Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

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Public Health

Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

Faculty:Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Field of Study:Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Course Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
National: $9,000

This cost estimate represents the tuition for the first year.


Waterloo's School of Public Health and Health Systems is training a new generation of leaders, researchers, and change agents, adept at thinking and responding to the complex adaptive systems that affect health and health care.

Together, we are seeking innovative solutions to some of the major health challenges of our time.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  • Successful completion of a four-year Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a minimum 75% average. The Bachelor's degree will normally be in a field relevant to public health.
  • Students must submit a personal essay of no more than 500 words explaining the education, work and life experiences 1) that have brought them to the decision to apply to the MPH program; and 2) how the MPH will help them in their future career.
  • Students must have at least one year of prior work experience in a public health setting, either through full or part-time employment or through co-operative work terms as an undergraduate (volunteer experience may be applicable).
  • Although statistics is not a prerequisite for admission, students should have a suitable background in statistics to meet prerequisite standards for all graduate level courses, before beginning coursework. An undergraduate course in research methods (with a minimum 75%) is recommended.
  • Students will be recruited as recent graduates from 4-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs in Health Studies and related disciplines, or alternatively as mature students holding a 4-year degree in a related discipline with relevant work experience in population and public health. Students with advanced professional degrees in recognized health disciplines (e.g. MD, DVM) will also be eligible for admission.
  • Application Notes :
  • Résumé: Indicating past academic and professional experience.
  • Supplementary information form
  • Transcript(s)
  • 2 References: 1 academic and 1 professional
  • If applicants have been out of school for an extended period of time (>5 years) and are unable to supply an academic reference they may submit two professional references. Please ensure that one professional referee is able to comment on the applicants academic ability and potential.
  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)
  • * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 01, 2022