The aim of the master of science (MSc) program in general public health is to enhance students' research knowledge and skills in areas not covered by the specialist MSc thesis programs offered by the School of Public Health.
Students in this program have the flexibility to tailor their choice of elective courses to their thesis topics. Students interested in interdisciplinary research around emerging issues might want to pursue this program.
After completing the program, graduates will be prepared for doctoral level work and for research-related positions.
These courses are required in order to complete this program:
SPH 555 - Foundations of Public Health Research (*3)
SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods 1 (*3)
Students are required to complete *12 of graduate level coursework as approved by their supervisor.
Students will successfully complete and defend a thesis on a research topic in the program area, defined in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. The scope and quality of the thesis should normally be appropriate to form the basis for a refereed journal publication.
As you prepare to defend your thesis, in the Final Oral Examination, you will want to become familiar with the Master's Final Oral Examinations Procedures.
Students are required to present the results of their thesis at a student seminar prior to the Final Oral Examination.
The minimum period of residence is one academic year of full-time registration at the University of Alberta.
Length of Program
The time required to complete the program will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken. The maximum time permitted or completion for completion of the program is four years (full or part-time) from the date of first registration.