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Urban Health (PhD)

Overview

Delivered by the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, the PhD program in Urban Health prepares graduates to become effective leaders in research, policy and practice. It offers learning innovation that empowers students to collaborate across disciplines, generate robust evidence and create responsive solutions to advance the health and well-being of diverse populations living in urban centres.

Degree awarded: PhD

Administered by: Faculty of Community Services

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Curriculum

Course code Degree Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy (First Offered Winter 2021) Credits

 

Comprehensive Examination

(Milestone)

 

Dissertation

(Milestone)

UH9010

Theories and Concepts in Urban Health

1

UH9011

Research in Urban Health Settings

1

UH9012

Seminar

1

UH9013

Data Analysis

1

 

One Elective

1

Electives

Course code Course title Credits

 CY 8004

 CYC Management and Policy Development

1

 MN 8901

 Quantitative Research Methods

1

 MN 8902

 Qualitative Research Methods

1

 MN 8910

Health and Illness: Theoretical Perspectives

1

 MN 8911

 Population Health and Health Promotion

1

 MN 8920

 Health Policy: A Comparative Analysis

1

 MN 8921

 Leadership in Education

1

 MN 8931

 Diversity and Globalization: Promoting Urban Health

1

 MN 8934

 Interprofessional Health Education

1

 MN 8935

 Theory and Practice of Program Planning and Evaluation

1

 MN 8936

 Advanced Therapeutic Communication

1

 NC 8101

 Appraising Scientific Evidence

1

 NC 8102

 Understanding Health Behaviour

1

 NC 8103

 Nutrition Communication Strategies

1

 NC 8201

 Food and Nutrition Policy

1

 NC 8209

 Knowledge Translation  

1

 PL 8304

 Housing & Redevelopment

1

 PL 8305

 Contemporary Urban Design

1

 PL 8314

 Parks in the Contemporary City

1

 PL 8315

 Transportation Planning

1

 PL8317

 Environmental Planning

1

 SK 8212

 Critical Perspectives on Mental Health

1

UH9010 Theories and Concepts in Urban Health
This course will review theoretical issues relating to urban health that include: health equity, primary health care, and urban health systems. Specifically, principles pertaining to the development and testing of theories and concepts will be presented. Students will be expected to demonstrate a critical analysis of the relevance and applicability of urban health theories and concepts throughout their assignments. As well, the inter-relationship between major global trends, municipal level determinants, urban living conditions, urban health systems, and outcomes will be examined and applied to inter-disciplinary based case studies and small group activities. 1 Credit

UH9011 Research in Urban Health Settings
This course will examine the issues, strengths, and opportunities that arise through interdisciplinary team research, as well as specific methodological issues that commonly arise in urban health research (e.g., recruitment of hard-to-reach samples, obtaining consent, collecting data, measurement, strategies to enhance enrollment and completion of research among diverse populations).Students will engage in activities that include: creation of a report of a research study derived from existing datasets and/or qualitative data (e.g. faculty members own research or data available at the local, provincial or federal level), as well as evaluation of study quality and rigor using a defined framework reflective of the study methodology. 1 credit

UH9012 Seminar
Students will be required to attend a seminar every other week, during their first year. The goals are to 1) promote inter-professional collaboration in the understanding of urban health concerns and issues and in generating relevant solutions; and 2) socialize students and prepare them to assume the role of clinical scientist. The seminar will involve meaningful academic activities, including guest presentations on topics related to Issues pertaining to Urban Health and Interprofessional Collaboration; student presentations of their collaborative work in understanding and finding solutions to urban health concerns; and participating in class-based collaborative reviews of papers and proposals. 1 Credit

UH9013 Data Analysis in Urban Health Research
This course focuses on the theory, techniques and issues of data (quantitative and qualitative) analysis and interpretation. Topics addressed include points of focus in analyzing text data, tools for helping to analyze data (summaries, self-memos, and research diaries), and common qualitative (thematic content, narrative, and discourse analyses) and quantitative descriptive (chi-square and regression) and inferential (t-tests, analysis of variance, structural equation modelling) analyses. Students are expected to have their own data to work with, ideally from their own dissertation projects. 1 Credit

For course descriptions of non UH courses, go to the Program offering the course. CY – Child and Youth Care MN – Nursing NC – Nutrition Communication PL – Urban Development SK – Social Work