The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is an interdisciplinary program of studies intended to prepare individuals for professional practice and leadership in public health. This 45 credit-unit course-based program, with a required 12 week practicum in an applied public health setting, is normally taken over 16-24 months on a full-time basis, or longer part-time. An online option is also available; please contact the School of Public Health for more information and availability. 

The M.P.H. provides foundational knowledge within the 5 core areas of Public Health:

  • Biostatistics –Collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practice of statistical data analysis.
  • Epidemiology– Distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human and animal populations; the characteristics and dynamics of populations; the natural history of disease; and the biologic basis of health.
  • Environmental Health Sciences –Environmental factors, including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community.
  • Health Services Administration –Development, organization, administration, management, evaluation and policy analysis of health programs.
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences– Concepts and methods of social and behavioural sciences relevant to the identification and the solution of public health problems.

Admission Requirements

  • A cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

For more information on language proficiency requirements, see the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies.

Degree Requirements

Students in the M.P.H. program must achieve a minimum of 70% in each of the core courses to earn course credit and progress through program completion.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0
  • GPS 962.0 if research involves animal subjects

A minimum of 45 credit units, including the following core classes:

  • 15 credit units of elective courses
  • PUBH 800.3
  • PUBH 803.3
  • PUBH 804.3
  • PUBH 805.3
  • PUBH 807.3
  • PUBH 810.3
  • PUBH 840.3
  • PUBH 867.3
  • PUBH 990.0
  • PUBH 992.6