Concentrations

Did you know that SPPH has three concentrations that are currently being piloted?

With a variety of courses in either a concentration or an “area of focus”, students can take elective courses to gain an informal specialization. This will help students strengthen their knowledge, or build a foundation for future career aspirations.

Please note, concentrations will be reflected on final transcripts, however not on graduation parchment.

These concentrations are:

  • Health Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Services and Policy Research

SPPH also has “areas of focus” (soon to be concentrations):

  • Maternal-Child Health
  • Social and Life Course Determinants of Health
  • Global Health
  • Clinical Public Health Practice
  • Occupational & Environmental Health

 

Concentrations

Master of Science Students

  • SPPH 581P (3) Health Economics (Introduction)
  • SPPH 541 (3) Economic Evaluation
  • SPPH 542 (3) Issues in Canadian Health Policy

6 credits from the following list:

  • SPPH 581Q (3) Economic Evaluation II
  • SPPH 514 (3) Health Care Decision Analysis
  • SPPH 547 (3) Health Care Priority Setting
  • SPPH 543 (3) Health Technology Assessment

  • SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiological Methods II

Two of the following courses (one course from the list can be replaced by an advanced methods course outside of SPPH, if justified and approved by the Program Director):

  • SPPH 501 (3) Analysis of Longitudinal Data
  • SPPH 510 (3) Measurement of Health Care
  • SPPH 512 (3) Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
  • SPPH 516 (3) Methods for Systematic Reviews in Health Research
  • SPPH 518 (3) Mathematical Modeling of Communicable Diseases
  • SPPH 681A (3) Causal Inference in Public Health
  • SPPH 681B (3) Knowledge Based Medicine

Elective course(s). The following additional courses are recommended:

  • SPPH 511 (3) Cancer Control and Epidemiology
  • SPPH 519 (3) Qualitative Methods in Health Research Design
  • SPPH 506 (3) Health Services Research Methods
  • SPPH 567 (3) Quantitative Methods for the Assessment and Analysis of Exposure Data
  • SPPH 581C (3) Methods of Analysis of Routinely Collected Data

  • SPPH 501 (3): Analysis of Longitudinal Data
  • SPPH 502 (3): Epidemiology I
  • SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiology II
  • STAT 538 (3): Generalized Linear Models
  • STAT 545 (3): Data Analysis (or STAT 560 (3): Statistical Theory I)
  • STAT 550P (3): Biostatistics Consulting or Practicum

Recommended elective courses (at least 3 credits):

  • SPPH 510 (3): Measurement of Health Care
  • SPPH 512 (3) Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
  • SPPH 514 (3): Health care Decision Analysis
  • SPPH 518 (3): Mathematical Modeling of Communicable Diseases
  • SPPH 567 (3): Quantitative Methods for the Assessment and Analysis of Exposure Data
  • SPPH 580P (3): Bayesian Analysis
  • SPPH 581C (3): Methods of Analysis of Routinely Collected Data
  • SPPH 681A (3): Causal Inference in Public Health Science
  • STAT 536 A&B (3): Design and Analysis of Clinical Studies
  • STAT 545A (1.5): Exploratory Data Analysis

  • SPPH 506 (3) Quantitative Research Methods
  • SPPH 542 (3) Canadian Health Policy

Minimum of 3 courses (9 credits) from the following list:

  • SPPH 514 (3) Health Care Decision Analysis
  • SPPH 531 (3) Health Care Systems Analysis*
  • SPPH 543 (3) Health Technology Assessment for Health Policy
  • SPPH 547 (3) Health Care Priority Setting
  • SPPH 581C (3) Methods for Analyzing Routinely Collected Data
  • SPPH 581N (3) Knowledge Translation in Population and Public Health
  • SPPH 581P (3) Introduction to Health Economics

*Students may also have completed 581D (3) Health Care Systems Analysis to fulfill this requirement.

PhD Students

  • SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiological Methods II
  • SPPH 501 (3) Analysis of Longitudinal Data

One of the following courses (one course from the list can be replaced by an advanced methods course outside of SPPH, if justified and approved by the Program Director):

  • SPPH 510 (3) Survey Methods of Health Measurement
  • SPPH 512 (3) Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
  • SPPH 516 (3) Methods for Systematic Reviews in Health Research
  • SPPH 518 (3) Mathematical Modeling of Communicable Diseases
  • SPPH 681A (3) Causal Inference in Public Health
  • SPPH 681B (3) Knowledge Based Medicine

Elective course(s). The following additional courses are recommended:

  • SPPH 511 (3) Cancer Control and Epidemiology
  • SPPH 519 (3) Qualitative Methods in Health Research Design
  • SPPH 506 (3) Quantitative Research Methods
  • SPPH 567 (3) Quantitative Methods for the Assessment and Analysis of Exposure Data
  • SPPH 581C (3) Methods of Analysis of Routinely Collected Data

Areas of Focus

Please note that the following “areas of focus” do not currently have concentrations. Below are recommended courses for students wanting to gain specialized knowledge in these areas:

  • SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiological Methods II
  • SPPH 537 (3) Perinatal Epidemiology

  • SPPH 527 (3) Social Determinants of Health
  • SPPH 544 (3) Social Determinants of Health Across the Lifespan

3 credits from the following list:

  • SOC 584 (3) Seminar in Health, Illness & Society
  • SPPH 545 (3) Community Health Promotion

Course selection pending.

  • SPPH 515 (3) Surveillance and Monitoring in Public Health

9 credits from the following list:

  • SPPH 505 (3) Epidemiological Methods II
  • SPPH 511 (3) Cancer Epidemiology
  • SPPH 520 (3) Control of Communicable Diseases
  • SPPH 522 (3) Environmental Health
  • SPPH 527 (3) Social Determinants of Health
  • SPPH 532 (3) Environmental Risk Assessment & Communication
  • SPPH 539 (3) Epidemiology of Aging and Chronic Diseases
  • SPPH 540 (3) Program Planning and Evaluation
  • SPPH 541 (3)  Economic Evaluation
  • SPPH 544 (3) Social Determinants of Health Across the Life Course
  • SPPH 545 (3) Community Health Promotion
  • SPPH 506 (3) Health Services Research Methods
  • SPPH 554 (3) Mental Health and Addictions
  • SPPH 555 (3) Principles and Practices of Injury Prevention

Note alternative MSc Program in this area of concentration.

3 credits from the following list:

  • SPPH 522 (3) Environmental Health
  • SPPH 535 (3) Principles of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene

9 credits from the following list:

  • MECH 505 (3) Industrial & Environmental Acoustics & Vibrations
  • PLAN 581 (3) Health & the Built Environment
  • SPPH 501 (3) Analysis of Longitudinal Data
  • SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiological Methods II
  • SPPH 504 (3) Application of Epidemiogical Methods
  • SPPH 511 (3) Cancer Epidemiology
  • SPPH 520 (3) Control of Communicable Diseases
  • SPPH 522 (3) Environmental Health
  • SPPH 530 (1.5) Epidemiology of Occupational & Environmental Health
  • SPPH 531 (1.5) Occupational & Environmental Exposure Assessment Methods for Epidemiology
  • SPPH 532 (3) Environmental Risk Assessment & Communication
  • SPPH 533 (3) Occupational & Environmental Toxicology
  • SPPH 534 (3) Occupational Health and Illness Processes
  • SPPH 535 (3) Principles of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene
  • SPPH 562 (3) Chemical & Biological Hazard Measurement
  • SPPH 563 (3) Technical Aspects of Chemical & Biological Hazard Control
  • SPPH 564 (3) Concepts of Exposure Control
  • SPPH 565 (3) Ergonomics
  • SPPH 566 (3) Occupational & Environmental Hygiene Practice
  • SPPH 567 (3) Quantitative Methods for Assessment & Analysis of Exposure Data
  • SPPH 568 (3) Safety