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The Department of Community Health Sciences represents a diverse set of individual, family, and population health needs in a variety of health, education, and community settings. Students acquire foundation competencies in core areas of research and professional practice in their specialization areas. These areas include Biostatistics, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Health Services Research, Medical Education, and Population and Public Health.

Information regarding admission to our programs (including requirements, procedures, and funding opportunities) can be found under the Prospective Students tab.  Information regarding policies, exams and courses is found under the Current Students tab. Should you need any more information on graduate education, please contact our Graduate Program Administrators at


Setting targets has long been a mechanism in industrial psychology to motivate managers and workers to achieve specific organizational objectives. In the last decade, targets have become important methods of driving performance improvement in health care. However, deciding where and when to set targets is a challenge facing health care decision makers.

Dr. Bill Ghali, Physician and Scientific Director of the Institute for Public Health says, "Setting targets can be a challenge because there is always a question of feasibility within a context." He emphasizes that reducing emergency department waits is often beyond the control of emergency departments and hospitals, and is connected to availability of primary care and community-based care after hospital discharge.




Culturally appropriate breast cancer intervention programmes should be created to fight the disease right from the early stage, a recent study published by some  researchers from Qatar has suggested.

Dr. David Hanley is leading a study into how much vitamin D is really needed to impact bone health

Doctors baffled about why H1N1 targets young, healthy adults

Dr. James Dickinson explains.  Read the story here

Congratulations to Dr. Gregor Wolbring!

CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Winners (2014)

MSc students Zahra Goodarzi, Genevieve Jessiman-Perreault, Kenda Swanson and Maria McInerney

Taryn Graham (PhD Candidate)

CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (2014-2017)

A group of Alberta researchers led by CHS Department Head Brenda Hemmelgarn, have developed an online resource that helps community physicians, pharmacists and nurses provide improved diagnosis and treatment for adults with chronic kidney disease.

CHS faculty member JianLi Wang heads Canada-wide study addressing an unmet need: the mental health of men in the workplace

A Canada-wide study headed by Dr. Abhay Lodha, Assistant Professor in CHS, has found that earlier use of caffeine is associated with improved outcomes for extremely premature infants.

Dr. Gavin McCormack (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Bijoy Menon (MSc 2014) honoured. 

Dr. Margaret Russell Discusses Parents' Concerns with the Flu Vaccine

Dr. Margaret Russell and her team researched parents' concerns surrounding the annual flu vaccine and found that there were many questions that the public campaign doesn't always address. 

Read more


Successful MSc Thesis Defense

  • Carmelle Bolo (MSc)

    Date & Time:
    November 14, 2015 | 10:45 am

    On December 2, 2014, Carmelle Bolo successfully defended her MSc thesis entitled: “Workplace factors and the transition to major depression in a representative sample of Alberta employees”.  Her supervisor is Dr. Jianli Wang.

    Notice of Exam

  • Karen Kam (MSc)

    Date & Time:
    December 24, 2014 | 10:30 am

    On November 4, 2014, Karen Kam successfully defended her MSc thesis entitled: “A Multidisciplinary Clinic for Children with Problematic Severe Asthma: Assessment of Clinical Outcomes, Healthcare Utilization and Costs”. Her supervisors are Dr. Gillian Currie and Dr. Alberto Nettel-Aguirre.

  • Date & Time:
    December 17, 2014 | 1:00 pm
  • Date & Time:
    December 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

Graduate Education Updates

Program Updates

Manuscript Based Thesis Updates

The CHS Guidelines for Thesis by Manuscript document has been updated.  Please also note the regulations from FGS pertaining to thesis formaing now includes information on manuscript-based thesis.

Congratulations - Student Awards
Please note that this information is not recommended for verification of awards.

Todd Wilson, MSc Student

William H. Davies Medical Research Scholarship (2014)

Daniel Niven, PhD Student

2013 J.B. Hyne Research Innovation Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Kelsey Lucyk & Ruksana Rashid, PhD Students

Awarded AIHS Graduate Studentships (2014)

Karen Tang & Colin Josephson, MSc Students

Awarded AIHS Clinician Fellowships (2014)

Emily Hutcheon, MSc Student

John D. Petrie, QC Memorial Bursary

University of Calgary Board of Governors Graduate Scholarship (2014)

University of Calgary Silver Anniversary Graduate Fellowship (2014)

Congratulations - Student Accomplishments

Niklas Bobrovitz (MSc 2013)

Clarendon Fund Scholarship (full scholarship) to attend Oxford University for his PhD.

Brenda Leung appointed to Endowed Professorship at U of Lethbridge (2014)

CHS alumnus Dr. Robert Myers is leading clinical trials for a non-invasive device that can predict the severity of chronic liver disease.

Recent CHS grad’s PhD research published in two prominent international journals

Recent CHS grad publishes old class assignment in JAMA

Successful Candidacy Exams

Date & Time:
December 16, 2014 | 1:00 pm
Date & Time:
December 11, 2014 | 1:15 pm
Date & Time:
December 8, 2014 | 9:00 am
Date & Time:
December 3, 2014 | 1:30 pm

Successful PhD Dissertation Defense

Date & Time:
December 8, 2014 | 8:30 am
Date & Time:
December 8, 2014 | 8:30 am
Date & Time:
December 1, 2014 | 9:00 am
Date & Time:
July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014