Master of Science in Population and Public Health (MSc)
The School of Population and Public Health offers a research-oriented Master of Science degree program. Open to students with a wide range of academic backgrounds, the program enables students to gain core knowledge and skills in epidemiological and biostatistical methods and gain research experience by applying these 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.
Epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, community health, global health, health services management and planning, health services research, health-care policy, occupational and environmental health, and preventive medicine and health promotion.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
Supervisor commitment required prior to application?
Prior degree requirements
Students admitted to the M.Sc. degree program must possess a bachelor’s degree (or recognized equivalent) in the health sciences or a related area.
Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.Transcript Deadline
Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.Referee Deadline
Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.
September 2020 Intake
Application Open Date01 December 2019
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,665.26||$2,925.58|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$930.14 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
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.
Completion Rates & Times
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Anis, Aslam (cost effectiveness of AIDS treatments; drug assessments – pharmacoeconomics; health care economics; health regulations, Health economics, rhematoid arthritis, biologic therapies)
Bansback, Nick (inform policies and practices in health through the application of)
Bartlett, Karen Hastings (Indoor air quality, bioaerosol exposures in work and community environments, particularly in rural or agricultural settings)
Bettinger, Julie (Epidemiology, Vaccination, Infectious Diseases, Health Promotion, Community Health / Public Health, Infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine clinical trials, vaccine safety, vaccine programs, Vaccine hesitancy)
Black, Charlyn (Health Care Organization, Health Information Systems, Health services research, Quality, effectiveness and outcomes of health care, Health information systems, Research and policy, Knowledge translation, Population health)
Brauer, Michael (Environmental Health, Community Health / Public Health, air pollution, environmental health, built environment, environmental epidemiology, remote sensing)
Brussoni, Mariana (injury prevention, accident prevention, fathering, risk-taking )
Bryan, Stirling (Economics of health care, policy, from UK)
Burgess, Michael (Genetics and Ethics, Ethics and Health, Applied Ethics, Individual and Collective Ethics, Participatory research, Public deliberation, Health Policy, Science Policy, Deliberative Democracy)
Buxton, Jane (Epidemiology, harm reduction)
Cox, Susan (Applied Ethics, Interpersonal Communication, Community Health / Public Health, Genetics and Ethics, Learning and Development Approaches, Health Promotion, narratives of health and illness, grief, loss, death and dying, research ethics/ethics in research, arts and health education, arts and healing, arts-based approaches to research)
Davies, Hugh William (Occupational Health, Noise and Chrnoic Disease)
Dummer, Trevor (health geography, cancer prevention, environmental exposures, health inequalities, geographic information science, obesity, risk factors, Environmental epidemiology and environment and health interactions, with specific emphasis on cancer etiology and cancer prevention)
Elango, Rajavel (Protein Nutrition, Maternal-Fetal Nutrition, Childhood Malnutrition, Amino Acid Metabolism, Human Nutrition )
Frank, Lawrence (health and environmental impacts of transportation and urban planning (land use) decisions. transportation, transit, public health, sustainability, sprawl, neighbourhood walkability, physical activity, urban planning, Sustainable transportation)
Frank, Erica (Preventive medicine, Free accredited education)
Frankish, Charles James (Health Inequities, Community Partnership Research, Health Literacy, Homelessness & Health, Health Indicators, Citizen Participation in Health-System Reform, Community-Service-Learning)
Gadermann, Anne (Social determinants of health; Housing and homelessness; Quality of)
Gardy, Jennifer (Genomics, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Tuberculosis, Outbreaks)
Guhn, Martin (wellbeing of children and youth; social determinants of developmental health; social and cultural community and neighborhood effects on child development; music and emotion )
Himsworth, Chelsea (ecology of infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases, diseases involving free-ranging wildlife.)
Ho, Anita (Human right issues, cross-cultural ethics, health-care access and disparity, professional-patient relationship, minority care experience, decision-making models, and various concepts of autonomy)
Janssen, Patricia (Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Social Determinants of Health, Perinatal Period, Gestation / Parturition, maternal child health, health of marginalized women , mobile health for pregnancy and parenting)
Joseph, K.S. (Pregnancy complications, preterm birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, neonatal)