MPH Global Health

Our master of public health (MPH) program is designed to equip students 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. These include public health programs across a range of technical areas:

  • infectious disease control (malaria, HIV/AIDS, immunization-preventable illnesses)
  • maternal, child and reproductive health
  • nutrition
  • non-communicable diseases
  • trauma
  • mental health
  • environmental health

A one-semester field practicum in a public health agency setting is one of the requirements for this degree. Students generally do their practicum in a low- or middle-income country setting.


Working in Global Health

Global health researchers and practitioners find employment in many areas:

  • academic institutions
  • government agencies (e.g. ministries of health, local health authorities, and government donor agencies like 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
  • private-sector organizations 

In addition to the MPH core courses (*24), students must complete the following for a total of (*45).

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.