Summary

Other Programs Offered Within the Same Discipline or in a Related Area

  • Doctorate in Philosophy Population Health

Fees and Funding

  • Program fees:

The estimated amount for university fees associated with this program are available under the section Finance your studies.

International students enrolled in a French-language program of study may be eligible for a differential tuition fee exemption.

Notes

  • Programs are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies.
  • In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have the right to complete their assignments, examinations, research papers, and theses in French or in English.

Program Contact Information

Academic Office, Faculty of Health Sciences
125 University Private, Room 232
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5853
Toll free: 1-877-868-8292, ext. 5853
Email: healthsc@uOttawa.ca

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Application Deadlines

Deadlines Fall term Winter term Summer term
Canadian students February 1 - -
International students February 1 - -
  • Applications received after the deadline will only be considered based on the availability of space and funding.
  • The admission period may close before the anticipated deadline if an excessive number of applications are received.
  • Late applications may be considered. Interested applicants are advised to contact their potential supervisor and the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Health Sciences for advice regarding late applications.
  • The Faculty of Health Sciences reserves the right to cancel a course prior to the beginning of the term if the minimum number of enrollment is not reached.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Have a four-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall GPA of 6.0 out of 10, or 70%, calculated in accordance with graduate studies guidelines.
  • Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.
  • The candidates’ previous studies must include a university-level statistics course.
  • Pay the $100 ($CDN non-refundable) application fee.
  • Identify at least one professor who is willing to supervise your research and thesis. We recommend that you contact potential thesis supervisors as soon as possible.

Language Requirements

Applicants must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (French or English) in the program to which they are applying and at least a passive knowledge of the other. Proof of linguistic proficiency will be required.

Applicants whose first language is neither French nor English must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction.

Language tests recognized by the University of Ottawa:

  • TOEFL: 550 (paper-based) – 79-80 (internet-based); or
  • IELTS: 6.5 Overall – 5.0 Individual (paper-based or internet-based); or
  • An equivalent language test.

Note: Candidates are responsible for any fees associated with the language tests.

Notes

  • The admission requirements listed above are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Admissions are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies.
  • At the time of admission, the Admissions Committee will determine, in consultation with the potential thesis supervisor, whether the candidate needs to complete any additional courses (maximum of three) beyond the basic program requirements in order to strengthen his or her knowledge of their thesis area.

Documents Required for Admission

In addition to the documents required for graduate and postdoctoral studies, candidates must submit the following documents:

  • A resume
  • A letter indicating agreement by a core faculty member within the program to supervise the proposed thesis area.
  • A letter of intent

A two-page letter describing the candidate’s training, their career plan and how this graduate degree fits with their plan.

  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from professors who have known the applicant and are familiar with the student work.

You are strongly encouraged to contact your referee(s) prior to submitting your application in order to confirm their email address and their availability to complete your letter of recommendation.

  • Transcripts from all universities attended:
    • You must submit official transcripts from all the universities you have attended.
      This applies to all courses and programs at any university you attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchanges, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc.
    • If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.
  • Evidence of language proficiency (eg. proof of passing a test administered by the Institute for Official Languages and Bilingualism).
  • A signed letter by the candidate that s/he can understand a lecture and read material in both French and English.
  • An additional information form: Declaration of Language Competency

Note: Documents that are not required for admission will not be consulted, conserved or returned to the student. These documents will be destroyed according to our administrative procedures.

Information about how to apply to this program is available under the Apply Now section.

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the deadline indicated above.

 Master’s with Thesis

Students must meet the following requirements:

Compulsory Courses:
HSS 5901Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Health Sciences3 Units
HSS 5902Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Statistics in Health Sciences3 Units
HSS 5995Directed Studies in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences 13 Units
Seminars:
HSS 5903Master's Seminar I1.5 Units
HSS 5904Master's Seminar II1.5 Units
Thesis Proposal:
HSS 6997Thesis Proposal0 Unit
Thesis:
HSS 7999Master's Thesis 20 Unit

Note(s) 

1

Students may replace HSS 5995 with HSS 6912 or an out-of-program graduate course chosen in consultation with their thesis supervisor and approved by the director of the MSc program.

2

Students are responsible for ensuring they have met all of the thesis requirements.

Minimum Requirements

The passing grade in all courses is C+.

Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 units) must withdraw from the program.

Research Fields & Facilities

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, a few steps away from Parliament Hill, the University of Ottawa is among Canada’s top 10 research universities.

uOttawa focuses research strengths and efforts in four Strategic Areas of Development in Research (SADRs):

  • Canada and the World
  • Health
  • e-Society
  • Molecular and Environmental Sciences

With cutting-edge research, our graduate students, researchers and educators strongly influence national and international priorities.

Research at the Faculty of Health Sciences

Research at the Faculty involves many important aspects of health, including women's health, health in the elderly, health needs of francophones in a minority context, Aboriginal health, physical activity and health, multiple interventions in population health, palliative care, rehabilitation and functional autonomy, health and technology, and evidence based practice.

Facilities, Research Centres and Institutes at the Faculty of Health Sciences

  • The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • The Bruyère Research Institute
  • The Community Health Research Unit
  • The Institute for Rehabilitation Research and Development
  • The University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research
  • L’Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort
  • The Institute of Population Health
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute

For more information, refer to the list of faculty members and their research fields on Uniweb

IMPORTANT: Candidates and students looking for professors to supervise their thesis or research project can also consult the website of the faculty or department of their program of choice. Uniweb does not list all professors authorized to supervise research projects at the University of Ottawa.

HSS 5901 Perspectives interdisciplinaires en sciences de la santé / Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Health Sciences (3 crédits / 3 units)

Perspectives théoriques et empiriques sur les processus biologiques, comportementaux et sociaux qui opèrent de façon indépendante, cumulative et interactive au cours de la vie pour influencer le développement de la santé, de la maladie, du handicap et du bien-être. Étude des théories actuelles et évaluation critique des évidences empiriques supportant chacune de celles-ci dans différents domaines de la santé. / Theoretical and empirical perspectives on the biological, behavioural and social processes that operate from conception to death independently, cumulatively and interactively to influence the development of health, disease, disability and well being. Examination of current theories and critical appraisal of the empirical evidence supporting each of these theories in different areas of health.

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

Prerequiste: passive knowledge of French. Co-requisite: HSS 5902

HSS 5902 Méthodes de recherche interdisciplinaire et statistique en sciences de la santé / Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Statistics in Health Sciences (3 crédits / 3 units)

Étude des différentes méthodes de recherche (qualitatives, quantitatives et de laboratoire) et des modèles statistiques qui peuvent servir à identifier, définir, mesurer et résoudre des problèmes de santé complexes. Il s'agira de démontrer comment certains modèles/méthodes permettent de mettre en évidence la contribution des processus biologiques, comportementaux et sociaux dans le développement de la santé. / Study of the different research methods (qualitative, quantitative and laboratory) and statistical models used for identifying, defining, measuring, evaluating and mitigating complex health problems. Involves demonstrating how certain methods/models can be used to highlight the contribution of biological, behavioural and social processes to the development of health.

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

Prerequiste: passive knowledge of French. Co-requisite: HSS 5901.

HSS 5903 Séminaire de maîtrise I / Master's Seminar I (1.5 crédits / 1.5 units)

Discussion concernant la manière dont les approches interdisciplinaires à la recherche et aux pratiques peuvent être utilisées dans l'application des connaissances aux problèmes de santé complexes. L'étudiant doit assister à six séminaires au cours de l'année et doit préparer un bref rapport sur les dits séminaires où il présente une vue d'ensemble de tous les séminaires. Noté S (satisfaisant) ou NS (non satisfaisant). / Discussion as to how interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice can be applied to complex health problems. Students must attend six seminars and prepare a summary report providing an overview of all the seminars attended. Graded S (Satisfactory) / NS (Not satisfactory).

Volet / Course Component: Séminaire / Seminar

Préalable : connaissance passive de l'anglais. / Prerequiste: passive knowledge of French.

HSS 5904 Séminaire de maîtrise II / Master's Seminar II (1.5 crédits / 1.5 units)

Discussion concernant la manière dont les approches interdisciplinaires à la recherche et aux pratiques peuvent être utilisées dans l'application des connaissances aux problèmes de santé complexes. En plus de présenter ses propres recherches dans un séminaire, l'étudiant doit assister à cinq autres séminaires au cours de l'année. Il doit préparer un bref rapport où il présente une vue d'ensemble de tous les séminaires. Noté S (satisfaisant) / NS (non satisfaisant). / Discussion as to how interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice can be applied to complex health problems. Students must present their research ideas at one seminar, attend five other seminars, and prepare a summary report providing an overview of all the seminars attended. Graded S (Satisfactory) / NS (Not satisfactory).

Volet / Course Component: Séminaire / Seminar

Préalable : connaissance passive de l'anglais / Prerequiste: passive knowledge of French.

HSS 5995 Études dirigées en sciences interdisciplinaires de la santé / Directed Studies in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (3 crédits / 3 units)

Études individuelles conçues pour parfaire la formation de l'étudiant dans son champ de recherche. / Individual study designed to complement the student's knowledge related to his or her research area.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

HSS 6912 Thèmes choisis en sciences interdisciplinaires de la santé / Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (3 crédits / 3 units)

Analyse approfondie d?une problématique ou d?une question liée aux nouvelles tendances en recherche ou aux nouveaux thèmes de recherche en sciences interdisciplinaires de la santé. / In-depth examination of a question or topic linked to new trends or research areas in interdisciplinary health sciences.

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

Préalable : Connaissance passive de l'anglais. / Prerequisite: Passive knowledge of French.

HSS 6997 Projet de thèse / Thesis Proposal

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

HSS 7999 Thèse de maîtrise / Master's Thesis

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research