Graduate Program
Our Graduate Program offers a broad, multidisciplinary training at the Diploma, Master’s and Doctoral levels in the concepts and methods of the population-based health sciences and their application in the practice of population health, public health and preventive medicine.

In addition to training in the core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics and the social sciences as applied to health (anthropology, economics, sociology and political science), students have an opportunity to obtain advanced training in internationally recognized research programs conducted by specialized units within the department such as the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, and the Centre for Global Public Health. As a result, our graduate students have the opportunity to access both internationally regarded researchers and award winning teachers.

CHS Graduate Program, including the following:

Students entering the graduate program come from diverse backgrounds, including the social sciences, basic sciences, and clinical areas (medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, dentistry). Students also enter the graduate program through the undergraduate Interdisciplinary Health Program, which has been moved into the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, and which offers Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Health Studies degrees. See

PhD: The PhD program was introduced in 1989, and is designed to train students to become academics or to work in non-academic settings, such as health policy and health administration. Requirements involve the completion of:

  • 18 credit hours of course work
  • Candidacy examination
  • Thesis

M.Sc.: The M.Sc. program was also introduced in 1989, and is designed to prepare students to pursue PhD studies, or work in a variety of research, policy, or health administration settings. Unlike the MPH, the MSc has a research focus. In November 2014, CHS introduced a MSc specialization in biostatistics, which provides students with an interest in graduate studies in biostatistics the opportunity to expand their knowledge of important topics relevant to conducting studies in health sciences and other related fields, and the analysis of health related data. Requirements of the M.Sc. involve the completion of:

  • 21 credit hours of course work
  • Thesis

MPH: The MPH program was introduced in 2006, primarily to meet the needs of local health professionals who wish to further their knowledge in the areas of public and population health. This mandate has been broadened somewhat in recent years and several international students have been admitted to the MPH program. The MPH involves course work and a field placement designed to help integrate applied public health concepts. By design, the program is kept small, and consists of about 5 to 7 students in a given year. Requirements involve the completion of:

  • 30 credit hours of course work
  • Field placement (3 month FTE)

DipPH: The DipPH program, introduced in 2000, is designed to provide core knowledge in the areas of public and population health. Requirements involve the completion of:

  • 18 credit hours of course work

Besides meeting departmental requirements, all graduate students at the University of Manitoba must also complete a non-credit Academic Integrity tutorial.