The School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia is offering a new master of public health (MPH) degree. The MPH is a 2-year non-thesis degree. It consists of 21 core course credits, 15 elective credits, and a 6-credit practicum.
Core courses include epidemiology, statistics, core biological concepts of public health practice, issues and concepts in public health, program planning/evaluation, and public health leadership. Elective courses may be chosen from 40 courses within the school in the substantive areas of public health practice, research and evaluation, occupational and environmental health, health services and systems, and social and life course determinants of health. As well, students may take up to three electives from outside the school.
The MPH program enrolled its first cohort of students this month. The program is offered in two formats. The first, a traditional classroom-based format, will continue to be offered on campus on a Monday to Friday timetable. The second format will be offered in a distributed mode.
Curriculum is offered in three 4-day weekends (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) per term, supplemented by online learning. This format is designed to make the program more accessible to practising health professionals, particularly those living outside of the Lower Mainland.
Detailed information about the program is available online at www.mph.spph.ubc.ca.
—Patricia Janssen, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, MPH Program