Master of Public Health with Specialization in Epidemiology

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

Students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Epidemiology 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 and are encouraged to seek out a potential supervisor prior to applying. The thesis must be on a topic related to Epidemiology. 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 before the end of the fall term.

Program Requirements

All students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Epidemiology must complete a total of 7 full-course equivalents (FCEs), of which 4.5 FCEs are required courses, and 1.5 FCEs consist of a 400-hour Practicum.

Students registered in the course-based Master of Public Health with Specialization in Epidemiology must also complete two (2) elective half-courses (1 FCE) at the graduate level. Graduate level elective courses that are not Public Health related must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Students registered in the thesis-based Master of Public Health with Specialization in Epidemiology do not have any elective courses to complete as the thesis carries a weight of 2 FCEs, for a total of 8 full-course equivalents (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 with Specialization in Epidemiology Program
  • 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 5270: Epidemiology II
    • 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 5751: Data Management and Analysis
    • Course Option - 0.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 0.5 FCE
  • HESC 5805: Practicum
    • Course Option - 1.5 FCE; Thesis Option - 1.5 FCE
  • HESC 5907: Thesis
    • Course Option - N/A; Thesis Option - 2.0 FCE
  • Elective Courses
    • Course Option - 1.0 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-requisite of HESC 5070)
  • HESC 5510: Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HESC 5751: Data Management and Analysis
Required courses normally offered in the Winter term
  • HESC 5210: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
  • HESC 5213: Environmental and Occupational Public Health
  • HESC 5030: Introduction to Biostatistics (Note: HESC 5030 is not a pre-requisite of HESC 5070)
  • HESC 5270: Epidemiology II
Electives
  • Electives are offered throughout the academic year on a 2-year rotation

Course-Based Specifics

Students in the Course-based MPH with the Epidemiology Specialization must successfully complete:

  • Two (2) elective half-courses (1 FCE) at the graduate level. Recommended electives to choose from, if they are being offered are:
    • HESC 5730: Field Epidemiology;
    • HESC 5330: Critical Appraisal;
    • HESC 5410: Survey Methods

For more information, see the suggested Program Plan (Course Option). Note that students who elect to deviate from the suggested Program Plan Layout are responsible for ensuring that they meet all program requirements in a timely fashion.

Note: Graduate level elective courses that are not HESC Public Health courses must have prior approval of the Graduate Coordinator

Thesis-Based Specifics

Students in the Thesis-based MPH with Specialization in Epidemiology must also successfully complete:

  • HESC 5901: Master’s Thesis - 2.0 FCEs

For more information, see the suggested Program Plan (Thesis option). Note that students who elect to deviate from the suggested Program Plan Layout are responsible for ensuring that they meet all program requirements in a timely fashion.

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.