Health services and policy research generates knowledge to address issues related to health service design and delivery and development of health-related policy. It includes such diverse areas as health outcomes research, technology assessment, knowledge translation, health economics and economic evaluation, patient/public engagement, and health workforce planning.
Our master of science (MSc) program in health policy research prepares students to generate knowledge to address issues related to health service design and delivery and development of health-related policy. Students are encouraged to address issues of concern to the health system and the larger community.
These courses are required in order to complete this program.
SPH 555 - Foundations of Public Health Research (*3)
SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods I (*3)
These courses are required for this specialization.
SPH 500 - Introduction to Health Policy and Systems Research (*3)
(*3) qualitative or quantitative methods courses as approved by the student's supervisor.
Students are required to complete *6 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 of the program is four years (full or part time) from the date of first registration.