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Epidemiology - Pharmacoepidemiology

McGill University

36 months
20972 CAD/year
5602 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Epidemiology - Pharmacoepidemiology program at the McGill University may be of interest to students from the natural or quantitative sciences (e.g., microbiology, computer science, statistics, economics, geography), quantitative social sciences (e.g., sociology, psychology), or the health professions (e.g., medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition).


The Epidemiology - Pharmacoepidemiology Option of the Ph.D. Program at the McGill University may be of interest to students from the natural or quantitative sciences (e.g., microbiology, computer science, biostatistics, statistics, economics), Public or Population Health, or Epidemiology, or hold a degree in one of the health professional sciences (e.g., medicine, pharmacy). 

The programme

Applicants must have an interest in the epidemiology of medications, along with strong conceptual, analytic, and quantitative skills (including differential and integral calculus) at the undergraduate level.

The Pharmacoepidemiology Option prepares students with the advanced epidemiological research skills needed to undertake original contributions to new knowledge related to pharmacoepidemiology. 

The program is generally completed in four to five years. In addition to obtaining advanced training in the foundations and principles of epidemiology and applied biostatistics as part of the Ph.D. program, students in the Pharmacoepidemiology Option receive specialized training in pharmacoepidemiology, including advanced pharmacoepidemiologic methods, pharmacology for pharmacoepidemiologists, and practical experience in pharmacoepidemiology through their doctoral thesis.

Graduates will be prepared to engage in scientific collaboration, and communicate results to other scientists and diverse audiences. They will go on to careers in pharmacoepidemiology in public, private, and academic settings. With a world-renowned reputation for excellence in pharmacoepidemiology, McGill-trained pharmacoepidemiologists are known for methodological and quantitative rigour, and quantitative analytic independence.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Thesis
  • Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacological Basis of Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination
  • Ph.D. Proposal
  • Principles of Study Design
  • Doctoral Level Epidemiologic Methods
  • Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology
  • Research Design in Health Sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application and application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample/portfolio
  • A research supervisor
  • Study permits/student visas

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    20972 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10486 CAD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    5602 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2801 CAD per semester during 36 months.


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