Queen's University

School of

Graduate Studies

School of

Graduate Studies

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Public Health



"After acquiring a good job after completing my MPH at Queen’s, it quickly became apparent that the knowledge I gained from the program had, undoubtedly, prepared me for a position that I would not have been able to succeed at prior to completing the program. I am happy to be able to use the many skills I gained from the program in my daily working life and my MPH has opened many doors for me that I never would have expected.”

Kristi Randhawa, MPH, 2013

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
E-mail: lymang@queensu.ca
Website: www.queensu.ca/phs


Program Overview

Through a combination of coursework and practical experiences, students will develop the applied skills required to organize, analyze, interpret and communicate public health knowledge, as well as to apply this knowledge in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health policies and programs. Graduates will appreciate the importance of  interdisciplinarity, 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 Queen’s will provide broad understanding of the subject matter and methods of public health and equip graduates to practice competently as generalists in the field of public health.


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 the following organizations:

  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Local Health Integration Networks
  • Public Health Units
  • Community Health Centres
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Post-Secondary Institutions
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 3 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 (EPID 886)

Courses Winter, year 1

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

Course Spring/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 Queen’s Master of Public Health program offers a unique opportunity to its students by offering two practica.

Each practicum is designed to assist the students in developing and advancing functional, practical skills and hands on experiences to aid in creating a marketable and desirable skill set for their future in the field of public health.

First, students must complete a selection of public health skill-based sessions (0.5 credit) followed by a practicum placement within a public health focused organization.

Sample Practicum I: Public Health Skills sessions:

  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Database Management
  • Public Health Report Writing
  • Effective Presentation Preparation & Performance
  • Ethical Public Health Practice
  • 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
  • British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
  • Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Canadian Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • AIDS Free Africa
  • World Health Organisation
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Queen’s University does not provide funding to students entering professional degrees, however applicants are eligible to apply for OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship).

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 introductory mathematics, statistics, or data analysis course Submission of two copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended Students with no prior mathematics or statistics courses are encouraged to provide a GRE quantitative score.

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 Alumini
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