Master of Public Health (MPH)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Public Health
Subject
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus / Online combination
Specialization
Population and Public Health
Program Components
Coursework + Practicum
Faculty
Faculty of Medicine
School
School of Population and Public Health
 

Overview

The UBC Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, established in 2008 as part of the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), is a practicum-based program which is normally completed in two years (three academic terms and one term devoted to a practicum). MPH training integrates epidemiology; biostatistics; the social, biological and environmental determinants of health locally and globally; disease prevention and health systems policy and management. We offer our students a solid grounding in epidemiological methods and quantitative analysis, a rigorous curriculum with a wide range of core, required and elective public health courses, faculty who are leaders in public health research and practice, and hands-on training through the 12-week field practicum. MPH course requirements can be completed as part of a traditional, on-campus educational experience or can be completed in a Distributed Learning (DL) format, where courses are scheduled over three weekends during the semester.

The MPH can also be combined with the Master of Science in Nursing or the Diploma in Dental Public Health. Our aim is to create leaders in public health who can turn evidence into practice and improve the health of populations.

What makes the program unique?

The UBC MPH program is one of two in Canada that is available in two educational delivery formats. There is the traditional, classroom-based curriculum where students come to campus weekly to attend courses and the Distributed Learning (DL) format where students come to campus over three weekends during the semester. The DL format provides working public health professionals and remotely located professionals across B.C. and Canada the opportunity to obtain their MPH degree without interrupting their careers.

Students are also able to schedule their practicum any term after completing their first-year required courses. This adds considerable program flexibility and allows students to take advantage of practica opportunities throughout their second year. Our students have completed practica placements in local, provincial and federal health agencies, not-for-profit, academic and global health organizations (e.g., BC Centre for Disease Control, Alberta Health Services, World Health Organization, BC Children's Hospital, City of Vancouver etc.).

 

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Virtual Office Hours

Online
Date: Friday, 03 November 2017
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
Are you considering UBC for graduate school? Learn about admissions and academic requirements, application tips and more during this interactive session.

School of Population & Public Health Info Sessions

Online or SPPH B151
Date: Thursday, 16 November 2017
Time: 17:30 to 18:30
Meet program managers and program directors to discuss graduate program options in the School of Population and Public Health.

MPH Info Session

Online
Date: Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Time: 14:30 to 15:30
Connect with the program manager and program director of the Master of Public Health to get your questions answered.

Research Information

Program Components

As part of the MPH program, there is a 12-week, full time (or equivalent) practicum component.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

GRE required?

GRE or comparable test (check program website)

Other Requirements

Applicants must meet our quantitative admissions requirement. You can do so by receiving a B+ or higher in an approved calculus or statistics course, or take the GRE (minimum 153 quantitative and 153 verbal). Please note that the GRE must have been taken in the last 5 years. You can read more about the quantitative admissions requirement here: http://spph.ubc.ca/programs/mph/prospective-students/quantitative-admiss.... If you think you have taken a calculus or statistics course that meets our quantitative admission requirement, please send us a detailed course syllabus/outline for our office to review. Generally, we encourage international applicants to take the GRE as it can be difficult for us to evaluate international courses.

Career Options

The UBC MPH degree builds the skills needed to tackle local and global health issues, implement disease prevention strategies, evaluate health promotion programs, conduct innovative research into the population health of communities, and develop the policies required to promote healthy populations and equitable health services. Our graduates can be found in organizations such as Vancouver Coastal Health, Cancer Care Ontario, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the University of Oxford, the British Columbia Ministry of Health, and the BC Centre for Disease Control. They work as epidemiologists, research coordinators, monitoring and evaluation specialists, policy and research analysts, community health nurses, health program managers, and many others. Many of our graduates have gone on to complete their PhDs or clinical or additional professional training. Read more about our graduates here.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,600.60$4,236.77
Tuition per year$4,801.80$12,710.31
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$250.00$250.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
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. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications232269289317316
Offers4663555458
New registrations2526313633
Total enrolment6171787675

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 90.28% based on 72 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 130 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 0.99 years and the maximum time is 4.33 years with an average of 1.67 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Further Program Information

 
 

September 2018 Intake

Application Open Date
15 November 2017
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2018

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