MPH New Student Guide

Once you’ve been admitted, follow these next steps for new students to the MPH Program.

Finding a place to live is your first priority.
There are many housing options to choose from, and the links below are a great place to start:

Upon receipt of an offer of admission, you will also receive instructions for the $250.00 CAD acceptance deposit (non-refundable and non-transferable). This deposit will be credited towards your tuition when you register for the program.

Our staff is here to help ensure that your transition into the program is a smooth one. We are pleased to answer any questions you may have and invite you to contact the program office for advising.

The Master of Public Health Program has recently adjusted the curriculum starting from 2018 onward. Please take a look at the program requirements page to find out which courses you will need to take. To register for your courses:

  • Follow the step-by-step instructions in the Student Service Centre (SSC) to register for your courses. You will also find video tutorials for the registration system.
  • Your course registration is linked to Canvas, UBC’s online Learning Management System. Canvas houses course specific content (e.g. syllabus, readings).

Check your fee amounts and due dates and pay fees online through the SSC. Annual tuition fees are divided into three installments, due in September, January and May. Your acceptance deposit will be applied as a credit against the first tuition installment.

We need important information from you to ensure that program staff and faculty can contact you.

  • Setup a CWL to create an online identity for use within the university. This will be used to log in to UBC resources and the SSC.
  • You can add/change your personal information, including your preferred email and address, online at the Student Services Centre website anytime.
  • Class lists, access to online resources, and grades are generated using an internal UBC database. Email will be the primary method of contact and access to most UBC systems are through CWL.

The SPPH Orientation for 2018 will be on Tuesday, September 4th at 9:30 a.m. in Room 101 in Micheal Smith Labs. Please plan to attend.

  • Optional orientation sessions offered by the School of Population and Public Health and the Faculty of Graduate Studies - graduate student orientation.


Every person living in BC must enroll in the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP). The plan covers the cost of basic medical care, including most physical and hospital services. It does not cover general dental care, eyeglasses or prescription medications. You should enroll in MSP immediately after arriving in BC. Please visit this link for more information.

If you’re new to British Columbia, there is a waiting period of three months before MSP coverage begins. If you’re coming from another Canadian province, make sure that you are covered until your residency in BC has been established and you are eligible for MSP. If you’re an international student, you will be enrolled automatically in UBC’s mandatory health insurance for new international students (iMED) for your first three months. Further details can be found here

New Student Orientation Guide

Refer to this guide and the links provided as your online orientation to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. It is important that all students familiarize themselves with resources to manage your graduate degree at UBC and to know all the requirements for completion of your program. Students can also check out the Grad Guide by the Faculty of Graduate Studies for more information.

UBC Accounts MPH Program Details Managing Your Program Student Health and Wellbeing
Program Resources
Campus-Wide Login (CWL) and Email Account – essential and universal access for all UBC systems. MPH Courses – Overview of curriculum and required courses. MPH Student Responsibilities university-wide policies for students. Student Services – learning resources and workshops for UBC students. Program Advising advising services to support students in planning and completing the program.
Student Service Centre (SSC) – your UBC student portal to register for classes, check your grades and pay your fees. Practicum – 12 week supervised experience performed in community health agencies with Canada, or around the world. Faculty of Graduate Studies – policies and forms for program progress, leaves of absences, graduation, etc. Aboriginal Services – dedicated resources for UBC’s Aboriginal student community. FYI Newsletter – bi-weekly e-newsletter for the SPPH community. You are welcome to subscribe to the FYI Newsletter.
UBC Canvas – UBC’s learning management system to access course materials. Registering for CoursesSample MPH Program Schedule for the academic year. Graduation – program completion requirements and how to apply for graduation. Health Clinic – appointments and walk-ins including on-site counselling services. Career Managementpeople and resources to help you build your career.
UBC Cardyour student ID card, library card and official UBC identification. Academic Calendar – comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at UBC. Tuition and Awards – tuition, student fees and awards information. Ombuds Services – advocacy and ombuds services for UBC students. Additional Resources other helpful information and websites for new students.
UBC Library – access to all UBC library branches and online resources. Attend the Orientation Event – an event will be held on Tuesday September 4th at 9:30am. Room 101 Micheal Smith Laboratories. Dates and Deadlines – program and university deadlines for graduate students. Access and Diversity – services to create an inclusive environment at UBC including disability-related accommodations.
UBC Email – SPPH policy is changing so that only UBC emails may be used to contact students.