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Public Health
School of Public Health
U of S Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5E5

Although I’m relatively new to the V&I graduate program, it has already proven to be an excellent, thought-provoking learning experience. The core course not only covers the scientific aspects of vaccine development, but also aspects related to public health, manufacturing, licensing, and delivery of vaccines, and sociological issues associated with the acceptance of vaccines in different populations. I’ve found these topics to be of great interest, as I was not exposed to material of this magnitude during my undergraduate studies. I’ve also been impressed by the quality of professors and the presence of excellent vaccine research facilities, such as the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization and the soon-to-be completed International Vaccine Center. The faculty and facilities uniquely position the U of S to continue offering a high quality graduate program.

Brett Hoffman
MSc Student

Vaccinology & Immunotherapeutics

The vaccinology and immunotherapeutics program provides Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students with opportunities to study cutting-edge advances in the field vaccinology and infectious diseases. It combines interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary academic learning with practical experience under the mentorship of a team of experts focused on three main streams:

  1. Scientific Bases – Understanding the basic biology of vaccine/immunologics development.
  2. Design and Production – Manufacturing and development of vaccines.
  3. Social and Public Health Issues – Researching the complex social, health care, legal and ethical issues related to vaccination and the use of immunotherapeutics.

Students have access to a diverse group of faculty and world-class research centres. These facilities include the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), the Canadian Light Source (CLS), the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) and the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac). In addition, students can learn from the wealth of industry knowledge available at Innovation Place – one of the most successful university-related research parks in North America.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available and are awarded on the basis of academic merit.

CAREER PATH

Students graduating from this program are eligible for domestic and international careers in a variety of sectors, including the public, not-for-profit and private health sectors, in academia or in industrial settings.

 

For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

M.A. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.

M.Sc. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.

Ph.D. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.