Master of Applied Health Services Research


Students complete three compulsory courses and attend three themed workshops, three elective courses, and a thesis.

Compulsory Courses

  • AHS 6003 - Research & Evaluation Design and Methods
  • AHS 6004 - Determinants of Health: Healthy Public Policy
  • AHS 6008 - Advanced Qualitative Methods OR AHS 6009 - Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Three themed workshops (scheduled throughout the degree program)

Elective Courses

  • AHS 6001 - Canadian Health System
  • AHS 6002 - Ethical Foundations of Applied Health Research
  • AHS 6005 - Policy and Decision Making
  • AHS 6007 - Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake
  • AHS 6110 - Directed Studies
  • AHS 6120 - Work Integrated Learning


  • AHS 6010 – Thesis

Review of Progress
At the end of each semester, the academic record and progress of each student will be reviewed by the Science Graduate Studies Coordinator. The candidate must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or an average of 75% or higher in order to maintain registration in the program.


In the courses which comprise a part of the student's program, standings will be reported according to the following schedule of grades:

  • First class standing: 80 per cent and higher
  • Second class standing: 70 to 79.9 per cent inclusive
  • Pass standing: 60 to 69.9 per cent inclusive
  • F: a graduate student who receives a grade of less than 60 per cent in any course (graduate or undergraduate, prescribed or additional) is deemed to have failed the course.
  • INC: students who fail to complete all components of a course, such as assignments, examinations and laboratories, due to circumstances beyond their control (such as illness) may, with the permission of the Professor, Chair and Dean, be granted an amount of time deemed reasonable for the completion of said components. If a student does not complete all the components of a course by the agreed-upon date, normally a grade of F shall replace INC on the transcript. Nevertheless, in cases where the component left incomplete was not a requirement for passing the course and where the student already has earned a passing grade without completing the component, the passing grade shall be submitted and shall replace INC on the transcript.
  • AUD: an “audited” course (additional courses only)
  • DISC: discontinued with permission


Normally, the equivalent of 12 months of continuous study must be devoted to research in fulfilment of the thesis requirement. In order to complete the degree within a reasonable time frame, the research topic should be identified and approved by the Supervisory Committee by the second semester of the students' program. Research involving human subjects must be approved by the University’s Research Ethics Board.

Students will prepare a thesis proposal that outlines the particular area to be investigated. Normally this will happen during the first year of the program. An academic defence is required and, in addition, students will make a public presentation of their thesis research.

Supervisory Committee
The supervisory committee is composed of the supervisor (or co-supervisors) who are graduate faculty, and at least two other graduate faculty members. All members of the supervisory committee are expected to participate actively in the student program.

Each candidate for the degree of Master of Applied Health Services Research is required to submit a thesis based upon research conducted under supervision as described in this section of the calendar. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s mastery of skills and show potential for original and independent research.

General specifications as to paper, format, order, and binding are available from the Science Graduate Studies Coordinator.

The student should consult frequently with the Supervisor and the Supervisory Committee when preparing the thesis. The final draft of the thesis, after it has been approved by all members of the Supervisory Committee, is sent for examination to the members of the Master's Examination Committee (see below).

The Master’s Examination
The final oral examination, devoted chiefly to the defence of the thesis, is an examination identified as the Master's Examination and carried out by the Master's Examination Committee.

The Science Graduate Coordinator selects the Examination Committee at the request of the Supervisor. The Examination is normally open to the public; however, members of the audience may only question the candidate upon invitation of the Chair of the Committee.

The Examination is passed and the thesis approved if there is no more than one negative vote, an abstention being regarded as a negative vote. The Science Graduate Studies Coordinator records the result as "unsatisfactory” or “satisfactory." If the result is "unsatisfactory," the candidate may be given the opportunity by the Master's Examination Committee of a second attempt. A second "unsatisfactory" result will terminate candidacy at this university.

The Master's Examination Committee normally consists of five members as follows:

  • Three members of the Supervisory Committee, including the Supervisor of the candidate's research;
  • One member of the area of specialization but from a department other than that of the student’s supervisor. This external examiner may be from the University of Prince Edward Island, or from another University or Research Institute, as is deemed appropriate;
  • The Coordinator of Graduate Studies (or designate), who will Chair the Master's Examination Committee.

Submission of Thesis
Following the Master's Examination, the candidate, if successful, arranges for the preparation of the thesis in final form, and for its submission to the Science Graduate Studies Coordinator. The thesis in final form must include any corrections or revisions indicated during the Examination. Approval of the thesis takes the form of a Certificate of Approval, signed by the Examination Committee. The Graduate Studies Coordinator for Science must inform in writing the Registrar’s Office when the student has fulfilled all requirements of the degree.

Copyright Provision
Copies of the thesis shall have on the title page the words, “In partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Applied Health Services Research.” The international copyright notice, which consists of three elements in the same line - the letter “C” enclosed in a circle; the name of the copyright owner (the student); and the year - should appear as a bottom line on the title page of the thesis.

Retention/Maintenance of Records
In the interests of good scholarly practice and in order to substantiate claims of intellectual property, graduate students should keep complete, dated records of their research. These records may be in the form of bound notebooks, log books, or other documentation, as appropriate to the discipline. Students should also retain copies of significant drafts and notes, and of all material submitted for evaluation, presentation, publication, or by the way of informal contribution to collaborative research projects. They must also ensure that raw data and other research results should remain accessible at all times to all other members of any collaborative research activity.

Unacceptable Thesis
If a candidate is unable to prepare an acceptable thesis, the Supervisory Committee will report this to the Science Graduate Coordinator (sending to the student a copy of the report).

Transcripts of Records
Official transcripts of the student’s academic record are available through the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts will be sent to other universities, to prospective employers, or to others outside the University only upon formal request by the student.

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