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Master of Public Health Program

The 2014 Application cycle is now closed.  The application deadline for September 2015 entry is February 1st, 2015.

Students in the Master of Public Health program may choose to study either on a full-time or flexible full-time basis.

Students in the Master of Public Health program may apply to either a course-based or thesis option.

Applicants must indicate their areas of interest for a thesis when applying to the program.  Admittance to the Thesis option is dependent on faculty availability from among full-time faculty of the Department of Health Sciences; otherwise, students are admitted to the course-based option.

Students admitted to the course-based option may apply to the Admissions Committee to transfer to the Thesis option after their first term of study, and once final marks are available. Students must contact the Graduate Coordinator for additional details on the process and required forms.  

Program Requirements

All students in the Master of Public Health program must complete a total of 7 full course equivalents (FCEs), of which 3.5 FCEs are required courses, and 1.5 FCEs consist of a 400-hour Practicum.

Students registered in the course-based Master of Public Health program must also complete four (4) elective half-courses (2 FCEs) at the graduate level that are selected in consultation with their academic advisor. Graduate level elective courses that are not Public Health courses must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Students registered in the thesis-based Master of Public Health program do not have any elective courses to complete as the thesis carries a weight of 2 FCEs.

The list of program requirements is provided below. Please cross reference the courses listed on this page with the University Course Calendar for any course and program updates.

Master of Public Health Program Requirements FCE Count in
Course Option
FCE Count in
Thesis Option
HESC 5010: Foundations of Public & Population Health 0.5 0.5
HESC 5030: Introduction to Biostatistics
0.5 0.5
HESC 5070: Epidemiology I 0.5 0.5
HESC 5210: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention 0.5 0.5
HESC 5211: Public Health Ethics 0.5 0.5
HESC 5212: Canadian Healthcare System 0.5 0.5
HESC 5213: Environmental and Occupational Public Health 0.5 0.5
HESC 5805: Practicum 1.5 1.5
HESC 5901: Thesis ----- 2.0
Elective courses 2.0 -----

About Required Courses

All students must successfully complete the 7 required half-courses (3.5 FCEs) specified above.

Students registered in the course-based Master of Public Health program must also complete four (4) elective half-courses (2 FCEs) at the graduate level that are selected in consultation with their academic advisor. Graduate level elective courses that are not Public Health courses must have prior approval of the Graduate Coordinator.

Students registered in the thesis-based Master of Public Health program do not have any elective courses to complete as the thesis carries a weight of 2 FCEs.

Master of Public Health Course Schedule

NB:  EACH COURSE REQUIRES 15 - 20 HOURS PER WEEK

Courses normally offered in the Fall term


Courses normally offered in the Winter term


Courses normally offered in the Spring/Summer term

HESC 5213: Environmental and Occupational Public Health

Electives

Electives are offered throughout the academic year on a 2-year rotation.

About the Practicum and Report

HESC 5805: Practicum and Report is normally completed once all required and elective courses are complete.  Thesis students must be appropriately advanced in their thesis to be considered for the placement.

All students in the Master of Public Health program complete a 400-hour practicum and report, worth 1.5 FCEs. Students must complete both the 400-hour practicum placement and associated report in order to receive credit for this course. Students will register in a 'placeholder' course in each term that they are working on the practicum and report. Please refer to Practicum FAQs (PDF).