Graduate Programs Overview

UBC School of Population and Public Health 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.

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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.


Comparison of Professional Programs


Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is for those who wish to become the public health leaders of the future. This program prepares students to undertake research, develop public health policy, evaluate health plans and preparedness, and provide leadership in public health both in Canada and beyond.

Program Information: This program includes courses from 12 core themes, a learning pathway, two electives and a six-credit practicum. The program takes two years to complete.

Career Path: The MPH is for people from all academic backgrounds including recent graduates and working professionals, and is intended for those interested in working in public health.

Application Deadline: December 15


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


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

Application Deadline: February 1

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



Comparison of Research Programs


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: February 1


Master of Science in Population and Public Health (MSc PPH)

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


Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (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


The University of British Columbia seeks applications from students who can benefit from and contribute to the varied and stimulating academic life at this university.

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