Master of Science (MSc)

UBC - Master of Science

Welcome to the Master of Science (MSc) in population and public health

The Master of Science in Population and Public Health program teaches core knowledge and skills in epidemiological and biostatistical methods and allows students to gain research experience by applying methods to a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

Students can pursue thesis research in a wide variety of topics related to the health of populations and the delivery of health services. Our School and faculty have strong partnerships and affiliations with leading research centres and units in Canada and around the world.

One such alumnus is Scott Emerson. A 2018 graduate, Scott now uses his research skills in his role as a Research Co-ordinator at HELP to better understand children’s mental health and development.

From a career perspective, the most valuable experience at SPPH was the affirmation of my passion for research.”

– Scott Emerson, MSc alumnus

Graduates of the Master of Science have gone on to work for organizations such as Health Canada and Harvard University and are employed in a wide range of positions from research consultants to epidemiologists. Learn more about the career paths available here.


The Master of Science can be taken full-time or part-time and is a 30-credit program with a required thesis. Students typically undertake the program across a two year study period which includes 5 required courses (22.5 credits) and one elective. Visit the program details page for more information on the courses and thesis requirements. Learn more about the UBC MSc.

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