Each field has specific requirements for pre-requisite training in statistics, as outlined below.

Epidemiology

At least one undergraduate statistics course is required for admission to the MPH program in the Epidemiology field.  The qualifying statistics course must be completed prior to the application deadline.  Applicants must obtain a minimum grade of B+ in this course(s).

The content of the statistics course must include the topics listed below. In the event the course does not, students should take additional statistics courses.  Students should judge the appropriateness of the undergraduate statistics course(s) based on the parameters outlined on this page.

Applicants must complete the ‘Statistics Requirement’ form and submit this with their application. The form must identify the relevant course(s) in the transcript and provide evidence of the topics covered.

MPH  Epidemiology Content Guidelines for Statistics Pre-requisite

• Frequency distributions, skewness
• Measures of central tendency: Mean, median, mode
• Levels of measurement: nominal, ordinal, interval
• Measures of variation: Standard deviation, standard score, standard error
• Probability, normal curve
• Sampling, confidence intervals
• Test of significance: Null hypothesis: t-test, one-tail/two-tail tests
• Analyses for proportions and categories (e.g., Chi square)
• Analyses for group means (e.g., t-tests, analysis of variance)
• Correlation
• Regression (linear and/or logistic)

Applicants are responsible for finding one or more courses, as needed, to cover the required content. A single term course is enough if the required topics are covered. Two terms of statistics may be needed to cover the required topics.

DLSPH does not provide a list of qualifying courses because courses change. When looking for courses, ask if the course will cover all the subjects in our list.

In addition to the statistics pre-requisite, Admissions Committees may also consider other evidence of numeracy within the application including any of grades in mathematics; previous work and study experience and/or standardized test scores.

Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (Health Promotion)

At least one undergraduate statistics course is required for admission to the MPH program in the Health Promotion field.  Applicants must obtain a minimum grade of B in this course(s).

The content of the statistics course must include the topics listed below. In the event the course does not, students should take additional statistics courses.  Students should judge the appropriateness of the undergraduate statistics course(s) based on the parameters outlined on this page.

The statistics course should be completed prior to the application deadline; if not, the student MUST indicate when the course will be taken in the application (on the ‘Statistics Requirement’ form). In the event that you are offered a spot in the MPH program, you MUST forward your statistics course grade(s) to the Graduate Office no later than June 30.

MPH Health Promotion Content Guidelines for Statistics Pre-requisite
  • Frequency distributions, skewness
  • Measures of central tendency: Mean, median, mode
  • Levels of measurement: nominal, ordinal, interval
  • Measures of variation: Standard deviation, standard score, standard error
  • Probability, normal curve
  • Sampling, confidence intervals
  • Test of significance: Null hypothesis: t-test, one-tail/two-tail tests
  • Analyses for proportions and categories (e.g., Chi square)
  • Analyses for group means (e.g., t-tests, analysis of variance)
  • Correlation
  • Regression (linear and/or logistic)

Applicants are responsible for finding one or more courses, as needed, to cover the required content. A single term course is enough if the required topics are covered. Two terms of statistics may be needed to cover the required topics.

DLSPH does not provide a list of qualifying courses because courses change. When looking for courses, ask if the course will cover all the subjects in our list.

In addition to the statistics pre-requisite, Admissions Committees may also consider other evidence of numeracy within the application including any of grades in mathematics; previous work and study experience and/or standardized test scores.

Nutrition and Dietetics

Applicants to the MPH Nutrition and Dietetics field are required to have successfully completed the equivalent of one-term undergraduate course in statistics (equivalent to 3 undergraduate credit weight at most North American Universities). Graduates of undergraduate degree programs that are accredited by Dietitians of Canada meet this requirement through the research methods and statistical analysis component of those dietetic education programs.

Family and Community Medicine

For applicants to the MPH program in Family and Community Medicine, an undergraduate statistics course is highly recommended.

Occupational and Environmental Health

For applicants to the MPH program in Occupational and Environmental Health, an undergraduate statistics course is highly recommended.