1. Applications – when are they due, how do I apply?

    Applications for the Master of Public Health program are due February 1 for admission to the Fall term of the application year. All applications are completed and submitted on-line. Links to the application form are available through the Master of Public Health Applying webpage. Processing of the applications will begin as soon as the admissions deadline passes. 
     
  2. I may not be able to gather all of the required documents by February 1. Can I be given special consideration and submit my documents after the deadline?

    Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications after the February 1 deadline. In order to be considered for Fall admission, all documents must be received online by the end of the day, February 1 or the first business day following if February 1 falls on a weekend.
     
  3. Work experience is a requirement when applying for the Master of Public Health. What is considered applicable experience?

    Public health experience can be obtained through a broad range of settings. The relevance of each applicant’s experience for public health will be assessed through a personal essay in which the applicant will be asked to describe their experience and how it relates to public health.

    The experience we’re looking for is with communities or whole populations of people, not just clinical services.  E.g. managing a program to promote mental health in a community would be considered relevant; providing individual counseling services in a clinic would not.   We do accept voluntary work as part of the required experience.  Part of the purpose of the personal essay is to give applicants a chance to argue for the relevance of their particular experience in light of their own career aspirations, and to demonstrate that they understand what public health is.  At least to the extent that they know it addresses population health, not individual or clinical problems.

  4. What references can be used if out of school for an extended period of time?

    Referees who are not necessarily academic but can comment on your academic potential can be used as a reference if an extended period away from school prevents you from having an academic reference available to you. A professional reference will also be required.
     
  5. What is the approximate tuition cost for the complete program taken online?

    Based on current tuition fees of ~$2600.00 per term, a full-time student’s fees would be ~$15,600 for the full program. For more tuition information visit student accounts.
     
  6. Are there future plans for a PhD program?

    Currently the program has been proposed as an Master of Public Health degree only. There is potential for future development into a DPH (Doctor of Public Health) program, however this is not in the plans for the near future.
     
  7. What job opportunities are open to Master of Public Health degree holders?

    The employment opportunities are as broad as public health – employers could be local, provincial, federal or international public health departments or non-governmental organizations.
     
  8. Can I change from full-time to part-time status? Do I have to commit to a stream at the time of application? Can I change my stream choice?

    Students are permitted to change their enrollment status from full-time to part-time or vice versa. Students are able to change their choice of stream after admission into the Master of Public Health program.
     
  9. Practicum - how do I set it up? When can I start it?

    For more information on our practicum please visit our practicum information page which includes a list of frequently asked questions.