Master of Health Evaluation

Advance your career as a health professional

The Master of Health Evaluation (MHE) program is designed for professional evaluators and practicing health professionals seeking exciting careers in future health care decision-making.

Graduates will be adept at evaluative thinking, well versed in systems science, evaluation theory and methods, and possess excellent skills in communication and stakeholder engagement.

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Program overview 

  • Innovative program design - this is the first MHE professional graduate program in Canada
  • Strong curriculum - the program is based on the core competencies for evaluation practice established by the Canadian Evaluation Society
  • Meets the demands of the field - provides students with the knowledge, skills, and field experience required to address complex health challenges in Canada and across the globe
  • International perspective - includes national and global perspectives of health policy and evaluation
  • Creates opportunities - the MHE encourages collaboration with health sector stakeholders and applied researchers through coursework and the practicum component
  • The MHE program is flexible for the working professional and is completed online as a part-time or full-time student.
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Learn why Master of Health Evaluation student Shawn Prasad chose the online MHE program.

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Offered online
The Master of Health Evaluation program provides flexibility for the working professional and can be completed in two to four years. It also features a 12-week professional experience component.

Application deadline: February 1

In order for an application to be considered, all required documentation, including academic references, must be submitted on or before this date. Please aim to apply by January 18 to allow adequate time to upload supporting documents and ensure that your referees are aware of this firm deadline. 

NOTE: Due to the competitive nature of the professional programs at the University of Waterloo the ideal GPA for admission is based on the current pool of applicants and the previous years GPA cut-off. The minimum Graduate Studies application standard for admission is a CGPA of 3.0 or 75%. Successful applicants in the professional programs in 2020/2021 had an average GPA of 78%.

Course offerings and program sequence

As a student in the program, you'll be required to take ten graduate-level courses. The program consists of seven required courses, two elective courses and an applied professional practicum course (HLTH 640) component of at least 420 hours.  

Click on the links below to view the course offerings and program sequence for full-time and part-time students. These sequences are subject to change but can be used as reference for planning your future terms. 

Professional practicum

Gain work experience by completing a 420-hour professional practicum at a hospital, health unit, provincial or federal governmental agency or non-governmental organization. Working closely with the Practicum Coordinator, you will lead your search to find a meaningful practicum that will provide you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional setting and to connect with future employers.

The practicum can be completed on a full-time basis over one term or part time over two terms.

Previous practicum sites and projects:

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Create and implement an evaluation plan for the wellness centre
The eHealth Centre for Excellence Support the evaluation of the pilot eConsult/eReferral project
Parachute Canada Evaluate impact of Parachute Brain Waves program
SickKids Hospital Develop evaluation framework for virtual care strategy
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario Develop best practice and evaluation guidelines

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Anrea Loncaric

Andrea Loncacric completed her practicum placement at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging as part of her Master of Health Evaluation program. Pushed outside of her comfort zone where quantitative evaluation was more familiar, Andrea developed her skills around qualitative evaluation methods and hasn't looked back.

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We've compiled the answers to the most common questions about the MHE program.