Thesis: Master of Public Health Programs

Applicants to the Master of Public Health program 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. 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.

About the Thesis Option

The thesis is equivalent to four half-courses (2 FCEs).

A thesis is normally an empirical study (either qualitative or quantitative), which represents a moderately complete effort to answer a research question. It is evaluated by an examiner who is external to the university.

Students must register in the placeholder course section (HESC 9901) once they have begun work on, and as they are completing, their thesis. Students must have continuous registration in the placeholder course in each term until program completion.