Public Health: Nursing Specialization

In the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing degree, students will focus on current issues in the science and/or service of public health, so that they may gain experience through opportunities in any of the fundamental disciplines that underlie public health. The program is primarily intended to prepare graduates for a career in public health practice. The program's objectives are to prepare a graduate who:

  • possesses advanced health-related education
  • is capable of critical analysis
  • understands health-related decision-making at the level of the individual, population, and government
  • understands research
  • possesses knowledge exchange and dissemination strategies for individuals, populations, and government

The degree is designed to take into consideration the learner's needs including the unique opportunity to individualize his/her clinical courses to a variety of foci: clinical practice, administration, education, and community health.

The program is delivered using a unique blend of on-campus and distance technology:  content is delivered using the University's online distance education course management system (Desire2Learn/D2L), and web conferencing.  Students attend lectures via web conferencing; lectures are recorded and archived to accommodate time zones and working schedules.  There is no requirement to attend on campus.  Web conferencing helps to build relationships with faculty and foster a sense of belonging to an active and engaged graduate student community.

All students in the Master of Public Health program with Specialization in Nursing complete a course-based program; the thesis option is not available in the Nursing Specialization at this time.

PHC Nurse Practitioner Elective Option: 

Applicants who are interested in the PHC Nurse Practitioner elective option will need to download the additional PHC Nurse Practitioner Application information which can be found within the 'How to Apply' tab.

NOTE:

Students completing the program as a full-time student must complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous registration. Students completing the program as a flex-time student must complete all requirements within twelve terms (4 years) of continuous registration as follows: six terms (2 years) of continuous full-time registration followed by up to six additional terms (2 years) of continuous registration, during which no fees are required.

Requirements: 

Admission Requirements for Masters

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year can not be used as credit towards a graduate degree.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. All applicants will be advised by the Office of Graduate Studies in writing of their admission status.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for Master programs, the following requirements also apply:

  • Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or its equivalent from a university of recognized standing with a minimum "B" average
  • Evidence of a commitment to nursing as contained in the student's Curriculum Vitae and Statement of Goals and Intentions
  • Proof of current registration or eligibility to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario or another jurisdiction in Canada
  • Current Immunization status
  • Basic Life Support Certificate current

An interview may also be required. Admission decisions will be made by the interdisciplinary Master of Public Health Admissions Committee.

Additional Application Information
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Goals and Intentions
Specialization in Gerontology Form
PHC Nurse Practitioner Elective Option
  • Applicants who are interested in the PHC Nurse Practitioner elective option will need to download the additional PHC Nurse Practitioner Application information. Applicants who hold a current RN (EC) licence or equivalent and have completed courses Nursing 5610, 5630, 5615, 5616, 5635, 5636, and 5840, within the past 5 years, are not required to submit the additional PHC Nurse Practitioner Application information.   
  • Download additional PHC Nurse Practitioner Application information (Word Format)
How to Apply: 

Required Application Documents

Although applications are accepted on a continual basis, to be considered in the initial Admission & Funding decisions for the Fall (September) semester, your are encouraged to apply by FEBRUARY 1.

Supervisor Information

Interested students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly and before submitting an application for graduate study.

The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

Click here to Apply to Graduate Studies

After you have applied 

After you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.

Graduate Studies Reference Form (3 forms required)
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
Official Transcript
Proof of Degree
Program Specific Supporting Documents (If required)
  • For a list of program specific documents, please see this program's Additional Application Information section (if required, see above)
Official English Test Results (If required)
Next Steps: 

Next Steps

Registration Procedures

Before Registering!

Check to make sure all of your course selections are currently being offered by referring to the University Course Calendar and the University Course Time Tables.

University Graduate Studies & General Regulations & Policies

Funding: 

Program Specific Funding Opportunities

General Funding Opportunities

Funding Source Value Deadline
Graduate Entrance Bursary February 1, 2018
Graduate Entrance Scholarship February 1, 2018