Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC)

Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research - Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) is a one-year, pan-Canadian, interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

The innovative curriculum of this one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory & processes includes:

  • An on-site Symposium in the Spring of 2017
  • Two 3-week online research skill development workshops
  • Two 7-8-week online interdisciplinary discussion groups
  • Fall: present your own research project and receive interdisciplinary feedback
  • Winter: work with an interdisciplinary team to create a research proposal


Application Procedures

  • Application packages: can be mailed or emailed in separate sections but the SAME NAME must be used on all sections. Signatures are required (faxed, emailed or mailed). For application packages, click here.
  • Official transcripts: If mailed must be in official sealed envelope. If faxed, faxed directly from university transcript office. Only the latest official transcript is needed if attended school in past 10 years.
  • Supervisor and/or Reference forms: If mailed, must be in sealed envelope with signature across seal. If emailed, email must be directly from the supervisor/reference or his/her assistant (not the applicant’s email address).
  • Please DO NOT fax CVs or other large documents.

A confirmation will be sent to you as soon as we receive your package. We will be using your email address for most of our communication with you. If you have a preference for another method, please be sure to advise us at this point.

If you have any questions, please email

Eligibility Summary

This training program is aimed at primary health care research students and decision makers.

Students could include:

  • Community Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) Team trainees
  • SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network trainees
  • mid-career clinicians
  • post-doctoral fellows
  • residents doing research fellowships
  • graduate students

Eligibility for decision makers:

  • Employed full time in a role that shapes policy or manages programs that are directly relevant to primary health care
    • Typically, employed in ministries of health or regional health authorities with portfolios that include the development or implementation of evidence-informed primary health care policies
    • Institutional duties should include exposure to research or systematic inquiry
  • Firm commitment from employer to a half-day per week of release time to participate
  • Employers may support greater than one applicant, but the trainee selection is at the discretion of the TUTOR-PHC selection committee