Master of Public Health Program

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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