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Program Overview

Boost your career prospects by completing a Master of Public Health degree at Queen's.

At Queen's, we educate, equip and inspire you to lead Evidence-Informed Action for Public Health by building a solid foundation in public health theory, methods, skills and competencies.

Our professional course-based degree includes a 400-hour practicum placement and can be completed in 16-months.

An Accelerated MPH degree program is available for candidates with at least two years of cumulative full-time paid employment in health care, public health or a related field.

You may also be interested in our Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Track, an embedded specialized training opportunity within the MPH that combines foundational training in public health competencies with technical training and experiential learning in infection prevention and control.

We teach our students face-to-face and prioritize collaborative learning. We value our students and support them to succeed. 

 

Degree Requirements

Courses

A brief overview of course content in the Master of Public Health program is below. Please note that not all elective courses are offered each year, and the term in which courses are offered may change from year to year.

EPID 801: Introduction to Epidemiology

This course provides foundational knowledge on how human evidence relevant to public health is created, assessed, and used, with  a focus on  epidemiological methods. Topics include measures of health status; risk factors and associations with health outcomes; study design including descriptive, analytical, and intervention approaches; validity issues; critical appraisal; assessment of causation; ethics; and application of epidemiological evidence in public health decisions.

Three term hours. Fall, every year. Instructor: K. Aronson


EPID 802: Foundations in Public Health  

This course provides an overview of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of public health. It examines the social determinants of health and population health approaches to promote and protect health. It instills in students an understanding of the historical achievements, core values and ethical frameworks that guide public health action.

Three term hours. Fall, every year. Instructor: D. Hunter


EPID 803: The Canadian Health System

The aim of this introductory course is to describe how health services are organized and delivered in Canada. Students who take the course will 1) understand the inputs, delivery and outputs of the Canadian Health System; 2) recognize and explain the factors that influence change in this system; 3) consider current health policy issues in Canada. 

Three term hours. Winter, every year. Instructor: G. Gao/K. Cleverley


EPID 805: Leading Evidence Informed Action

The course teaches students to apply theories of leadership and change to the analysis and development of public health actions. Approaches to leading change are reviewed at a variety of levels – self, team, organization, individuals, community, government. Practical examples are drawn from the core programmatic and functional areas of public health practice and exemplify the role of the local heath unit organization in leading change.

Three term hours. Fall, every year. Instructor:S. Buttemer


EPID 806: Applied Research Methods for Program Planning and Evaluation 

This course provides an overview of social research methods and tools to assist students to complete the “evidence to action” program planning and evaluation cycle. Topics covered include: defining the issue, using surveillance data, engaging the community, conducting a stakeholder analysis, survey methods, handling qualitative data, building logic models, choosing indicators, communicating the results, taking action.

Three term hours. Winter, every year. Instructor: M. Slater


EPID 821: Essentials of Biostatistics

This course provides an overview of basic statistical concepts, principles, and techniques essential for public health and epidemiologic research. This course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include measures of association, t-tests,regression, chi-sqaure tests,analysis of variance, and some nonparametric methods. Emphasis is on understanding and interpreting fundamental statistical analyses from public health research. 

Three term hours. Fall, every year. Instructor: Z. Lu
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Please note: Not all electives are offered each year and the term in which courses are offered may change from year to year.

EPID 804: Intermediate Epidemiology

This course deals with advanced methods and issues in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological studies. The content focuses on observational study design and analysis, and builds on epidemiological principles presented in EPID 801. Data analysis will emphasize the application and interpretation of statistical concepts in epidemiologic research.

Three term hours. Winter, every year. Instructor: W. King

PREREQUISITE: EPID 801


EPID 807:  Health Economics

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to economic concepts and analysis relevant to health and health care systems. Topics include: health as an economic variable; health production models: uncertainty in health and its effects; the behaviour and influence of various participants (health care providers, patients, government) on health care utilization and health status. No prior economic background is required, although, students must have basic quantitative skills.

Three term hours. Fall. Instructor: A. Johnson 


 


EPID 810: Controlled Clinical Trials

This course will cover material relevant to the design and conduct of controlled clinical trials. Design topics will include methods used to achieve unbiased results with improved precision, such as adequate sample size, randomization, blinding, pre-and post stratification, cross-over designs, placebos and the counting of relevant events. Attention will be given to the problems of conducting multi-centre clinical trials. Topics covered will include drafting of protocols, design of data forms, logistics of data flow, methods of follow-up, data management and quality control, periodic reporting, final data analysis and the production of final reports. Ethical issues and the role of randomized trials in clinical investigation will be discusses.

Three term hours. Fall. Instructor: H. Richardson


EPID 817: Foundations of Cancer Control

This course is intended for graduate students, clinical fellows and postdoctoral fellows who are engaged or interested in cancer research. This course will provide students with training in the fundamentals of epidemiological methods in cancer research and with knowledge of how epidemiology could contribute to better understanding of cancer etiology and control in human populations. The course will focus on concepts and methodological issues central to the conduct of epidemiological studies of cancer etiology and control. Topics will include: an introduction to basic epidemiological concepts, biologic concepts central to the investigation of cancer, study design, clinical epidemiology, and cancer control and prevention.

Not offered in 2021-22


EPID 819:  Clinical Epidemiology

This course will demonstrate the way in which epidemiological principles guide the practice of medicine and the design of clinical research. Topics  include how to select the correct design for a study addressing  a clinical question, how to evaluate the quality of clinical publications and research proposals, how to prepare  a clinical research proposal, and how to synthesize clinical evidence. 

Three term hours Winter 2022 Instructor, J. Queenan

PREREQUISITE EPID *801 and EPID 821* or permission of instructor
 


EPID 822: Applied Regression Analysis

This course deals with the commonly used regression methods proven useful in health services research and the epidemiologic analysis of the relationship between traits, exposures or treatments, and diseases or other medical outcomes. The course emphasizes the statistical modeling approach with topics including multiple regression, analysis of variance and covariance, reliability of measurements, analysis of categorical data, logistic regression, Poisson regression and survival analysis. This course includes a compulsory SAS Programming component. 

Three term hours. Winter, every year. Instructors: Z. Lu,  P. Peng, C. O'Callaghan

Tutorial instructors: A.Day, P. Norman

PREREQUISITE: EPID 821 (or permission of instructor for MSc Biostatistics students)


EPID 823: Advanced Methods in Biostatistics

An advanced course in the theoretical issues and analytical practices in Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. Topics may vary but major topics include analysis of longitudinal and survival data using various regression models; Techniques and strategies for regression modeling; Novel analytic approaches in epidemiology;multivariate analysis methods including discriminant analysis, principal components and factor analysis.

Three term hours. Winter. Instructors: D. Tu, K. Ding, W. Tu

Prerequisites: EPID 821 + knowledge of basic statistical modeling techniques deemed adequate by the instructors.


EPID 828: Infectious Diseases

This course provides a foundation in infectious disease epidemiology.  Principles and methods related to infectious disease biology, outbreak detection and investigation, and the methodological, analytical, and diagnostic tools are covered.  Specific infectious diseases that pose contemporary challenges in public health and/or have national or global public health impact are discussed.

Three term hours. Winter. Instructor Dr. Susan Brogly


EPID 829: Foundations in Global Health

Students will be exposed to various global health concepts and be trained to work through potential solutions in a public health context. The course will be taught through formal lecture, seminar and small group learning, and online modules. Topics may include: health; public health and development; aboriginal health; health systems and policies; Canada's role in global health and social justice; and special populations.

Three term hours. Fall. Instructor: B. Stoner/J. Carpenter

 


EPID 831: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

This course will provide an overview of the epidemiology of some of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Canada and will highlight the key methodological considerations for the study of each disease of health problem.

Three term hours. Winter. Instructor K. Aronson.

PREREQUISITES: EPID 801 & EPID 821 or equivalents with permission of course coordinator


EPID 832: Mental Health/Critical Inquiry

This course will provide students with an in-depth substantive knowledge about the evolution of health issues that have shaped policy and mental health services.

Three term hours. Winter. Instructor: H. Stuart

PREREQUISITES: EPID 801 or permission of course instructor


Issues in Military and Veteran Health Research

Students are exposed to health issues associated with military experience that includes both veterans and military families. As a weekly webinar, the course will include presentations from Canadian specialists who will contextualize military mental and physical health needs and introduce theoretical and methodological approaches to conducting applied health research among this population.

Three term hours. Fall. Instructor: S. Belanger  Note: Course offered through the Royal Military College. Contact MPH Graduate Assistant for details.


EPID 835: Environmental Public Health

This course provides students with a foundation of understanding, assessing and mediating environmental exposures. Methods for assessing and communicating about exposures, risks and standards in air, water, soil and food are introduced. Case studies of managing hazardous exposures are reviewed. Environmental health policy implications of global climate, energy use and disaster planning are explored.

Three term hours. Fall,  Instructor: H. Richardson

PREREQUISITES: EPID 801, EPID 821 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.


EPID 836: Qualitative Health Research Methods

This course provides foundational instruction in qualitative research methodology for students in public health sciences, including theoretical basis, study design, research ethics, sampling, and recruitment, data collection, data analysis, anddisseminating research findings. Topical areas may include ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, participatory research, and other areas.

Three term hours. Winter, Instructor: B. Stoner/C. Davison

 

EPID 837: Health Services Research

This course introduces health services research methods as they are applied to routinely collected health data. It covers methodologic approaches for assessing healthcare effectiveness, quality, and access. The course also provides an introduction to the Ontario ICES data holdings and the conduct of health services research using those data. 

Three term hours. Fall. Instructor; M. Slater

 

EPID 851: Medically Relevant Microbiology in Infection Prevention and Control

This course provides foundational and applied information to support learners' development of infection prevention and control (IPAC) practices within various healthcare and public health settings. Students will gain an understanding of the basics of medical microbiology and how they relate to core competencies for IPAC.

Three term hours. Winter. Instructor: P. Sheth

 

EPID 852: Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Control and Environments of Care

This course provides foundational and applied information to support learners' development of infection prevention and control (IPAC) practices within various healthcare and public health settings. Students will gain an understanding of the core competencies for IPAC. Diverse principles and practices associated with routine practices, additional precautions, program evaluation, surveillance and outbreak management, occupational health, emergency management, disinfection concepts, preprocessing, construction/renovation and principles of adult learning will be explored as the foundational concepts of an IPAC program. Students will be able to apply these IPAC skills and concepts to a broad environment of care and its overall impact on public health.

Three term hours. Winter. Instructors: H. Candon and K. Allain

 

EPID 853: Healthcare, Quality, Safety and Risk

This course provides foundational and applied information and activities to support learners' development of quality, risk and safety principles and practices within Public Health settings. Learners will gain an understanding of the integration of improvement science within the public health setting with a particular focus on the area of infection prevention and control (IPAC). Principals and practices associated with policy, change management, leadership, communication, collaboration, and safety culture will be examined to explore ways to provide optimal health outcomes for individuals and communities while adhering to the principals of IPAC.

Summer term (on-line). Instructor: TBD

 

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Track is an embedded specialized training opportunity within the Master of Public Health program.

To complete the IPAC Track, MPH students must successfully complete three IPAC-specific elective courses, and complete their 400-hour practicum placement (EPID 887) with an IPAC-specific focus.  

For more details, visit: https://phs.queensu.ca/graduate-programs/master-public-health/new-infection-prevention-and-control-track 

The IPAC-specific electives are below.

 

EPID 851: Medically Relevant Microbiology in Infection Prevention and Control

This course provides foundational and applied information to support learners' development of infection prevention and control (IPAC) practices within various healthcare and public health settings. Students will gain an understanding of the basics of medical microbiology and how they relate to core competencies for IPAC.

Three term hours. Winter. Instructor: P. Sheth

 

EPID 852: Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Control and Environments of Care

This course provides foundational and applied information to support learners' development of infection prevention and control (IPAC) practices within various healthcare and public health settings. Students will gain an understanding of the core competencies for IPAC. Diverse principles and practices associated with routine practices, additional precautions, program evaluation, surveillance and outbreak management, occupational health, emergency management, disinfection concepts, preprocessing, construction/renovation and principles of adult learning will be explored as the foundational concepts of an IPAC program. Students will be able to apply these IPAC skills and concepts to a broad environment of care and its overall impact on public health.

Three term hours. Winter. Instructors: H. Candon and K. Allain

 

EPID 853: Healthcare, Quality, Safety and Risk

This course provides foundational and applied information and activities to support learners' development of quality, risk and safety principles and practices within Public Health settings. Learners will gain an understanding of the integration of improvement science within the public health setting with a particular focus on the area of infection prevention and control (IPAC). Principals and practices associated with policy, change management, leadership, communication, collaboration, and safety culture will be examined to explore ways to provide optimal health outcomes for individuals and communities while adhering to the principals of IPAC.

Summer term (on-line). Instructor: TBD

Information for Prospective Students

 

We get lots of questions from applicants. Here is a summary of some of the popular ones - with our answers.

Program structure and requirements

Practicum placement

International practicum placements

Funding and scholarship opportunities

Work opportunities during and after the program

Housing

 

 

Program structure and requirements

 

Q - When are the start and end dates for the MPH program?

A – The program begins in the first week of September, and ends 16 months later, at the end of December. You can find details on session dates for Graduate Studies here: Sessional Dates < Queen's University (queensu.ca)

 

Q - Is there a capstone paper that needs to be completed?

A – No, there is no capstone paper or thesis that needs to be completed.  The Queen’s MPH is a professional, course-based degree.

 

Q - Is the schedule and the student handbook going to be the same as the previous year?

A – Though degree requirements don't change, the timetable is created fresh each year. Not all electives are offered each year, and instructors also may shift. The timetable is usually confirmed by July and the student handbook is usually completed by August. Keep checking the right sidebar of the MPH website. 

 

Q - Where on campus are most MPH classes held? 

A – It depends. The timetable and class assignments are usually confirmed by July. Many MPH courses are held in the new active learning classroom on the main floor of Carruthers Hall. The classroom is designed to support small group work and discussion.  

 

Q - Is the workload heavier than the typical undergraduate workload?

A – I suppose that depends on what undergraduate experience you are comparing it to! Graduate student workload tends to be quite heavy, and time management is very important. Count on working at least as many hours as you would for a demanding full time job, and often more.

 

Q - If students are familiar with statistics but not necessarily with biostats/epidemiology, do you recommend a review of biostatistics and epidemiology before the first term?

A – Yes, a review certainly can’t hurt! All MPH students take an introductory biostatistics course in the first semester. This course tends to be very demanding in terms of workload and can be a challenge for many students. For review, we recommend the Statistics and Probability modules from the Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/)

 

Q - What are the methods of evaluation in our courses? Assignments/exams?

A – It’s a mix, depending on the course. Some have midterms and finals, others short or longer assignments, group projects, presentations and so on.

 

Q - When will we build our eportfolio?

A – It’s a gradual process. You are introduced to the purpose and shape of the eportfolio in the first month. As the term fall and winter terms unfold, you will be adding artifacts and reflections. A working draft ePortfolio is due at the end of winter term. A more complete draft will be done by the time you finish program requirements at the end of December in Year 2.

 

Q - Can a student take extra electives beyond the requirements? 

A – Yes, that is often possible. Of course, you will need to carefully consider your workload, you will need to meet the course pre-requisites and depending on the course, you may also need permission of the Course Instructor and the MPH Program Director. Check the "Student Guide to Taking Electives" on this website page for further detail: https://phs.queensu.ca/graduate-programs/master-public-health/policies  

 

Q - Is there a possibility of taking electives at another academic institution?

A – Yes. The Ontario Visiting Graduate Student (OVGS) plan allows a graduate student at an Ontario university (home university) to take graduate courses at another Ontario university (host university). However, various conditions must be met, including approval not just from Queen’s, but also from the host university and host instructor. Check the "Student Guide to Taking Electives" on this website page for further detail: https://phs.queensu.ca/graduate-programs/master-public-health/policies  

 

Q - If we were accepted into the MPH program are you able to switch to the Accelerated MPH? 

A – No.

 

Q - For Accelerated MPH students who may do their placements outside of Ontario, is there a requirement to formally come back to Queen's/Ontario at the end?

A – There is currently no requirement to return to Queen’s at the end of the placement for Accelerated MPH students. However, you will be invited to debrief your placement with our Professional Development Officer (which can be done by Zoom), and to share your practicum experience with other students.

 

Practicum 

 

Q - Is completion of the practicum required for graduation? 

A – Yes, the practicum is an integral part of MPH degree requirements. 

 

Q - What is the process of securing a practicum?

A – Finding a practicum is an independent process, but you also have the support of the Professional Development Officer, who posts a large variety of practicum opportunities to a central site. There are three basic ways to get a practicum. First, you can apply for a Kingston-based practicum that is offered to Queen’s MPH students only. Second, you can apply for publicly advertised practicum (for example, Public Health Ontario, Public Health Agency of Canada, etc.). Third, you can create your own practicum opportunity. Our Professional Development Officer guides you through the process and approves all practicums.

 

Q - How can we coordinate a practicum outside of Ontario with the MPH program?

A – We have had many students complete their practicum outside of Ontario – though most do stay within the province. You would work with our Professional Development officer to identify and connect with organizations of interest.

 

Q - Have students received jobs at the organization where they completed their practicum?

A – Yes, that sometimes happens.

 

Q - Is current employment eligible for practicum hours?  

A – No. The practicum is an opportunity to add to your experience in a different context.

 

Q - Can you complete the practicum part-time throughout the year, for example, if you are still working full-time?  

A – Practicums are generally completed between May and August. Any alternate scheduling for practicums would be highly unusual, and would need careful planning and prior approval of the Professional Development Officer.

 

Q - Are we guaranteed a practicum ?

A – We’ve never failed yet to place all our students in a practicum with a host organization.

 

Q - What is the ratio of paid to unpaid practicums?

A - It varies from year to year. The ratio of paid placements is usually less than a third.

 

Q - Does the program offer seminars or workshops to help you prepare for the practicum interview?

A – Definitely. The EPID 886 Public Health Professional Development course has sessions on resumes and cover letters, interviews and professional communication. Putting together your MPH Competency ePortfolio also helps you clarify and articulate your professional identity in preparation for your placement and ongoing employment. Queen’s Career Services also has regular training workshops on job seeking skills. 

 

Q - Are the practicums straight through from May-August? Or is there a break between our last final exam and the practicum's starting date?

A – The practicum is a minimum of 400 hours, so that’s approximately 10-12 weeks of full time work. Students start and end at different times, depending on the student’s arrangements with the host organization. Some are more flexible than others. The majority of practicums begin around May 1, so there is usually a break between end of term and the start of the practicum.

 

Q - Is there a capstone paper or project that must be completed prior to completion of the practicum component?

A – The practicum has a number of different assessment elements, and is geared to help you transition into professional practice.  There is no large capstone paper or project.

 

Q - Can you take an elective at the same time as completing the practicum? 

A – Yes, this is possible. Of course you will need to carefully consider your workload. Your primary responsibility will be fulfilling your responsibilities to your host organization through the 400-hour practicum. 

 

Q - Should you cater your elective courses to the practicum that you would like to do? 

A – Your choice of electives depends on a number of factors, including your plans for a practicum, your content areas of interest, and also the broader picture of how you would like your professional public health career to unfold.

 

International practicums

 

Q - Are we able to apply to international practicum organizations beyond those listed?

A – Yes. One way to secure a practicum is to create your own opportunity. However, all practicums must be approved by our Professional Development Officer, and all practicums require a legal Affiliation Agreement between Queen’s University and the host organization.

 

Q - For international practicums, if unpaid, are there monetary stipends given to cover living costs?

A – No.

 

Q - Is there a benefit to doing an international practicum (ex. WHO). I understand that it is competitive and there is a small chance of getting the practicum, but if you do get the practicum, would it be harder to find a job in Canada upon graduation?

A – Typically, a very small handful of our Queen’s MPH students do international practicums each year. Whether you should pursue an international practicum is really up to you – but some things to consider would be how the practicum would fit with your overall career direction and how important it is for you to build your professional network in a particular place. Our Professional Development Officer can help you think through opportunities and give you some helpful parameters for decision making.

 

Q - For those interested in an international practicum, when should we begin searching for positions and what should we look for in an agency to ensure that it will be approved?

A – We encourage our students to stay focused on their coursework in their academically demanding first term, rather than focusing too much on the practicum. That said, because international practicums may have additional requirements, students will sometimes do the groundwork earlier than domestic practicums – often by November or so.  This will vary by opportunity.

 

Q - Does the public health building have study spaces or a grad lounge for us to connect, socialize, and work? Do people tend to hang around the building? Is it a good social environment?

A – Yes, Carruthers Hall is our “home” building for the Department of Public Health Sciences. There are shared study carrels, and a student lounge. Students use the lounge regularly, and there is almost always someone around, including students in the Master of Science in Epidemiology program.

 

Funding and scholarship opportunities

 

Q - What are the options for financial assistance, scholarships and bursaries?

A – The Queen’s MPH is a professional Masters program. Students are not eligible for funding packages from the Department of Public Health Sciences. It is the responsibility of MPH students to ensure they will be able to support themselves financially over the course of the program. Information about awards, scholarships and bursaries for graduate students is here: https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/awards-scholarships 

 

Q - Does the program qualify for OGS funding?

A – Students are eligible for OGS funding, but only when they apply to the program. Unfortunately they are not eligible during the second year.

 

Q - What is the tuition for the MPH program?

A – Total tuition for the MPH program is approximately $16,000. You can get specifics from the Registrar’s office here: http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/financials/tuition-fees  Remember that the MPH degree is four terms, and you do pay tuition during the summer term when you are doing your practicum. The School of Graduate Studies contacts students in August to select a payment plan.

 

Q - Are part-time fees by course or by term? 

A – Fees are by term. You can get specifics from the Registrar’s office here: http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/financials/tuition-fees   

 

Q - When I accept my offer of admission from Queen's, is there an immediate acceptance deposit? 

A – No, there is no deposit. The School of Graduate Studies contacts students in August to select a tuition payment plan.

 

Work opportunities during and after the program

 

Q - Do most MPH students work part-time during their time at Queen's?

A – Some (but not most) graduate students do work part-time. Graduate Studies recommends work of no more than 10 hours per week. Many MPH students find that just managing their course demands is plenty.

 

Q - Are there TA (Teaching Assistant) or RA (Research Assistant) opportunities?

A – Yes, there are both RA and TA opportunities, but they are limited. Our own department’s TA opportunities for MPH students are only available in year two (September – December).

 

Q - Is it possible to work as a TA in the first year of the program if you find a position on your own?

A – Yes. For example, some of our first year MPH students work as TAs in undergraduate courses. 

 

Q - Are there any opportunities for MPH students to get involved with extracurricular research, or is that more of a case-by case basis?

A – The MPH program does not offer any formal extracurricular research opportunities. However, you are certainly free to reach out to professors throughout the department and the university.

 

Q - What are the career options for MPH graduates?

A - Public health is a wide field, and there are various career opportunities across the health system. A Master of Public Health degree can take your career in many directions. The large majority of our graduates find employment in public health. Our graduates hold positions as Health Planners, Research Analysts, Health Promoters, Evaluators, Project Managers and more. Queen’s MPH graduates work in health units, government agencies, hospitals, community organizations and research institutes across the country and beyond. You'll find more examples in the Public Health Career Opportunities page on our website.  

 

Housing

 

Q - What are the best options for housing off-campus?

A – There are lots of options for off-campus housing in Kingston. Most students live within walking distance to campus. Check the Queen's Off Campus Housing Facebook group and Kijiji for the broadest set of listings. You can also check Queen’s Community Housing for listings and housing helps: http://community.housing.queensu.ca/

 

Q - Can master's students live on campus residence?

A – Yes. There are two small graduate student residences. However, it is not common for MPH students. Most students live in the community nearby.