Courses

The minimum number of credits required for the MSc Program is 30 credits. Students in the MSc must maintain at least a 76 percent (B+) average in course work. In addition, note the definition of satisfactory progress of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

These courses are required of all MSc students:

  • SPPH 400 (3) Statistics for Health Research
  • SPPH 500 (3) Analytical Methods in Epidemiological Research
  • SPPH 502 (3) Epidemiological Methods I
  • SPPH 507 (1.5) M.Sc. Research Seminar (Rounds and Research in Progress)
  • SPPH 599 (12) M.Sc. Thesis

At least one of the following courses:

  • SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiological Methods II
  • SPPH 506 (3) Quantitative Research Methods
  • SPPH 519 (3) Qualitative Methods in Health Research Design

Electives
Electives should be chosen, with the advice of the thesis supervisor and thesis committee. They may be chosen from the list of SPPH courses or from other University courses. Those interested in specializing within School areas of expertise can select courses from the Concentration Courses.

The following table outlines the courses that should be followed by students in each area of concentration.

Health Economics

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

6 credits from the following list:

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


Epidemiology

  • SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiological Methods II

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

  • SPPH 501 (3) Analysis of Longitudinal Data from Epidemiological Studies
  • SPPH 510 (3) Survey Methods in Health Measurement
  • SPPH 512 (3) The 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


Health Services and Policy Research

Concentration approval pending

  • 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) Decision Analysis in Health Care
  • 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 SPPH 581D (3) Health Care Systems Analysis to fulfill this requirement.

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:

Maternal-Child Health

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

Social and Life Course Determinants of Health

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

3 credits from the following list:

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


Global Health

  • Course selection pending


Clinical Public Health Practice

  • 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 Control and Epidemiology
  • SPPH 520 (3) Control of Communicable Diseases
  • SPPH 522 (3) Topics in Environmental Health
  • SPPH 527 (3) Social Determinants of Health
  • SPPH 532 (3) Environmental Health Risk Assessment and 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) Quantitative Research Methods
  • SPPH 554 (3) Addiction and Mental Health
  • SPPH 555 (3) Principles and Practices of Injury Prevention


Occupational & Environmental Health
[Note alternative MSc program in this area of concentration]3 credits from the following list:

  • SPPH 522 (3) Topics in Environmental Health
  • SPPH 535 (3) Principles of Occupational and 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 from Epidemiological Studies
  • SPPH 503 (3) Epidemiological Methods II
  • SPPH 504 (3) Application of Epidemiological Methods
  • SPPH 511 (3) Cancer Control and Epidemiology
  • SPPH 520 (3) Control of Communicable Diseases
  • SPPH 522 (3) Topics in Environmental Health
  • SPPH 530 (3) Epidemiology of Occupational and Environmental Health
  • SPPH 531 (3) Health Care Systems Analysis
  • SPPH 532 (3) Environmental Health Risk Assessment and Communication
  • SPPH 533 (3) Toxicology and Public Health
  • SPPH 534 (3) Occupational Health and Illness Processes
  • SPPH 535 (3) Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
  • SPPH 562 (3) Chemical and Biological Hazard Measurement
  • SPPH 563 (3) Technical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Hazard Control
  • SPPH 565 (3) Ergonomics
  • SPPH 566 (3) Occupational Hygiene Practice
  • SPPH 567 (3) Quantitative Methods for the Assessment and Analysis of Exposure Data
  • SPPH 568 (3) Safety