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Division of Community Health and Humanities

Graduate Programs - M.Sc.Med (AHSR)

Program Contacts:

Dr. Rick Audas
Program Chair


Cathy Peyton
Program Manager
Tel: 709-864-6616

Dr. Gerald White
Academic Program Administrator


Application Deadline:

March 1 (Fall admission only)
All application documentation must be received by the School of Graduate Studies by that date.

Note: there is only one intake of students each year.

How to apply to this program

Application is made through the School of Graduate Studies. Visit their application page for full details about applying to a graduate program at Memorial University.

ARTC Website:

Master of Science in Medicine (Applied Health Services Research)

This masters degree is a two-year program. Students complete 8 web-based courses, a 16-week work placement (research residency), a thesis, and 5 workshops. Prominant health services researchers and decision makers play a major role in these workshops.

The masters degree in applied health services research is offered through the Atlantic Regional Training Centre (ARTC)--a joint venture between Memorial University, the University of New Brunswick, the University of Prince Edward Island, and Saint Mary's University. The ARTC provides an interdisciplinary approach to increase capacity in health services research, policy, administration, and delivery. Students learn to address health services issues from economic, political, social, cultural, and administrative perspectives, enabling them to more fully comprehend the complexity of these issues. ARTC welcomes students from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds which broadens the interdisciplinary nature of the program.  We produce highly trained graduates who can both undertake research and apply research findings to the policy arena, thus bridging a gap in the current health care workforce.

Program Requirements:

  • MED6282 - Canadian Health System
  • MED6286 - Ethical Foundations of Applied Health Research
  • MED6284 - Research and Evaluation Design and Methods
  • MED6290 - Determinants of Health
  • MED6288 - Policy and Decision Making
  • MED6292 - Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
  • MED6293 - Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake
  • MED6294 - Advanced Qualitative Methods or MED6295 - Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • MED6296 - Research Residency
  • 5 workshops
Admission Requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree from a university of recognized standing with a minimum average of 75% over the last 2 years of full-time study.
  • Meet the MUN English proficiency requirements (complete an undergraduate degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English or have satisfactory English testing scores)
  • Pre-requisite course: successful completion of a post-secondary level statistics course
  • Have satisfactory appraisals from two referees
  • Candidates should also complete the "statement of interest" section on the online application (item #9). Please include your interest in the area of applied health services research and explain how you would be a good fit for the program. Your proposed research topic should also be discussed here.
  • Find a faculty member in the Division of Community Health & Humanities willing to be her/his supervisor. For information on how to find a potential faculty supervisor, please see: Tips for finding a supervisor.
Admission to the program is competitive and not all qualifying students are admitted to the program. The Division of Community Health & Humanities reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

Application Process:

All applicants must complete an on-line application available from the School of Graduate Studies website. For information on how to apply to this program, please visit the Application Procedures webpage.

Once you submit your web application, you can check your graduate application status by going back to the web application site and signing in under the previously selected login ID and PIN used to create your web application. It is the applicant's responsiblity to ensure all supporting documentation is received by the application deadline date; checking the application status can help applicants monitor their graduate application.  For more details, visit:

Normally, applicants are notified about their admission status 6 to 8 weeks AFTER the application deadline date. 

Program Cost:
  Program Fee
Per Semester
No. of
Semesters Fee
must be Paid
Canadian Citizens/
Permanent Residents
$2,000* 6 $12,000
International Students $2,000* 6 $12,000

*The cost of the program is slightly higher than most other master's programs in the Atlantic region. This cost is reflected in a learning environment enriched by the interprovincial collaborative approach, a work placement, workshops, and interaction with high level decision makers, researchers and EXTRA fellows. Students are responsible for costs associated with workshop attendance.

Students not completing their program by the number of semesters listed above will be required to pay a continuance fee for each additional semester required. Students are also responsible for a number of other fees, such as student union fees, recreation fees, and health and dental insurance. For a comprehensive list, please refer to the
Minimum Expense Form found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Funding Information:

Full-time students entering this program must secure funding. Funding may come in the form of faculty research grants, scholarships, or fellowships. A number of funding sources can be found on the following Memorial University websites:
School of Graduate Studies and Faculty of Medicine's Research and Graduate Studies Office.

Research Residency:

During the spring semester of first year, students complete a 16-week research residency (work placement). The residency allows them to apply knowledge gained from their fall and winter courses to a practical work-place setting. Students work with their site Principal to secure a residency placement. This placement can be a paid or unpaid experience. Students can complete their residency in any number of decision-making organizations. In the past, students have worked at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, the Eastern Regional Health Authority, and Department of Health and Community Services.

Employment Opportunities:

Students graduating from this program can expect to find employment in the government sector or research and health-related organizations. Graduates may find employment as researchers, coordinators, research officers, consultants, policy analysts, community health planners, or in managerial level positions.

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