Master of Public Health

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.

Students in 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 and are encouraged to seek out a potential supervisor prior to applying. 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.  

Program Requirements

All students in the Master of Public Health program must complete a total of 7 full course equivalents (FCEs), of which 3.5 FCEs are required courses, and 1.5 FCEs consist of a 400-hour Practicum.

Students registered in the course-based Master of Public Health program must also complete four (4) elective half-courses (2 FCEs) at the graduate level. Graduate level elective courses that are not Public Health courses must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Students registered in the thesis-based Master of Public Health program do not have any elective courses to complete as the thesis carries a weight of 2 FCEs.

The list of program requirements is provided below. Please cross reference the courses listed on this page with the University Course Calendar for any course and program updates.

Master of Public Health Program Requirements

Note: Each course requires 15 to 20 hours per week

Course Requirement

Course Option

Thesis Option

HESC 5010: Foundations of Public & Population Health

0.5 FCE

0.5 FCE

HESC 5013: Social and Ecological Determinants of Health

0.5 FCE

0.5 FCE

HESC 5030: Introduction to Biostatistics

0.5 FCE

0.5 FCE

HESC 5070: Epidemiology I

0.5 FCE

0.5 FCE

HESC 5210: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention

0.5 FCE

0.5 FCE

HESC 5213: Environmental and Occupational Public Health

0.5 FCE

0.5 FCE

HESC 5510: Program Planning and Evaluation

0.5 FCE

0.5 FCE

HESC 5805: Practicum

1.5 FCEs

1.5 FCEs

HESC 5901: Thesis

N/A

2.0 FCEs

Elective Courses

2.0 FCEs

N/A


Course Schedule

Required courses normally offered in the Fall term
  • HESC 5010: Foundations of Public & Population Health
  • HESC 5013: Social and Ecological Determinants of Health
  • HESC 5070: Epidemiology I (Note: HESC 5030 is not a pre-req of HESC 5070)
  • HESC 5510: Program Planning and Evaluation
Required courses normally offered in the Winter term
  • HESC 5030: Introduction to Biostatistics (Note: HESC 5030 is not a pre-req of HESC 5070)
  • HESC 5210: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
  • HESC 5213: Environmental and Occupational Public Health
Required courses normally offered in the Spring/Summer term - Electives
  • Electives are offered throughout the academic year on a 2-year rotation

 

Course-Based Specifics

Students in the Course-based MPH with the Epidemiology Specialization must successfully complete:

  • Two (2) elective half-courses (1.0 FCE) at the graduate level.


Fore more information, see the Suggested Program Plan (Course option). Note that students who elect to deviate from the suggested Program Plan Layout are responsible for ensuring that they meet all program requirements in a timely fashion.

Note: Graduate level elective courses that are not HESC Public Health courses must have prior approval of the Graduate Coordinator.

Thesis-Based Specifics

Students in the Thesis-based Master of Public Health program must also successfully complete

  • HESC 5901: Master's Thesis - 2.0 FCEs

For more information, see the Suggested Program Plan (Thesis option). Note that students who elect to deviate from the suggested Program Plan Layout are responsible for ensuring that they meet all program requirements in a timely fashion.

 

About the Practicum & Report

HESC 5805: Practicum and Report is normally completed once all required and elective courses are complete. Thesis students must be appropriately advanced in their thesis to be considered for the placement; ie, the thesis proposal defense and submission to ethics must both be complete.

All students in the Master of Public Health program complete a 400-hour practicum and report, worth 1.5 FCEs. Students must complete both the 400-hour practicum placement and associated report in order to receive credit for this course. Students will register in a 'placeholder' course in each term that they are working on the practicum and report. Please refer to our Practicum Information page.