Year 1

  1. Proposal Step 1
    • Confirm proposed thesis and committee (acceptable completion: by end of year 1)
    • The Thesis Committee Step 1 form must be completed prior to the student and supervisor signing off on the Memorandum of Understanding.
  2. Meet with your thesis committee minimum twice annually (submit meeting report to graduate assistant)

Attend program orientation in July

Students meet with the Program Director prior to the fall. Students must bring their progress report to this meeting.  Discuss program timelines and courses

Students are automatically enrolled in HAD5301H Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology for the summer term

Take Intro to SAS Workshop

Register for fall and winter courses mid-July

Students should take the comprehensive course HAD5311 in the fall once they have transferred to PhD or have entered the PhD program. This course consists of four seminars every fall.  Students must complete all four to achieve candidacy and they can be taken any fall (see requirements to achieve candidacy).

Register for spring courses mid-March

Year 2

  1. Proposal Step 2: Development of full thesis proposal (desirable/acceptable completion: in year 2)
  2. Present thesis proposal at hospital-based Clin Epi Rounds (desirable/acceptable completion: in year 2)
  3. Complete course work (desirable: 1.5 – 2 years, acceptable: 3 years). Consult the degree requirements.
  4. Meet with your thesis committee minimum twice annually (submit meeting report to graduate assistant)

Year 3-4

  1. Students in PhD must achieve candidacy (have taken all courses, including the comprehensive course) within the first three years.
  2. Meet with your thesis committee minimum twice annually (submit meeting report to graduate assistant)
  3. Complete the Tri-Council Ethics Tutorial before the thesis defence.
  4. Thesis defense (desirable: year 3-4, acceptable: year 6)
  5. Review handbook for steps leading up to the defence
  6. Depending on the results of the defence, students will have Editorial Corrections (1 month to complete), or Minor Revisions (3 months to complete), or Present Form (no corrections)
  7. Upload completed thesis to ProQuest  (by mid-September for November convocation, or by mid-April for June convocation)

Finance Your Degree

At IHPME, we offer a variety of financial supports to help you succeed in our graduate programs.

Connect with Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research (CEHCR)

CEHCR Program Director

Sindhu Johnson
Phone Number: 416-603-6417
Email Address: sindhu.johnson@​

Oversees management of the CEHCR program.

CEHCR Associate Director

Nick Daneman
Email Address: nick.daneman@​

Co-leads the management of the Clinical Epidemiology and Healthcare Research (CEHCR) program.

Graduate Administrator

Zoe Downie-Ross
Phone Number: (416) 946-3486
Email Address: ihpme.grad.admin@​

Coordinates student records, graduate funding, and student-related awards.

Graduate Admissions

Christina Lopez
Email Address: ihpme.admissions@​

Manages admissions and responds to all related inquiries.

Graduate Assistant

Nadia Ismail
Phone Number: (416) 946-4100
Email Address: ihpme.grad.assist@​

Coordinates various graduate initiatives including defences, student events, and graduation.

Program Assistant – CEHCR

Aileen O’Dowd
Email Address:​

Manages the CEHCR courses including course enrolment, grades, and access to Quercus. For admissions inquiries contact

Graduate Placements

Christina Lopez
Phone Number: (416) 978-1108
Email Address: ihpme.placements@​

Coordinates details involving student placement and experiential learning