PHDA - Admission criteria and fees

Admission criteria

Certificate students apply, and are admitted to the program for non-credit study (application to the university is not required). The certificate requires completion of four courses, including completion of core and proven proficiency courses. Students successfully completing the program requirements will be granted a professional specialization certificate by the University of Victoria.

The flexible entry program also allows individuals to start in any term and take up to two courses without applying to the full program.


  • An undergraduate degree
  • A minimum of 2 years working experience in the field of Public Health or a combination of education and experience and approval from the Chair of the Steering Committee
  • Successful completion of an introductory statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level (or equivalent)


The total program cost is approximately $5,000 plus applicable program, admission and material fees. Special course rates are available for graduate students.

For detailed information on course fees and program requirements visit the UVic Continuing Studies website at:

This program has been developed by Population Data BC in partnership with the Division of Continuing Studies, University of Victoria.

For further application details, visit the Division of Continuing Studies webpage.



Course overview

Watch this video for an introduction to the PHDA course.