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).

Applicants must complete the ‘Statistics Requirement’ form and submit this with their application. All relevant course(s) should be identified on the form, and evidence of the topics covered (course syllabus link or attachment) should be provided.

The content of the statistics course must include the topics listed below.  Applicants should judge the appropriateness of the undergraduate statistics course(s) based on these parameters. In the event the course does not meet the requirements, applicants should take additional statistics course(s).

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. PHS does not provide a list of qualifying courses. When looking for courses, ask the instructor if the all of the topics in this list will be covered.

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.

Family and Community Medicine

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

Indigenous Health

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

The statistics course should be completed prior to the application deadline.  All relevant course(s) should be identified on the form, and evidence of the topics covered (course syllabus link or attachment) should be provided.  If the course(s) have not been completed, applicants  MUST indicate, on the form, when and where the course(s) will be taken. If an Offer of Admission is made, the applicant MUST forward statistics course grade(s) to the Graduate Office no later than June 30.

The content of the statistics course must include the topics listed below.  Applicants should judge the appropriateness of the undergraduate statistics course(s) based on these parameters. In the event the course does not meet the requirements, applicants should take additional statistics course(s).

MPH Indigenous Health 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. PHS does not provide a list of qualifying courses. When looking for courses, ask the instructor if the all of the topics in this list will be covered.

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.

Occupational and Environmental Health

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

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 statistics course should be completed prior to the application deadline.  All relevant course(s) should be identified on the form, and evidence of the topics covered (course syllabus link or attachment) should be provided.  If the course(s) have not been completed, applicants  MUST indicate, on the form, when and where the course(s) will be taken. If an Offer of Admission is made, the applicant MUST forward statistics course grade(s) to the Graduate Office no later than June 30.

The content of the statistics course must include the topics listed below.  Applicants should judge the appropriateness of the undergraduate statistics course(s) based on these parameters. In the event the course does not meet the requirements, applicants should take additional statistics course(s).

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. PHS does not provide a list of qualifying courses. When looking for courses, ask the instructor if the all of the topics in this list will be covered.

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.