Planning your program is an important part of the orientation, and we encourage you to proactively prepare for it over the summer months. Please take the time to review the courses and curriculum requirements, then begin to work through your program plan. Module 5 (Planning your program) of SPH 101 on eClass has more information to help you prepare for this.
Program planning for MPH students begins in June. We follow a “team advising” approach for every course-based (MPH) student. Through team advising, we strive to ensure that MPH students are supported by the Office of Educational Programs, academic advisors and the Practice Office.
The staff in the Office of Educational Programs will assist you with general program requirements, core and specialization required courses, and information and assistance with University of Alberta policies and procedures, as well as issues and challenges with program completion.
Your appointed academic advisor will discuss your background and interests, offer specialization specific expertise, assist with choosing electives and overall preparation for a career in the discipline. This also includes promotion of networking and other professional development opportunities available through the program.
The Practice Office will support you in the practice components of your degree program, including cross-cutting public health competencies, planning your MPH field practicum, developing a professional development portfolio and connecting with relevant practitioners and opportunities in the field.
MSc and PhD Students
Thesis-based (MSc, PhD) students should also prepare a program plan over the summer months. Your program will include plans for both the courses and your thesis research. It is important for you to discuss your plan with your supervisor.
The staff in the Office of Educational Programs can assist you with general program requirements, core and specialization required courses, and information and assistance with University of Alberta policies and procedures, as well as issues and challenges with program completion.