MPH in General Public Health Program

94% of our MPH graduates have found either full- or part-time employment.

 

Are you looking for a graduate public health program that combines theoretical and hands-on approaches? Practice readiness is our number one priority!

Starting in Fall 2023, we will offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) in General Public Health degree. Our professional degree is designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to play roles in key public health functions such as assessment, planning, action implementation, and evaluation, in governmental, non-governmental, community-based, and industry settings across sectors and jurisdictions. 

You will have the opportunity to obtain an additional credential concurrently with your MPH degree by taking up to two graduate embedded certificates (GEC). You can complement your required courses with up to two graduate embedded certificates (GEC), a selection of electives or combination of the two! 

We offer GECs in areas of public health in which there is a high demand for practitioners, such as climate change and health, communicable diseases, and community-based research and evaluation. Refer to the Graduate Embedded Certificates page for more information.

The application portal for MPH programs for Fall 2023 opens October 1, 2022. The application period for Fall 2023 admission is October 1, 2022 to January 15, 2023.


Program Changes

Effective Fall 2023, the School of Public Health offers the degree of Master of Public Health in General Public Health.

As of October 1, 2022, admission to the following seven MPH specializations has been suspended:

  • MPH in Applied Biostatistics
  • MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health
  • MPH in Epidemiology
  • MPH in Food Safety
  • MPH in Global Health
  • MPH in Health Policy & Management
  • MPH in Health Promotion 
Continuing students admitted to these programs 2022 or earlier can find their program requirements here:
Educational Programs Contact
P: 780-492-8211 | F: 780-492-0364 | E: sph.programs@ualberta.ca

Plan your program

Master of Public Health in General Public Health

Starting in Fall 2023, we will offer the course-based degree of Master of Public Health (MPH) in General Public Health. The curriculum is designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to play roles in key public health functions such as assessment, planning, action implementation and evaluation, in governmental, non-governmental, community-based and industry settings across sectors and jurisdictions.

Program Requirements

The MPH degree consists of 45 units of coursework. Students complete 30 units of required courses and 15 units of elective courses. Students may fulfill  their elective credits by taking graduate embedded certificates (GEC), free electives, or a combination of the two. Refer to  for details about the GECs we offer. Other GECs may be available in other U of A graduate faculties. 

Course Load

Full-time students take a minimum of 9 units per term in fall and winter terms. Part-time students take fewer than 9 units per term. 

Length of Program

While students have a maximum of six years to complete this course-based master’s degree, most full-time students can complete the program in 20 months, and most part-time students can complete the program in 36 months.  

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum and related competencies were designed with one overarching goal in mind: To equip our MPH graduates with knowledge and skills for public health practice.

Curriculum Features

Our MPH curriculum offers several features that provide students with rich learning experiences:
  • Integrated, interdisciplinary core courses that employ …. 
  • Team- and problem-based experiential learning …. 
  • Facilitated by interdisciplinary teaching teams … 
  • Starts with a two-week immersive experience in mid-August, building up to ….
  • A team practice experience addressing an external partner organization’s project in real time, and … 
  • Culminates with a 400-hour immersive applied practice experience & integrative learning experience.

Why did we design the curriculum this way?

We consulted with students, alumni, employers and others to consider what graduates need to be able to do, in addition to what we want them to know. This is known as a competency-driven curriculum.

The curriculum fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills in our graduates-to-be. In many of the core courses, students work in teams to address complex and wicked public health scenarios while practicing skills required for effective teamwork. Students with diverse backgrounds and interests - such as health promotion, epidemiology and health policy - work together to address problems and learn to think across disciplinary perspectives - just what employers require of today's public health practitioners! 

How will students benefit?

The curriculum offers many benefits. Students will:

  • Be active learners
  • Apply concepts and solutions to situations, and
  • Gain a firm foundation in broad public health principles, knowledge and skills (competencies).

MPH graduates will be practice ready.


Practicum Experience

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All MPH students learn to bridge theory and practice through coursework, culminating with an immersive field practicum.


MPH Core Courses

All MPH students are required to complete the following core courses, comprising 30 units of the MPH degree, sequenced to build on each other. Read the Core Course Descriptions

The course sequence for a full-time student can be found here. View the Core Course Sequence .

Year 1 (Sept to Aug)

Fall Term

Winter Term

Spring

Summer

SPH 530 This is Public Health (3) (mid-August)

SPH 535 Using & Creating Evidence in Public Health Practice I (3)

SPH 562 Understanding & Improving the Health of Populations (3)

SPH 536 Engagement for Public Health Action (2)

SPH 541A Public Health Practice & Professional Skills I (1)

Electives possible

SPH 537 Using & Creating Evidence in Public Health Practice II (3)

SPH 563 Evaluation in Public Health Practice (3)

SPH 541A Public Health Practice & Professional Skills I (1)

SPH 546 PPublic Health Practice & Professional Skills II (2)

Electives possible

SPH 547 Public Health Practice Project (3) (Option 1)



Electives possible

Year 2 (Sept to Aug)

Fall Term

Winter Term

Spring

Summer

SPH 547 Public Health Practice Project (3) (Option 2)

Electives 

SPH 598 Public Health Practice Experience & Capping Project  (6) (Option 1) 

SPH 598 Public Health Practice Experience & Capping Project  (6)  (Option 2) 


Office of Educational Programs Contact

P: 780-492-8211 | E: sph.programs@ualberta.ca


Course Registration

You can find out when our courses are offered and / or register (if space available) using Bear Tracks.

Not enrolled in our programs?

Graduate level students who are not enrolled in a program offered by the School may register in our courses if space is available. For these individuals, registration opens:

  • After August 20 for Fall Term
  • After December 22 for Winter Term
  • After April 17 for Spring Term
  • After June 19 for Summer Term

If you are not currently registered in another program at the University of Alberta, it is possible to take courses as an Open Studies student or through the Western Deans' Agreement