Physical Activity Epidemiology

The graduate program is based on Health Canada's paradigm for health research, the population health framework which aims to maintain or improve the health of the overall population, and reduce inequities in health status between population groups.

Degree Options

Master of Science (MSc)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Career Opportunities
  • Public Health Policy Developer/Consultant
  • Community Engagement Program Developer/Coordinator
  • Academia


Program Highlights


A key message from the population health framework is the complex nature of the biological and socio-cultural interactions on the health status of the population. In order to properly understand issues of health at the population level in Canada, there is a need for highly qualified people with diverse educational backgrounds. The graduate program responds directly by creating a unique environment for the training of highly qualified professionals to address these important public health issues.



Our research has three main objectives:

  • to describe the problems of physical inactivity in obesity in Canada and the public health burden of those health issues
  • to determine intra-personal (e.g. gender, race), inter-personal (e.g. family, friends), and environmental (e.g. neighbourhood, school, community) factors that predict physical activity levels
  • to understand the frequency, intensity, time, and types of physical activity  needed for good health



Eligible students are required to apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) program; the CGSM Master's Tri-Council Funding (CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC) or Tri-Council Doctoral Funding;  and other external agencies that fund graduate students.

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