Epidemiology and BiostatisticsDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Supervisor: Sisira Sarma
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I chose to pursue my PhD at Western University because my research interest was a great fit with my supervisor’s research area - economics of primary care in Ontario. Additionally, the city of London is a great place to pursue doctoral studies. The cost of living in London is much more affordable compared to other cities in Ontario such as Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
Where’s your favourite place on campus to?
I like to work in my office. If I want a change of study environment, I will study at one of the many libraries at Western University, such as The D.B. Weldon Library or the Allyn & Betty Taylor Library.
What is your “dream” career?
I have learned that the PhD program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics here at Western University prepares its students for a career in both academic and non-academic fields. The department has a very good record of helping students find employment within the field of epidemiology. For me, a dream career is to be involved in primary health care and health services research of cardiovascular diseases locally and internationally. My supervisor and the doctoral program and are preparing me for that.
What would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
I must comment that the graduate environment at Western University prepares students particularly well for leadership. Once you become a graduate student here at Western, you are privileged to attend many events and talks given by successful people within academia and outside of academia.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
The best advice I would give any student considering the doctoral program here is: Identify the area of research you want to pursue as a lifetime career; so it can help guide the research interest you would pursue for doctoral studies. Then identify a faculty member in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics whose research interest is congruent with yours.
Program ContactSarah Guerrero (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Academic Programs Coordinator
Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsWestern 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 specialization 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.
The Own Your Future doctoral professional development program creates career-ready graduates with the Power Skills necessary to excel in their studies and achieve their future goals. Assess your own strengths and opportunities for growth and focus on what you want to get out of your time here at Western. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.
- 12 Terms (4 years)
- Full-time study
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
- A two-year, thesis-based Master's degree.
- A min. average of 80% for all graduate-level course work.
- Strong performance in a recent statistics course. (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.)
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 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) [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). The minimum acceptable score is 6.5 out of 9 for each category, including overall score.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online. Please note: The MELAB is no longer being offered by Michigan Language Assessment. However, Western University will continue to accept MELAB test reports that are newer than two years old as sufficient proof of English language proficiency.
- Western English Language Centre. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level.
- CultureWorks. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level.
- October 15 - Applications open.
- January 15 - Applications deadline.
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