McMaster University – Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8N 3Z5

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Description The 2003 SARS epidemic sparked an intense review of public health in Ontario and Canada. But threats to the public’s health continue. We are still faced with complex public health issues such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious diseases, and reducing poor health behaviors, environmental hazards, substance abuse, and injuries. With easy access to international travel, there is increased risk of global infectious disease pandemics. These trends have underscored the critical importance of public health and its five essential functions: population health assessment, health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health protection, and health surveillance. Current trends highlight the vulnerability of our public health infrastructure, the need for more comprehensive and responsive public health policies and programs, and the crucial role that public health knowledge translation and communication play. The new Master of Public Health program at McMaster University will help ensure an adequate supply of public health professionals with the right knowledge, skills and relevant education and mentorship opportunities to revitalize Canada’s public health system.
Website: Public Health (Thesis-based) at McMaster University – Faculty of Health Sciences
Thesis Based? Yes
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:

National: $12,663.92

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes supplementary fees.

Test Scores:

  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580]

Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit an official copy of their TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category. Equivalent scores on other recognized tests may also be considered. Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. Students who have completed an Academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL. Applicants may be exempted from this requirement if they have completed a university degree at which English is the language of instruction.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests

Applicants are required to submit a current CV, two confidential letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with their academic work, and a written Statement of Interest. Please visit the website for complete details.