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Career Paths and Alumni

Our graduates work in a wide variety of careers in government, industry, and non-profit organizations in many different types of positions including professors, clinical instructors, field epidemiologists, directors, occupational hygienists and medical health officers.

Are you a School of Population and Public Health graduate? SPPH is always home to our graduates and we would love to hear from you about your journey after graduation. Click here to reconnect with us, and learn about opportunities for mentoring, career development, and alumni-oriented events.

Shanti Gidwani, MHA
National Senior Director

Graduating with their MHA degree affords students the career mobility to explore new areas of work in a leadership capacity within their current organization or another employer. Examples of roles held by graduates include director of clinical operations at the BC Cancer Agency, associate director of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership in the UK and supervisor of the Echocardiography Lab at Vancouver Island Health Authority.


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Andrew Thamboo, MHSc
Clinical Instructor

Master of Health Science (MHSc) students will learn skills that can be applied to their academic and clinical interests, bolstering their research abilities and opportunities. Examples of roles held by graduates include clinical instructors, data managers, neurologists, assistant professors, research coordinators, and infectious diseases specialists.


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Jonathan Edwin, MPH
Field Epidemiologist

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, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the University of Oxford, the Ministry of Health, and the BCCDC.


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Melissa Friesen, MSc OEH
Tenure-track Investigator

Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSc OEH) graduates have gone on to work as cancer researchers, policy analysts for governments, health and safety managers for airports, and industrial hygienists. Our graduates are employed in the education sector, government, private industry, and consulting.


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Shannon Waters, PHPM
Medical Health Officer

Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) Residency graduates work as medical health officers, epidemiologists, policy-makers, regulators, researchers and population health clinicians in a broad range of settings and environments. Our graduates have been employed by Regional Health Authorities across Canada, provincial and territorial agencies and ministries of health, academic institutions, federal government departments, international organizations and more.


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Lianping Ti, PhD
Assistant Professor

According to the 2016 UBC PhD Career Outcomes report of the 823 Health Science graduates (including Population and Public Health graduates), 742 were employed, with seven seeking employment at the time of the survey and no information available for 74 graduates.


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Rod Knight, MSc
co-Principal Investigator

Our graduates have gone on to complete doctoral degrees, work as research consultants, ‎community nutritionists, research coordinators, epidemiologists, managers, research and data analysts, clinical assistant professors, research assistants, to found their own companies, and more. Employers of our graduates include BC Emergency Health Services, Vancouver Coastal Health, UBC, Fraser Health, Health Canada, Hoffmann-La Roche Limited, Harvard University, National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, and BC Centre for Disease Control.


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