Master of Public Health Program Overview

The Masters 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. FHS’ MPH program 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:

Basic Population Health Sciences:

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.

Fundamentals of Public Health Practice:

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.

The Population Health Perspective:

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.

The Organization of Population and Public Health Systems and Services:

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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  • Full-Time
  • 2 Years
  • Minimum 11-week practicum/ internship
  • Participation in MPH Public Health Practice seminars and workshops
  • Assigned Pro-Tem Supervisor for general guidance and mentorship
  • Completion of Master's Project or Thesis

There are four areas of concentration within the MPH program

Program Details

The MPH program requires considerable coursework: 46 credits (including practicum and capstone/Master's Project).  


A minimum 11-week practicum is a required, experiential learning component of this program and takes place during the first summer term of your program.

MPH Practice Seminars

Participation in the MPH Public Health Practice Seminars involves workshops and seminars designed to help prepare students for practicums and the work place. Students register in the Public Health Practice Seminars in the fall and spring semester of their first year in the program.

Completion Time

The MPH is a two-year program and students are normally expected to complete in 5 semesters. 

Supervision and Training

Upon admission, students are assigned a pro-tem supervisor. In a professional program, the role of the supervisor is primarily that of providing general guidance and mentorship.