We are training the next generation of scientists, educators and practitioners…

Who will advance public health in Canada and around the world. More than 800 graduate students are enrolled in doctoral and master’s programs across many areas of study.

What is Public Health?

Strong learning and mentorship

The School 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 internationally-known faculty and scientists from collaborating institutions who hold academic appointments with the School. Our talented students come from a wide variety of disciplines and play an active role in shaping their education and learning experience.

Degree program options

Below you will find information regarding our degree programs.


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 four fields of study: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Occupational and Environmental Health and Social & Behavioural Health Sciences — one of the few doctoral level programs in social and behavioural science in all of Canada. The program’s 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 Master’s 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 the private sector.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Designed to prepare practitioners, 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 one of the only master’s programs in Canada to offer a specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics 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.
  • Finally, our Occupational & Environmental Health specialization is the oldest and most established graduate program in occupational hygiene in the country.

Master of Science (MSc)

The MSc with a specialization in Biostatistics offers a unique dual focus on statistical methodology and practical training.

Master of Science in Community Health (MScCH)

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.

Master of Health Science (MHSc)

The MHSc in Bioethics, offered through the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences and coordinated by the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, is a professional master’s program for health practitioners, researchers, and administrators. The goal of the MHSc program is to enhance students’ core knowledge and skill competencies in bioethics research, education and practice, ideally to strengthen ethics capacity in their health organizations.


Defined as intra-university programs that provide a multidisciplinary experience for students already enrolled in a degree program, the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health participates in fifteen Collaborative Programs that provide students with additional options to enhance their degree studies in a wide range of areas.


CIHR Strategic Training

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.

Residency Training

The DLSPH also offers Residency Programs, for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine.