Master of Public Health Program

Program Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program trains public health professionals to measure, assess and manage the ever-increasing complexity of population and public health issues. It offers graduate students integrated learning opportunities in the five core disciplines of public health:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 biologic basis of health.
  3. Environmental Health Sciences – Environmental factors, including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community.
  4. Health Services Administration – Development, organization, administration, management, evaluation and policy analysis of health programs.
  5. 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. Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 credit units on campus, consisting of the 8 core classes (24 credit units), the practicum (6 credit units) and 15 credit units of additional courses  related to their area of interest. The program is designed for completion in 24 months of full-time study. Students may also choose to study part-time over a maximum of 5 years. Please note that failure to attend PUBH 804 - Foundations of Public Health course will result in possible delay in graduation. The curriculum is currently under review and subject to change. 

A  knowledge of the basic principles of biology in health and disease is fundamental to practice of public health. Individuals with degrees in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy will be considered to have this knowledge and granted an exemption from Public Health Pathobiology (PUBH 806). Only those students who do not have a health sciences background MUST register for Public Health Pathobiology (PUBH 806) in their first term of the MPH program. This class is part of the minimum 45-credit units required for the MPH degree. However, students who complete the Public Health Pathobiology (PUBH 806) course will be assessed an equivalent of a 3-credit elective course.

Please note that students who began their programs before August of 2011 will still be subject to the requirements of the old MPH program.

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MPH student handbook
2015 application deadline
Please note that 2015 MPH applications are now closed. 2016 applications will open on November 1, 2015.
How to apply

Students interested in applying for the Master of Public Health Program for the 2015/16 academic year should apply between November 1st and March 1st.

Your application and supporting documents MUST be received by the March 1st deadline.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants will need to meet the University of Saskatchewan's Graduate Studies requirements with regards to entry into the School of Public Health's program. Therefore, students are required to have at least a converted GPA (U of S grade system equivalent) of 70% in the last 60 credit units of their previous programs for entry into the Master of Public Health Program.

It is also strongly recommended that applicants to the MPH Program hold a four-year bachelor's or higher degree in health sciences, life sciences, social sciences, or business, and it is also recommended that students have successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course.

For more details on required documentation for the MPH Program, please visit Admission Process 

If you have been admitted to the program, your knowledge in Biostatistics will be assessed in the Foundations of Public Health (PUBH 804) class in August.  Statistics courses are offered at the UofS campus for those who may need this after the assessment.  The preparation for the Biostatistics for Public Health (PUBH 805) should include competency in the concepts listed here.

NOTE: Previous public health experience is recommended. This could be acquired as a professional working in the field or through exposure through volunteer activities

English Proficiency

All applicants must also show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research and evidence of proficiency in English. Applicants who are not native English speakers, or who have not completed their most recent post-secondary program in an English-speaking country must provide evidence of English proficiency. For more information on language proficiency requirements please visit English Proficiency

For More Information

For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies and Research website at http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/ for:

How to Reapply

Deferral of admission will not be granted to applicants who have been accepted into the MPH program. Applicants unable to attend in the year they are accepted, must re-activate their file by:

  1. Reapplying on-line to the College of Graduate Studies and Research (including payment of the application fee)
  2. Submitting an updated CV; and
  3. Submitting a Letter of Interest to the MPH Director.
  4. English proficiency test score may be required to be resubmitted (must be valid until September start date).

If reapplying within one year, individuals need not submit their transcripts (unless further education has been completed), or their letters of recommendation. The deadline for applicants to re-apply is December 15.

Email The Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae to sph.admissions@usask.ca

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Practicum opportunities

The School of Public Health Master of Public Health Program provides practicum opportunities for students to formally integrate their academic studies while working within a local public health unit, provincial and federal governmental agency, or non-governmental organization. This experience forms an essential part of the learning experience for students, giving them direct hands-on experience, in combination with the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom, to provide a well-rounded 'ready-to-work' education demanded by employers in the public health field.

The School of Public Health relies on and appreciates the cooperation and support of organizations across Canada, to create these opportunities for its students. If your organization is interested in hosting an MPH student please contact us directly to set up an account.

A catalogue of practica opportunities for MPH students and the practicum course outline is available to eligible students in PAWS. Please check your PAWS MPH Group for more details.

FAQs for Students

FAQs for Prosepctive Practica Sites

Career paths

Many public health jobs require a graduate degree in public health. An MPH degree emphasises the use of academic knowledge as a basis for evidence-based public health practice and policy development. The program combines academic learning with opportunities to gain practical experience under the mentorship of public health practitioners. It uses the Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada as the basis for public health practice.

Graduates with an MPH undertake a variety of professional roles which include:

  • Assessing and monitoring health status and risk factors in populations
  • Ensuring that communities have access to appropriate and effective health care
  • Engaging communities on health issues, community development and mobilization
  • Formulating public health policies designed to solve local, national and international health problems
  • Researching factors that lead to or prevent disease
  • Analyzing public health data and applying quantitative and qualitative methods to assess causes of ill health
  • Developing multidisciplinary and collaborative programs and strategies
  • Implementing and evaluating intervention programs to improve the health of a population
  • Conducting community health needs assessments
  • Identifying environmental health hazards and methods of remediation
  • Investigating an outbreak of disease or symptoms in a population
  • Providing management and leadership within the health care system

The MPH degree prepares public health professionals for careers in the public, not-for-profit and private health sectors of the economy. These professionals can work:

  • Nationally and internationally in environmental health, behavioural health, health promotion, epidemiology, public policy, and health management roles.
  • In community and institutional settings, with special populations, such as the elderly, the underserved, children or others.
  • In health care agencies, hospitals, schools, government departments and private industry.

Depending on their area of specializing, MPH graduates may be employed as:

  • Clinical trials analyst
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Research data coordinator
  • Survey statistician
  • Community development specialist
  • Health policy analyst
  • Health care manager
  • Research assistant
  • Biostatistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Infection control officer (in combination with an RN degree)
  • Medical health officer (in combination with an MD degree)