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Health Sciences

Master of Science

This master of science (MSc) in Health Sciences program prepares graduates for research careers in one of the signature areas within the faculty including: global health; environmental and occupational health, and toxicology; maternal and child health; epidemiology and biostatistics; health promotion and disease prevention; infectious diseases; chronic diseases and aging; mental health and substance use; social inequities and health; adolescent and child development; reproductive health; and health policy. The available courses and directed research experiences available will cover health issues from the level of cells, organisms, systems, communities and populations, encompassing and transcending strictly individual or clinical perspectives.

The MSc curriculum is flexible by design. Students, in consultation with faculty advisors, create a curriculum plan that will best help them meet their research and career goals. A disciplinary-specific application of the scientific method shall be common to all MSc curriculum plans.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 and the requirements on the Faculty of Health Sciences website.

See Graduate General Regulation 1.3.7b transfer from master's to PhD, which is possible for exceptional students in the first 6 semesters of their master's.


An FHS faculty member who has agreed to serve as the applicant's supervisor must be identified prior to submitting an application for admission. Applicants who do not have a confirmed supervisor at the application deadline will not be considered.

Program Requirements

This program consists of course work, a thesis proposal, and a thesis for a minimum of 30 units.

Students must complete all of

HSCI 902 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Sciences I (3)

Foundational elements to introduce MSc/PhD students to basic knowledge and skills needed for an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health sciences, drawing from a wide range of methods and approaches used in laboratory sciences, clinical research, health services, policy, social sciences, humanities and public health research.

HSCI 903 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Health Sciences II (3)

Philosophical, disciplinary, and social groundings for inquiry, evaluation, and interdisciplinarity in health sciences research. Issues in research design, professionalism, engagement, and higher education. Prerequisite: HSCI 902.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM

and a minimum of six elective graduate units approved by the Supervisor

and a thesis proposal

HSCI 886 - MSc Thesis Proposal (6)

Development and presentation of proposal for MSc thesis research.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD

and a thesis

HSCI 887 - MSc Thesis (12)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD

Course Work

A student may be advised to complete additional course work by his/her supervisor in consultation with the supervisory committee commensurate with the research interests of the student and within the scope of the student's curricular focus.

Accelerated Master's

SFU students accepted in the accelerated master's within Health Sciences may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor's degree, towards the upper division electives of the bachelor's program and the requirements of the master's degree. For more information go to:

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six to nine terms (two to three years) from initial enrollment, depending on the research discipline and progress in the program.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.