Dean's Gold Medal Award

The Dean's Gold Medal was created during the 10th anniversary year of the School of Public Health and was awarded for the first time in June 2017. The award is intended to recognize a student's superior academic performance.


Dean's Gold Medal - MPH students

To be awarded annually in June for students who completed the MPH degree and are eligible to graduate at the previous Fall and Spring convocations. An MPH Dean’s Gold Medal will be awarded annually in spring to a student who completed the MPH degree during the previous academic year (Spring-Fall-Winter).

During a transition in degree requirements that involves a change in the required culminating course, two Dean’s Gold Medals may be awarded - one for each cohort.

Eligibility and nomination criteria

Students in the MPH program will be assessed on:

  • Top-notch performance in the culminating course of the degree. Specific award criteria for the applicable culminating course will be developed as needed to reflect MPH degree requirements for transitions between academic years.
  • Applicable assessments include a tick box: Consider for the MPH Dean’s Gold Medal with a rationale.
  • Overall academic performance. 

Nomination and selection procedure

At the end of the Winter semester, the Instructor of the culminating course will:

  • Create a list of nominees for the previous year who meet the applicable guidelines (see Appendix I).
    • In the case of a transition in degree requirements, where cohorts are completing different culminating courses, students from both cohorts may be nominated (see Appendix I).
  • The SPH Awards Committee will review and rank nominees, considering rationale and normally GPA > 3.7, with greater weight on the rationale. In the event of a tie, the Awards Committee may choose to present the award to two students OR ask the Dean to decide.
  • Not necessarily a nominee in every year

Dean's Gold Medal - MSc students

To be awarded annually in June for students who completed the MSc degree and are eligible to graduate at the previous Fall and Spring convocations.

Eligibility and nomination criteria

Students in the MSc program will be assessed on:

  • Primarily a completed thesis and oral defence with full Committee (including external member) agreement to recommend for the award with rationale recorded on MSc thesis defence Chair's form. The form will include a tick box for "Consider for a Dean's Gold Medal (MSc)"
  • Overall academic performance

Nomination and selection procedure

School of Public Health Awards Committee administrative staff will:

  • Create a list of nominees for whom the "Exceptional - Recommend for a Gold Medal" box has been ticked on the thesis defence form and is supported by the rationale recorded on the MSc thesis defence Chair's form.

The Awards Committee will review and rank nominees, considering:
  • Rationale 
  • Normally GPA > 3.7, with greater weight on the thesis defence
  • Not necessarily a nominee in every year

Dean's Gold Medal - PhD students

If there is a candidate to nominate, to be awarded in the spring for students who completed the PhD program and are eligible to graduate at the previous Fall and Spring convocations.

Eligibility and nomination criteria

Students in the PhD program will be assessed on:

  • Primarily, a completed thesis and oral defence with full Committee (including external member) agreement to recommend for award with comments/rationale recorded on PhD thesis defence Chair's form

Nomination and selection procedure

  • Completed thesis and oral defense is the main criterion, with full Committee agreement (including externals) to recommend for award with rationale/comments recorded on PhD thesis defense Chair’s form. 
  • Form includes a tick box “Consider for the Dean’s Gold Medal.”
Dean's Gold Medal - MACE students

To be awarded annually in the spring for students who completed the MA degree during the previous Spring-Fall-Winter period.

Eligibility and nomination criteria

Students in the MACE program will be assessed on:

  • Primarily a completed thesis and oral defense, with full Committee (including external) agreement to recommend for award with rationale recorded on MA thesis defense Chair's form
  • Form will include a tick box for "Exceptional - Recommend for a Dean's Gold Medal (MA)"
  • Overall academic performance

Nomination and selection procedure

School of Public Health Awards Committee administrative staff will:

  • Create a list of nominees for whom the "Exceptional - Recommend for a Gold Medal" box has been ticked on the thesis defense form, supported by the rationale recorded on the MA thesis defense Chair's form

The School of Public Health Awards Committee will review and rank nominees, considering:

  • Rationale 
  • Normally GPA ≥ 3.7, with greater weight on the thesis defense