MSc Public Health Sciences

Creating a healthier future at the University of Waterloo

As part of the School of Public Health Sciences, you will be immersed in leading research, and gain the skills to tackle some of the biggest health concerns of today.

Besides our leading researchers, you will learn how to integrate perspectives from multiple disciplines as well as discover how to use research to design, implement, and evaluate health programs, policies and services.

Program overview

  • Trans-disciplinary, population health approach to addressing population and public health challenges in Canada and around the world
  • Learn how to use research to improve the management and accountability of health promotion programs and health systems.
  • Full-time MSc students are guaranteed a minimum of $13,480 dispersed in the fall and winter terms of year one. Funding normally comes in the form of a Teaching Assistantship (TA), Research Assistantship (RA) or a major award.
  • MSc students in the School of Public Health Sciences can now pursue a designated field to exemplify an area of expertise within their broader program. Fields include epidemiology and biostatisticshealth evaluationhealth informaticshealth and environmentglobal healthaging and health and work and health.
  • Our alumni lead careers in research (industry, government and academia), health promotion, health planning, policy and health information analysis, research management, healthcare coordination, epidemiology, program evaluation and other professions.


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Degree requirements

Faculty research and expertise

Our research investigates and aims to solve significant local, provincial/state, national and international challenges in various areas of public health and health systems.

Learn more about our experts and their research areas →

Finding a supervisor

  • A supervisor must be secured before an applicant is eligible to receive an offer of admission. Students are strongly advised to secure a confirmed supervisor before applying. Please review the profiles of faculty members in your areas of interest.
  • Indicate your confirmed supervisor in the "requested supervisor" section of your application.
  • If you do not have a confirmed supervisor, then use the "requested supervisor" section to name a supervisor with whom you would like to work.
  • Before approaching a potential supervisor, check their profile and see if they are accepting new students to supervise. Review other key topics for discussion with potential supervisors.
  • Please avoid sending generic inquiries to supervisors. Students are more likely to successfully match with supervisors who share similar research interests and experiences.

Water specialization

Full- or part-time | On campus | Thesis based

Global water issues are becoming increasingly complex and often require a collaborative approach across the breadth of disciplines. The MSc Public Health and Health Systems offers a water specialization.

Facilitated by the University of Waterloo's Water Institute, this collaborative approach provides access to more than 140 faculty members involved in water research across Waterloo's campus. The program allows you to develop specialist expertise in public health and health systems, while matching the knowledge and skills required to communicate across disciplines and within interdisciplinary teams in the water sector. 

Find out more about graduate studies in the Collaborative Water Program →

Degree requirements →

Application deadline: February 1

For admission in September

Apply today.

Our research graduate programs are highly competitive and receive far more applicants than we can accommodate. As such, we are not able to consider late or incomplete applications. For an application to be considered complete, all required documents, including academic references, must be submitted on or before the date above. You must also indicate an interested supervisor in the "requested supervisor" section of your application. We strongly recommend submitting your application no later than January 15 to allow time for document uploads and for references to be submitted by the February 1 deadline.

Considerations for international students before submitting an application:

  • While the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo values international students in our graduate programs, we can only accept a small proportion of these students. 
  • Guaranteed funding packages may not be able to cover all tuition and living expenses incurred during a graduate program and students are encouraged to understand more about the cost of completing their graduate program before applying.
  • Your requested supervisor may also be required to fund your studies for your application to be successful.

Student stories

Inspired by her time as a resident of Northern Ontario, Danielle Brandow focused her Master's research on the health of Indigenous people, and the disparities that many face when living in northern communities.

Learn more about Danielle and other students in the School of Public Health Sciences on our graduate students profile page

Read Danielle's story →