The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is training the next generation of scientists, educators and practitioners who will advance public health in Canada and around the world. Close to 400 graduate students are enrolled in doctoral and masters programs across seven areas of study.
The DLSPH offers a dynamic learning community in which research, practica and fieldwork enhance theoretical studies. Programs of study are enriched by the expertise and strong mentorship provided by the DLSPH’s internationally-known faculty and the more than 200 scientists from collaborating institutions who hold academic appointments with the School. Students come from a wide variety of disciplines and play an active role in shaping their education and learning experience. Please review the information below regarding our degree programs and then proceed to the Application Process.
The PhD program is truly multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary, exposing students to the full breadth and depth of public health. The PhD degree is offered in three fields of study: Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Social & Behavioural Health Sciences—one of the few doctoral level programs in social and behavioural science in all of Canada. The programs’ strength is reflected in the success of our graduates, who hold leadership, research and academic positions in universities, teaching hospitals, research institutes, health agencies and industry.
The Professional Masters programs provide a wide range of options to individuals entering the field of public health and to practicing health professionals who wish to enhance their expertise. Our graduates are highly sought after by government, research institutes, teaching hospitals and private sector.
Designed to prepare practioners, educators and researchers for careers in public health, the MPH offers a unique range of specializations with a remarkable breadth of courses and practicum opportunities.
The Dalla Lana MPH is the only masters program in Canada to offer a specialization in Community Nutrition or in Family and Community Medicine. Our specialization in Epidemiology emphasizes quantitative methods and provides students with a strong base of knowledge and skills in epidemiological methods and public health. Our Health Promotion specialization uses a social science perspective to address issues related to the health of individuals, communities and populations. And, our Occupational & Environmental Health specialization is the oldest and most established graduate program in occupational hygiene in the country.
The MSc with a specialization in Biostatistics offers a unique dual focus on statistical methodology and practical training.
This innovative degree program is designed to meet the needs of established health professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills while remaining in practice. It offers specializations in Addictions and Mental Health, Family and Community Medicine, Health Practitioner Teacher Education, Occupational Health Care and Wound Prevention and Care.
Twelve collaborative programs with other graduate departments and faculties provide students with additional options to enhance their degree studies in a wide range of areas from Aboriginal health to community development. The DLSPH leads the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health, providing an exciting opportunity for students to explore and engage global perspectives with each other and with global health researchers from across the University.
Collaborative Training Initiatives
The DLSPH is home to two major Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) collaborative training initiatives that expose students to leading scholars and researchers from across the country:
- The CIHR Strategic Training for Advanced Genetic Epidemiology (STAGE) Program is Canada’s first and only formal comprehensive training program in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics, and one of a few such programs in the world.
- The CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy is a multidisciplinary community of researchers, trainers, policymakers, educators and Practioners that works and learns together to address the key policy issues impacting the public’s health at local, regional, national and global levels.
Specialty Training Programs
The DLSPH also offers Residency programs, for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine.