Program

The deadline for all components of an application to the MPH program is February 28th for an August start date. Before applying, please review the frequently asked questions page for details about the application process.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.P.H.2 years

The School provides a thriving academic environment that embraces diversity.  We encourage individuals from all minority groups to apply and self-identify.

The MPH program starts in mid-August with a compulsory orientation. This is followed by the two-week intensive Foundations for Public Health (PUBH 804) class, which runs all day, Monday to Friday.  Foundations for Public Health is a required course. 

The MPH Program at the University of Saskatchewan is a highly competitive program with up to 700 applicants for approximately 50 spots.  While a minimum cumulative weighted average of 70% for the last two years of study is the minimum admission average required by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the MPH program is highly competitive, and meeting minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. In recent admission cycles, successful applicants have had a minimum converted GPA of at least 80% over the last two years of study.

Only application packages that are complete will be considered for review.  We encourage students to complete their application packages as soon as possible.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her application is complete, keeping in mind that a complete application package includes all reference letters.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with referees to ensure that the letters are completed and uploaded prior to any deadline.

The review of completed applications will begin in early January 2018.  Successful applicants will be notified starting February 1, 2018.  While the deadline for applications is February 28, 2018, only completed applications received prior to January 15, 2018, will be considered for entrance scholarships.

The MPH program requires a high degree of numeracy, and it is recommended that applicants have successfully completed math or stats courses at the 300 or 400 undergraduate level.  During the Foundations course (PUBH 804) in the first two weeks you will be required to pass a statistics review.  Failure to do so will mean you are required to take a department approved University of Saskatchewan 400 level quantitative statistics course.

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries.  We ask that you read the information on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program trains public health professionals to measure, assess and manage increasingly complex population and public health issues.  It offers graduate students integrated learning opportunities in the five core disciplines of public health:

  • Biostatistics – Collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practice of statistical data analysis.
  • Epidemiology – Distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human and animal populations; the characteristics and dynamics of populations; the natural history of disease; and the biological basis of health.
  • Environmental Health Sciences – Environmental factors, including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community.
  • Health Services Administration – Development, organization, administration, management, evaluation and policy analysis of health programs.
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences – Concepts and methods of social and behavioural sciences relevant to the identification and the solution of public health problems.

The MPH is a professional course-based degree with a practicum. It is an interdisciplinary program intended to prepare individuals for professional practice and leadership in public health. The program is designed for completion in two academic years of full-time study. Students may also choose to study part-time over a maximum of five years. During their first term in the program, each student is assigned an academic advisor who will mentor them through their core required courses, practical and elective selection.

The Master of Public Health program can also be completed as an online program. The online option is most suitable for part-time study (3-5 years), but can also be completed in two years. Applicants interested in this option should state so clearly at the beginning of their Letter of Interest.

Tuition

Program Canadian International
Master of Public Health $10,303.00 $15,454.50
Master of Public Health Thesis  per term $1,202.00 $1,803.00

There are three terms per academic year: September to December, January to April, and May to August. Tuition is assessed each term for as long as the student is enrolled in their program

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Public Health

  • A four-year bachelor’s or higher degree, from a recognized college or university in health sciences, life sciences, social science or business
  • A minimum Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% for the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study and research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
    • Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

References

Your referees must be able to speak to your employment and study experiences which relate to your interest in public health, your ability to pursue a degree in interdisciplinary public health and to your education and career aspirations in public health. We would encourage you to have at least one academic referee who can speak to your education experience.

Submitting required documents

Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  1. A brief letter of interest (approximately 2 pages in length) addressed to the MPH Program Director. This letter should include:
    • A description of all employment and/or study experiences that relate to their interests in Public Health; and
    • A description of why the applicant wants to pursue a degree in the interdisciplinary context of the School of Public Health; and
    • A description of their education and career aspirations and how they feel the program will help meet these goals.
  2. A current curriculum vitae that minimally includes the following information:
    • name and contact information
    • education and awards
    • employment
    • other relevant experience

Contact

School of Public Health
E Wing Health Sciences
104 Clinic Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z4

Executive Director
Steven Jones
Email: sph.admissions@usask.ca

Admissions
Email: sph.admissions@usask.ca