Why Study with Us?

Lashanda Skeritt

Lashanda Skerritt

PhD student

"The PhD program in Family Medicine and Primary Care provides a foundation for research trainees to study the complex social and structural contexts in which health services are delivered.” 

Nadia Sourial

Nadia Sourial

PhD graduate

“I went into family medicine to have a broader expertise. Completing a PhD in primary care helps me stand out as a researcher. It helped open the door to more opportunities.”

Marwa Ilali

MSc Student

“Pursuing an MSc in Family Medicine is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m learning innovative approaches to improve the health of not only individuals, but also families, communities, and society.”

Research-oriented, thesis-based graduate programs in family medicine and primary health are offered at both MSc and PhD levels. Postdoctoral training opportunities are also available. 

Research topics in the field of family medicine and primary health care cross conventional discipline boundaries and research traditions. Our training program incorporates an interdisciplinary approach with an emphasis on community engagement. The program provides rigorous training in qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, knowledge synthesis and participatory research approaches. 

The dynamism and uniqueness of our Graduate Program stem from the pairing of dedicated supervisors with our passionate students. Through this matching process, students receive personalized mentorship and supportive guidance towards excellence in research and professional next steps.

Close links are maintained with the many family medicine clinical sites located across Montreal and in Quebec, as well as with the McGill Primary Care Research Network.


If you are a motivated learner, interested in rigorous training in methods appropriate for research in family medicine, and primary care with world-class faculty, this is the program for you. Our faculty represents academic excellence and applied expertise across a broad range of topic areas, including cultural safety, infectious diseases, non-communicable and chronic diseases, safe motherhood, aging, HIV, community-engaged healthcare, and indigenous health, among others. We admit students from a vast variety of disciplines, with diverse academic and career trajectories.


Our programs prepare our graduates for diverse positions in industry, government and academic institutes, health care organizations and beyond. They regularly find enriching opportunities where competencies in community engagement, quantitative and qualitative and participatory approaches, scientific inquiry, data analysis and knowledge translation are highly sought after. Our graduates stand out for their exposure to interdisciplinary approaches to health and wellbeing and their ability to apply these approaches on both local and global scales.

Our department is in the beating heart of Montreal’s care networks in Côte-des-neiges with a recently renovated department space, including a dedicated workspace for graduate students and a new student lounge. We offer competitive funding for multi-year tuition assistance and financial support to attend international conferences to present your thesis work.

Our students build their peer networks by joining our dynamic and active student society, the Family Medicine Graduate Student Society which leads many social and career-oriented activities.


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