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"All the instructors seemed really engaged in the courses they were teaching. There’s a nice mix of courses – some quantitative, some applied, and some theory. Everyone seemed to be very connected, and got along well. We did lots of activities together.”

Katherine Launier MPH, 2014

Program Contact

Gerri Lyman
Graduate Assistant
Graduate Program in Public Health
Carruthers Hall, 3rd Floor  
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.2234


Program Overview

The Master of Public Health program is 16 consecutive months in duration. 

Through a combination of coursework and practicum experiences, students will develop the knowledge and skill set required to organize, analyze, interpret and communicate public health information and assess, plan, implement and evaluate public health policies and programs. Graduates will appreciate the value and importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and develop an awareness of ethical and cultural issues pertaining to public health research and practice. 


The knowledge, attitudes, and skills gained from the Master of Public Health program at Queens will provide a broad mastery of the subject matter and methods of public health so as to equip graduates to practice competently as generalists within the public health community.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Students who have graduated from this program have found employment within the public health community in Canada, in various roles, at a variety of organizations. Examples of alumni employment include:

  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Strategy and Policy Advisor
  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services - Statistics Officer
  • Public Health Ontario - Product Development Advisor, Infection Control Consultant 
  • Cancer Care Ontario - Analyst, Policy and Guidelines
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Research Coordinator
  • Local Health Integration Networks - Quality Improvement & Implementation Facilitator
  • Public Health Units - Foundational Standards Specialist, Research Assistant
  • Community Health Centres - Health Planner, Coordinator, Regional Self-Management Program and Telemedicine
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - Clinical Research Coordinator, Project Manager
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Health: 16 months, full time.

The option for part-time studies can be made available to public health professionals wishing to work concurrently while completing their Master of Public Health degree.

Method of Completion

Seven mandatory core half-credit courses, two mandatory practicum courses and three half-credit elective courses.

Courses Fall, Year 1

  • Introduction to Epidemiology (EPID 801)
  • Introductory Biostatistics (EPID 821)
  • Public Health and Policy in the Canadian Health System
  • Practicum I: Public Health Skills Workshops (EPID 886)

Courses Winter, Year 1

  • Program Evaluation (EPID 812)
  • Foundations of Public Health Practice (EPID 825)
  • Elective x2
  • Practicum I: Public Health Skills Workshops (EPID 886)

Course Summer, Year 1

  • Practicum II: Practicum Placement (EPID 887)

Courses Fall, Year 2

  • Determinants of Health (EPID 826)
  • Public Health Leadership & Administration (EPID 827)
  • Elective

The Master of Public Health program at Queen’s includes two practicum elements. The first (EPID 886) consists of 36 hours of public health skills workshops. The second (EPID 887) is a 400–hour summer practicum placement with a public health organization. Both practicum elements are designed to assist the students to create and deepen a marketable and desirable skill set for their future in the field of public health.

Sample Practicum I: Public Health Skills sessions:

  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Public Health Report Writing
  • Effective Presentation Preparation & Performance
  • Systematic Literature Reviews: How to
  • Introduction to Government Information

Sample Practicum II: Placement locations:

  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Public Health Units
  • Local Health Integration Networks
  • Community Health Centres
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Canadian Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • AIDS Free Africa
  • World Health Organization
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Queen’s University does not provide funding to students entering professional degrees.

Academic Prerequisites

Honours (4 year) bachelors degree in any discipline with a minimum second class standing (B+) or higher.

Other Requirements

  • Demonstration of quantitative skills through an undergraduate level mathematics, statistics, or data analysis course.
  • Submission of two copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Students must display an understanding of and commitment to public health practice.
  • Health and public health practitioners wishing to pursue advanced training in public health are encouraged to apply.

Test Requirements

International students from a non-English speaking university and/or students with English as a second language will require a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score. The TOEFL institution code is 0949 and the department code is 50.

Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score is mandatory for applicants from non-Canadian universities and a minimum score of 149 is required on the quantitative section. The GRE institution code and department code is 0949 and 0606, respectively.

Key Dates and Deadlines

There is only one admission date per year, in September.

Applications for September entry close January 31st

MPH Program Committee

MPH Program Committee

Learning Outcomes and Student Handbook
Photo of Stefanie StuartStefanie Stuart
MPH Alumni
A Passion for Health Equity
Photo of Kelly OgilvieKelly Ogilvie
Public Health
Getting practical about Public Health...
Photo of MPH student, Osama_BerradaOsama Berrada
Public Health
Arriving at a critical juncture...
Sarah WafaSarah Wafa
Public Health
A Summer in Geneva
David BekingDavid Beking
Public Health
Aspiring to Help the Marginalized