Master of Public Health

Start: September 2016, Burnaby, Canada.


The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is a practice-based graduate degree that trains students in a breadth of research and practice intended to improve population health. It is the first Anglophone program in Canada to be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

This program is designed to meet core public health competencies – what the profession considers to be the essential knowledge and skills required for the successful application of public health. The program is organized into four core competencies:

Students will acquire the required foundation-level knowledge, thinking skills and perspectives necessary for competent entry-level public health practice. This includes knowledge about the health status of populations, inequities in health, the determinants of health and illness, strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and health protection. The basic population health sciences include epidemiology, biostatistics, the social and health policy sciences, and environmental public health.

Students will integrate the core concepts and evidence generated by the basic population health sciences to inform decision-making regarding health policies and programs. Effective practice entails the ability to identify and justify program and policy options, design public health programs, identify and work with institutional and community partners, and to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders.

Students will know and apply the fundamentals of a population health approach. The population health approach aims to improve the health of the entire population and to reduce health inequities among population groups by examining, studying, and acting upon the broad range of factors and conditions that have a strong influence on health. The population health perspective has two important characteristics: an ability to assess critically how various aspects or markers of social location affect health outcomes, access to health care, and program design and implementation; and an ability to think critically at a systems level, recognizing the interrelationships among and between factors that affect the health of populations.

Students will be able to identify and explain the organization of the population and public health system, both in Canada, as well as in a more global context. This involves understanding the interdependencies of health systems, ranging from the tertiary services characteristic of health care to institutions that promote and protect health through policy, regulation, surveillance, and community-level programming.

A full listing of specific core competencies and course-level learning objectives may be found here.


With these core competencies, MPH graduates will be equipped to work in such specialty areas as:

– Change management in health care

– Data management/ bioinformatics systems

– Disease surveillance and outbreak control and research

– Disease prevention and health promotion

– Workplace health and safety

– Environmental and occupational health

– Directing clinical trials

– Work for community organizations dedicated to improving the health and welfare of their constituencies



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