Programs and Courses

We aim to train the next generation of leaders in population and public health.

The School is housed on a beautiful campus surrounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean, providing a stimulating learning – and stunning– environment. We provide a variety of educational programs to meet different needs, including discovery-oriented and applied scientists, public health practitioners, and health administrators.

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. British Columbia also offers an unparalleled research opportunities through accessible and linkable population-based datasets.

Click here to read student testimonials or read about our graduate programs below.

We encourage applications from Indigenous students

Program-specific admissions policies are currently in development.
The MPH program reserves two seats each year for Aboriginal students. Click here to learn more.
For more information on Aboriginal Admissions Policies at UBC, click here.

 

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. Photo credit: Lindsay Elliott

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 other how to investigate, interpret and analyze research.
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Application deadline
January 15


 


The UBC Master of Health Administration (MHA) integrates skills and ideas unique to healthcare administration with advanced business and management training. Its weekend modular format is designed for working professionals seeking a solution to complex health delivery issues.

Program information
The MHA involves a capstone project, 24 core courses, and typically takes two years to complete involving one to two weekends per month.
Career path
The MHA is intended for mid-career professionals looking to advance in an organization.
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Application deadline
February 1


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. Photo credit: Paul Joseph / UBC Communications & Marketing

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.
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Application deadline
February 1


The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is for those who wish to become the public health leaders of the future. It 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 involves a practicum, eight core courses and four electives. Students generally take take four to five academic terms to complete the degree.
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.
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Application deadline
January 15


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.
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Application deadline
January 15


 


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
The MSc OEH is for people looking to gain the skills necessary to improve the health and safety of community and work environments.
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Application deadline
January 15


 


The Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) Residency Program aims to provide residents with the skills necessary to measure the health needs of populations and develop strategies for improving health and well-being, through health promotion, disease prevention and health protection.

Program information
This program includes academic training, clinical training, field rotations, and research activities. Students generally takes about five years to complete the residency.
Career path
The PHPM residency is for doctors looking to specialize in promoting the health of populations.
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Application deadline
November