Required Courses

All MPH graduate students beginning their program in or after the 2012-2013 academic year are required to enrol in the following courses. These required core courses must be completed in the School of Public Health and all include an in-class Final Examination/Assessment.

GSR 960.0 - Introduction to Ethics and Integrity - Is a required course for all first year graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. The purpose of this course is to discuss ethical issues that graduate students may face during their time at the University. All students will complete modules dealing with integrity and scholarship, graduate student-supervisor relationships, conflict of interest, conflict resolution and intellectual property and credit.

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GSR 961.0 - Ethics and Integrity in Human Research - Introduces students to the ethics of research with human subjects. Students will complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethics Conduct for Research involving Humans (TCPS) Tutorial and become familiar with the human ethics processes at the University of Saskatchewan.

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PUBH 800.3 - Epidemiology for Public Health - The course will introduce students to the concepts and basic methods used in epidemiology to evaluate the distribution and determinants of disease and health interventions in public health.

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PUBH 803.3 - Health Promotion - This course covers the underlying concepts, principles, historical development, theory, and current practice of health promotion. The focus of learning is not so much on “how to do” health promotion, as on “how to think” about the conceptual, ideological, and political issues which underlie health promotion practice. Topics include: empowerment and community, change in individuals, small group development, community organization, healthy public policy, coalition-building and advocacy, linking research and action.

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PUBH 804.3 - Foundations of Public Health (Offered in Term 1) - Provides an overview of the field of community health, including health care organization and community-based approaches to health promotion and disease prevention.

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PUBH 805.3 - Biostatistics for Public Health - This course is designed for students who wish to understand basic biostatistical methods and principles as they apply to public health data. The methods include descriptive statistics, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, non-parametric methods, multiple regression and logistic regression. The emphasis of the course is on applications of these methods to public health data, on correct interpretations of the resulting analyses as to be presented to both public health professionals and general lay audiences, and on the critical appraisal of these methods as used in the public health literature. The course also introduces the computer software program SPSS as it applies to the statistical topics discussed in the course

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PUBH 806.3 - Public Health Pathobiology (Offered in Term 1;Except students with clinical health science background) - The course will introduce students to the biological and molecular basis of public health so they are able to incorporate this knowledge into their practice of public health. NOTE: This course is required for all students who do not have a health science background.

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PUBH 807.3 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation - Covers basic concepts and principles of the cycle of health program planning, which includes needs assessment, program development and implementation, process, impact, and outcome evaluation. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection will be addressed. Guest speakers, case studies, and assignments will link conceptual material with concrete applications. Prerequisite(s): CHEP 804 or permission of the instructor. This class is strongly recommended to students registered in the MPH program.

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PUBH 810.3 - Environmental Public Health I -

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PUBH 840.3 - Inter-disciplinary Public Health Practice (Offered in Term 1) - This class is designed to be the culminating experience for the MPH program. As such, it integrates content and theory of public health practice as experienced by students through previous course work and practica. It recognizes the 7 core competency domains in public health as defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada and provides opportunities for students to acquire skills in all these domains. The course is taught by a team of instructors comprised of faculty, public health practitioners and professionals, and uses interactive methods including case studies, seminars, and class presentations.Students are eligible to register in the capstone course only after completion of their practica.

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PUBH 867.3 - Health Policy and Politics - An introduction to theory, research and practice in the field of health policy. More specifically, the course will provide an opportunity to critically examine the process of health policy development, analysis and implementation as well as better understand what influences policy. It is recommended that this course be taken in year 1, term 2 of a student’s program of studies.

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PUBH 990.0 - Public Health Seminar - This non-credit course will expose students to important and timely issues in public health and current methods used to examine research question relevant to public health. The class will feature seminars in public health, epidemiology, vaccinology and immunotherapeutics, global health, and health services research. Students are required to register in every term of their program of studies.

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PUBH 992.6 - Public Health Practicum - Public health practice is a central feature of the MPH degree. The practicum provides the opportunity to integrate classroom learning with practice in a public health work environment. Working in a partner agency in the community, the student addresses a public health problem while developing personal confidence and skills as a public health professional.It is recommended that students register in the practicum after completing the seven core courses, usually in the spring/summer term. However, it is possible to do the practicum during any term. To be eligible to register and take PUBH 992 Public Health Practicum course, a student is required to be in good academic standing; have exhibited a mature and professional behaviour during their tenure in the MPH program; and have satisfactory completed with the minimally required passing grade (70%) in all the other required PUBH courses with the exception of PUBH 840 Inter-disciplinary Public Health Practice.

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