Degree offered: Master of Public Health (MPH)

  • Registration status option: Full-time
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Program options (expected duration of the program):
    • MPH (4 terms; 16 consecutive months)
    • MPH+ with 15 credits of language training (5 terms; 20 consecutive months)
  • Academic units: Faculty of Medicine, School of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Program Description

Master of Public Health (MPH)
The MPH is a course-based program with an experiential learning component (Public Health Practicum) and a culminating experience (Applied Public Health Capstone Project) which demonstrates integration and synthesis of public health skills and knowledge. It is to be completed full-time over 4 terms.

The MPH builds on SEPH’s existing strengths in global health, population health risk assessment, and empirical public health sciences. The content and structure of the program are also consistent with the Canadian Guidelines for MPH programs developed by the Network of Schools and Programs of Public and Population Health, the entity which represents the professional and academic public health community in Canada.

  • Areas of Focus

Students will opt into one of four areas in which to focus their learning:

  • Public Health Practice
  • Public Health Policy
  • Global Health
  • Population Health Risk Assessment.
  • Enhanced Policy Training

We are partnered with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs so that the MPH program can offer enhanced policy training to all enrolled students, and a policy stream that is unique in Ontario. This program will create leaders in the practice of public health and in public health policy analysis.

  • Program Goals

The MPH program will produce professionals who are competent, flexible, and ready to respond to diverse and changing population, disease, and political contexts in Canada and globally. In short it will prepare candidates for meaningful professional careers in the field of public health. 

The program has three goals:

  • Prepare leaders for strong and professional public health practice and policy work in Canada and globally.
  • For graduates planning a professional public health practice career, ensure a superior understanding of the policy perspective
  • For graduates planning a public health policy career, ensure a superior understanding of the scientific evidence perspective.

Master of Public Health (MPH+)
Another feature that is unique to the uOttawa MPH is that students may elect to undertake intensive language training (15 units over 5 terms) throughout their MPH studies through the MPH+ option. This option will help MPH students improve their abilities in a second (or third) language and will help them pursue their public health career-related goals in the language of their choice.

Through our collaboration with the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, MPH + students may take language courses in French, English, Arabic , Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

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

  • Graduate Diploma in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management
  • Master of Science Epidemiology (MSc)
  • Master of Science Epidemiology Specialization in Biostatistics (MSc)
  • Doctorate in Philosophy Epidemiology (PhD)

Fees and Funding


  • 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

Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Medicine
451 Smyth Road, Room RGN 2016
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5215

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For the most accurate and up to date information on application deadlines, language tests and other admission requirements, please visit the specific requirements webpage.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Honours Bachelor’s degree with specialization or major in a discipline relevant to public health (e.g., life science, health science, behavioural or social science such as psychology, economics or law or arts such as English or journalism) with a minimum average of B+ (75%), OR equivalent

Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.

  • Undergraduate-level bio-statistics course (such as MAT 2379) OR equivalent completed in the last 3 years or completion of the 1-week intensive Biostatistics Summer Institute offered by the School of Epidemiology and Public Health.
  • Admission requirements for the Master of Public Health (MPH+),  are the same as for the Master of Public Health (MPH).

Language Requirements

Applicants must be able to understand, write and fluently speak the language of instruction (English) in the program to which they are applying. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.

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

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


  • 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.


Students must meet the following requirements:

Compulsory Courses:
API 5116Democratic Government and Public Policy3 Units
EPI 5240Epidemiology I- Introductory Epidemiology3 Units
EPI 5242Biostatistics I3 Units
PBH 5101 Population Perspectives in Public Health3 Units
PBH 5102 Core Functions in Public Health3 Units
PBH 5103 Public Health Protection3 Units
PBH 5105 Applied Public Health Capston Project3 Units
PBH 5301 Public Health Practicum9 Units
Optional Courses:
9 optional course units from selected area of focus9 Units
PBH 5104 Professional Skills in Public Health and Policy 1
3 elective course units from: 23 Units
API 5126Microeconomics for Public Policy3 Units
API 5135Ethics and Moral Reasoning for Public and International Affairs3 Units
EPI 5143Epidemiological Research Using Large Databases3 Units
EPI 5182Sample Survey Research Methods3 Units
EPI 5188Health Technology Assessment3 Units
EPI 5244Special Topics in Epidemiology3 Units
EPI 6178Intervention Studies in Health Research3 Units
EPI 5188Health Technology Assessment3 Units
EPI 7106Qualitative Research Methods in Epidemiology3 Units
Language Training for MPH+
15 intensive language course units 315 Units
Public Health Practice Stream
EPI 5183Approaches to Community/Public Health Program Evaluation3 Units
EPI 7913Special Topics in Epidemiology3 Units
PBH 5106 Applied Research Methods in Public Health3 Units
Public Health Policy
EPI 5189Health Economic Evaluation3 Units
EPI 5210Public Health Administration3 Units
EPI 7184Health Policy3 Units
Global Health Stream
API 5105Concepts and Issues in International Affairs 13 Units
EPI 5144Global Health Epidemiology and Practice3 Units
EPI 5145Globalization and Health Equity 13 Units
EPI 5180International Health and Development3 Units
Population Health Risk Assessment Stream
EPI 5181Population Health Risk Assessment I3 Units
EPI 6182Population Health Risk Assessment II3 Units
PHR 6101Risk Management in Government3 Units


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 Medicine

“The Faculty of Medicine has a long history of conducting both basic and clinical research of the highest quality. Many of our high profile research projects are conducted in partnership with affiliated-teaching hospitals and research institutes. These partnerships lead to biomedical discoveries that have a significant impact on health care. In the process they educate the next generation of Canadian scientists. Our research activity also attracts significant investment, which stimulates the Ottawa economy.”

- Dr. Bernard Jasmin, Vice-Dean, Research

Facilities, Research Centres and Institutes at the Faculty of Medicine

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.