MPH/MSN Program

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The MPH/MSN program is suspending admissions for the September 2020 start date due to dual degree program restructuring. Please check the website after fall 2020 for updates.

This program permits students to obtain a dual MPH (Master of Public Health) – MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) degree. Students can be admitted by  the School of Population and Public Health and the School of Nursing to pursue an enriched curriculum in public health and nursing studies.

Course Credits
Program Specific Requirements SPPH 400 Statistics for Health Research 3
SPPH 500 Analytical Methods in Epidemiological Research 3
SPPH 502 Epidemiological Methods 3
SPPH 503 Epidemiological Methods 2 3
NURS 502 Ethics & Politics of Nursing 3
NURS 511 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice 3
NURS 548 Qualitative Research Methods 3
NURS 504 Research & Evidence-Based Practice 3
Other Course Requirements SPPH 526 OR NURS 512 3
One of: SPPH 540 OR SPPH 547 3
One of: NURS 540, 520, 530 OR 560 3
Required Major Deliverables SPPH 508 Practicum 6
NURS 599 MSc Thesis 9
Electives 4 x SPPH or NURS electives 12
* Recommend NURS505 Intro Stat for students without or with limited stat training
Total Credits required for Graduation 60


Students wishing to pursue the dual MPH/MSN degree program  submit one application form, but they must meet the requirements of both schools (SPPH and SON) to be admitted into the MPH/MSN program.

  • Information about the admissions criteria for the Master of Public Health can be found here and any questions and application inquiries can be directed to
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) admission eligibility:
    • Applicants must be registered nurses
    • Applicants must have completed a bachelor degree, normally in nursing
    • Canadian students must hold practicing nurse registration in BC or another province. International students must meet general eligibility criteria for nurse registration in BC.

Students already admitted to one or the other program may apply to the dual program during their first year of enrollment and must apply during the regular application period. Students wishing to transfer to the program from another UBC program must satisfy all requirements for admission to SPPH and SON. Enrollment in the dual degree program requires the consent of the Director of the MPH Program and the Director of the MSN Program.

Practicum and Thesis Requirements

Students enrolled in the dual degree program will be required to complete a 9 credit thesis (NURS 599) and a 6 credit practicum (SPPH 508). The thesis is supervised by a School of Nursing faculty member who is also a member of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. The practicum may be supervised by an individual who has an MPH, MSc, MHSc, or PhD in a public health discipline or equivalent training and experience.

Conferring of Degrees

The MPH/ MSN will be conferred at the completion of the combined program after all requirements for both degrees have been met. Students who choose to receive either the MPH or the MSN prior to completion of the dual program may apply for one of the degrees provided all requirements for that degree have been satisfied. Students selecting this option must simultaneously withdraw from the dual program.