Division of Community Health and Humanities

Graduate Programs - Master of Public Health - Population/Public Health

Program Contacts:

Maisam Najafizada
Program Chair

General Admission Inquiries:

Shannon Steeves
Academic Program Administrator (Interim}

FAQ for the Master of Public Health

Application Deadline Date:

January 15th (Fall admission only)
All application documentation must be received by the School of Graduate Studies by this 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.
Master of Public Health - Population/Public Health Stream

This program stream offers an advanced program of study for students from various fields who are interested in a professional degree which will prepare them for practical work in a variety of public health practice settings. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates - skilled in public health practice - to contribute to promoting health and preventing illness and injury in their community.

The program objectives include:
  • offering a combination of quality academic and professional training in different areas of public health
  • ensuring the academic program is designed and delivered to the national standard identified in "Guidelines for MPH programs in Canada, July 2006" (Public Health Agency of Canada)*
  • ensuring graduates demonstrate proficiency in public health core competencies
  • offering students an engaging and productive learning environment

*Core Competences for Public Health in Canada released 1.0 (Public Health Agency of Canada).

The program is available on a full-time or part-time basis. Students studying full-time will complete the program in one academic year (September to August).  There is no thesis requirement. Students complete 8 core courses, 2 elective courses, 2 seminars, and a workplace practicum or capstone research project (only students with extensive public health experience will qualify for the project).

Note: students may be required to complete some courses by distance delivery.

Please note:  Courses in the Population/Public Health stream may be provided in on-campus and/or online formats.  However, full-time students completing the program in one year may be required to be on site as all courses may not be available online every year.  Part-time students will be able to complete the program online although some courses may not be offered in distance format every year. Online courses may be offered asynchronously or remotely with a specified class time with attendance required.   A schedule for part-time students will ensure they can complete all required courses.  Any student taking the program online must be at a location where a suitable practicum site can be identified.

Program Requirements:

  • MED6200 - Biostatistics
  • MED6270 - Epidemiology I
  • MED6288 - Policy and Decision Making
  • MED6721 - Diesease and Injury Prevention
  • MED6722 - Environmental Health
  • MED6723 - Health Promotion
  • MED6725 - Public Health Leadership
  • MED6726 - Program Development in Public Health
  • 2 electives
  • MED6700-6701 - 2 public health seminars
  • MED6710 - Workplace Practicum or MED6711 - Capstone Research Project

 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: 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 discuss your interest in the area of public health in this section.
Note: A faculty supervisor is NOT required for this program.

Admission to this 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 Cost (effective Fall 2019):

Students may choose 1 of 3 payment plan structures. Student studying full-time should select payment plan C; students studying part-time can select payment plan A or B.
  Program Fee
Per Semester
No. of
Semesters Fee
must be Paid
Tuition for NL & Labrador Students
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C
$5, 715
Tuition for Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C
Tuition for International Students
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C

Students also pay a special fee of $1,460: charged half in semester 1 and half in semester 2. They 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:

Memorial University does not provide funding to students entering course-based graduate degrees.

Workplace Practicum:

Students without extensive public health experience will be required to do a practicum. The practicum will take place over the duration of 12-16 weeks.  Students will work with an organization to study or work on the delivery of some aspect of public health and will be required to produce two deliverables: a term project summarizing their work and their findings; and a weekly journal in which the student is expected to detail their current activities as much as possible. Students will make a final presentation on their work placement to their classmates and the program director. Students can expect to be placed in the government, health care, or research sector at both local and national levels.

Employment Opportunities:

Students graduating from this program can expect to find employment within the governmental public health system at the local, national, and international level as well as the non-governmental sector. Students may work as research assistants, coordinators, program planners, health promotion specialists, consultants, or find employment in managerial level positions.

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