Indigenous Applicants are Very Welcome and Encouraged to Apply
Truth and Reconciliation is a key theme that frames our thinking about the Master of Public Health Program. As part of our commitment to reconciliation, we aim to eliminate barriers to entry into the program for Indigenous applicants. We warmly invite all Indigenous applicants who are interested in joining our program to apply. We welcome and encourage you, and we will do our best to support you throughout the application process and beyond. Please find information about funding available to Indigenous students below:
50% of MPH funding (approximately $15,000) is reserved for Indigenous students:
- We offer approximately $10,000 to an Indigenous student to cover her/his/their two years of tuition.
- Approximately $5,000 will be allocated to a second Indigenous student to cover the first year of tuition.
Of note, when a Musqueam applicant is accepted into the MPH program, the $10,000 scholarship will be allocated to that applicant in recognition of the unique responsibilities that the SPPH has to advance reconciliation with the Nation on whose traditional, unceded, ancestral land our institution is located.
Many thanks to our colleagues Patricia Spittal and Melanie Rivers for helping our MPH program come to emphasize the specific obligations we have to advance reconciliation with the Musqueam Nation.
For each new cohort that we recruit, we aim to make room for at least 10% of new students to be Indigenous.
Most Indigenous students earn entry into our program because of their high academic standing in previous educational settings.
Our Application Process
Our application materials invite all candidates to consider the following as they pen their letter of intent: “SPPH values and seeks to recruit Indigenous students as well as students with diverse racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and religious contexts. Our admissions processes and committees take into account equity, diversity and inclusion in criteria development, the assessment of merit relative to these criteria and the student community across our graduate programs. Applicants are welcome to include any equity, diversity and inclusion considerations within the letter of intent or within any of the other supporting documentation.”
The MPH Program on the Path to Truth and Reconciliation
Our path to reconciliation is a story of starts and stops. There have been steps forward, backwards, and sideways. We have blind spots, for which we are constantly on the lookout, but don’t always see. (See the image below).