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Urban Health (PhD)

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Program Overview

First intake: Jan. 2021

Format: Full-time

Degree earned: PhD

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.

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At a Glance

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  • Completion of a master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in the master’s program
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be academic 
  • Statement of research interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • English language proficiency requirement

More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program.

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

See application dates.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

  • Tenure-track teaching positions within academia across a number of disciplines
  • Clinical, administrative and research roles, within diverse institutions such as private companies, health-care institutions and government agencies 

The Urban Health program includes the following areas of specialization:

  • Health and Well-being
  • Safety and Security
  • Migration, Immigration and Settlement

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150

Program Contacts

Dr. Cristina Catallo
Graduate Program Director
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 552019

Mary Beth Kraay
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 557852

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Urban Health PhD

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Toronto Metropolitan University, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.