Division of Community Health and Humanities

Graduate Programs - M.Sc.Med (AHSR)

Master of Science in Medicine (Applied Health Services Research)

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. Students from all four sites learn together via the unique online course delivery system of the ARTC to gain practical, hands-on skills to prepare them for employment in program development, policy development, and research.

Program Requirements

Seven online courses: All required courses for the ARTC program are delivered online via Memorial's Brightspace platform. All courses have weekly online lectures that are delivered to students across Atlantic Canada.

Monthly online seminars: The ARTC seminar series is also delivered online, and is a platform for delivering practical information to students about topics such as thesis writing 101, communication skills, and how to apply for scholarships and grants. It is mandatory for students to attend.

3-day in-person student workshop: In December of first year the ARTC management team organizes a student workshop that takes place at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. This workshop is mandatory for all first-year students and the cost of travel/accomodations are covered by the ARTC. The workshop brings together students from all four sites to offer additional training and networking opportunities with key stakeholders in the health research community and graduates of the ARTC program.

Residency placement:
In the third semester students will complete a 12-16 week residency placement with an approved decision-making organization in their community. The goal of the placement is to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the field of health research and to put their classroom skills to use. Past placement organizations have included the Health Care Corporation of St. John’s, the New Brunswick Department of Health and Wellness, Veterans Affairs in Prince Edward Island, and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

Master's thesis: To complete the program students will be required to successfully complete a piece of scholarly research in the area of health services. To read more about thesis guidelines at Memorial please refer to  Guidelines_Theses_and_Reports.

Program of Study (Full-time)
Semester 1:
MED 6282: Canadian Health Care System
MED 6286: Ethical Foundations of Applied Health Research
MED 6284: Research and Evaluation Design and Methods
Online seminars 1 - 4
3-day in-person student workshop (December)
Semester 2:
MED 6290: Determinants of Health: Healthy Public Policy
MED 6294: Advanced Qualitative Methods OR
MED 6295: Advanced Quantitative Methods
Online seminars 5 - 8
Semester 3:
MED 6296: Residency Placement
Semester 4:
MED 6288: Policy and Decision Making
Master's Thesis
Online seminars 9 - 12
Semester 5:
MED 6293: Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake
Master's Thesis
Online seminars 13 - 16
Semester 6:
Master's Thesis

Program Costs

Program Fee Per Semester: $2000
# of Semesters Fees Must be Paid: 6
Minimum Total: $12,000

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. In addition, students who do not complete the program within the allotted six semesters are required to pay continuance fees for each additional semester required.

Admission Requirements
  • Successful completion of a four-year Bachelor's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours from a recognized institution.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (equivalent to a "B" or 75%).
  • Students whose first language is not English need to provide language test score results from one of the following:
    • A TOEFL paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 80.
    • An IELTS average band score of 6.5.
    • A MELAB score of 85%.
    • A CAEL score of between 50-60 in each of four bands with at least 2 band scores of 60.
    • A CanTEST score of 4.5 in listening comprehension and reading comprehension and a score of 4 in writing.
    • A PTE Academic score of 58 in each of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 
  • While not a requirement, completion of an undergraduate statistics course is considered an asset.
In addition to the above admission requirements, prospective full-time students must be able to secure a research supervisor to provide the student with funding over the course of their degree. Once admitted to the program students can also apply for scholarships, grants and fellowships to provide additional funding for their thesis research.

Interested applicants must apply online by March 1st.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Rick Audas, Program Lead