Q) How does the Master of Public Health degree differ from the Master of Science in Epidemiology degree?
Answer: The Master of Science in Epidemiology program is thesis-based and students are required to conduct research under the direction of a faculty supervisor and co-supervisor. Consequently, this degree is best suited to students who wish to pursue a career that is more research oriented. Career paths more suited for graduates of a Master of Science in Epidemiology might include working in a research team as a Research Associate, working in a public health agency conducting quantitative analysis, or moving on to do a PhD and becoming an academic.
The Master of Public Health program is a course-based professional degree; students do not conduct a thesis, but, instead, undertake a 4-month practicum placement in a public health agency. While Master of Public Health students do acquire basic analytic skills, this degree is most suited to students who do not wish to pursue a research-based career, but wish to work within a public health agency or community-based organization to identify population health needs, conduct and/or interpret surveillance data and help design, implement and evaluate public health programs.
Q) Am I eligible for funding and financial assistance as a Master of Public Health Student?
Answer:The Master of Public Health program is a professional program and neither Queen’s University nor the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology provide funding or financial assistance to students in professional programs.
Q) Since students are not eligible for funding, are they eligible for work-study or teaching assistanships?
Answer: Yes, students are eligible for work-study and teaching assistant positions. It should be noted that students may only work a maximum 10 hours through either the work-study program or as a teaching assistant. Teaching assistant positions are available to second year Master of Public Health students and the call for applications will be sent, via email, to all second year students in August.
Q) Upon completion of a Master of Public Health degree, what sort of employment opportunities will I be eligible to pursue?
Answer: The Master of Public Health degree will prepare its graduates for research and program coordinator, program evaluator, health planner, data interpretation, health education and health program design and implementation positions. Additionally, employment in education, health policy and health promotion will be areas for graduates to pursue.
Q) Am I able to complete the Master of Public Health degree through part-time studies?
Answer: The Master of Public Health program is approved as a full-time program. However, each year a limited number of students may be considered for part-time study. Students considering part-time study should ensure that they have a flexible working schedule, as Master of Public Health courses are offered during the day. The Department will give preference to part-time applicants from the Kingston area. Graduate students are enrolled for the entire academic year and part-time students will have their fees pro-rated to reflect their part-time status. These fees apply regardless of whether a student takes a course in each term. Specific fee information is available at the Office of University Registrar Website.
Q) Can I count courses from other Universities towards my Master of Public Health degree at Queen's?
Answer: Courses that have been taken as part of a degree granted elsewhere cannot be used. Courses taken outside of a formal degree program may be used. Students must make an application for course exemptions after being formally accepted to the program. The Master of Public Health Program Committee will review the course syllabus and determine if the course is acceptable. If so, then a recommendation will be made to the School of Graduate studies.
Q) Do I need to provide a GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score?What is SOLUS?
Answer: SOLUS stands for Student OnLine University System, and means ‘light, knowledge and information’ in Gaelic. It is the Student administrative system used to register for courses, to add/drop courses, to update address information, and to view financial and other academic data. The website of the Office of the University Registrar has detailed information about SOLUS , including where to go for help.Check out the " SOLUS FAQ's " for further information on SOLUS..