Master of Applied Health Services Research

The Master of Applied Health Services Research program is designed to prepare graduates from diverse disciplines and backgrounds with the necessary skills to tackle the complex health policy issues facing us today and in the future. The overall aim of the program is to promote and support health services scholarship and research capacity.

Graduates from this interdisciplinary Master’s program are expected to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Independently undertake health services research;
  • Design, supervise and evaluate projects;
  • Critically evaluate health services research literature;
  • Employ innovative approaches in health services research through understanding diversity in decision-making environments and processes;
  • Communicate health research issues and results clearly and responsibly to decision-makers, academics, professionals, and to the general public; and
  • Integrate and synthesize health services research results across all disciplines.


a) Master of Applied Health Services Research degree granted for successful completion of the requirements for the Master of Applied Health Services Research degree as listed in the regulations.

b) Graduate Studies Committee: a committee of two faculty appointed to oversee the student’s research by the Children’s Health Applied Research Team (CHART)

c) Children’s Health Applied Research Team (CHART) a multi-disciplinary group of researchers who are researching children’s health issues


  • To establish and periodically to review the goals and objectives of the graduate students studies and research.
  • To review all applications from prospective graduate students and recommend acceptance or rejection.
  • To make recommendations to the Senate concerning creation, deletion or modification of graduate program and courses.
  • To review academic records of graduate students and recommend to the Senate the award of a degree or courses of action in the event of substandard performance.

d) Graduate faculty: members of the Children’s Health Applied Research Team who participate in the graduate program are described herein as graduate faculty.

Adjunct Professors may serve on graduate student Supervisory Committees as a result of particular expertise related to a particular project. Normally, graduate faculty will have a Doctorate degree.

i) Supervisory Committee: a committee of two faculty responsible for the supervision of a student’s research. Normally, the committee for each student consists of two faculty members, one of whom serves as the student’s supervisor.

e) For the purpose of these regulations, the term "semester" includes, in addition to first and second semester as defined in the calendar, the period from May to August in each year as a third semester.

f) Description of Graduate Students

Regular Student: An applicant who has met the admission requirements set out above.

Special Student: A student who is not enrolled in a degree or diploma program at this university is recorded as a Special Student. Normally such students register for not more than one or two graduate courses with the permission of the instructor; in unusual circumstances, a special student may participate in research, but only with the permission of the co-ordinator of the Children’s Health Applied Research Team.


Procedures:  Applicants must receive formal notification from the Office of the Registrar that they have been accepted into the program before registering as graduate students.Before the beginning of the semester, each student shall file in the Office of the Registrar an Academic Registration setting out the program of studies for that semester. The form must be approved by the Children’s Health Applied Research Team before it is submitted.

Student identification cards, which are used for library purposes, are obtained upon initial registration, and are validated at the Robertson Library at the beginning of each subsequent semester. Loss or theft of an identification card must be reported. The registration procedure must be completed within the dates set in the Calendar.

Students taking undergraduate courses must have completed their registration by the date of registration for undergraduate students.

Registration Changes

Changes in registration (deletion or addition of courses) must be approved by the Children’s Health Applied Research Team. A proposal to add a course must bear the signature of the instructor concerned.

Continuity of Registration

Graduate students must be registered in each semester in which they are actively engaged in course work or in the research program; that is, whenever they are making use of University facilities or personnel, in connection with their work.

Once admitted to the program, normally each student is required to register for, and complete, at least one course in each of the two semesters of the academic year. In exceptional circumstances this requirement may be waived by the Children’s Health Applied Research Team. A student who fails to register as required will be considered to have withdrawn from the Master of Applied Health Services Research program and will be required to apply formally for readmission.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, a regular student may make prior arrangements, with the approval of the Children’s Health Applied Research Team, and after consultation with the Registrar's Office, to pursue full-time studies at another approved university for a period of time.

A student who has not completed all the requirements for the degree by the due date for the thesis submission in a particular semester must reregister. Candidates must be registered in the semester in which they qualify for the degree. Normally, students must complete the degree within six years of first registering in the program.

In the case of conjoint or co-operative graduate programs within UPEI or with other universities, arrangements will be made to ensure that the students involved are not placed at a disadvantage in respect of continuity of registration.

Cancellation of Registration

A student who wishes to withdraw from the program is expected to consult with the Children’s Health Applied Research Team prior to completing the "withdrawal form" at the Office of the Registrar. In the event that a student fails to obtain satisfactory standings or to make satisfactory progress either in course work or in research, the Children’s Health Applied Research Team may require the student to withdraw. Registration will be cancelled as of a date set by the Children’s Health Applied Research Team, and an appropriate refund of fees made.

A student who withdraws from the University must return all outstanding loans from the Robertson Library prior to withdrawal, regardless of the due date. Any items not returned will be declared "lost," and will be charged to the student's account. This procedure is required practice even though in his or her new capacity as an outside borrower the ex-student may wish to borrow the same or other books.


Faculty Supervision

The student's program is established and progress kept under review by the Children’s Health Applied Research Team. The day-to-day responsibility for overseeing the student's program will rest with the student’s supervisor.

Establishment of Program

After examining the student's academic record, due account being taken of all relevant courses passed at any recognized university or college, the Children’s Health Applied Research Team will establish a program appropriate for the degree. The program will include prescribed studies on the basis of which the candidate's final standing will be determined, and it may include additional courses either chosen by the student or specified by the Children’s Health Applied Research Team.


Once the program of courses is established, changes may be made subject to the approval of the Children’s Health Applied Research Team.

In the first semester, students gain a broad range of applied health services research through course work in the Canadian Health System; Ethical Foundations of Applied Health Research; and an introductory course in Research and Evaluation Design and Methods. The second semester focuses on health care research through course work in Qualitative and Quantitative research methods, Health Policy, and the Determinants of Health.

Between the second and third semesters, students undertake a four-month research residency with a decision-making organization. The residency is designed to provide hands-on research and decision-making experience; to develop an understanding of how knowledge is transferred between the academic community and decision-makers; and to discover whether projects undertaken are of sufficient interest to the student and the host organization to merit further investigation as a thesis research topic.

In the fourth semester, students learn about knowledge transfer and research uptake and continue to develop research skills by specializing in either qualitative or quantitative research approaches. Preparation of a research proposal leading to the commencement of the thesis is a main course requirement of these advanced methods courses.

In the fifth and sixth semesters, students continue to work on their thesis, culminating in an academic defence. Students are also required to make a public presentation of their thesis research targeted to decision-makers.


Twice a year, normally at the end of the Fall and Winter terms, students and Faculty will join with health services decision-makers for week-long thematic Workshops. These thematic workshops are designed to facilitate learning in a collegial environment that explores the transfer of knowledge between researchers and institutional health policy and decision-making.

Review of Progress

At the end of each semester, the academic record and progress of each student will be reviewed by the Children’s Health Applied Research Team.

Grades Schedule

INC: A student who fails to complete all components of a course, such as assignments, examinations and fieldwork, due to circumstances beyond his/her control (such as illness) may, with the permission of the professor and the 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

Seminar courses are graded as letter grades. In the thesis the work is reported as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.



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 early in the student's program and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. Research involving human subjects must be approved by the University's Research Ethics Committee.

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 realize 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 so report to the Graduate Studies Committee and to the Children’s Health Applied Research Team (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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