Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

School of Urban and Regional Planning and
School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Combined Degree Program


The combined degree program is intended to help undergraduate Kinesiology and Health Studies students who want a fast-track to a graduate professional degree in urban and regional planning. The combined degree program makes it possible for undergraduate Kinesiology and Health Studies students to finish their BA/BSc and MPL degrees in less time than it would take to pursue the degrees independently.

Health and city planning are related fields that started to interact during the sanitation era of the early 20th century to control of infectious diseases, and in recent decades through the healthy communities movement. SKHS graduates often consider the health implications of urban and regional planning, by considering how local environmental conditions shape the prevalence and risk of health and social problems such as obesity, physical inactivity, respiratory diseases, social exclusion, food and housing insecurity, and poverty. Today, urban and regional planning is a broad professional field and people with different backgrounds are needed for the different work that is done by planners. The multi-disciplinary dimensions of urban planning provide students with a breadth of options to pursue in their studies.

Having both the kinesiology/health studies and planning degrees offers the practical advantage of increasing professional qualifications that will broaden employment prospects.  The skills gained by taking both programs will prepare graduates for work in urban planning, health agencies, active transportation, environmental studies, social planning and urban development.  Many planning graduates who have health backgrounds have found responsible and rewarding positions in municipal or provincial governments, and consulting practices across Canada.

The combined degree program allows students to finish the MPl degree requirements in about 15 months after receiving their undergraduate kinesiology or health studies degree, provided they take four graduate-level planning courses as part of their degree plan electives.

Academic Requirements

The combined program is suited to highly motivated students who have at least an 80% grade average in Kinesiology/Health Studies courses in the previous year.  The combination of planning and health skills will be especially useful for those hoping to work in urban planning, public health, active transportation, environmental studies, social planning and urban development. Students are required to maintain at least an ‘A’ average in Health courses and at least a ‘B+’ in Planning courses.


Eligible undergraduate students from SKHS can get a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MPl) degree by extending their studies 15 months instead of the usual two years. Successful applicants to the fast-track program will be expected to have taken four Planning courses (all half-term courses) during their third and/or fourth year in SKHS. These courses will count as electives in the Kinesiology/Health Studies degree plan.

This increase in your third and fourth-year workload can help save almost one academic year in the Master's degree program.

Students taking an Honours seminar in Health Studies may find it advantageous to develop a topic related to urban and regional planning.

Have a Question?

If you think you might be interested in the program, please contact:

Anna van der Meulen (613-533-6000 ext. 74685; e-mail:

Professor Patricia Collins (613-533-6000 ext. 75060; e-mail:  

Professor David Gordon, Director (