Master of Public Health

 

The MPH Degree is designed as an exit qualification for public health professional training, and qualifies graduates to seek positions across municipal, provincial and federal public health settings within Canada as well as in governmental, and non-governmental organizations internationally.

Situated in the Nation’s Capital, our MPH program offers proximity to multiple public health policy and provider agencies which confers access to teaching expertise (adjunct faculty) and a diversity of practicum placements in governmental and non-governmental organizations headquartered in Ottawa.

The MPH is not designed to offer research training or to provide access to doctoral studies, for which the MSc Epidemiology is the appropriate course of study.


Program highlights

  • Our MPH is a full-time 16-month course-based program with experiential learning (i.e. practicum) and a culminating experience (i.e. capstone project).
  • Our MPH emphasizes public health policy training. We are partnered with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and all students are provided with training in public health policy. Students can also choose the Public Health Policy stream and receive further training in this area.
  • Our MPH + program (which is completed full-time over a 20-month period) allows students to learn a second (or third) language while conducting their MPH studies. We have a collaboration with the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, which allows students to learn and improve a language that could benefit their public health careers. Students can choose to study French, English, Arabic, Spanish or another language while they pursue their public health training.

Program Streams

This professional program offers four streams:

  • Public Health Practice prepares graduates to engage in professional public health activities including program evaluation, disease surveillance, communicable disease outbreak management, environmental/occupational health, and emergency preparedness.
  • Public Health Policy prepares graduates for careers in public health policy development, strategic planning, evaluation, and implementation.
  • Global Health prepares graduates for careers tackling issues of health equity, internationalization, program development and evaluation in national or international contexts.
  • Population Health Risk Assessment prepares graduates for careers tackling issues of health analysis and risk assessment.

Program descriptions

Master of Public Health

Expected duration of the program: 4 terms; 16 consecutive months

The MPH program consists of:

  • 8 Compulsory courses (30 units)
  • 3 Optional courses (stream-specific; 9 units)
  • 1 Elective course (3 units)

It will be structured as follows so that students typically complete 12 units per term:

  • First term: 12 units of compulsory core courses
  • Second term: 6 units of compulsory core courses, and 6 units of optional (stream-specific) courses.
  • Third term: 9 unit practicum (420 hours/12-16 weeks)
  • Fourth term: completion of any outstanding course requirements (up to 6 units) in addition to the Applied Public Health Capstone Project course (3 units). The capstone course will be taken in the final term once all core requirements are completed.
Master of Public Health +

Expected duration of the program: 5 terms; 20 consecutive months

The program will consist of:

  • 8 Compulsory courses (30 units)
  • 3 Optional courses (stream-specific; 9 units)
  • 1 Elective course (3 units)
  • 5 Language courses (15 units)

It will be structured as follows so that students typically complete 12 units per term:

  • First term: 9 units of compulsory core courses, 3 units language course
  • Second term: 6 units of compulsory core courses, 3 units of optional (stream-specific) courses and 3 units language course
  • Third term: 9 unit practicum (420 hours/12-16 weeks)
  • Fourth term: 3 units of compulsory core courses, 3 units of optional (stream-specific) courses, 3 units from an elective course, and 3 units language course
  • Fifth term: Applied Public Health Capstone Project course (3 units), 3 units of optional (stream-specific) courses, and 6 units language course

Admission

Application Deadlines
Candidates Fall term Winter term Spring-Summer term
Canadian candidates April 30 - -
International candidates April 30 - -
Admission Requirements
  • Honours Bachelor’s degree with specialization or major in a discipline relevant to public health (e.g., life science, health science, behavioural or social science such as psychology, economics or law or arts such as English or journalism) with a minimum average of B+ (75%), OR equivalent
  • Proof of proficiency in English
    • Language proficiency test score equivalencies:
      • TOEFL 600/IELTS Overall 7.0- Individual 7.0 (Paper based)
      • TOEFL 100/IELTS Overall 7.0- Individual 7.0 (Internet based)
  • Undergraduate-level bio-stats course (such as MAT 2379) OR equivalent completed in the last 3 years or completion of the 1-week intensive Biostatistics Summer Institute offered by the School of Epidemiology and Public Health.
  • Admission requirements for MPH+ applicants are the same as for MPH applicants.
  • Language testing will be administered to MPH+ after admittance to the program so that language level can be established.

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Tuitions Fees

Canadian students
  • $7,372 per term per student
    International students
    • Exempt international students (francophone): $7,372 per term per student
    • Non-Exempt international students (Anglophone): $10,000 per term per student

    Admission scholarships specific to the MPH

    Canadian students
    • $2,000 scholarship per term per student (admission average is 8.0/10 or more)
    • $1,000 scholarship per term per student (based on financial needs)
    • $1,000 scholarship per term per student (for indigenous student)
    International students

    No scholarship available.

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