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In 1987, the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM) and the Division of Community and Northern Medicine CNM) merged to form the Department of Community Health Sciences. Merging these two units and combining their interests and activities, created a well-rounded, innovative department with a national reputation for excellence in teaching, research and service.
The Department of Community Health Sciences aims to create, preserve and communicate knowledge with respect to the health of populations and thereby contribute to the physical, psychological, cultural, social and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world.
Internationally recognized research programs
Units, programs and Centres within the department focus on particular areas of research and service, including the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the Centre for Global Public Health.
Ongomiizwin – the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing
The Department of Community Health Sciences maintains a close relationship with Ongomiizwin – the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing. Ongomiizwin supports the department in the development of its undergraduate and graduate teaching programs to enhance the incorporation of Indigenous health.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences offer a two-year program of study leading to a Master of Science in Community Health Sciences.
Expected duration: 2 years
Tuition and fees: One-year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section, students must complete:
- A minimum of 21 credit hours of coursework at the 7000-level
- A thesis
Concentration in biostatistics
For students with backgrounds in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics, statistics or computer science, we also offer a MSc with a concentration in biostatistics. This concentration trains students in statistical therapy, methods, and applications to complex health data, as well as in quantitative epidemiology concepts. Please visit the Academic Calendar for more information.
Sample course offerings
- CHSC 7212: Critical Perspectives on Gender and Health (3 credit hours)
- CHSC 7220: Health & Health Services of First Nations, Metis & Inuit Peoples (3 credit hours)
- CHSC 7250: Science & Practice of Knowledge Translation in Health Research (3 credit hours)
- CHSC 7290: Economic Evaluation of Health Care (3 credit hours)
- CHSC 7520: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
- CHSC 7710: Social Aspects of Aging (3 credit hours)
- CHSC 7738: Qualitative Research Methods in Community Health Sciences (3 credit hours)
- CHSC 7820: Biostatistics for Community Health Sciences (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Community Health Sciences (MSc) program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
To be considered for admission to the Community Health Sciences (MSc) program, you must have:
- A four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last two full years of study.
- A satisfactory English language proficiency test score, if applicable. Higher English language test scores are normally required to be competitive in the admissions review process, particularly for the writing band of these specific English language tests:
- IELTS: An overall score of at least 7, must include all components of the test (i.e., listening, reading, writing and speaking), where the writing band is not lower than a score of 7.
- TOEFL (iBT): a minimum total score of 92 is required, with a writing score no lower than 21
- If an applicant does not meet these writing score requirements, the Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) is accepted if completed prior to starting the program.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
The Community Health Sciences (MSc) program accepts applications for Fall entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates
- Three letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
- Proof of English language proficiency, if required
For the most up-to-date information on your chosen program, please consult the Academic Calendar.
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.
Admission and application inquiries
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Department of Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
S111, Medical Services Building, 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada