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Students may begin requesting Fall 2020 session Graduate Department of Public Health Science (GDPHS) courses on August 5, 2020. Each graduate department has its own enrolment dates; check relevant websites for information.

Students should request their Fall 2020 courses on ACORN well before classed begin in September.  If your request was accepted, you have obtained a space in the course and your request will be approved by the GDPHS.  You will be notified of any issues. Students should check ACORN regularly for the status of their course request. Do not contact the Graduate Office when your course enrolments are in the request status.

  • ACORN allows students to search for courses by code or keyword.
  • Some courses may require instructor’s approval. Check enrolment details in the timetable.
  • Adding course(s) to your Enrolment Cart does not automatically enrol you in the course(s) at the opening of the enrolment period.  You must login to ACORN, on or after August 5th, to manually “Enrol” in the courses from your cart.

The Introduction to Public Health courses (CHL5004H or CHL5005H) are required for all incoming students in the Fall session, except MHSc Bioethics students (required courses and practica are preloaded to MHSc Bioethics students’ records).

Courses from Outside the Department

Not all graduate departments allow students to enrol in courses via ACORN. If your attempt to add a course form a department outside of PHS is unsuccessful, check with  the host department about procedures. All course requests for courses outside GDPHS must be approved by your Program Director. An email confirming their permission is normally sufficient.

Wait Lists

Some courses have waiting lists. If the department offering the course has opted to allow a wait list and either your enrolment category (i.e.; MPH-EPI) or the course itself is full, you can choose to join the wait list.  The system will inform you of your place on the wait list and how many spaces are allotted for your category.  If sufficient space is opened in your enrolment category (i.e.; for MPH-Epi students), you will automatically be placed in the course. It is your responsibility to check ACORN for your enrolment status. One to five days (depending on the graduate unit) before the course enrolment deadline, all wait lists will be suspended and normal enrolment procedures will apply.

Checking Course Status

Students are responsible for knowing the status of their course requests at all times.  This information can be obtained via ACORN. The following are the possible statuses:

REQ:  Course requested. To be resolved/approved (by GDPHS) by the enrollment deadline.
INT:   Course requested pending approval by the host department/instructor.
APP:  Request approved. Student is enrolled in course.
REF:  Request denied. Student is not enrolled and may not make another request for this course via the web during this session.
CAN:  Course cancelled (student withdrew from course before deadline).
WAIT: No room in the meeting section. Student has been placed on a wait list based on their category, and will be enrolled automatically if space comes available.
DWAIT: Student has been removed from or has cancelled their place on the wait list.

Cancelling or Withdrawing from Courses

Students may drop individual courses up to the deadline date. Before doing this, however, students are advised to consult with their program director or supervisor. Please note that dropping all your courses does not constitute a withdrawal from your program. To do so, you must complete a Program Withdrawal form. Dropping courses prior to deadlines or withdrawing from a program without academic penalty does not guarantee a fee refund.  Information on fee refunds and deadlines is outlined at Dropping courses after the SGS course drop deadline is not permitted.