Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Program Websites


Program Contact

Karen Monteith (EpiBioGrad@schulich.uwo.ca)
Acting Academic Programs Coordinator

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Western University
Kresge Building Rm 201
London, Ontario N6A 5C1

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 86263

We offer MSc and PhD degrees in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Degrees with a specialization in Biostatistics are offered through a collaborative program with the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences. Students are exposed to a full breadth of policy-relevant methodologies from the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, health economics, genetic epidemiology, and program evaluation.

Times to Completion

  • 12 Terms (4 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

Epidemiology Program

Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Basis of Admission A thesis-based Master's degree
Addtional Requirements
  • A min. average of 80% for all graduate-level course work
  • Strong performance in a recent statistics course1
International Requirements International applicants will require an English proficiency test completed within the last two calendar years and meeting one of the following minimum results:
  • TOEFL: 580 (for paper-based test) or 237 (for computer-based test), or 90-92 overall with no individual score below 20 (for internet Based TOFEL)
  • IELTS: 6 out of 9
  • MELAB: 80 on each section and an overall score of at least 85
1. Our graduate program requires students to have taken a recent course in statistics. If a great deal of time has elapsed since your last statistical course, we recommend that your application include concrete examples of how you use statistical methods in your regular role at work.

Biostatistics Collaborative Program2

Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Basis of Admission Master's degree in Mathematics, Statistics or other quantitative discipline
Addtional Requirements
  • A min. average of 80% for all graduate-level course work
2. This program operates within both our graduate program and the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences. Details about our Biostatistics program and requirements may be found on our program document (PDF PDF, 179K).

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 15 - Acceptance notification by June

Fields of Research

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology