The Master of Public Health Program at Lakehead University was established in 2002, the first such program in Canada. This practicum-based degree offers the option of completing a Specialization in Gerontology, Epidemiology, Indigenous and Northern Health, Social-Ecological Systems, Sustainability and Health, and Nursing that offers a sub-specialty with Nurse Practitioner electives. The Master of Public Health programs, with the exception of specific course requirements for the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner Electives, may be completed through Distance Education on a Flexible full-time basis; those wishing to complete the Master of Public Health program on a full-time basis must apply to the on-campus program.
For those studying at a distance (flexible full-time basis), the program is delivered using a combination of Zoom videoconferencing technology for real-time scheduled classes, and of Desire2Learn (D2L), a secure password-protected learning environment (e.g., for course resources, e-mail, and online discussions). The connectivity using Zoom allows students to have direct audio and visual contact with the course instructor and with other graduate students during class time and while working together on shared course assignments. In some classes, break-out sessions are structured into the course so that students have both large-and small-group learning experiences.
The Master of Public Health program is primarily intended
to build on the knowledge foundation of persons currently working in the field of public health. The curriculum focuses on current issues in the science and/or service of public health, so that students may gain experience through opportunities in any of the fundamental disciplines that underlie public health. The programs' objectives are to prepare a graduate who:
- possesses advanced public health-related education;
- is capable of critical analysis;
- understands health-related decision-making at the level of the individual, population, and government;
- understands research; and
- possesses knowledge exchange and dissemination strategies for various audiences.