Course Overviews

Each course comprises three hours of lecture per week for 13 weeks. All courses are delivered online and a typical student will spend 12 – 14 hours per week on course work.

EXSPH 2200 - Introduction to Health Policy and Management (Fall Term)

The course provides an overview of the development, organization, financing, delivery and management of the Canadian health system. Students will examine the health care system’s central assumptions, the distribution of power and authority within the system, current debates about the system’s future, and the potential for political action. Recognizing that the existing health care system is the result of power struggles and contestable political choices, the lectures and readings will encourage students to think critically about health care policy in Canada. By the end of the course, students should be formulating their own opinions about future directions for health care.

EXSPH 2201 - Determinants of Health (Fall Term)

Students will be expected to apply knowledge of selected social determinants of health to multi-level interventions to improve health of individuals, communities, and populations. The course takes an ecological approach to the analysis of health needs and the design of public health actions. Students will apply key social science theories to the analysis of social determinants of health.

EXSPH 2202 - Introduction to Environmental Health (Winter Term)

Introduces environmental health issues and scientific understanding of their causes in developed and developing countries. Examines the role of environmental factors (biological, chemical, and physical) and its importance in relation to other factors that affect health of a community. Provides case studies of how environmental factors are dealt with in practice; including methods and approaches for assessment, prevention, and control. 

EXSPH 2203 - Statistical Methods in Public Health (Fall Term)

Basic biostatistical concepts and methods used in health science research including; the role of biostatistics in research including ethics-related issues and data management; exploratory data analysis and data presentation by tabulations and graphics; estimation and comparisons of means, proportions, rates; introduction to regression analysis; and non-parametric methods.

EXSPH 2204 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology for Public Health (Winter Term)

The aim of this course is to promote an understanding of epidemiological methods and study designs and their application to improving human health, and is designed for students not specializing in epidemiology or biostatistics. Topics include measures of disease frequency, study design, bias, confounding, and assessing causation. A focus will be on critical review of epidemiologic studies through case studies. 

EXSPH 2205 - Integrating Public Health Principles into Practice

This course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to integrate and synthesize public health concepts, principles and theories and apply their critical thinking skills to the field of public health.