School of Public Health
Acting Program Chair: Dr. Lalita Bharadwaj
School of Public Health
University of Saskatchewan
E Wing Health Sciences
104 Clinic Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5
The MPH program provides students with a rich learning experience and access to high-quality, innovative experts from a variety of fields. The program’s courses and seminars are engaging and flexible and allow us to synchronize our studies with relevant events occurring on a local, national and international level. Through independent and team-based projects and field trips, we apply our knowledge to real-life settings and assess how our projects are utilized by community groups and health regions. I’ve found the program further enriched by the multi-cultural and multi-professional diversity and quality of its students. The interdisciplinary nature of the program combined with practical applied knowledge, ensures that we are gaining the skills necessary for the dynamic world of public health. Being part of the U of S and this high-quality graduate program makes me proud to recommend it to others.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program trains public health professionals to measure, assess and manage increasingly complex population and public health issues. For more details on admission process and requirements, please visit the SPH website before applying. It offers graduate students integrated learning opportunities in the five core disciplines of public health:
- Biostatistics – Collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practice of statistical data analysis.
- Epidemiology – Distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human and animal populations; the characteristics and dynamics of populations; the natural history of disease; and the biological basis of health.
- Environmental Health Sciences – Environmental factors, including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community.
- Health Services Administration – Development, organization, administration, management, evaluation and policy analysis of health programs.
- Social and Behavioural Sciences – Concepts and methods of social and behavioural sciences relevant to the identification and the solution of public health problems.
The MPH is a professional course-based degree with a practicum. It is an interdisciplinary program intended to prepare individuals for professional practice and leadership in public health.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 credit units, consisting of the eight core classes (24 credit units), the practicum (six credit units) and 15 credit units of electives and/or thesis research related to their area of interest. The program is designed for completion in two academic years of fulltime study. Students may also choose to study part-time over a maximum of five years.
During their first term in the program, each student is assigned an academic advisor who will mentor them through their core required courses, practica and elective selection.
Students interested in applying for the MPH Program should do so by March 1st, for an August start date. Currently, there is only one intake per year and applications are reviewed in the spring of that year.
For admission and degree requirements, please see the University Catalogue.
- A four-year bachelor’s or higher degree, from a recognized college or university in health sciences, life sciences, social science or business
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (or U of S grade system equivalent) in the final two years (e.g. 60 credit units).
- Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study and research.