Degree Division
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Program Contact
Angela Mashford-Pringle

Program Description

In this field, Indigenous health issues will be examined from multiple perspective and world-views. Indigenous knowledges, pedagogies, and approaches to research will be utilized in tandem with Western approaches. Opportunities for land-based learning, traditional medicine teachings, interaction with Elders, and community engagement will permeate the program. Students will gain a broad public health knowledge base with specific expertise in Indigenous health issues.

Please note that students in the MPH Indigenous Health program are not eligible for participation in the Collaborative Specialization in Indigenous Health (CSIH).

Admission Requirements

MPH students are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and should hold an appropriate bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized university with at least a mid-B average in final year of the degree, or in the last 5.0 full course equivalents completed at a senior level. Proof of English Language Proficiency is required (See below).

Minimum Admission Requirements for MPH Indigenous Health

  • at least one undergraduate statistics course.  There is a requirement for a minimum grade (mid-B or higher) and content of the qualifying course(s). Please review the MPH statistics requirements information.

International applicants

No applicant will be admitted without evidence of English Language Proficiency (ELP).  As per the policy of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), the following applicants do not have to provide direct supporting evidence of ELP in the application.

  • A Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where instruction is in English or French;
  • Any applicant who has obtained a qualifying undergraduate degree from an institution that is recognized by the University of Toronto, and where the language of instruction and examination is uniformly English.

If either criterion above is satisfied, the application can be submitted without test scores or other proof of ELP.  The ELP requirement will be waived, in the online system, when the application is reviewed.

Otherwise, an approved test of English Language Proficiency must be submitted at the time of application.  Scores must meet the minimum requirements set by SGS and must be valid (taken within 2 years of submission of the application). See SGS website for details.

The MPH Indigenous Health program does not make other exemptions. If an applicant is required to submit proof of ELP and does not include this with the application, by the application deadline, the application will be rejected as incomplete and inadmissible.

Applicants who studied outside Canada must consult the School of Graduate Studies website to determine whether evidence of ELP can be waived. The SGS website lists those countries where university instruction in English will be recognized without further documentation. Click here for more information.

The SGS website also has an international degree equivalency tool that may be consulted to determine minimum admission requirements for graduates from recognized institutions outside Canada.  Admission eligibility cannot be determined until a complete application is submitted. We are not able to review or assess your academic record without an official application to a graduate degree program, including payment of the appropriate application fee.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 10.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCEs) within the maximum time limit of 3 years as a full-time student and 6 years as a part-time student. Please note, most full-time students complete their degree within 2 years. The table below outlines the usual distribution of required and elective courses, together with practica, which are taken throughout the program.

TERM Course/practicum FCEs
Term 1
(Fall –
2.0 FCE)
CHL5004H: Introduction to Public Health Sciences1 0.5
CHL5220H: Introduction to Quantitative Research 0.5
CHL5520H: Indigenous Health 0.5
Choose one of: CHL5801H: Health Promotion 1 or
CHL5105H: Social Determinants of Health
Term 2
(Winter – 2.0 FCE)
CHL5221H: Introduction to Qualitative Research 0.5
CHL5521H: Indigenous Practicum Preparation 0.5
CHL5522H: Indigenous Food Systems, Environment & Health 0.5
CHL5130H: Advanced Methods in Applied Indigenous Health Research 0.5
Term 3
(Summer – 2.0 FCE)
CHL6010Y: Required MPH Practicum (1.0 FCE) + CHL6012Y: Long Extension to Required Practicum (1.0 FCE) 2.0
Term 4
(Fall –
2.0 FCE)
CHL5300H: Public Health Policy 0.5
CHL5523H: Indigenous Health and Social Policy 0.5
PLUS 2 approved electives 1.0
Term 5
(Winter – 2.0 FCE)
CHL6020Y: Optional MPH Practicum (1.0 FCE) + CHL6021H: Optional Practicum Extension (0.5 FCE) 1.5
PLUS approved elective 0.5
Or any combination of practicum and electives equaling 2.0 FCE
Totals 10

CHL5004H begins earlier in September than regularly scheduled graduate.

Elective Courses

Students have an opportunity to take at least 1.5 FCE in elective courses.  Through electives, students can tailor their academic work to suit their professional needs and career interests.

Students can take courses within the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, or (with permission) from other Graduate Departments at the University of Toronto. Students also have the opportunity to take courses outside of the University of Toronto and must consult with their Program Director and the Graduate Office.