Graduate Studies











Length of Program: 

Full-time: 24 months
Part-time: 48 months

Fall and Spring
Mode of Delivery: 

On Campus

Program Components: 

Coursework + Thesis

Program Description: 

The MSc Health Sciences - Public Health Specialization program builds on the success of our undergraduate Public Health BHSc. The program has been designed to give students the advanced skills they need for competitive entry into the public health workforce as program managers, program evaluators, infectious disease control analysts, and policy analysts, among other positions, and also provides excellent preparation for a health-related PhD.

Year One: Coursework (click to expand)

Students must complete 6 courses, including the following 4 required courses (12 credit hours), and 2 elective courses (6 credit hours):1

Required Courses

PUBH 5000 – Applied Public Health Research Methods
PUBH 5001 – Biostatistics I 
PUBH 5002 – Public Health Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation 
PUBH 5003 – Advanced Epidemiology

Elective Courses

PUBH 5004 – Qualitative & Mixed Methods Research
PUBH 5005 – Advanced Public Health Policy and Ethics 
PUBH 5006 – Applied Infectious Diseases 
PUBH 5500 – Biostatistics II
PUBH 5501 – Advanced Public Health Practicum 
HMGT 5430 – Health Systems with a Global Perspective (blended course delivery2
WRITING 5850 – Essentials for Scholarly Communication

Graduate Practicum

You will also have the opportunity of integrating academic study at the Master’s level with a graduate public health practicum (1 course elective – PUBH 5501). This hands‐on experience will strengthen your competitiveness for advanced positions in the public health field. A graduate-level practicum placement will build your leadership skills in an area of public health you seek to have a career in – like epidemiology, biostatistics, infectious disease control, program evaluation, policy analysis, environmental health, or health promotion.

Some courses have prerequisites.

See the Master of Health Service Management program page for more information

Year Two: Thesis Research (click to expand)

In Year Two, students will complete an MSc thesis under the direction of a faculty member in Public Health.

Why a Thesis Matters

Employers are looking for professionals who have more than textbook learning. Research is a skill that requires advanced study and hands-on experience. A thesis gives you the research experience you need to compete for advanced positions in public health in government, not-for-profit, and industry. Our program takes you beyond the classroom, through direct experience conducting research for your MSc thesis. You will have the opportunity to work on active research studies in the faculty. You will gain hands-on experience designing, carrying out, and analyzing data for complex research studies with human populations. Scientific publishing dramatically increases your competitiveness in the workforce. We will teach you how to write concise, plain language thesis chapters for practical use through scientific publication and dissemination to the community. Check out some of the thesis chapters published by MSc students supervised by Public Health faculty:

Who can supervise your MSc thesis in Public Health? (click to expand)

For your application to be considered, you must secure a Public Health faculty member to supervise you in the program in advance of your application. Each faculty member accepts only a few students per year. Please reach out early to faculty who specialize in an area of public health you would like to work in by clicking on their names below. Sending potential faculty members your CV, transcripts, and a writing sample, although not required, can also help with their decision.

Julia Brassolotto, PhD, Assistant Professor: Health policy, health services, continuing care, gender & sexuality, rural health, adults & older adults.

Cheryl Currie, PhD, Associate Professor: Social epidemiology, biological & psychological stress, health-risk behaviour, opioids, addiction.

Richard Larouche, PhD, Assistant Professor: Physical activity, independent mobility, active transportation, outdoor play, sedentary behaviour.

Brenda Leung, PhD, Assistant Professor: Nutrition, chronic disease, non-pharmaceutical interventions, clinical trials, maternal, infant, child, youth health.

Nimesh Patel, MPH, MD, Public Health Instructor: Environmental epidemiology, infectious disease, reproductive and child health, mental health.

Silvia Koso, MPH, MD, Public Health Instructor: Health promotion, harm reduction, public health program planning and evaluation.

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

At the point of admission, eligible applicants are considered for the Graduate Research Award, Graduate Assistantship, SGS Tuition Scholarship, and SGS Dean's Scholarship. We also encourage students to apply for all other awards they may be eligible for. Please see the Awards and Scholarships webpage for more details. 

Who Can Apply?

Successful applicants will have an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on the uLethbridge 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level term courses in the health, social or natural sciences. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission. For further admission information, please see the Master of Science (Health Sciences) webpage.


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