MPH Programs

MPH Global Health

These requirements are effective Fall 2018 and apply to students enrolling from this date forward.

The global health field is concerned with improving health status across diverse populations, particularly those in which poor outcomes are particularly concentrated.

The principles, approaches and tools used in global health apply across low-, middle- and high-income countries. Nevertheless, our global health training programs are particularly concerned with health policies, programs and services in low- and middle-income country settings. 

Our MPH program is designed to equip graduates to work effectively as public health practitioners, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to advocate for, plan, implement, manage and monitor and evaluate public health programs as described above. A one-semester field practicum is one of the requirements for this degree; this is generally done in a low- or middle-income country setting.

Global health practitioners find employment in government agencies (e.g. ministries of health, local health authorities, and government donor agencies, such as Global Affairs Canada), other funding agencies (e.g. Global Fund, World Bank, major foundations), global technical agencies (e.g. UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA), international and local non-governmental civil society organizations, consultancy groups, and private-sector organizations.

In addition to the MPH core courses (*24), students must complete the following for a total of (*42).

Specialization Courses (*12)

SPH 542 - Case Studies in International Primary Health Care (*3)
SPH 631 - Health Program Evaluation (*3)
SPH 640 - Introduction to Global Health (*3)
SPH 641 - Global Health Project Development (*3)

Approved Elective Courses (*9)

(*9) of graduate-level courses approved by the student’s academic advisor.


Length of Program

The minimum time to complete the MPH degree is 20 months. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is six years (part- or full-time) from the date of first registration.