Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Health Information Science

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Program Websites


Program Contact

Dr. Anita Kothari (akothari@uwo.ca)
HIS Program Coordinator

School of Health Studies

Western University
Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 213
London, Ontario N6A 5B9

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 81302

The Doctoral Program in Health Information Science (PhD HIS) program is a research-intensive, joint graduate program with the Faculty of Health Sciences, designed for students who want to do independent original research in Health Information Science. The program consists of two required courses, the option to conduct Guided Reading courses or elective courses in the area of study, the passing of a comprehensive exam and completion and defence of a thesis.

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

  • Master’s degree from a program in Health Information Science, Health Sciences, Library and Information Science, Media Studies, Health Psychology, Sociology, Computer Science, or a related field appropriate to the interdisciplinary strength of the program.
  • 78% overall average in the last two years of study.

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)

  • February 1 - Acceptance notification between late March and late April

Fields of Research

  • Health Knowledge: Systems, Methods and Theory