dept of Public Health Sciences
3rd Floor Carruthers hall
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613.533.2901
E-mail: epid@queensu.ca
Website: www.queensu.ca/phs

 

Program Overview

This program aims to provide students with the educational opportunities needed to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and methodological skills necessary to participate in health services or epidemiology research teams, or in public health practice.

The M.Sc. program offers the chance to specialize in one of three streams of study:

  • Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Health Services and Policy Research
  • Clinical Epidemiology

The Ph.D. program trains epidemiologists as independent investigators and leaders in health or health-related agencies where research is an important function.

Opportunities

Students gain skills to communicate scientifically; describe trends and patterns of disease incidence and prevalence; critically review scientific literature related to community health and epidemiology; apply epidemiologic and analytic methods in the design of research; collect, analyze and interpret health data; conduct a study; and write and defend a thesis.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Our graduates go on to rewarding careers in a variety of health and health-related agencies.

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc. : 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.Sc.: Course work (4 core courses, 3 electives) + thesis

Ph.D.: Course work (3 core courses), comprehensive exam, and dissertation

Fields of study and Supervisors

We encourage Ph.D. students to identify an area of research interest and contact a potential supervisor before applying.

  • Dr. Kristan Aronson: Cancer epidemiology; Environmental and occupational epidemiology; Meta-analyses; Quality of life.
  • Dr. Bingshu Chen: Biostatistics.
  • Dr. Keyue Ding: Design and analysis of clinical trials; Sequential analysis; Statistical quality control procedures; Change point detection and estimation; Statistical computing.
  • Dr. Patti Groome: Clinical epidemiology; Health services research; Head and neck cancers; Prostate cancer.
  • Dr. Duncan Hunter: Health services research; Needs assessments.
  • Dr. Ian Janssen: Surveillance of obesity and sarcopenia; Causes and consequences of obesity in children and adults; Causes and consequences of sarcopenia in older adults; Clinical measurement and classification of obesity and sarcopenia; obesity and injury.
  • Dr. Ana Johnson: Cost-effectiveness analysis; Uncertainty; Decision analysis; HIV; Cancer; Orthopaedics; Hypertension.
  • Dr. Will King: Cancer epidemiology; Environmental epidemiology; Reproductive outcomes.
  • Dr. Linda Levesque: Pharmacoepidemiology; Post-marketing drug safety; Cardiovascular diseases and diabetes; Research methodology and bias.
  • Dr. Bill Mackillop: Quality of interpersonal care; Technical quality assurance, quality indicators and quality assurance programs; Utilization rates and interventions to promote appropriate system performance; Efficiency though simulation modeling and economic system evaluation; Cancer system governance.
  • Dr. Michael McIsaac: Development and application of statistical methods for public health: Two-phase study designs and methods for analysis of incomplete data; Design and analysis of epidemiological studies of rheumatology and vasculitis.
  • Dr. Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz: Survey methods; Health inequities; Autism, Intellectual/ developmental disabilities.
  • Dr. Paul Peng: Statistical models for survival data with a cure fraction; Statistical methods for causality analysis in observational studies; Novel statistical methods for analyzing data from case cohort studies.
  • Dr. William Pickett: Child health; Injury control science; Applied emergency medicine research.
  • Dr. Harriet Richardson: Cancer prevention trial methodology, Describing, for the purpose of improving; Family physicians’ use of primary prevention strategies; Quality of life data from clinical trials.
  • Dr. Heather Stuart: Psychiatric epidemiology; Community mental health research.
  • Dr. Dongsheng Tu: Clinical trials; Resampling methods and applications of censored data; Meta-analysis; Biostatistical theory and methods.

In addition to the aforementioned individuals, there are numerous Health Sciences faculty members who provide instruction to the Epidemiology students through the mandatory, core courses and/or elective offerings, and thesis supervision.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Master’s Programs: No minimum guaranteed amount, although every effort is made to put individual funding packages together that meet contemporary standards for graduate study.

Ph.D.: minimum $18,000 per year

We encourage all students to apply for Queen’s Fellowship and Graduate Awards, Ontario Graduate Scholarships and Tri-Council grants. Queen’s automatically issues a one-time top-up award to all incoming federal Tri-Council award winners.

We encourage second-year students to apply for our internal awards:

  • Empire Life Fellowship in Child Health Research (up to $20,000).

We also offer paid research assistantships to select students.

Academic Prerequisites

M.Sc.:

  • 4-year undergraduate degree with an overall average of 75%.
  • All students must also have sound math skills. See the Department’s website for a self-assessment of essential mathematics background.

Ph.D.:

  • Master’s degree in epidemiology or a related discipline.
  • First-class academic standing (80%).
  • Demonstrated research competency, usually through a research-based thesis.

Other Requirements

Ph.D. Applicants

  • Statement of Interest (including area of research and potential supervisor)
  • Transcripts and CV
  • Applicants with non-thesis based masters training may include published, in-press or under review research papers as documentation of academic research experience.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paperbased) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30); and total score (88/120). Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

M.Sc.: January 31st to qualify for internal funding;

Ph.D.: January 31st.

Application review begins in early March.

Submission by the earlier date offers a better chance of receiving available departmental funding.

Learning Outcomes & Program Milestones

Degree Level Expectations - MSc (121 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (125KB)

Program Milestones - PhD (810KB)

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