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Advance your career as a health professional.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program provides a broad understanding of public health and the knowledge, tools, and skills for management/leadership roles in public health settings. The program highlights evidence-informed practice in public health, sociobehavioural health, environmental health, and public health informatics. Offered online, the MPH offers flexibility for the working professional and can be completed in two to four years. On-campus attendance is required for two 2-week block courses and students complete a 12-week field practicum.
Program overview and highlights
Transdisciplinary approach designed to enable you to take a leadership role in public health, and tackle existing and future complex public health issues.
You will learn to evaluate and assess the health status of communities, anticipate and act to prevent health problems, protect people from health hazards, and promote health and wellbeing.
- You will learn from faculty who lead research in public health sciences and public health intervention design and evaluation.
- Through the experiential learning of a practicum position, you will experience what it is like to use the knowledge, tools, and skills learned in the MPH Program in a real public health setting.
- The MPH program is flexible for the working professional and can be completed online or as a blend of both online and on-campus formats.
- Deadline for applications for Fall enrolment is February 1.
Areas of Concentration
The MPH sociobehavioural sciences stream:
- Prepares health professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate population health promotion and disease prevention programs
- Increases specialized public health knowledge and skills in areas of particular strength in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, such as smoking prevention, cancer prevention, heart health, and nutrition
MPH environmental health sciences stream:
- Prepares public health professionals to assess and manage risks to public health associated with environmental exposures to physical, chemical and microbial contaminants.
Or choose the MPH general program, which:
- Provides opportunity for a broad understanding of public health
- Prepares health professionals for management/leadership roles in public health settings
The MPH program is mainly a course-based curriculum. In order to graduate, students are required to complete the following:
- Foundations course (on-campus for two weeks)
- Seven core courses
- Three elective courses
- One 12-16 week practicum course (consisting of 420 hours) - PHS 641
- Capstone course (on-campus for two weeks)
There is no research/thesis option.
MPH course offerings and program sequence
Click on the links below to view the course offerings and program sequence for part-time and full-time students. These sequences are subject to change but can be used as reference for planning your future terms.
- Master of Public Health program provides opportunities for students to gain relevant practical experience by completing a 12-16 week community-based applied practicum, working within a local public health unit, provincial and federal governmental agency, or non-governmental organization.
- Students work closely with the Program Director and a field supervisor from the practicum site to set up specific arrangements. With special permission from the MPH Program Director students may be able to take one final course while completing the practicum term.
- The practicum is generally completed on a full-time basis (35 hours/week) over a minimum of 12 weeks, or 420 hours. Part-time practicum placements may be arranged over two terms, however, students must log a minimum of 420 hours of work over the two terms.
- The placement may involve any of the activities or functions of public health: surveillance, policy development, program evaluation, communications etc.