Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Program Overview

The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) is training Canada’s future health leaders and researchers through its outstanding degree programs:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation concen​trations:

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
  • Health Professions Education Research
  • Health Services Research
Master of Science (MSc) in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation concen​trations:
  • Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
  • Health Services Research
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety​
  • System Leadership and Innovation

​Multidisciplinary collaborative specializations with other University of Toronto graduate departments allow further specialization.

See a complete description of all IHPME programs. Please note the application deadlines.​


Quick Facts

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Application payment deadline MSc, PhD:

TBA

MSc, PhD:

TBA

Supporting documents deadline MSc, PhD:

TBA

MSc, PhD:

TBA

Minimum admission average MSc:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

MSc:

B+ in final year of bachelor’s

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

Yes (minimum A-minus average in courses in the relevant discipline)

PhD:

Yes (minimum A-minus average in courses in the relevant discipline)

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MSc, PhD:

MSc (Clin Epi)-After
PhD(Clin Epi)-After
MSc (health serv)-Either
PhD (health serv)-Either

MSc, PhD:

MSc (Clin Epi)-After
PhD(Clin Epi)-After
MSc (health serv)-Either
PhD (health serv)-Either

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MSc, PhD:

MSc (Clin Epi)-No
PhD(Clin Epi)-No
MSc (health serv)-n/a
PhD (health serv)-n/a

MSc, PhD:

MSc (Clin Epi)-No
PhD(Clin Epi)-No
MSc (health serv)-n/a
PhD (health serv)-n/a

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MSc, PhD:

Either

MSc, PhD:

Either

Program length (full-time only) MSc:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if entering directly from bachelor’s

MSc:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if entering directly from bachelor’s


Master of Science

Program Description

The HPME graduate program offers the following concentrations leading to the MSc degree:

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research;

  • Health Services Research;

  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; and

  • System Leadership and Innovation.

The MSc program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.
 

Concentration: Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants require an overall B+ average or higher in the last two years of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university. For applicants to this concentration, a degree in a health profession (e.g., MD, BScN, BScOT, BScPT, DDM, MScN) from a recognized university with a B+ average in the final two years is required.

Program Requirements

Two options are available:

  • Thesis option comprising 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a thesis.

  • Coursework-only option comprising 5.0 FCEs, including completion of at least one research practicum.

Thesis MSc
  • Completion of 3.0 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​​1.5 FCEs required: HAD 5301H, HAD 5307H, and one of HAD 5303H, HAD 5304H, HAD 5306H, or HAD 5309H

    • 1.5 FCEs in electives.

  • A thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee (supervisor and at least one, and preferably two, additional graduate faculty members) and its defence before an examination committee.

Coursework-Only MSc
  • Completion of 5.0 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​2.0 FCEs required: HAD 5301H, HAD 5307H, HAD 6360H, and one of HAD 5303H, HAD 5304H, or HAD 5309H

    • 3.0 FCEs in electives.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time
 

Concentration: Health Services Research

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants require an overall B+ average or higher in the last two years of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university. For applicants to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research, a degree in a health profession (e.g., MD, BScN, BScOT, BScPT, DDM, MScN) from a recognized university with a B+ average in the final two years is required.

Program Requirements

Two options are available:

  • Thesis option comprising 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a thesis.

  • Coursework-only option comprising 5.0 FCEs.

Thesis MSc
  • Completion of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE in research methodology courses

    • 1.0 FCE in health services research courses

    • 1.0 FCE in electives.

  • A thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee and its defence before an examination committee.

Coursework-Only MSc
  • Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE in health services research courses, normally HAD 5011H, HAD 5022H, HAD 5727H, HAD 5756H, and HAD 5773H

    • 1.0 FCE in research methodology courses, normally HSR 1001H, HAD 5765H, HAD 5772H, HAD 5740H, HAD 5742H, HAD 5744H, HAD 5746H, HAD 5779H, and HAD 5781H

    • 3.0 FCEs in electives from HAD 5726H, HAD 5728H, HAD 5730H, HAD 5737H, HAD 5738H, HAD 5743H, HAD 5744H, HAD 5760H, HAD 5763H, HAD 5771H, HAD 5778H, HAD 5780H, and HAD 6750H.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

 

Students in the Health Services Research concentration have the option to complete an emphasis by completing 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in a given area. The emphasis requirements will also count toward their 3.0 FCE concentration requirements.

Emphasis: Health Economics

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research.

  • HAD 5744H Applied Health Econometrics I.

  • HAD 5746H Applied Health Econometrics II.

  • HAD 5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis.

Emphasis: Health Informatics Research

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5726H Evaluation and Research Design in Health Informatics.

  • 1.0 FCE from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

  • 0.5 FCE from courses in the Master of Health Informatics program.

Emphasis: Health Policy

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • 0.5 FCE from the following list:

    • CHL 5300H Public Health Policy

    • CHL 5308H Tools and Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation

    • HAD 5022H Politics, Policy, Public Health and Health Technology

    • HAD 5765H Case Studies in Health Policy

    • HAD 5778H Comparative Health Systems and Policy.

  • 1.5 FCEs from the following list:

    • HAD 5742H Mixed Methods for Health Services Research

    • HAD 5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis

    • HAD 5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector

    • HSR 1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research

Emphasis: Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research.

  • HAD 5743H Evaluation Design For Complex Interventions.

  • HAD 5763H Advanced Methods in Health Services Research.

  • 0.5 FCE from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

Emphasis: Health Technology Assessment

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5301H Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research.

  • HAD 5307H Introduction to Applied Biostatistics.

  • 0.5 FCE from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

  • 0.5 FCE from the following list:

    • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research

    • HAD 5771H Resource Allocation Ethics

    • HAD 5779H Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems and Policy Research.

Emphasis: Health Services Organization and Management Studies

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector.

  • 1.5 FCEs from the following list:

    • HAD 5727H Knowledge Transfer and Exchange

    • HAD 5737H Tools for Implementation of Best Evidence

    • HAD 5740H Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research

    • HAD 5742H Mixed Methods for Health Services Research

    • HAD 5744H Applied Health Econometrics I

    • HSR 1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research.

Concentration: Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants require an overall B+ average or higher in the last two years of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

Program Requirements

Two options are available:

  1. Thesis option comprising 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a thesis.

  2. Coursework-only option comprising 5.0 FCEs, including completion of at least one research practicum.

Thesis MSc
  • Completion of 3.0 FCEs as follows:

    • 2.5 FCEs required: HAD 3010H, HAD 3020H, HAD 3041Y0, HAD 3050H.

    • 0.5 FCE in electives.

  • A thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee (comprising the supervisor and at least one additional graduate faculty member, preferably two) and its defence before an examination committee.

Coursework-Only MSc
  • Completion of 5.0 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​3.0 required FCEs (HAD 3010H, HAD 3020H, HAD 3030H, HAD 3050H, HAD 3060H, HAD 3070H)

    • 1.0 required FCE in a research project practicum (HAD 3040Y)

    • 1.0 FCE in electives.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.
 

​Concentration: System Leadership and Innovation

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants require an overall B+ average or higher in the last two years of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

  • Applicants must be active as a trainee within the Post-Graduate Medical Education (PGME) program, or be registered in the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) program at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. UME students who are accepted must register part-time; PGME students who are accepted may register full-time or part-time.

Program Requirements

The MSc in System Leadership and Innovation is a coursework-only program.

  • ​​Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​2.0 required FCEs (HAD 2001H, HAD 2002H, HAD 2003H, HAD 2004H)

    • 1.0 required practicum FCE (HAD 2010H, HAD 2020H)

    • 2.0 elective FCEs, of which a maximum 1.0 FCE can be a practicum; please consult with the department about electives

  • Students begin this concentration in the Summer session.

​Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: S/F/W);
7 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The HPME graduate program offers three concentrations leading to the PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research; Health Professions Education Research; and Health Services Research.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an MA or MSc degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MSc/PhD transfer program; 3) direct entry following completion of a health professional (MD) degree.

The PhD program can be taken on a full-time or flexible-time basis. Some applicants may be admitted to a flexible-time PhD option with the approval of the Graduate Chair. The flexible-time PhD option benefits mature students with career and/or familial obligations.
 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree (MA or MSc) requiring a thesis with a B+ average or higher.

  • Applicants to the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research concentration must have a degree in a health profession (e.g., MD, BScN, BScOT, BScPT, DDM, MScN, or equivalent).

  • Satisfactory references pertaining to the applicant's academic and research abilities.

  • Outstanding students with a non-thesis master's degree may be admitted to the PhD upon the recommendation of the appropriate IHPME committee, if the applicant has the appropriate background preparation and research experience or publications which can be considered equivalent to a master's thesis. Students with a non-thesis master's degree and little or no research experience may be admitted to the MSc program and may petition to transfer into the PhD program within 24 months of first registration. Transfer is contingent upon successful completion of master's coursework and preparation and defence of a PhD thesis proposal.

  • Some applicants may be admitted to a flexible-time PhD option with the approval of the Graduate Chair. The flexible-time PhD option benefits mature students with career and/or familial obligations.

Program Requirements

  • Completion of a comprehensive course.

  • Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the PhD courses listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research concentration must select 2.0 FCEs compulsory courses and 2.0 recommended FCEs from the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research courses listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the Health Professions Education Research concentration must select 2.5 FCEs compulsory courses from the Health Professions Research courses listed below.

  • Writing of a PhD thesis under the supervision of an approved thesis committee (supervisor plus at least two additional graduate faculty members).

  • Oral defence of the thesis before an examination committee.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master’s; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master’s; 7 years direct-entry
 

Concentration: Health Services Research

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree (MA or MSc) requiring a thesis with a B+ average or higher.

  • Satisfactory references pertaining to the applicant's academic and research abilities.

  • Outstanding students with a non-thesis master's degree may be admitted to the PhD upon the recommendation of the appropriate IHPME committee, if the applicant has the appropriate background preparation and research experience or publications which can be considered equivalent to a master's thesis. Students with a non-thesis master's degree and little or no research experience may be admitted to the MSc program and may petition to transfer into the PhD program within 24 months of first registration. Transfer is contingent upon successful completion of master's coursework and preparation and defence of a PhD thesis proposal.

  • Some applicants may be admitted to a flexible-time PhD option with the approval of the Graduate Chair. This option benefits mature students with career and/or familial obligations.

Program Requirements

  • Students must select one of six emphases, and complete the required emphasis courses listed below.

  • Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • A comprehensive course (0.5 FCE) specified as part of the requirements for each emphasis below.

    • 2.0 FCEs as follows: HAD 5011H, HAD 5772H, HAD 6760H, and HAD 6770H.

    • Writing of a PhD thesis under the supervision of an approved thesis committee (supervisor plus at least two additional graduate faculty members).

    • Final Oral Examination of the thesis before an examination committee.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master’s; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master’s; 7 years direct-entry

 

Students enrolled in the Health Services Research Concentration of the PhD Program must pursue one of six emphases, described below, and complete six courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) related to their declared emphasis.

Emphasis: Health Economics

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research.

  • HAD 5744H Applied Health Econometrics I.

  • HAD 5746H Applied Health Econometrics II.

  • HAD 5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis.

  • HAD 6750H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis II.

  • 0.5 FCE from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

Emphasis: Health Informatics Research

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5726H Evaluation and Research Design in Health Informatics.

  • HAD 6764H eHealth Innovation and Health Information Management Comprehensive Course.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE) from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE) from the course listing for the Master of Health Informatics program.

Emphasis: Health Policy

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5778H Comparative Health Systems and Policy.

  • HAD 6763H Health Policy Comprehensive Course.

  • Four courses (2.0 FCEs) from the following list:

    • CHL 5300H Public Health Policy

    • CHL 5308H Tools and Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation

    • HAD 5022H Politics, Policy, Public Health and Health Technology

    • HAD 5742H Mixed Methods for Health Services Research

    • HAD 5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis

    • HAD 5765H Case Studies in Health Policy

    • HAD 5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector

    • HSR 1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research.

Emphasis: Health Services Organization and Management Studies

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5742H Mixed Methods for Health Services Research.

  • HAD 5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector.

  • HAD 6762H Health Services Organization and Management Comprehensive Course.

  • HSR 1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE) from course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

Emphasis: Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research.

  • HAD 6761H Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation Comprehensive Course.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE) from the following list:

    • HAD 5743H Evaluation Design for Complex Interventions

    • HAD 5763H Advanced Methods in Health Services Research

    • HAD 5742H Mixed Methods for Health Services Research

    • HAD 5779H Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems and Policy Research

    • HAD 5740H Intermediate Level Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research

    • HAD 5728H Performance Measurement in Health Care: Theory and Application

    • HAD 5781H Case Study Research for Health Services, Systems and Policy.

  • Two courses (1.0 FCE), generally advanced methods courses, from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

Emphasis: Health Technology Assessment

Students must complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5301H Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research.

  • HAD 6765H Health Technology Assessment Comprehensive Course (Credit/No Credit).

  • Three courses (1.5 FCEs) from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

  • One course (0.5 FCE) from the following list:

    • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research

    • HAD 5771H Resource Allocation Ethics

    • HAD 5779H Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems and Policy Research.
       

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A master's degree (MA or MSc) requiring a thesis with a B+ average or higher.

  • Applicants to the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research concentration must have a degree in a health profession (e.g., MD, BScN, BScOT, BScPT, DDM, MScN, or equivalent).

  • Satisfactory references pertaining to the applicant's academic and research abilities.

  • Outstanding students with a non-thesis master's degree may be admitted to the PhD upon the recommendation of the appropriate IHPME committee, if the applicant has the appropriate background preparation and research experience or publications which can be considered equivalent to a master's thesis. Students with a non-thesis master's degree and little or no research experience may be admitted to the MSc program and may petition to transfer into the PhD program within 24 months of first registration. Transfer is contingent upon successful completion of master's coursework and preparation and defence of a PhD thesis proposal.

Program Requirements

  • With the approval of the Graduate Chair, some applicants may be admitted to a flexible-time PhD program. This program will benefit students with career obligations. The degree requirements for the flexible-time PhD program are identical to those listed above for the full-time PhD program.

  • Students must register full-time for the first four years of their program (Fall, Spring, Summer sessions); thereafter, they may register part-time.

  • Completion of a comprehensive course.

  • Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from the PhD courses listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research concentration must select 2.0 FCEs compulsory courses and 2.0 recommended FCEs from the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research courses listed below.

  • Students enrolled in the Health Professions Education Research concentration must select 2.5 FCEs compulsory courses from the Health Professions Research courses listed below.

  • Writing of a PhD thesis under the supervision of an approved thesis committee (supervisor plus at least two additional graduate faculty members).

  • Oral defence of the thesis before an examination committee.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years

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