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.


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.