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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 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, this MPH provides flexibility for the working professional and can be completed in two to four years. On-campus attendance is required at the beginning and end of the program and students also complete a 12-week professional practicum.

Council of Education in Public Health accreditation seal.The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health. 


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%.

Program overview 

  • Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to take a leadership role in public health and tackle complex public health issues. 

  • Learn to evaluate and assess the health status of communities, anticipate and act to prevent health problems, protect populations from health hazards and promote health and well-being.

  • Engage with prominent faculty who share their real-world research, theory and practice experience in the classroom.  
  • Apply the knowledge, tools and skills you learn in a professional public health setting through the experiential practicum.
  • Cater your degree to your needs. The MPH is flexible for the working professional and conducive to a full- or part-time workload.

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