Master of Public Health

Students in the Master of Public Health program may choose to study either on a full-time or flexible full-time basis.

Students in the Master of Public Health program may apply to either a course-based or thesis option.

Applicants must indicate their areas of interest for a thesis when applying to the program. Admittance to the Thesis option is dependent on faculty availability from among full-time faculty of the Department of Health Sciences; otherwise, students are admitted to the course-based option.

Students admitted to the course-based option may apply to the Admissions Committee to transfer to the Thesis option after their first term of study, and once final marks are available. Students must contact the Graduate Coordinator for additional details on the process and required forms.  

Program Requirements

All students in the Master of Public Health program must complete a total of 7 full course equivalents (FCEs), of which 3.5 FCEs are required courses, and 1.5 FCEs consist of a 400-hour Practicum.

Students registered in the course-based Master of Public Health program must also complete four (4) elective half-courses (2 FCEs) at the graduate level. Graduate level elective courses that are not Public Health courses must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Students registered in the thesis-based Master of Public Health program do not have any elective courses to complete as the thesis carries a weight of 2 FCEs.

The list of program requirements is provided below. Please cross reference the courses listed on this page with the University Course Calendar for any course and program updates.

Master of Public Health Program Requirements
HESC 5010: Foundations of Public & Population Health
  • Course Option - 0.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 0.5 FCE
HESC 5013: Social and Ecological Determinants of Health
  • Course Option - 0.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 0.5 FCE
HESC 5030: Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Course Option - 0.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 0.5 FCE
HESC 5070: Epidemiology I
  • Course Option - 0.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 0.5 FCE
HESC 5210: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
  • Course Option - 0.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 0.5 FCE
HESC 5213: Environmental and Occupational Public Health
  • Course Option - 0.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 0.5 FCE
HESC 5510: Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Course Option - 0.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 0.5 FCE
HESC 5805: Practicum
  • Course Option - 1.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 1.5 FCE
HESC 5901: Thesis
  • Course Option - N/A; Thesis Option - 2.0 FCE
Elective Courses
  • Course Option - 2.0 FCE; Thesis Option - N/A


Course Schedule

Note: Each course requires 15 to 20 hours per week

Required courses normally offered in the Fall term
  • HESC 5010: Foundations of Public & Population Health
  • HESC 5013: Social and Ecological Determinants of Health
  • HESC 5070: Epidemiology I (Note: HESC 5030 is not a pre-req of HESC 5070)
  • HESC 5510: Program Planning and Evaluation
Required courses normally offered in the Winter term
  • HESC 5030: Introduction to Biostatistics (Note: HESC 5030 is not a pre-req of HESC 5070)
  • HESC 5210: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
  • HESC 5213: Environmental and Occupational Public Health
Required courses normally offered in the Spring/Summer term - Electives
  • Electives are offered throughout the academic year on a 2-year rotation

 

About the Practicum & Report

HESC 5805: Practicum and Report is normally completed once all required and elective courses are complete. Thesis students must be appropriately advanced in their thesis to be considered for the placement.

All students in the Master of Public Health program complete a 400-hour practicum and report, worth 1.5 FCEs. Students must complete both the 400-hour practicum placement and associated report in order to receive credit for this course. Students will register in a 'placeholder' course in each term that they are working on the practicum and report. Please refer to our Practicum Information page.