NEW curriculum

Students applying for Fall 2019 will benefit from new core curriculum that provides a cohesive pathway through the MPH program, flexibility for advanced learning in areas of interest, and customization to prepare MPH students for practicum placements. Our new MPH curriculum reflects our values, and prepares our students for public health practice.

The MPH curriculum features:

·         Cohort learning

·         Integrated, interdisciplinary core courses with expert faculty

·         Common core curriculum for all students

·         Flexibility for advanced learning and practicum readiness

·         Practice ready professionals in 5 terms      


All MPH Students complete a minimum of 46 credit hours of coursework, including a 13 week practicum experience (11 weeks are spent on site) and a master’s project. With the approval of the senior supervisor and the Director, students may submit a thesis in lieu of a master’s project.  Students choosing to write a thesis will complete a minimum of 49 credit hours.

Elective courses

We offer electives in our areas of expertise, so you can focus your course work on your public health learning goals.  See what elective options are available on our six term plan.  

What is the workload?

You can expect to spend about 52 hours per week between classes and coursework.  

Experiential learning

Students are provided with experiential and hands-on learning in their classes and encouraged to participate in additional opportunities offered by FHS.  These include our international experiential learning course options currently available in South Africa and the Mexico/US border.  The key experiential learning activity for all MPH students is the public health practicum experience in the first year of their program.

The practicum

The practicum is a unique opportunity for MPH students to learn how to apply public health concepts, methods and theory in public health settings in Canada or globally. You will undertake a professional, practice-based practicum for one academic term, normally in the summer of your first year, in a designated workplace. Following the completion of your practicum you will prepare a poster summarizing your practicum project.

Designed to bridge theory and practice in a variety of public and community health settings, the practicum is a planned, supervised and evaluated practice experience in which you are mentored and supported by qualified public health preceptors and faculty.

Since 2007, MPH students have done their practicum in 55 countries, in 112 cities, with 214 different organizations. Many consider the experience to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Julia completed her practicum in Vancouver, where she worked with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse on the At-Risk Youth Study.

You can read Julia's practicum story here, and view her practicum poster here.

Arwen completed her practicum in Sierra Leone with fellow student Lauryn, where they worked with the World Health Organization in the Health System Strengthening cluster.

You can read Arwen's practicum story here, and view her practicum poster here.

Arpreet completed his practicum in Vancouver, where he worked at the BC Injury and Prevention Unit on a project about fire-related injuries.

You can read Arpreet's practicum story here, and view his practicum poster here.

Master's project or thesis, which should you choose?

Tuition & fees 

See detailed information on tuition and fees, which are set and regulated by SFU. Normally, tuition rates will increase by 2% each academic year and are assessed on the same basis for graduate domestic and international students.

All graduate students are required to maintain basic medical insurance coverage, and are automatically enrolled in graduate extended health and dental benefits plan.  Learn more about the medical insurance requirement.

Funding & costs

See this breakdown of the typical costs per term for graduate domestic and international students, and try the cost of living calculator.

Scholarship funding for students in a professional masters program like the MPH program are limited and most students need to be prepared to fully fund their degree.  See FHS Future Student FundingGraduate and Postdoctoral Studies  and the Grad Studies Blog for options.

Sound like you?

If our MPH program sounds like a good fit for you, and you would like to apply you can find more information about our admission requirements including what we look for in an application, and our application procedure, and then apply to become a member of our next MPH cohort.

Admission for the Fall 2019 cohort will be open from October 1, 2018 and will close on February 1, 2019.