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) Research Seminar (Rounds and Research in Progress)
  • SPPH 599 (12) MSc 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) Health Economics (Introduction)
  • SPPH 541 (3) Economic Evaluation I
  • 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


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
  • 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


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) 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) Health Economics (Introduction)

*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) Introduction to Social Determinants of Health
  • SPPH 544 (3) Social Determinants of Population Health in Industrialized Societies

3 credits from the following list:

  • SOC 584 (3) Seminar in Health, Illness & Society
  • SPPH 545 (1.5) Community Health Promotion Theory
  • SPPH 546 (1.5) Community Health Promotion Practice


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 Epidemiology
  • SPPH 520 (3) Control of Communicable Diseases
  • SPPH 522 (3) Environmental Health
  • SPPH 527 (3) Introduction to Social Determinants of Health
  • SPPH 532 (3) Environmental Risk Assessment & Communication
  • SPPH 539 (3) Epidemiology of Aging and Chronic Diseases
  • SPPH 540 (3) Health Services Research I: Evaluative Research
  • SPPH 541 (3) Health Services Research II: Economic Evaluation
  • SPPH 544 (3) Social Determinants of Population Health in Industrialized Societies
  • SPPH 545 (1.5) Community Health Promotion Theory
  • SPPH 546 (1.5) Community Health Promotion Practice
  • SPPH 506 (3) Health Services Research Methods
  • SPPH 554 (3) Mental Health and Addictions
  • SPPH 555 (3) Injury Prevention


Occupational & Environmental Health
[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 Epidemiological 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) Occ & Env 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