- About Master of Public Health
- Areas of concentration
- Administration | Professors
- Funding | Tuition
- Frequently asked questions
Waterloo's Master of Public Health (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 electives
- 1 practicum (consisting of 420 hours)
- Capstone course (on-campus for two weeks)
There is no research/thesis option.
The Foundation and Capstone courses in the program are held on UW campus as 2-week summer block courses. The Foundation course is held in late August, while the Capstone course will occur in the spring of a student's graduating year. The remaining MPH courses for full-time and part-time students are supported by self-directed learning and offered through online or blended (on-campus and online) formats.
The MPH degree will be completed within 2 years for full-time students (3 terms per year). Part-time students must complete their degree within 4 years of initial program entry. All graduate students must maintain continuous registration for each term of the program.
While in the program, students should expect to spend 12-15 hr/week on each course. For a full-time student that means they will spend up to 45 hours/week on coursework. Additional program information is available on the University's Graduate Studies Office webpages.
Still not sure if public health is for you? Learn more about it with our public health primer (.pdf).
For course descriptions please visit the course calendar.
** Please note the subject code changes from PHS to HLTH. The Graduate calendar will update PHS to HLTH September 2018.
|Fall term||HLTH/PHS 602A Foundations of Public Health (August)|
|HLTH/PHS 604 Public Health and the Environment|
|HLTH/PHS 605B Quant. Methods & Analysis in Public Health|
|HLTH/PHS 607 Public Health & Society I|
|Winter term||HLTH/PHS 606B Principles of Epidemiology|
|HLTH/PHS 608 Health and Risk Communication|
|HLTH/PHS 609 Management and Administration|
|PHS 641 Public Health Practicum|
|Spring term||HLTH/PHS 603 Health Policy in Public Health|
|HLTH/PHS 602B Capstone|
|Spring term||HLTH/PHS 617 Population Intervention for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion|
|Fall term||HLTH/PHS 614 Program Evaluation|
Environmental Health Sciences Focus*
|Winter term||HLTH/624 Environmental Toxicology|
|Spring term||HLTH/634 Environmental Epidemiology|
|Always refer to the Graduate Schedule of classes for each term to see offered electives. The term of offer for electives may be subject to change.|
|Fall term||HLTH/PHS 623 Risk and Exposure Assessment|
|HLTH/PHS 632 Health Economics & Public Health|
|HLTH/PHS 635 Public Health, Environment and Planning|
|HLTH/PHS 661 GIS and Public Health|
|Winter term||HLTH/PHS 624 Environment Toxicology|
|INDV 603 Global Health (offered through Environment Faculty)|
|Spring term||HLTH/PHS 631 Public Health Surveillance|
|HLTH/PHS 634 Environmental Epidemiology|
|HLTH/PHS 636 Applied Epidemiology|
|HLTH/PHS 638 Selected Topics in Public Health - Social Justice|
|HLTH/PHS 638 Selected Topics in Public Health - Environmental Approaches to Physical Activity Promotion|
|HLTH/PHS 663 Human Development and Health|
*Courses in the sociobehavioural or environmental health sciences focus areas can be taken by any student as an elective but are required for students in the sociobehavioural or environmental health sciences stream.
All MPH students are required to take three electives to graduate. There are many electives offered so students can take the electives best suited to their interests and career goals.
Course sequences are available below for viewing. These sequences are subject to change but can be used as reference for planning your future terms.
Environmental Health Sciences stream: