Master of Public Health (MPH)

Delivered in an exclusively online format, to both domestic and international students, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program will provide public health graduates with the knowledge and skills to become public health specialists of the future.

The MPH program is tailored to meet the needs of public health professionals, health practitioners and recent post-graduate students, with the goal of enhancing their theoretical and applied knowledge through online courses and a practicum. The curriculum is built on the cornerstone of identifying the interdisciplinary elements required to design, implement and effectively manage public health systems. This degree is designed to provide students with the theoretical understanding and practical knowledge to be able to create, to develop, design and evaluate public health strategies that will have a meaningful social impact at the local, national and global level.

Program duration

FULL-TIME

  • Maximum of 12 months (3 terms)
  • Three to five courses/term

PART-TIME

  • Maximum of four years (12 terms)
  • One to two courses/terms

Core competencies

A public health practitioner is able to:

  • Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills related to the public health sciences
  • Collect, assess, analyze and apply information including data, facts, concepts and theories
  • Effectively choose options and plan, implement and evaluate policies and/or programs in public health
  • Influence and work with others to improve health and well-being of the public through the pursuit of a common goal
  • Interact effectively with diverse individuals, groups and communities
  • Communicate involving an interchange of ideas, opinions and information
  • Lead and build capacity, improve performance and enhance the quality of the working environment

Course overview

  • 10 half (0.5 credit) courses
    • Six required courses
    • Four elective courses
  • One full (1.0 credit) required course – Public Health Practicum of minimum 420 hours, completed during Winter and Spring/Summer terms of study

Required courses

  • 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 5F11 – Public Health Practicum

Elective courses

  • MPHA 5P07 – Infection Control
  • MPHA 5P08 – Public Health Emergency Preparedness
  • MPHA 5P09 – Measuring Health Equity
  • MPHA 5P10 – Social Marketing and Health Communication
  • MPHA 5P12 – Environmental and Occupational Health
  • MPHA 5P13 – Economics for Public Health
  • MPHA 5P14 – Leading Change in Public Health
  • MPHA 5P15 – eHealth Innovations and Trends
  • MPHA 5P16 – Indigenous Health
  • MPHA 5P99 – Public Health Independent Project

The Practicum

The public health practicum requires students to apply the skills they develop in the classroom to a specific health project. Our practicums offer advanced public health experiential training through individual and/or group work with community supervisors. The practicum often involves grant writing, promoting new or existing health programs, collecting and analyzing health data, developing public policy, evaluating proposed legislation and/or reporting on public health issues involving all levels of government. As part of the minimum 420-hour practicum, students are required to prepare a project plan, journal submission and final written report of their work to present to the faculty graduate program director at the conclusion of their practicum. We recognize the value of practical experience, whether through public health paid internships or unpaid volunteer placements. Regardless of the terms, practicums give our students valuable learning experiences and the opportunity to work alongside professionals in their chosen field. Students report that their practicum helped them decide if they were in the right career and many practicum hosts have offered our students jobs.