Career Paths and Alumni

Career Paths

The MPH at UBC paves the way to a diversity of career paths.  Some may work for:
  • ministries of health, or their health authority partners
  • centres of disease control and accident prevention.
  • government agencies responsible for housing, poverty reduction, children and family development, transit, finance, the environment, economic development, etc.
  • research institutes
  • non-profit organizations championing change in civil society – like Moms against drunk drivers tackling new changes to cannabis, child care advocates, Black Lives Matter, etc.
When you graduate, you will have the skills to practice public health, develop health promotion policies for a wide-range of issues, and evaluate existing programs.  Our graduates have gone on to work as epidemiologists, research coordinators, monitoring and evaluation specialists, policy analysts, community health nurses, health program managers, movement makers, and much more.

Employment rates

According to the Statistics Canada National Household Survey 2011, about 82% of recent MPH graduates were employed. Highlighted jobs included health policy researchers, consultants and program officers, inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety, and post-secondary teaching and research assistants. According to our 2015 survey of 57 UBC MPH alumni, about 88% were employed at the time of the survey. When asked about the type of role in which they were employed, 48 alumni responded, of which 31% were employed in research, 14% in management, 14% in clinical roles and 27% in other roles such as evaluation, policy and project management. Of these respondents, 66% found employment less than three months after graduation and 85% were employed within six months.


According to 45 respondents to the alumni survey, 40% were earning between $60,000 to $80,000 per annum, while 26% were earning more than $80,000 per annum. According to the Statistics Canada survey, the median wage for recent MPH graduates was $73,990, with an earning range of $61,000 to about $94,000.

Meet Our Alumni


Jonathon Edwin
Field Epidemiologist

As a field epidemiologist for the Public Health Agency of Canada, Jonathan worked in a department that responded to public health emergencies across Canada and the world.

Miranda Kelly,
Regional Advisor

Miranda Kelly believes that Indigenous issues require Indigenous solutions. “By fostering leadership of Indigenous peoples, Canada can shift the power imbalance in the health system that silences Indigenous voices.”

Jen Campbell
Public Health Resident, DL Format

Jennifer Campbell took the Master of Public Health program via the Distributed Learning format, which she found allowed her to pursue research opportunities and work part-time.

Lissa Murseli
Senior Policy Advisor

Working as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Deputy Minister of Health, Lissa Murseli has experience working within large organizations to make change.

Delaram Farshad
Community Health Specialist

Delaram Farshad traveled to different communities in Nunavut over her two years there, and says it was an eye-opening experience, particularly working with Inuit populations and learning how important culture is to health and well-being.

Justin Sorge
Outbreak Coordinator

Having sat in on Ebola prevention task force committees during his practicum, and currently working on the Zika virus outbreak task force, Justin Sorge may just be the person to go to when the zombie virus eventually hits.

Brian Lefebvre
Senior Project Manager

With a desire to better contribute to the fascinating public health projects of his colleagues at the BCCDC, Brian Lefebvre embarked upon the Master of Public Health program at UBC.

Taryn Leach,
MPH Grad

Taryn completed her practicum at the Provincial Infection Control Network (PICNet) where she contributed to the development of a provincial toolkit to manage emerging antibiotic-resistant organisms in long-term and community care settings.

Balanding Manneh,
MPH Grad

Balanding completed his practicum at BC Centre for Disease Control, where he worked on the HCV elimination Program in BC. He has recently received the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, and he will be starting his PhD at University of Cambridge in October.