Prospective Students


We’re recruiting champions of change where health begins

Want to fight the spread of HIV? Lead the charge to end male violence against women? Put an end to boil water advisories that reflect the legacy of colonization? Decriminalize drugs to end the opioid crisis? Remedy the unequal distribution of wealth? Adapt our food systems to combat the epidemic of obesity and type II diabetes? Revise our built environments to reduce congestion, smog and stress?
Then join us to study where health begins, while finding a path to employment or a ladder to promotion in your current workplace.

The MPH at UBC paves the way to diverse career paths. Some careers may be hands-on with individuals, patients and organizations, while others may focus on government regulations or budgets to promote health in all policies.  Some may work locally, while others globally. The diversity of employment options reflects the diversity of skill-sets we aim to attract.

Who should apply?

The MPH at UBC targets professionals who have been working in fields related to public health, many of whom will be in leadership roles, who wish to extend their knowledge in public health methods and applications. We also encourage students who have recently completed a bachelor degree to apply. We welcome students from:

  • the sciences and health sciences to become leaders in disease prevention and control.
  • political science, sociology, economics, social planning, public policy, law, anthropology, etc. to dig in where health begins – where we are born, grow, live, work and age – and the policy levers available to promote health and prevent illness locally and internationally.
  • engineers, architects and computer scientists, etc. to re-design our built and online environments, and our health promoting technologies.
  • business backgrounds to influence the markets and government budgets that shape the conditions where health begins, along with the public health systems that kick in when we fail to prevent disease.

Our program also reserve seats for applicants who self-identify as Indigenous.

What will you learn?

We teach our students a solid grounding in epidemiological methodology and quantitative analysis with our courses. Also, our dedicated list of elective courses offered through our School offers you a wide range of thematic areas in population and public health.

A few examples:

  •  Social Determinants of Health (SPPH 527) – Students learn about the biological, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural factors that impact human health across the life span as influenced by different agencies and branches of government
  • Application of Ethical Theories in the Practice of Public Health (SPPH 538) –  Students learn core values, and ethical concepts of population health, building from the history and philosophy of the discipline, including the ethical and legal dimensions of public health policy, and respectful engagement with people of different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Canadian Health Policy (SPPH 542) Students learn about the characteristics and organizational structures of the Canadian health care system, and how they compare to systems in other countries.
  • Health Care Priority Setting (SPPH 547) – Students learn that being a leader requires knowing how to apply specific tools, criteria and strategies to set priorities and make decisions about needs, problems and goals.
  • From Knowledge to Action in Population Health (SPPH 581N): Students learn how to identify opportunities for promoting health and preventing disease, systems thinking regarding the dynamic interactions among sectors, organizations, and actors with which public health professionals interact, along with how to advocate for public health policies, including communication and social marketing.
  • Practicum Component – The practicum gives students the opportunity to apply their coursework in the field, and further develop their skills in community health practice. All students enrolled in the MPH must fulfill this requirement.