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?

Admissions Open House
October 19, 2019

Hosted by the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME).

This is an opportunity to learn about the School and its graduate programs.

Come and meet our world-class faculty and get the insider’s scoop from our current students. It’s also a great way for us to meet you – to learn about your ideas and interest in the diverse field of Public Health. Learn more about our graduate degree programs.

If you can’t attend, follow us on Instagram as we chronicle the lives of students in our various programs.

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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

DOCTORAL PROGRAM

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.

PROFESSIONAL MASTER’S PROGRAMS

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.

  • Our field of study in Epidemiology emphasizes quantitative methods and provides students with a strong base of knowledge and skills in epidemiological methods and public health.
  • The Indigenous Health field of study examines Indigenous health issues from multiple perspective and world views.
  • The Dalla Lana MPH is one of the only master’s programs in Canada to offer an MPH in Family and Community Medicine and Nutrition and Dietetics fields of study.
  • Our Occupational & Environmental Health field of study is the oldest and most established graduate program in occupational hygiene in the country.
  • Our Health Promotion field of study uses a social science perspective to address issues related to the health of individuals, communities and populations.

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 in Bioethics (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.

COLLABORATIVE specializations

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 participates in a variety of Collaborative Specializations that provide students with additional options to enhance their degree studies in a wide range of areas.

SPECIALTY TRAINING PROGRAMS

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.

GROUPS

Prospective Indigenous Students

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health offers many services as well as resources to serve Indigenous students as they make their way through their graduate studies. Services continue to expand as the DLSPH’s Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health along with The Indigenous Student Services continues to advocate for the expansion of inclusive programs led and for Indigenous students at the University of Toronto.

First Nations House

First Nations House provides culturally relevant services to Indigenous students in support of academic success, personal growth and leadership development. We also offer learning opportunities for all students to engage with Indigenous communities within the University of Toronto and beyond.

For additional information please visit: https://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/fnh/future-student

Native Child & Family Services of Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto strives to provide a life of quality, well-being, caring and healing for the children and families in the Toronto Indigenous Community. They do this by creating a service model that is culture based and respects the values of Indigenous people, the extended family and the right to determination. The WBIIH partners with the Native Child and Family Services in Toronto to host the city’s biggest Indigenous Gatherings every September.

Read more here: https://www.nativechild.org/

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement UT (Sage)

Sage is a graduate student led group operating out of the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. SAGE UT plans workshops, presentations, meetings and other events that focus on promoting the academic and personal development of Indigenous graduate students.

Read more here: https://indigenousstudies.utoronto.ca/sage/

Elder Clayton Shirt

Clayton Shirt is a Toronto Elder at WBIIH. Clayton’s office hours is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is advisable to book time with Clay through John Wabegijik.

Applying to the MPH-IH Program

For students who wish to apply to the MPH-IH, the WBIIH team can help with the wording of your personal statement. In the coming months, the WBIIH will offer webinars twice a year to support prospective indigenous prospective students.

Drumming Circle

Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health and Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing invite you to Hand drumming with Spirit Wind Women’s Hand Drum Group twice a month.

Visit the DLSPH calendar to find the next drumming circle.

Indigenous Education Network

The Indigenous Education Network (IEN) is a group of students, faculty and community members who share a common commitment to and passion for Indigenous Education and Research. Founded in 1989 by Indigenous students, the IEN provides an Indigenous presence at OISE and seeks to establish a forum for ongoing and dynamic discussion, action and change.

Find out more: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ien/

Indigenous Gateway

This website provides an overview to the Indigenous community, initiatives, services, and academic programs on all three U of T campuses.

Find out more: https://indigenous.utoronto.ca/

Use of the WBIIH Space

Students are encouraged to use the space on the 4th floor to study. Watch for updates on cultural events hosted in the WBIIH offices.