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Population and Public Health

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc., M.H.A., M.H.Sc., M.P.H.

Members

Professors Emeriti

P. Danielson, S. Kennedy, R. G. Mathias, G. Poole, S. B. Sheps; C. van Netten.

Professors

A. Anis, M. Barer, K. Bartlett, C. Black, M. Brauer, S. Bryan, M. Burgess, J. Buxton, E. Frank, L. Frank, C. J. Frankish, C. Gotay, M. Hodgson, P. Janssen, K.S. Joseph, A. Kazanjian, M. Koehoorn, J. Kopec, C. Lovato, L. Mâsse, C. R. Mitton, S. Morgan, T. Oberlander, G. Ogilvie, D. M. Patrick, M. T. Schechter, J. A. Shoveller, J. Singer, B. Sobolev, J. Spiegel, J. Spinelli, P. Spittal, K. Teschke, A. Yassi.

Associate Professors

M. Brussoni, S. Cox, H. Davies, T. Dummer, A. Ho, R. Kassam, P. Kershaw, M. Law, Y. MacNab, A. Manges, K. McGrail, M. Naus, E. Oviedo-Joekes, C. Richardson, D. Silver, D. Steel, J. Sutherland, H. Wong.

Assistant Professors

N. Bansback, R. Elango, J. Gardy, M. Guhn, C. McLeod, R. Murphy, E. Oberle, B. Poon, M. van den Bosch.

Program Overview

The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) offers research-oriented graduate programs leading to the:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (with dissertation)
  • Master of Science in Population and Public Health (with thesis)
  • Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (with project or thesis options)
  • Master of Health Administration (course-based), designed for health administrators
  • Master of Health Science (course-based), designed to provide graduate education for physicians
  • Master of Public Health (practicum-based), designed to provide graduate education for individuals currently in public health practice or wishing to enter the field
  • Combined Program Option: Master of Public Health (practicum-based) with Diploma in Dental Public Health (course-based). This combined program option is a non-clinical specialty program that is offered in conjunction with a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.).

The programs may be focused on any of the faculty's areas of strength: epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, community health, global health, health services management and planning, health services research, health-care policy, health economics, occupational and environmental health, maternal-child health, and preventive medicine and health promotion

Prospective students should visit SPPH online to learn more about the current research interests and projects of faculty members.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty as potential supervisors and discuss research plans prior to applying for admission to the Ph.D. and M.Sc. programs. For those applicants who are not able to do so (e.g., due to distance), SPPH will assign a faculty advisor prior to the beginning of first term based on the application documentation regarding area of research focus and background.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Applicants with a master's degree (or recognized equivalent) in the health or related sciences will be considered eligible to apply for admission. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and must be accepted by the School of Population and Public Health's Admissions Committee.

Application deadline is January 15 for entry in September. Transfer from the master's to the Ph.D. program before completion of the first year of the master's program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. program requirements include 16.5 credits of core courses and any additional courses determined by the student's supervisory committee in consultation with the student; additional courses may be necessary in support of the proposed dissertation research. Students with a master's degree equivalent to the Master of Science offered by the UBC School of Population and Public Health, as determined by the Ph.D. Program Director, must complete a minimum of 7.5 credits of core courses. Additional courses may be required by specific themes; please refer to the SPPH website for details.

All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements. For additional information visit the Ph.D. Program.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.Sc. degree program must possess a bachelor's degree (or recognized equivalent) in the health sciences or a related area, and meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

The program normally requires a minimum of two years of full-time study and a maximum of three years with the first eight months devoted primarily to course work. It enables students to gain core knowledge and skills in epidemiology and biostatistics methods, health services and policy research, or population health to develop research experience by applying these methodologies to a research project under the supervision of a supervisory committee.

The minimum requirement for an M.Sc. is 30 credits, including 13.5 credits of core courses plus the M.Sc. thesis (12 credits). However, the actual courses required are at the discretion of program supervisors; often the number of credits required ranges between 36 and 42. For additional information visit the M.Sc. Program.

Master of Health Administration

The M.H.A. program is offered by SPPH, Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

The M.H.A. curriculum provides the educational and professional foundations for leadership in the health services field. It emphasizes analytical thinking and aims to provide graduates who are skilled professionals with in-depth applied administrative research tools. Graduates are expected to be capable of identifying and solving complex organizational and assessment problems in the health services sector.

The M.H.A. has a professional executive focus and is taught in modular (1.5 credit) format: Friday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon, approximately one weekend per month. The full program takes two calendar years to complete. All 24 courses are required, in addition to a 6-credit major Research Project (SPHA 590). The program is cohort-based and delivered at UBC Robson Square, and is therefore not available as a distance education or online option.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the M.H.A. program will be evaluated based on a combination of academic achievement, GMAT/GRE results, or a similar standardized test (MCAT, LSAT, PCAT) or a grade of B+ or higher in an undergraduate statistics or mathematics course, and/or relevant work experience. In addition to the minimum requirements, applicants are required to include a letter of intent that outlines their motivation for completing the M.H.A. program, as well as a current resumé and three letters of reference.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Professional experience and publications may be considered for those who do not meet the minimum Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Program Requirements

The M.H.A. program consists of 42 credits: 24 modules (1.5 credits each) plus the 6-credit SPHA 590: Research Project. At the discretion of the Program Director, a student may substitute SPHA 581: Directed Studies to meet a portion of the total credit requirement. The courses and project are normally completed within 22-24 months. For additional information please visit the M.H.A. Program.

Master of Health Science

The M.H.Sc. program is designed to provide graduate education primarily for physicians. The emphasis is on the application of rigorous methodology to the study of health issues in populations, spanning assessment, and policy development and assurance.

Course work is in a wide variety of topics: etiologic research; data base analysis; assessment of diagnostic tests; clinical trials; policy analysis; utilization studies; investigations of occupational and environmental health issues. The program's goal is to enhance the students' development of critical thinking and skills in research design and conduct.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be considered for admission if they have an M.D., meet the general requirements of admission to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and satisfy the M.H.Sc.'s minimum admission prerequisites.

All application materials must be received by February 1 for entry in September.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take a minimum of 30 credits, including 12 credits of specified core courses (SPPH 400, 500, 502, and 513), pass a comprehensive exam, and complete a major paper (SPPH 529). For more information, see SPPH Courses.

Courses will be recommended by the Program Director, depending on the student's background and proposed career goals to a minimum of 30 credits. The comprehensive exam is held in the last two weeks of April for students who have completed the 30 course credits requirement.

Master of Public Health

The M.P.H. Program is a two-year non-thesis program. It will normally be completed in three academic terms and one term devoted to a practicum.

The M.P.H. program is available in two formats:

  • Traditional classroom-based curriculum: on-campus classes scheduled on a Monday to Friday timetable.
  • Distributed learning format: each course consists of three full days on campus, one day per month. An additional 15 hours of curriculum is online for each course. Full day classes will be scheduled Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Courses will be scheduled so that classes for four separate courses can take place over three extended weekends (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in a term.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements for masters degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Preference will be given to applicants who are already working in relevant disciplines.

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of ability to manage quantitative curriculum. This can be provided either by submitting scores from a Graduate Record Exam taken within the last five years or, alternatively, an official transcript in which the applicant has received at least a B+ or higher in an undergraduate or college mathematics or statistics course taken within the past ten years. Scores from GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, VCAT, PCAT, and DATS will be accepted as alternatives to the GRE score.

Applicants must demonstrate work experience or skills in a field related to public health.

For additional information on eligibility requirements, please visit the M.P.H. Program

Program Requirements

The M.P.H. is a two-year non-thesis degree consisting of 42 credits: 30 required credits, including 24 course credits, a 6-credit practicum, and 12 elective credits. A minimum of three academic terms will be required to complete course requirements and the practicum. For additional information on program requirements, please refer to the SPPH website.

Combined Program Option: Master of Public Health/Diploma in Dental Public Health

This combined program option is a non-clinical specialty program that is offered in conjunction with the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.).

The combined program provides education and training for potential dental public health workers, researchers, and teachers.

The M.P.H. and Diploma in Dental Public Health are awarded conjointly and both must be completed to graduate. The combined program will require 2.5 years to prepare the student for dental public health practice and a research career.

Graduates with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) or equivalent will be eligible to take the examinations for specialty certification in Dental Public Health of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Board of Dental Public Health.

Students without a D.M.D. or equivalent will not be able to take the exam in dental public health at the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Board of Dental Public Health.

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to pursue the combined program must meet the admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Dentistry, and School of Population and Public Health.

Applicants must hold a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine or equivalent, or a Dental Hygiene degree or equivalent, from a recognized university.

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of ability to manage quantitative curriculum. This can be provided either by submitting scores from a Graduate Record Exam taken within the last five years or, alternatively, an official transcript in which the applicant has received at least a B+ or higher in an undergraduate or college mathematics or statistics course taken within the past ten years. Scores from GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, VCAT, PCAT, and DATS will be accepted as alternatives to the GRE score.

Completed applications are reviewed and selected for interview by committee. Personal interviews are mandatory.

For additional information on eligibility requirements, please visit the M.P.H. Program.

Dual Degrees: Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Nursing

This program permits students to obtain a dual M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) - M.S.N. (Nursing) degree. Students may apply to the School of Population and Public Health and the School of Nursing to pursue an enriched curriculum in public health and nursing studies. For information specific to the M.S.N. degree portion see, Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to pursue the dual M.P.H./M.S.N. degrees program must meet the admission requirements for and be accepted by both the M.P.H. and M.S.N. programs.

Students already admitted to one or the other program may apply to the dual degrees program option during their first year of enrolment. Students wishing to transfer to the program from another UBC program must meet admission requirements and be accepted by both the M.P.H. and M.S.N. programs.

Program Requirements

The two master’s degrees, M.P.H. and M.S.N., are awarded on the completion of 60 credits of work approved by the Directors. Students must complete a total of 60 credits. Of these, at least 30 must be SPPH, including a 6 credit practicum and 30 must be NURS, including a 9 credit thesis.

The M.P.H. and M.S.N. will be conferred at the completion of the dual program after all requirements for both degrees have been met. Students who choose to receive either the M.P.H. or the M.S.N. prior to completion of the dual degrees program may apply for one of the degrees provided all requirements for that degree have been satisfied. Students selecting this option must withdraw from the dual degrees program.

Contact Information

Ph.D. and M.Sc.(Population and Public Health)
Elizabeth Armerding (acting), Graduate Programs Manager
School of Population and Public Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604.822.9437
Email: spph.graduate-programs@ubc.ca
Web:http://spph.ubc.ca/programs/

M.H.A.
Drew St. Laurent, M.H.A. Program Manager
School of Population and Public Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604.822.2366
Fax: 604.822.4994
Email: mha.program@ubc.ca
Web: http://spph.ubc.ca/programs-and-students/graduate-degree-programs/mha/

M.P.H.and M.H.Sc.
Simon Lam, Graduate Programs Manager
School of Population and Public Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604.822.9207
Fax: 604.822.4994
Email: mph@spph.ubc.ca
Web: http://spph.ubc.ca/programs/

M.Sc. OEH
Megan Wurster, Senior Program Assistant
School of Population and Public Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z3
Tel: 604.822-2827
Fax: 604.822.4994
Email: spph.msc-oeh@ubc.ca
Web: http://spph.ubc.ca/programs/

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