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A flexible degree that will fit your needs

The UBC Master of Public Health degree integrates learning in epidemiology; biostatistics; the social, biological and environmental determinants of health; population health; global health; disease prevention and health systems management with skill-based learning in a practicum setting.

The program is available in two formats to fit the needs of students from various backgrounds. There is the traditional, classroom-based curriculum where students come to campus every week for courses. We also have a Distributed Learning (DL) format where students come to campus four days a month for three times in the term.

The MPH Program is a two-year non-thesis program. It will normally be completed in three academic terms and one term devoted to a practicum. Please see the Program Schedule page for an example of a typical schedule.

Please note that the following curriculum is currently being proposed and we are aiming to have it in place starting September 2018. We will inform all prospective and current students if this new curriculum is approved by the UBC Senate for September 2018.

Minimum of 42 credits required to graduate

21 core, required credits

SPPH 400 (3): Statistics for Health Research
SPPH 500 (3): Analytical Methods in Epidemiological Research
SPPH 502 (3): Epidemiological Methods
SPPH 503 (3): Epidemiological Methods 2
SPPH 504 (3): Application of Epidemiological Methods
SPPH 525 (3): Issues and Concepts in Public Health
SPPH 553 (3): Foundations of Statistical Computing

6 practicum credits

Most students will complete their practicum (SPPH 508) in one academic term (12 weeks) on a full time basis. A part time placement over a longer period is also negotiable.

 

9 core, elective credits (students choose 3 courses)

SPPH 522 (3): Topics in Environmental Health
SPPH 527 (3): Social Determinants of Health
SPPH 538 (3): Application of Ethical Theories in the Practice of Public Health
SPPH 540 (3): Program Planning and Evaluation
SPPH 542 (3): Canadian Health Policy
SPPH 545 (3): Community Health Promotion
SPPH 547 (3): Health Care Priority Setting

6 elective credits (can also include courses in core, elective credits list)

Click here for a full list of SPPH graduate courses.

Up to 9 UBC credits may be taken outside of the School of Population and Public Health. Non-SPPH courses must be approved by the Program Director prior to registration to receive credit towards MPH graduation requirements.

Minimum of 42 credits required to graduate

24 required (core) credits

SPPH 400 (3): Statistics for Health Research
SPPH 500 (3): Analytical Methods in Epidemiological Research
SPPH 502 (3): Epidemiological Methods
SPPH 503 (3): Epidemiological Methods 2
SPPH 524 (3): Core Biological Concepts of Public Health Diseases
SPPH 525 (3): Issues and Concepts in Public Health
SPPH 526 (3): Leadership in Public Health

SPPH 540 (3): Program Planning and Evaluation OR
SPPH 547 (3): Health Care Priority Setting

12 elective credits

Click here for a full list of SPPH graduate courses.

Up to 9 UBC credits may be taken outside of the School of Population and Public Health. Non-SPPH courses must be approved by the Program Director prior to registration to receive credit towards MPH graduation requirements.

6 practicum credits

Most students will complete their practicum (SPPH 508) in one academic term (12 weeks) on a full time basis. A part time placement over a longer period is also negotiable.

 

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