Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health (MBA & MPH)

The first of its kind in Canada, this hybrid (face-to-face and online) graduate program is a true interdisciplinary initiative between the Department of Health Sciences and Goodman School of Business.

Its structure allows full-time domestic and international students complete two degrees in two years. Part-time studies allow up to six years to complete both degrees. With a focus on public health management, graduates are exposed to relevant and complementary health and business concepts. The program also includes a mandatory 32-week internship in the second year of study providing experiential learning in the health sector.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of a four-year Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university in any discipline with an average of not less than 80% (A-). While not a requirement, it is strongly recommended that applicants have undergraduate preparation and/or a knowledge-based proficiency in epidemiology and biostatistics. Although not mandatory, professional work and/or volunteer experience in a public health organization is a valuable asset.

A minimum score of 550 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or a minimum score at the 60th percentile for both the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections on the GRE revised General Test is required. However, each year a limited number of applicants with extensive managerial work experience (a minimum of ten to fifteen years at mid-management or higher level) and a GMAT score of at least 600 who do not hold an undergraduate degree may be admitted to the program.

For students who must provide proof of English Language Proficiency, a minimum Academic IELTS score of 7.5 or TOEFL iBT score of 105 or Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 72 (or equivalent) is required.

While each of the general criteria outlined above is important, an applicant’s entire profile of academic and professional achievement will be evaluated. The Graduate Program Directors for the MPH and MBA will review applications and recommend admission for a limited number of suitable candidates.

Program notes

  1. This program is offered on a full-time (two years) and part-time (maximum 6 years) basis.
  2. The MBA & MPH concurrent degrees program will only commence beginning in the Fall term.
  3. Students must complete all year 1 MBA courses before proceeding to year 2 MPH courses.
  4. Full- and part-time students must register for MPHA 5P06 in their final term of study, as a capstone course. Students must complete MPHA 5F11 in conjunction with or preceding MPHA 5P06.
  5. Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable timetable for details. Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met.

Program duration

Full-time Course Based

  • 6 terms (1 year in-class/1 year online)

Part-time Course Based

  • Up to 6 years

This is not a funded program.

Application deadline

Please note that applications are accepted until the program is full. Please contact the program directly for more details.

Career outcomes

  • Public health finance and administrator
  • Health Information Manager
  • Clinical Administrator
  • Human Services Healthcare Administrator
  • Healthcare Innovator
  • Public Health and Healthcare Consultant
  • Hospital CEO or CFO
  • Hospital Manager
  • Home Healthcare Administrator
  • Social Welfare Administrator
  • Pharmaceutical Project Manager
  • Health Insurance Underwriter

Courses

Year 1

  • MBAB 5P01 – Accounting for Decision-Making I
  • MBAB 5P04 – Organizational Behaviour and Design
  • MBAB 5P06 – Accounting for Decision-Making II
  • MBAB 5P07 – Operations Management
  • MBAB 5P08 – Finance Management
  • MBAB 5P09 – Management Information Systems
  • MBAB 5P21 – Business Strategy
  • MBAB 5P22 – Global Business
  • One credit from:
    • MBAB 5P23 – Entrepreneurship
    • MBAB 5P24 – Business Law
  • One credit from:
    • MBAB 5P25 – Business Ethics
    • MBAB 5P57 – Managing Health and Safety

Year 2

  • MPHA 5F11 – Public Health Practicum
  • MPHA 5P01 – Quality Health Systems through Collaboration and Partnership
  • MPHA 5P02 – Qualitative Research: Interviewing and Beyond
  • MPHA 5P03 – Epidemiology
  • MPHA 5P04 – Critical Foundations of Public Health
  • MPHA 5P05 – Biostatistics in Public Health
  • MPHA 5P06 – Policy and Practice: Critical Evaluation and Synthesis in Program Planning
  • MPHA 5P10 – Social Marketing and Health Communication
  • MPHA 5P13 – Economics for Public Health
  • MPHA 5P14 – Leading Change in Public Health
  • One credit from:
    • MPHA 5P07 – Infection Control
    • MPHA 5P08 – Public Health Emergency Preparedness
    • MPHA 5P09 – Measuring Health Equity
    • MPHA 5P12 – Environmental and Occupational Health
    • MPHA 5P15 – eHealth Innovations and Trends
    • MPHA 5P16 – Indigenous Health
    • MPHA 5P99 – Public Health Independent Project

Degree requirements

The concurrent MBA & MPH degrees program will incorporate a hybrid-teaching format. Year 1 MBA courses are delivered using a traditional face-to-face format to guide instruction and evaluate learning. Year 2 MPH courses are taught exclusively online using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning techniques. Basic degree requirements include the successful completion of 22 equivalent half-credit courses, including 19 required and three elective half-credit courses, respectively. One required full credit (MPHA 5F11) involves a 32-week public health practicum, allowing students the opportunity to incorporate theory into a variety of health systems including, but not limited to, health care delivery, biotechnology, medical devices, translational research, health policy, and public health regulation.