What does a career in Health Sciences and Public Health look like?

Not sure what an MPH or MHSc degree can do for you and your career? After graduation, students can go on to work as public health consultants, policy analysts, public health nurses, epidemiologists, academics, infectious disease consultants, health promoters, and more!  Below you will find a few examples of former students and their careers in Public Health and Health Sciences.

Examples of organizations where Master of Public Health (MPH) students have found employment include:

• The Public Health Agency of Canada• Health Canada
• The Government of Ontario
• Ontario Public Health Units (Various locations)
• Ontario Public Health Association
• Centre for Mental Health & Addictions (CAMH)
• Health Authorities (Various provinces/locations)


Photo of past student"I completed my undergraduate thesis at McMaster University on bridging the knowledge gap between scientists and undergraduate students, and through this project, I discovered a passion for knowledge translation and science communication. Through the MPH program at Lakehead University, I was able to advance my skills in knowledge translation and learn strategies for improving health literacy in the public. I recently accepted a research position in the Knowledge Translation Department at St. Michael’s Hospital, which was a dream job for me just a year ago. I’m so thankful for the knowledge and connections I have gained at Lakehead University, and I am excited to see how my career in public health develops!"

        -Anitha Ithayalingam, Masters in Public Health Candidate, 2022




Photo of past student"With my background in research (thanks in huge part to the MPH program!), I wanted to complete a practicum somewhere at the intersection between research and the community, and found BC Healthy Communities. It’s a non-profit that supports health authorities and local government organizations throughout BC with program planning. As I finish up my practicum, I realized my passion lied in working within a health authority where I would be able to affect change right from the start. I applied to a public health leader position with the Vancouver Island Health Authority and with the support of Dr. Møller, I was offered the job! For the first few months, I will be helping with COVID-19 recovery throughout Victoria, BC, and helping restart various initiatives and programs that took a back seat during the pandemic."

       -Halley Cote, MPH Student (Indigenous & Northern Health Stream), 2021


Harleen Hans, Ekjot Grewal, and Zarin Tasnim (three Master of Public Health students in the Epidemiology Specialization) have accepted permanent roles as Policy Analysts after completing their practicum placements with Health Canada in 2021.