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Welcome to the MPH and the School of Population and Public Health.

You are joining a distinguished group of graduate students. Here in SPPH, we create, share, and apply knowledge to protect and improve well-being and promote equity in the health of all people and communities, both within Canada and around the world.

Orientation and Welcome 2023 Events

Excitement for the upcoming academic year is growing at SPPH.  We look forward to welcoming you in September.

New MPH student orientation

September 6 2023 

Get important information about the program, get a chance to meet one another, as well as meet the staff and faculty who have primary responsibilities for our program.

Once you’ve been admitted, follow these next steps for new students to the MPH Program.

1. Accept your offer

Accept your offer and pay the $250.00 CAD acceptance deposit (non-refundable and non-transferable). This deposit will be credited towards your tuition when you register for the program.


In order to accept our offer and secure your spot in the MPH program, you will need to accept the offer online by clicking “Accept Offer” in your MPH application on the online application system, and pay a non-refundable deposit of $250.00 CAD.

Acceptance deposits for the MPH program can be paid here.

2. Register for your courses

Please take a look at the program requirements page to find out which courses you will need to take.

To register for your courses:

  • Follow the step-by-step instructions in the Student Service Centre (SSC) to register for your courses. You will also find video tutorials for the registration system.
  • Your course registration is linked to Canvas, UBC’s online Learning Management System. Canvas houses course specific content (e.g. syllabus, readings).
3. Pay your tuition fees

Check your fee amounts and due dates and pay fees online through the SSC. Annual tuition fees are divided into three instalments, due in September, January and May. Your acceptance deposit will be applied as a credit against the first tuition instalment.

We have designed our MPH Program to be completed in two years. Annual tuition is paid in three instalments per year, and students will pay a minimum of six instalments.

4. Update your personal information

We need important information from you to ensure that program staff and faculty can contact you.

  • You can add/change your personal information, including your preferred email and address, online at the Student Services Centre website anytime.
  • Class lists, access to online resources, and grades are generated using an internal UBC database. Email will be the primary method of contact and access to most UBC systems are through CWL.
5. Attend a Graduate Student Orientation
  • Orientation sessions are offered by the School of Population and Public Health and the Faculty of Graduate Studies - graduate student orientation.
6. Apply for BC medical insurance and Housing if you need it
  • If you are joining us from outside Metro Vancouver, there are many housing options to choose from.

    Every person living in BC must enroll in the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP). The plan covers the cost of basic medical care, including most physical and hospital services. It does not cover general dental care, eyeglasses or prescription medications. You should enroll in MSP immediately after arriving in BC. Please visit this link for more information.

    • If you’re new to British Columbia, there is a waiting period of three months before MSP coverage begins.
    • If you’re coming from another Canadian province, make sure that you are covered until your residency in BC has been established and you are eligible for MSP.
    • If you’re an international student, you will be enrolled automatically in UBC’s mandatory health insurance for new international students (iMED) for your first three months. Further details can be found here.

New Student Orientation Guide

Refer to this guide and the links provided as your online orientation to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. It is important that all students familiarize themselves with resources to manage your graduate degree at UBC and to know all the requirements for completion of your program. Students can also check out the Grad Guide by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for more information.

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Program Resources
Campus-Wide Login (CWL) and Email Account – essential and universal access for all UBC systems. MPH Courses – Overview of curriculum and required courses. MPH Student Responsibilities university-wide policies for students. Student Services – learning resources and workshops for UBC students. Program Advising advising services to support students in planning and completing the program.
Student Service Centre (SSC) – your UBC student portal to register for classes, check your grades and pay your fees. Practicum – 12 week supervised experience performed in community health agencies with Canada, or around the world. Faculty of Graduate Studies – policies and forms for program progress, leaves of absences, graduation, etc. Aboriginal Services – dedicated resources for UBC’s Aboriginal student community. FYI Newsletter – bi-weekly e-newsletter for the SPPH community. You are welcome to subscribe to the FYI Newsletter.
UBC Canvas – UBC’s learning management system to access course materials. Registering for Courses – access the list of SPPH courses on SSC. Graduation – program completion requirements and how to apply for graduation. Health Clinic – appointments and walk-ins including on-site counselling services. Career Managementaccess resources through your MPH Internal Course site on Canvas
UBC Cardyour student ID card, library card and official UBC identification. Academic Calendar – comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at UBC. Tuition and Awards – tuition, student fees and awards information. Ombuds Services – advocacy and ombuds services for UBC students. Additional Resources other helpful information and websites for new students.
UBC Library – access to all UBC library branches and online resources. Attend the Orientation Event – TBD.  students will be emailed with more information over the summer. Dates and Deadlines – program and university deadlines for graduate students. Access and Diversity – services to create an inclusive environment at UBC including disability-related accommodations.
UBC Email – sign up for your UBC student email.


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