Career Paths and Alumni

Career Paths

Graduates of the Master of Public Health program at UBC have the potential to work for a wide range of employers such as provincial and federal government, health authorities, academia, and the private sector. Our graduates have gone on to work for organizations such as Vancouver Coastal Health, Cancer Care Ontario, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the University of Oxford, the Ministry of Health, and the BC Centre for Disease Control. When you graduate, you will have the skills to develop policy in health care and health care management, practice public health, manage environmental health programs, evaluate the efficacy of health programs and take part in health promotion activities. Our graduates have gone on to work as epidemiologists, research coordinators, monitoring and evaluation specialists, policy and research analysts, community health nurses, health program managers, and much more.

Employment rates

According to the Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011, about 82% of recent MPH graduates were employed. Highlighted jobs included health policy researchers, consultants and program officers, inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety, and post-secondary teaching and research assistants. According to our 2015 survey of 57 UBC MPH alumni, about 88% were employed at the time of the survey. When asked about the type of role in which they were employed, 48 alumni responded, of which 31% were employed in research, 14% in management, 14% in clinical roles and 27% in other roles such as evaluation, policy and project management. Of these respondents, 66% found employment less than three months after graduation and 85% were employed within six months.

Salary

According to 45 respondents to the alumni survey, 40% were earning between $60,000 to $80,000 per annum, while 26% were earning more than $80,000 per annum. According to the Statistics Canada survey, the median wage for recent MPH graduates was $73,990, with an earning range of $61,000 to about $94,000.

Meet Our Alumni

  • Edwin

    Jonathan Edwin, Field Epidemiologist

    As a field epidemiologist for the Public Health Agency of Canada, Jonathan worked in a department that responded to public health emergencies across Canada and the world.
  • Miranda Kelly

    Miranda Kelly, Regional Advisor

    Miranda Kelly believes that Indigenous issues require Indigenous solutions. “By fostering leadership of Indigenous peoples, Canada can shift the power imbalance in the health system that silences Indigenous voices.”
  • Campbell

    Jen Campbell, Public Health Resident, DL format

    Jennifer Campbell took the Master of Public Health program via the Distributed Learning format, which she found allowed her to pursue research opportunities and work part-time.
  • Delaram Farshad

    Delaram Farshad, Community Health Specialist

    Delaram Farshad traveled to different communities in Nunavut over her two years there, and says it was an eye-opening experience, particularly working with Inuit populations and learning how important culture is to health and well-being.
  • Lissa Murseli

    Lissa Murseli, Senior Policy Advisor

    Working as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Deputy Minister of Health, Lissa Murseli has experience working within large organizations to make change.
  • Justin Sorge

    Justin Sorge, Outbreak Coordinator

    Having sat in on Ebola prevention task force committees during his practicum, and currently working on the Zika virus outbreak task force, Justin Sorge may just be the person to go to when the zombie virus eventually hits.
  • Brian Lefebvre

    Brian Lefebvre, Senior Project Manager

    With a desire to better contribute to the fascinating public health projects of his colleagues at the BCCDC, Brian Lefebvre embarked upon the Master of Public Health program at UBC.