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Admissions for Occupational and Public Health (MSc)

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In Canada and globally, aging populations, climate change, infectious diseases, workplace injuries and accidents, and occupational diseases are creating new occupational and public health challenges. Now more than ever, society needs enhanced research and qualified professionals to address these emerging issues through evidence-based solutions in policy and practice. The new Master of Science (MSc) in Occupational and Public Health provides advanced learning and research opportunities related to the prevention of workplace injury and illness and the promotion of public health. In the first and only program of its kind in Canada, students gain the knowledge, skills, expertise, and core competencies necessary to shape the future of occupational and public health.

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in science, applied science, health science or a related field from an accredited institution
  • As per YSGS policy, a minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study is required. However, due to the competitive application process, a minimum 3.33/4.33 GPA (B+) is strongly recommended.
  • Completion of at least one statistics course in their undergraduate degree program, with a passing grade of at least B.

Please visit the Graduate Studies Application Dates webpage for the upcoming application deadlines.

All graduate applications are submitted online. Visit Apply online to learn more about:

  • Submitting your application through OUAC
  • Uploading your documents
  • Monitoring your application
  • Two academic letters of reference If you are a working professional in the field and completed your undergraduate degree more than five years ago, you may substitute one professional reference for an academic reference.
  • Statement of interest
    Your statement of 500 to 1,000 words should address the following:
    • The research interest(s) you may wish to pursue in a master’s thesis.
    • How your previous studies and experience have prepared you for this program.
    • Up to three potential faculty supervisors from the School of Occupational and Public Health who you are interested in working with.
    • Your career objectives and how this degree program relates to them.
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (where applicable)