Master of Public Health Program

Program Information and Admission

Applications for The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program are open annually from November 1 to March 1.

For more information about the program, admission requirements, tuition and the application process, please visit the MPH program page at the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Please note:  If you are interested in our MPH program please apply following the process described at the link above. A committee will determine your eligibility only after you have submitted a complete application. Please do not contact individual faculty members for information about the process or to enquire about our admission requirements, and to determine your eligibility for our MPH program. Some additional information on these matters is under the Frequently Asked Questions link to the right (FAQs). Any further questions should be sent only to

Master of Public Health student handbook

Master of Public Health factsheet

MPH distance program (online)
Master of Public Health (MPH) Distance (Online) Program -  Click here for more information.
MPH thesis option

The MPH thesis option is only open to students currently enrolled in the MPH program.

For more information, download the MPH thesis option factsheet.

Courses and grade requirements

Required courses for the MPH program.
Additional courses.

Grade requirements for required and elective courses.

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 Prospective 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)