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Graduate Programs Overview

Population and public health cross disciplinary boundaries, and the School’s faculty, staff and students are engaged in research and training that reflects a hub of expertise in a broad range of disciplines.

We work closely with local, provincial, national and international organizations, to provide students with exposure to the public health field through networking with public health practitioners and collaboration with our partners in their facilities. Our degree programs prepare students for career goals focused on either professional practice or research and academia.

In addition to our masters and doctoral programs, we also offer the Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) Residency Program along with select continuing education offerings.

Professional Programs

+ Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program + Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSc OEH) + Master of Health Administration (MHA) + Master of Public Health (MPH)

Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program

As a resident physician in our five-year postgraduate Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) Residency Program, you’ll build the skills required to understand the health needs of populations, and develop strategies for improving health and well-being through health promotion, disease prevention, and health protection.

Program Information:

This flagship post-graduate training program paves the way for the public health specialists and leaders of our future. Equipped with a broad base of knowledge and skills appropriate for diverse career paths, our graduates work as medical health officers, physician epidemiologists, researchers, and population-focused clinicians.

Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSc OEH)

The Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSc OEH) program provides the skills and knowledge to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control chemical, physical and biological hazards in workplace and community environments.

Program Information:

This program requires 42 credits, and either a thesis or a co-op project. It generally takes between 20 to 30 months to complete.

Career Path:

Students graduating from the MSc OEH program typically find entry level positions in this field within a few months of graduation. Many alumni progress into management and other leadership positions within a few years of graduation.

Application Deadline:

February 1, 2023

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

The UBC Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a professional program for clinicians, managers and researchers who are seeking solutions to today’s complex health delivery issues. Our weekend modular format is designed for working professionals to study while you build your career.

Program Information:

The MHA involves a capstone project, 24 core courses, and is taught over 24 months. Our unique compressed schedule offers courses every 3-4 weeks.

Career Path:

Graduating with an MHA degree affords students the career mobility to explore new areas of work in a leadership capacity within their current organization or another employer.

Application Deadline:

March 1, 2023

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is for those who wish to specialize in preventing the spread of illness, and improving where health begins – the conditions into which we are born, grow, live, work and age.

Program Information:

The program takes two years to complete.  Students complete 60 credits over six terms. This includes 12 courses covering 12 core themes, four courses where you dig deeper into recommended themes, a practicum equal to two courses, and two elective courses.

Career Path:

Our professional program prepares students for a variety of careers in population health, including as epidemiologists, monitoring and evaluation specialists, policy analysts, community health nurses, health program managers, leaders in non-profit organizations championing civil society change, and much more. The MPH is for people from all academic backgrounds.

Application Deadline:

December 15, 2022

Master of Science (MSc)

The Master of Science in Population and Public Health program teaches core knowledge and skills in epidemiological and biostatistical methods and allows students to gain research experience by applying these methods to a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

Program Information:

This program involves a thesis, and five core courses. Students generally take two to three years to complete the degree.

Career Path:

The MSc PPH is for people looking to conduct intensive research in the public health field.

Application Deadline:

January 15, 2023

Master of Health Science (MHSc)

Master of Health Science (MHSc) applicants must have an MD or equivalent, including dentistry or veterinary medicine, and will learn skills that can be applied to their academic and clinical interests, bolstering their research abilities and opportunities.

Program Information:

The MHSc involves a major essay, four core courses and six electives. Students generally take one year to two years to complete the degree.

Career Path:

The MHSc is for health professionals looking to gain advanced skills in clinical research.

Application Deadline:

March 1, 2023

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health program (PhD) equips graduates with the skills necessary to contribute to the population and public health research community, providing a research intensive learning environment tailored to help students achieve their career and academic aspirations.

Program Information:

This program involves a thesis and seven core courses. Students take five to six years to complete the degree.

Career Path:

The PhD is for those who wish to conduct advanced health research, lead a team to perform independent investigation, and teach others how to investigate, interpret and analyze research.

Application Deadline:

January 15, 2023

Research Programs

+ Master of Science (MSc) + Master of Health Science (MHSc) + Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)