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Program Overview

The Master of Public Health program is 16 consecutive months in duration. 

Through a combination of coursework and practicum experiences, students will develop the knowledge and skill set required to organize, analyze, interpret and communicate public health information and assess, plan, implement and evaluate public health policies and programs. Graduates will appreciate the value and importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and develop an awareness of ethical and cultural issues pertaining to public health research and practice. 

The option for part-time studies can be made available to public health professionals who would like to continue working while pursuing their degree. If part-time study is of interest, please contact Gerri Lyman, Master of Public Health Graduate Assistant (lymang@queensu.ca) for more information.

Core Competencies

The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Joint Task Group on Public Health Human Resources proposed a pan-Canadian framework to strengthen public health capacity. Identifying core competencies was one of the foundational building blocks in that framework. Core competencies are the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the practice of public health. They provide the building blocks for effective public health practice and the use of an overall public health approach. Generic core competencies provide a baseline for what is required to fulfill public health system core functions of population health assessment, surveillance, disease and injury prevention, health promotion and health protection.

The Master of Public Health program at Queen's ensures that all Canadian core competencies are acquired by the Master of Public Health students during their 16-month program. The program's 7 required courses provide competency in the areas of: biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioural sciences. In addition, students are expected to develop knowledge and skills related to communication, diversity and culture, leadership, professionalism, program planning and system thinking through their elective choices and practica.

The knowledge, attitudes and skills gained from the Master of Public Health program at Queen's will provide a broad understanding of the field and associated subject matter and methods and equip graduates to competently practice as public health practitioners.

For more information regarding the Canadian Public Health Core Competencies, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada's website.

Completing Your Degree

The Master of Public Health is a 16-month program. Students are accepted for a September start date and, if enrolled in full-time studies, are expected to meet the milestones listed below. Regardless of whether a student is enrolled in full- or part-time studies, all core course, with the exeception of EPID 826 and EPID 827, must be completed prior to beginning EPID 887: Practicum Placement.

Plan of Study (for full-time students)

Year Semester Courses
1 1 - Fall EPID 801: Introduction to Epidemiology
EPID 803: Public Health & Policy in the Canadian Health System
EPID 821: Introductory Biostatistics
EPID 886: Public Health Skills Workshops
SGS 804: Human Research Ethics (online tutorial)
  2 - Winter EPID 812: Program Evaluation
EPID 825: Foundations of Public Health
1-2 Electives
  3 - Spring/Summer EPID 887: Practicum Placement
2 4 - Fall EPID 826: Determinants of Health
EPID 827: Public Health Leadership and Administration
1-2 Electives