Master of Public Health (MPH)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree integrates learning in epidemiology; biostatistics; the social, biological and environmental determinants of health; population health; global health; disease prevention and health systems management with skill-based learning in a practicum setting.
The MPH is a two-year, non-thesis degree program; course work is completed in six academic terms.
You'll find that the MPH curriculum paves the way to a diversity of career paths.
What makes the program unique?
The MPH Practicum, which is a 12-week supervised experience performed in community health agencies within Canada, or around the world. The practicum gives students the opportunity to apply their coursework in the field, and further develop their skills in community health practice.
Students are able to schedule their practicum any term after completing a minimum of one full term of coursework.
Past placements have included roles in public health units in Regional Health Authorities in Canada, provincial government branches such as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour, federal agencies such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, the First Nations Health Authority, and public health research settings, such as the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Contraception Access Research Team.
Meet a Representative
Applying to course-based and professional programsDate: Wednesday, 12 October 2022
Time: 17:00 to 18:00
At UBC we have approximately 100 different course-based and professional programs. These programs typically have a set program length, are cohort-based, and as the name suggests involve working through set course curricula. These programs do not have an in-depth research component. However, the depth and sophistication of your work will be a step up from what you did as an undergraduate.
In this webinar we focus on applying to course-based programs and provide advice on making your application as strong as possible.
This session will cover:
- Difference between course-based and research-based graduate programs.
- Differences in the application process for course-based vs research-based programs.
- Writing a statement of interest for course-based and professional programs
- References – What we look for and who you should ask
- CV tips
- Interview tips
Who is this webinar for?
This webinar is for anyone who is interested in applying to a course-based or professional graduate program and wants to gain some advice and insight on putting together a strong application
Admission Information & Requirements
1) Check Eligibility
Minimum Academic Requirements
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:
Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.
English Language Test
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based
Overall score requirement: 100
IELTS: International English Language Testing System
Overall score requirement: 7.0
Other Test Scores
Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:
The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Prior degree, course and other requirements
Applicants must confirm their quantitative preparedness to pursue the MPH curriculum; check our website to review our quantitative recommendations. The quantitative competency will not be pre-assessed and we strongly encourage all applicants to ensure that they are confident to complete the quantitative content of the MPH. A general review of coursework and/or experience will be assessed at the time of application review. It is up to the applicant to demonstrate this competency through the application package.
2) Meet Deadlines
3) Prepare Application
All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.
Letters of Reference
A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
Statement of Interest
Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
Course-based programs may assign academic advisors to cohorts of students, but usually do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members if you are applying to this program.
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
4) Apply Online
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
The MPH program is a two year, full-time non-thesis degree which includes a practicum. Considering the curriculum below, the program is not intended for students who are working full-time. There are also program requirements such as professional development and related seminars which first year students are expected to attend.
Tuition & Financial Support
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,767.18||$6,205.50|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$1,057.05 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $17,366.20 (check cost calculator)|
|Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.
Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.
Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)
Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.
Financial aid (need-based funding)
Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.
All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.
Foreign government scholarships
Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.
Working while studying
The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.
Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals
Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.
Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.
Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats
These statistics show data for the Master of Public Health (MPH). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.
Completion Rates & Times
The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) offers both research-oriented and professional/course-based graduate programs.
- The Master of Public Health focuses on illness prevention and health promotion and integrates learning in epidemiology; biostatistics; the social, biological and environmental determinants of health; population health; global health; disease prevention and health systems management with skill-based learning in a practicum setting.
- The Master of Health Administration is a professional program for clinicians, administrators, researchers and managers who are seeking solutions to today’s complex health delivery issues. Take courses with a multi-disciplinary perspective in health systems, policies and management along with foundational business skills
- The Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSc OEH) program provides the skills and knowledge to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control chemical, physical and biological hazards in workplace and community environments.
- Master of Health Science (MHSc) applicants must have an MD or equivalent, including dentistry or veterinary medicine, and will learn skills that can be applied to their academic and clinical interests, bolstering their research abilities and opportunities.
- 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.
- The PhD program at SPPH is intended for students who wish to obtain advanced research training that will enable them to conduct independent investigative research.