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 testimonials from students on their experiences with the MPH and MHSc programs.

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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 Association
  • Centre for Mental Health & Addictions (CAMH)
  • Health Authorities (Various provinces/locations)

 Photo of student standing in front of building"Over the last two years, I completed a Master of Public Health at Lakehead University. Even though it was completely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a great experience, and my skills and knowledge have increased significantly. My favourite aspect of the program was my practicum experience. For my practicum, I learned and worked in the role of a Health Promotion Planner at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. During my placement, I planned, implemented and evaluated the Active Commute Challenge and the Walking School Bus programs, among other health promotion activities. Ultimately, my practicum set me up for success. I am thrilled to announce that since September, I have been working as a Health Promotion Planner at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit! Thank you to everyone that supported me throughout my MPH, particularly Dr. Elaine Wiersma!"

- Lindsay Watt, Master of Public Health, 2022


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"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, Master in Public Health, 2022




Headshot of 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 with Specialization in Indigenous and Northern Health, 2021


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

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                   Harleen Hans                                                                                                                                            Ekjot Grewal


Headshot of student“I completed my practicum for the MPH program with the PPE strategy team of Health Canada’s Covid-19 Task Force. I am incredibly excited to have accepted an offer from Health Canada to continue employment with them as an Analyst. 

My practicum experience has quite literally been life changing. Working with the Covid-19 Task Force has been such an enriching, eye opening experience, as I was able to see certain aspects of the federal response for the Covid-19 crisis up close. I had the privilege of working with and learning from some remarkable people, and hope to continue doing so in my journey with Health Canada. 

‘The opportunity will present itself; you just have to be prepared to meet it’ – and I wanted to give my sincere thanks to Lakehead University for helping me prepare for such an amazing opportunity through all the support and learning they provided to me during my time as a student.”

- Zarin Tasnim, MPH with Specialization in Epidemiology, 2021


Headshot of student“I am an MPH student specializing in epidemiology (course based, non-thesis option). I chose Lakehead University because it was one of the only MPH programs which allowed me to balance my busy work schedule with post-graduate studies.

I graduated from medical school in 2015 and plan to pursue a residency in Family Medicine. Combining my MPH with a family medicine residency allows me to understand the dynamics of clinical medicine and preventative health. I don't want to just treat disease;  I want to engage in preventative health measures that reduce the occurrence of the disease.

Lakehead University has done a remarkable job helping me understand the various factors that determine health. This provides me with a better context in which to understand my patient's concerns and barriers to achieving optimal health.

My other passions include various community health initiatives. I'm currently one of six women who are in the process of growing 
FemCare, a non-profit organization which aims to provide feminine hygiene products to homeless and marginalized women in Hamilton, Ontario. FemCare was recently featured on CBC newsGlobal news and other notable news organizations. Additionally, this past December 2018 the councilors in the city of Hamilton passed a motion to study the feasibility of funding menstrual products for homeless and low-income women and girls and subsequently announced May 28, 2019, as inaugural menstrual hygiene day.

Lakehead has been a positive force in allowing me to combine my public health education with my clinical experience to positively impact healthcare and women's rights in a global health scenario.” 

  -Vanora D’Sa, MPH with Specialization in Epidemiology, 2021 

Vanora completed her practicum placement at The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases in Manitoba



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