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Rural and Northern Health (PhD)


Enhance and promote the quality and quantity of research focused on rural and northern health.

Train to become high-quality professionals in health research. 

The program is offered via SYNCHRONOUS REMOTE DELIVERY (e.g., live classes via Zoom).   Students are most welcome to take on-campus electives from other programs, study on campus and conduct their research and meet with supervisory faculty locally.  

The program encourages applications from students looking to study full-time.  The admissions committee will review applications from full-time applicants first, and then review applications from individuals interested in studying part-time if space remains.


Choose from two fields of study, health services, and health policy, with supported research in the following areas: Indigenousl health, epidemiology, children’s health, health administration, health policy, promotion, and services, environmental, mental, and occupational health, and population health in vulnerable populations.

Promote the growth and development of health research expertise in the north and strengthen partnerships with community health organizations. Work closely with other LU research centres, such as, Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR), Evaluating Child Health Outcomes (ECHO), Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH), and the Laurentian Research Institute for Aging (LRIA).

Key Features

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APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SEPTEMBER 2024 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2024. The only PhD in Canada dedicated to Rural and Northern Health issues. Learn from experienced research faculty from across the health sciences, social sciences, basic sciences, and humanities.
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Offer via Synchronous Remote delivery (e.g., live classes via Zoom)! Available full or part-time. Core courses are offered in English, however, Laurentian offers some graduate electives in French. Students can conduct their research and write their thesis in either English or French. Full-time students benefit from a guaranteed graduate teaching assistantship.
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Training is achieved through core courses, a comprehensive exam process, and the development and defense of a thesis.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to: health administration, public health, research and academics. 

Many careers can be found in the public and private sector.

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Program Details

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Supervisory Faculty

Graduate students in this program experience the distinct advantage of their thesis research being guided by a personal Supervisor. Access to dedicated supervisors is intended to enhance progress and expedite program completion.     

Thus, all applicants must have a potential supervisor before applying. The supervisor can also provide guidance on the application process, the proposed program of research, and is required to sign the Supplementary Application Form to confirm their review of your application and commitment to supervise. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors early to discuss common research interests and potential for supervision.

The program is supported by many faculty members from a variety of disciplines.

** The list of potential supervisors is found here.**



To find a supervisor, review their profiles (or look them up on Google Scholar) and see if any match with your areas of research interests and then reach out to them to see if they would be interested in supervising you. Be sure to tell them what it is you are interested in researching for your graduate program as they will want to know that.  It is strongly recommended that you not just tell the potential supervisor that you are interested in researching whatever you found in their profile - they will want to know YOUR research passion!