Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Public Health

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Program Websites

Program Contact

Courtney Hambides (publichealth@schulich.uwo.ca)
Program Coordinator

Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine, 4th Floor
London, Ontario N6G 2M1

t. 519.661.2111 x86279
f. 519-661-2004

The Master of Public Health Program features real public health issues as the foundation of students' learning, immersing participants in some of the most significant and complex public health crises that our country and globe have experienced. Our MPH Program offers a unique intersection between leadership, policy and sustainability. During this 12-month, case-based/experiential learning Program, students will have the opportunity to apply their previous work and health-related experience to discuss a wide-range of views and practices while gaining the knowledge and skills to lead in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging public health landscape.

The case method of learning is not about the traditional lecture-style classroom setting: it is about the student being an active part of the learning experience; that means learning by doing. It introduces complex and often ambiguous real-world scenarios into the classroom, forcing students to think and make decisions often with incomplete and inaccurate data. This prepares graduates for the dynamic conditions they'll encounter in their careers.

Special features of the MPH Program include:

  • 12-week practicum
  • Small cohort with no more than 60 students
  • Applicant for accreditation with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • Faculty members from Health Science, Law, Science, Social Science and Brescia University College Strategic Alliance with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) – fast track to earn your designation as a Certified Health Executive

Times to Completion

  • 3 Terms (1 year) - Full-time

Curriculum Options

  • Course-based

Admission Requirements

A four-year undergraduate degree (minimum average of 78% over the last 2 years) with 3 years paid or volunteer health-related experience, or if you are a licensed health care professional, 2 years experience will suffice.

All candidates must also meet the following admission criteria:

  • Must have a minimum average of B+ (78% or higher) on the last 10 full courses or 20 half-courses completed (approximately 2 years of full-time study);
  • Successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum 70-75% (Canadian equivalency) within the last five years is recommended; and
  • Proof of registration or licensure from relevant regulatory organization if applying as a health practitioner.
Additionally, international students must meet English language fluency requirements as outlined below.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The competitive score is 100 for the iBT with no individual score below 25; or 580 for the paper and pencil version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
  • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The competitive score is 7 out of 9 with no individual score lower than 6.5. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
  • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The competitive overall score is 70 with 70 in both writing and speaking . The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
  • Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.
Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or CAEL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency. Those graduates from Level 5 of the Fanshawe College ESL Program must provide official proof of graduation.

Application Deadline(s)

Domestic & International Students

  • Fall: February 15, 2015