The Master of Public Health Program at Lakehead University was established in 2002, the first such program in Canada. This practicum-based degree 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. The Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner Electives is not offered entirely by distance education.
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 the core competencies for public health professionals in Canada and 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.
The Master of Public Health program offers the option of completing a Specialization in one of the following:
- Indigenous and Northern Health
- Social-Ecological Systems, Sustainability and Health
- Nursing that offers a sub-specialty with Nurse Practitioner electives
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.