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New! Infection Prevention and Control Track

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Master of Public Health IPAC Track 


Are you interested in Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)? The Queen’s Master of Public Health program launched a new IPAC Track in January 2022, in collaboration with IPAC Canada.


What is it? 

The IPAC Track is an embedded specialized training opportunity within the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Combine foundational training in public health competencies with technical training and experiential learning in infection prevention and control to position yourself to enter the field, or to advance your career in new leadership roles. The program is delivered in person, on the main campus at Queen’s. Part-time study options are available. 


Why pursue the IPAC Track?  

  • Position yourself to enter this crucial field, or advance your current career in new leadership roles 

  • Apply new knowledge and technical skills in post-graduate employment. Infection Prevention and Control professionals are increasingly in demand in hospitals, long-term care facilities, congregate settings, public health agencies and other workplaces.  

  • Receive a “Special Designation in Infection Prevention and Control” statement on your final MPH academic transcript 

  • Take a leap forward on the journey to becoming professionally Certified in Infection Control (CIC®). Find more information on Certification in the Frequently Asked Questions section. 


What are the components of the IPAC Track?  

In addition to completing the six core foundational courses of the MPH program, the IPAC Track has two components – elective coursework, and an IPAC-specific practicum. To complete the IPAC Track, MPH students must:  


  1. Successfully complete three IPAC-specific elective courses: 


EPID 851 - Medically Relevant Microbiology in Infection Prevention and Control. Offered in person, on campus. Winter term.  Instructor: Dr. Prameet Sheth, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen’s University. 

EPID 852 - Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control and Environments of Care. Offered in person, on campus. Winter term.  Instructors: Heather Candon, Director, Quality, Patient Safety, Risk & Decision Support, Northumberland Hills Hospital and Kim Allain, Director of Education, IPAC Canada.

EPID 853 - Healthcare Quality, Safety and Risk. Offered online. Spring/summer term.  Instructor: Dr. Kim Sears, Professor, School of Nursing, Queen's University.


  1. Complete the 400-hour practicum placement with an IPAC-specific focus  


  • All MPH students must complete a practicum placement (EPID 887). MPH students pursuing the IPAC Track must complete this practicum with an IPAC-specific focus.   

  • Note that the number of available IPAC-specific placements may be limited. Confirmation of any MPH practicum requires agreement between the student, the MPH Program, and the host organization.  


Podcast Interview on IPAC Track

CRFC Radio chatted with Dr. Bradley Stoner, Professor and Head of the Department of Public Health Sciences alongside Gerry Hansen, Executive Director of IPAC Canada about Canada's first IPAC Track and the demand for trained infection prevention and control professionals.

Listen to the podcast here (20:27): A New Algorithm and Master’s Level IPAC Program – CFRC Podcast Network


More questions?

Do you have questions about the IPAC Track? See answers to Frequently Asked Questions here:…