Health Services and Policy Research Doctoral Training Programs in Canada


Table 1 is an inventory of university-based health services and policy research (and related) doctoral training programs in Canada. A HSPR doctoral training program is defined as a program that is authorized to award a degree, concentration or specialization in HSPR or a related field, such as health economics, health technology assessment, health services organization and management, health services outcomes and evaluation, etc.). *Related assets are doctoral training programs in related fields, like public policy, epidemiology, and biostatistics that do not indicate a specialization or concentration in HSPR. Table 1 was compiled based on a 2014 analysis of Canada’s assets and resources in HSPR (full report is available upon request), a 2016 search of university websites in all provinces and territories across the country, and validation with key informant experts. It is possible that some programs were missed and that the list is comprehensive but not exhaustive.

Table 1

School Faculty/Division Program(s)

University of British Columbia

Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health

PhD concentrations in:

  • Health services and Policy Research
  • Health Economics

Simon Fraser University

Faculty of Health Sciences

PhD interdisciplinary research areas in:

  • Health Policy
  • Social Inequities and Health Outcomes

University of Northern British Columbia

School of Health Sciences

PhD in Health Sciences
Interdisciplinary (with PhD courses in financing health care, epidemiology)

University of Victoria*

School of Health Information Science*

PhD in Health Informatics*
(Related asset)

University of Alberta

School of Public Health

PhD in Health Services and Policy Research

University of Calgary

Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

PhD in:

  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research

University of Regina*

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (Joint School between U of S and U of R)*

PhD in Public Policy*
(Related asset – no areas of HSPR-related specialization noted on website)

University of Saskatchewan*

University of Saskatchewan

College of Medicine, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology

PhD in Community and Population Health Sciences*
(Related asset – no areas of HSPR-related specialization noted on website)

School of Public Health

PhD in Epidemiology*
(Related asset – no areas of HSPR-related specialization noted on website)

University of Manitoba

Faculty of Health Sciences, Community Health Sciences

PhD in Community Health Sciences with the Manitoba Training Program for Health Services Research

University of Toronto

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

PhD in Health Services Research, with primary concentrations in:

  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation
  • Health Informatics Research
  • Health Economics
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Health Services Organization and Management

PhD in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research

Dalla Lana School of Public Health

PhD in:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Social and Behavioural Health Sciences

McMaster University

Collaboration between: Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, DeGroote School of Business, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science.

PhD in Health Policy, with specialization in:

  • Health Economics
  • Political Studies
  • Social Organization

Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics

PhD in Health Research Methodology, with fields of specialization:

  • Health Services Research
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Clin Epi
  • Biostatistics
  • Population & Public Health
  • HRM Classic

Queen’s University

Department of Public Health Sciences

PhD Epidemiology

University of Ottawa

Faculty of Medicine, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine

PhD in Epidemiology, with three broad areas:

  • Clin Epi & Health Services Research
  • Social Epi
  • Etiological Epi

Telfer School of Management

PhD in Management, with specialization in:

University of Western

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

PhD in Epidemiology & Biostatistics

University of Waterloo

School of Public Health and Health Systems

PhD in Public Health & Health Systems

PhD in Aging, Health & Well-being

York University

Faculty of Health, School of Health Policy & Management

PhD Program in Health (specialized field in Health Policy & Equity)

McGill University

Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health

PhD Epidemiology: specialization in:

  • Global Health
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Population Dynamics

PhD Biostatistics

Université de Montréal

École de santé publique,
Département de gestion, d'évaluation et de politique de santé

PhD Public Health (only in French), specialization in:

  • Organisation des soins de santé
  • Gestion des services de santé
  • Epidemiology


Related asset:
Doctorat en santé communautaire (only in French)
Doctorat en épidémiologie (only in French)



PhD Public Administration*
(Related asset - no areas of HSPR-related specialization noted)*

University of New Brunswick*


(Related asset:
Master’s in Applied Health Services Research (ARTC)


Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology

PhD in Epidemiology & Applied Health Research

Faculty of Health Professions

PhD in Health, three main areas of concentration:

  • Health Services/Policy and Transformation
  • Physical Function and Mobility in Health
  • Health in Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

Memorial University

Faculty of Medicine, Division of Community Health & Humanities

PhD in Community Health, specialization in:

  • Applied Health and Policy Research
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Social Justice and Equity in Health

MSc Applied Health Services Research (ARTC) *Related asset

University of PEI*

Faculty of Science*

(Related asset:
Master of Applied Health Services Research (ARTC))

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