MSc Programs

MSc Global Health

Global health is the application of the principles of public health to the health issues that concern many countries or is affected by transnational determinants with a focus on the problems and challenges that affect the poor, vulnerable and underserved populations worldwide.

Adopting the Alma Ata Declaration and the principles of Primary Health Care, it aims to promote health equity amongst all nations and all people. The “global” in global health refers to the scope of the problem, not necessarily the location for the principles of global health are applicable to both low and middle-income countries and for the reduction of health disparities in Canada and other developed countries.

Research in global health generates the information which is crucial in the planning, implementation and monitoring of basic primary health care services aiming at improving the health status of the target populations.

Core Courses

These courses are required in order to complete this program. 

SPH 555 - Foundations of Public Health Research (*3)
SPH 561 - Topics in Public Health: Epidemiology Module(s) (*1)
SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods I (*2)

Specialization Courses

These courses are required for this specialization.

SPH 542 - Case Studies in International Primary Health Care (*3)
SPH 640 - Introduction to Global Health (*3)

Elective Courses

Students are required to complete *12 of graduate level coursework as approved by their supervisor from the following:

SPH 519 - Biostatistics I (*3), and
SPH 619 - Biostatistics II (*3), and
SPH 696 - Epidemiology Methods II (*3), and
One (*3) course as approved by the student's supervisor.


Two (*6) qualitative methods courses and two (*6) courses as approved by the student's supervisor. 


(*3, *6 or *9 per term as required)

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.

Residency Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two, four-month terms of full-time registration.

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; a minimum of two years is normally required. The maximum time permitted or completion of the program is four years (full or part time) from the date of first registration.