Students in the PhD program are expected to complete: (1)  Courses (2)Comprehensive Exam and (2) Dissertation as noted below.  All PhD students must abide by the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for completing their chosen program of study within 18 terms.

After successful completion of the comprehensive examination, PhD students will focus on the dissertation process. The dissertation makes an original contribution to scholarship in the student's specified field.

The dissertation process has a number of stages:

  1. The establishment of a Supervisory Committee, if different from the comprehensive examination committee. The committee consists of three faculty members, at least two of whom will be members of the Graduate Program in Health. The third member may be appointed to a Graduate Program other than Health;
  2. The preparation of a dissertation proposal, which must be approved by the Program Director, the Supervisory Committee, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  3. The writing of a dissertation acceptable to the Supervisory Committee and formally approved as examinable by the members of that committee;
  4. The successful completion of an oral examination, centered on the dissertation and matters related to it, and presided over by an Examining Committee recommended by the program director for approval and appointment by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.