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Master's of Public Health: Program Requirements

The Master’s of Public Health (MScPH) is a 2-year, full-time degree program. It consists of coursework supplemented with a summer practicum, which takes place after the first year.  No thesis is required, but the practicum is followed by a project and a presentation.

Minimum 60 credits required for graduation

◦              25 credits from required courses

◦              14 credits from summer practicum 

◦              21 credits from complementary courses

The required courses develop strong quantitative skills and build a population and public health theory base.

The complementary courses refine skills for your future career based on your specific interests.

*MScPH students interested in specializing in environmental health can click here for more details.

*MScPH students interested in specializing in population dynamics can click here for more details.

Required Courses

 

These are taken during the first year.  The required courses cover diverse subjects including:

  • managing population-level data,
  • interpreting and critiquing research,
  • learning statistical software,
  • basics of health surveillance,
  • introduction to measurement techniques,
  • and more. 

 

 

 

 Courses:

EPIB 601 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 602 Foundations of Population Hlth 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 603 Intermediate Epidemiology 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 605 Critical Appraisal in Epid 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 607 Inferential Statistics 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 612 Principles/Pub Hlth Practice 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 613 Intro to Statistical Software 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 614 Basics of Measurement in Epi 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 621 Data Analysis in Health Sci 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Complementary courses

 

Work with program advisors to choose courses based on your interests.

Course selections must include a minimum of 2 credits in each of these categories:

  • environmental health
  • health policy and management
  • population and public health interventions (social and behavioral science)

* complementary courses must be 500-level or higher

Practicum

 

The 14-16 week (minimum) practicum places students in a public health setting to gain real-world experience. This is an opportunity to work under the supervision of an accredited practicum supervisor and apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the first year of the program.

Students select and secure their own internships with support from the MScPH program office. Local, national and international practicum positions are available.

Following the completion of the practicum, students are required to prepare a formal report about their experience. The report will include a description of the practicum project, objectives, methodology (including data analyses), and final results. Where appropriate, publication opportunities may be explored in consultation with the department and the practicum supervisor(s). They must then present their project to their peers at a MScPH Forum meeting.

Students are strongly encouraged to publicly present their project. They may present to a departmental seminar, a conference, or at the practicum site.

EPIB 630 Public Health Project 14 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer