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, Centre for Global Public Health, the Northern Medical Unit and the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research. As a result, our graduate students have the opportunity to access both internationally regarded researchers and award winning teachers.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is designed to produce individuals who will teach in the community health sciences, train other researchers, design and execute major research projects, and serve as senior advisors and consultants in the area of health care policy and planning. 

Our two master’s programs, the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees, are intended to satisfy the demand of local, regional, provincial and federal health departments for trained community health professionals.  Both Master’s level programs provide core training in epidemiology, public health, health policy planning, and health administration.  The M.Sc. program has a research focus requiring completion of a thesis while the M.P.H. program has a field-placement / practicum integrating applied public health concepts.

In November 2014, Department Council approved a new MSc specialization in biostatistics. The specialization requires students to complete all core courses in the current MSc program, and to take required and elective courses in statistics and biostatistics. In addition, students seeking to achieve this specialization must complete a thesis whose content emphasizes the development and application of new statistical methods in the health sciences.

The Diploma in Population Health (Dip.P.H.) is course based and aims to provide clinicians and managers in provincial and regional health authorities core knowledge and skills in population health sciences, including epidemiology and biostatistics. This training will produce and better-informed consumers of health research data.

Full details of all requirements for all our programs are described in our Student Handbook.


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Admission Information

Before you consider applying for admission, please ensure that you meet the admissions criteria for the graduate program you are interested in and that you are familiar with the requirements of the program. Admissions criteria and program requirements are described in detail in the Student Handbook. Admission criteria differ for each of the four graduate programs in Community Health Sciences. Students whose admission GPA is below 3.0 will not be considered. Applicants who need help calculating their admission GPA should refer to this website:

• Master of Science (M.Sc.)
• Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
• Diploma in Public Health (Dip.P.H)
• Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admission Deadlines

The deadline for applying to our four graduate programs is November 30, 2014 for September 2015 admission.
Note: The deadline for students applying to the MSc Specialization in Biostatistics is December 21, 2014 for September 2015 admission.   

Students seeking Occasional Student status must apply by:
• June 15, 2015 for consideration for September 2015 admission.
• October 15, 2015 for consideration for January 2016 admission.

Where do I apply?

Admission to Community Health Sciences is through the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ online application system: