Division of Community Health and Humanities

Graduate Programs - M.Sc.Med (CH)

Program Contacts:

Dr. Yanqing Yi
Program Chair


General Admission Inquiries:

Shannon Steeves
Academic Program Administrator (Interim}

Application Deadline Date:

January 15th (Fall admission only)
All graduate documentation must be received by the School of Graduate Studies by that date.

In exceptional circumstances, where a student has identified a supervisor and secured funding, admission may be granted for the beginning of the winter (January) or spring semester (May).

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.

Master of Science in Medicine (Community Health)

The masters program in community health is a two-year, thesis-based program. Students complete 6 courses, 4 seminars, and a thesis.

This program may be attractive to students hoping to work in a health environment and develop knowledge and skills related to health research. Students will develop skills needed to design and implement a research project. They will gain a basic knowledge of community health and the current debates about protecting, promoting and restoring the health of communities through societal activities.

This program is available on a part-time and full-time basis. Students studying full-time must secure funding.  All students in the program must secure a faculty supervisor.

Please note: The MSc is an on-site program. While some courses may occassionally be available in distance format, the majority of courses are offered on-campus only.

Program Requirements:
  • MED6220 - Introduction to Community Health
  • MED6270 - Epidemiology I
  • MED6280 - Community Health Research Methods
  • 2 Quantitative Stream courses: MED6200-Biostatistics & MED6275-Epidemiology II; or 2 Qualitative Stream courses: MED6294-Advanced Qualitative Methods & MED6102-Critical Theory in Health and Society
  • 1 Elective Course
  • 4 semesters of graduate seminars (Graduate Seminar Series: MED6400-03)
  • Thesis 
NOTE: Students admitted to the program may be required to take additional courses if the supervisory committee feels it will benefit the student's program of study.

Admission Requirements:
  • An undergraduate degree from a university of recognized standing with a minimum grade point 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. 
  • Find a faculty member in the Division who is willing to be her/his supervisor. For information on how to find a potential faculty supervisor, please see: Tips for finding a supervisor.
NOTE: Students seeking full-time status will also be required to secure funding. Should funding not be available, the student may choose to study part-time. Please visit the Research & Graduate Studies website for details on part-time versus full-time status.

Admission to the masters 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: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/alreadyapplied.php

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

Program Costs (effective Fall 2019):
  Program Fee
Per Semester
No. of
Semesters Fee
must be Paid
Tuition for Newfoundland and Labrador students
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C
Tuition for Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C
Tuition for International Students
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C

Students not completing their program by the number of semesters listed 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.

Cost of Living:

The estimated cost of living for students attending Memorial University and living on or near campus can be found here.

Funding Information:

Students entering this program as a full-time student 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.

Employment Opportunities:

Students graduating from this program can expect to find employment in government sectors, regional health authorities, and NGOs. Possible jobs may include: program officer, research officer, policy or research analyst, research coordinator, and positions at the managerial or director level.
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