The MSc program includes both coursework and a thesis project. Most students complete the program in two years. In their first year, students focus on completing coursework to gain skills and knowledge. Coursework includes:
- four required courses (10.5 credits),
- one methods course (3 credits, students pick one of three options), and
- two elective courses (4.5 credits minimum).
Students are encouraged to discuss elective courses with their faculty supervisor. Most students choose electives offered by SPPH, but students can take courses offered by other UBC departments. Students interested in Health Economics can choose to complete the Health Economics concentration (see the UBC Academic Calendar for the full requirements).
In their second year, students apply their learning to a thesis project with guidance from a faculty supervisor. Students earn 12 credits for their thesis work, allowing them to finish the minimum 30 required credits for the program overall. Please see the Thesis page for more information about thesis projects.
Applicants interested in part-time study are encouraged to contact the program because part-time study has implications for tuition, funding, awards, and loans. Part-time study options should also be discussed with potential supervisors.
Current students should refer to the MSc Canvas Site. Supervisors can find more information on the Supervisor Canvas Site. (Contact the program to request access.)