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School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2022-2023 
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Public Health, M.P.H.


Applications are encouraged from public health and health care professionals, physicians in post graduate residency programs, and undergraduates from health related programs.

Applicants need to meet the admission requirements for entry into Graduate Studies at McMaster University, including completion (or expected completion) of a 4 year undergraduate program in Sciences (or equivalent, including Medicine). Applicants must also have completed a statistics or mathematics undergraduate course with B+ standing.

Applicants are required to submit their CV, a personal letter of interest in the program (750 words) and ensure that two letters of reference are submitted to the program (one must be an academic reference; health professional applicants in practice for five or more years can include one from an employer who has an academic appointment and who can speak to the applicant’s academic ability.


All MPH students complete eight mandatory courses, which are scheduled as follows:


First Year Summer Term

  • Practicum or Thesis

Second Year Fall Term


Thesis students are not required to complete electives however they can take electives at their own discretion to complement their thesis studies.


Practicum students are required to complete five (5) electives or three (3) electives plus one (1) part-time practicum (17.5 hours per week for 16 weeks) in addition to the one (1) full-time (35 hours per week for 16 weeks) practicum they complete.


MPH students are required to achieve at least B- standing in all mandatory and elective courses and pass the practicum or thesis to complete the MPH degree.