The Department of Health Sciences offers a Full-time, or Flexible full-time on-campus, thesis-based Master of Health Sciences degree – the only Master of Health Sciences program between Winnipeg and Southern Ontario. The program's northern location and faculty research in the area of vulnerable population health count among its strengths and innovative features.
The overall objective of the Master of Health Sciences program is to provide students with an understanding of the complexities of the health sciences through a focus on individuals, communities, and organizations. The program is primarily intended to prepare skilled graduates who will make a positive impact on health through involvement in research. Therefore, the degree is designed largely to prepare students who will emerge as health researchers, and will provide advanced methodological and health-related education that will enhance both their understanding of health and their ability to contribute to the advancement of health. Faculty members provide a variety of perspectives focusing on the continuum of healthcare delivery from various disciplines.
The objectives of the program are to prepare a graduate who:
Possesses advanced knowledge of health and health issues;
Is competent in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies;
Is capable of critical analysis of health issues and their impacts, evidence related to specific health issues, research methodologies, and the development of health initiatives in Canada;
Understands the social and political context in which health-related decisions are made at the level of the individual, organization, population, and government; and
Possesses knowledge exchange and dissemination strategies for various audiences.
The Master of Health Sciences program offers the option of completing a Specialization in one of the following:
- Indigenous and Northern Health
- Social-Ecological Systems, Sustainability and Health
Specializations in the MPH and MHSc programs include a defined collection of courses taken from specific areas of study that complement the overall degree requirements. Students enrolled in specializations in those programs can expect to have additional knowledge in their area of specialization to complement their MPH or MHSc degree. Note: The Specialization will be referenced on the transcript.