Master of Public Health Program

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School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies

Health Sciences Grad Studies

The Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Studies at McMaster University offers eight distinct research-oriented graduate programs each leading to a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree.


Program for Educational Research and Development (PERD)

This is a valuable resource "dedicated to the advancement of research and scholarship in health sciences education in this Faculty, this university and beyond. (It is) equally dedicated to the fruitful application of knowledge gained from educational scholarship to the teaching and learning that take place in this Faculty."

The FHS Program for Faculty Development, another valuable FHS resource, "is dedicated to promoting teaching and learning in the Faculty of Health Sciences while offering faculty, staff, residents and external visitors various interdisciplinary programs and workshops aimed at improving teaching effectiveness." These programs will assist the MPH in employing best practices as well as developing and evaluating its educational innovations.


McMaster Health Forum

The McMaster Health Forum's activities center on dialogue, debate, research, and education, with the goal of preparing leaders and citizens to act to address key health challenges. Building on McMaster's tradition of evidence-based medicine and problem-based learning, the Health Forum draws on an unparalleled breadth of synthesized evidence to empower stakeholders to set agendas, take well-considered actions and communicate the rationale for actions effectively. MPH students and faculty will participate in McMaster Health Forum.


National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), hosted by the McMaster School of Nursing, is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada.

The NCCMT "provides leadership and expertise in sharing what works in public health." Its leaders believe "using evidence to inform public health practice and policy in Canada can improve our public health system” and the Centre will help you "find and use innovative, high quality, up-to-date methods and tools for sharing what works in public health." It’s Registry of Methods and Tools is a searchable, online collection of methods and tools for knowledge translation in public health.

The NCCMT’s Evidence-Informed Public Health section distills and disseminates the best available evidence from research, practice and experience and uses that evidence to inform and improve public health policy and practice. To have this resource housed in the same Faculty as the MPH offers added value to students enrolled in the program.


Health Evidence

With its home in the School of Nursing, Health Evidence helps the public health workforce and policy makers search for, interpret, and apply research evidence to their local context. Its registry houses over 3,000 quality-rated systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions published since 1985. Access to this resource, not only online but face-to-face, is a great boon for MPH students.


McMaster Institute of Environment and Health

The McMaster Institute of Environment and Health (MIEH) has a long history of interdisciplinary and innovative research studying the complex relationships between the environment and human health.

Its mandate includes "facilitating education in environmental and health issues in partnership with geographic and academic communities (from undergraduate to post professional)." The MPH Program will be collaborating with the MIEH regarding our environmental-health area of focus in particular.


School of Geography and Earth Sciences

The School of Geography and Earth Sciences is an internationally recognized centre for graduate research and training, with strengths in the discovery, application, and transfer of knowledge to issues and problems in the earth, environmental, and geographical sciences.

Two particular strengths in the School are the development of interdisciplinary research programs that integrate the earth and environmental sciences with human geography and the use of spatial analysis to investigate the geographical relationships between the environment and society. The MPH Program will be collaborating with SGES regarding our environmental health area of focus in particular.


DeGroote School of Business

The DeGroote School of Business has a strong reputation for academic excellence and innovation with a focus on experiential learning. Its strength in relation to public health education is its masters-level specialization in health services management. This specialization includes selected courses in health sciences coupled with core business courses to provide learners with tools to be a successful business manager in the health sector.

The MPH Program will be collaborating with DSB regarding our health policy and public health management area of focus by allowing MPH students to take electives in the DSB and vice versa allowing DSB students in the McMaster Master of Health Management (MHM) program to take electives in the MPH program. However, the cohort nature of the MHM program allows participation of MPH students in selected MHM courses as electives only.