MSc in Public Health: Population Dynamics

The Population Dynamics Option (PDO) is open to students in the M.Sc. in Public Health; Non-Thesis program in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health specializing in Population Dynamics. The purpose of this program is to provide graduate training in demographic methods (including life table analyses) and enhance students’ knowledge of critical population issues.

Students are required to take a course on demographic methods and an overview substantive course on the key population issues facing societies today. In addition, students will take one complementary course from Sociology; Economics; or Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, which focuses on a particular population issue such as population health, migration, aging, family dynamics, and labour markets and skills acquisition. Students will attend at least five of the seminars given in the Social Statistics and Population Dynamics Seminar series. Research topics must be related to population dynamics and approved by the PDO coordinating committee.

 

MScPH Population Dynamics Option Requirements

Minimum 60 credits required for graduation:

  • 36 credits from required courses
  • 9 credits from summer practicum 
  • 15 credits from complementary courses

Required Courses

The required courses cover diverse subjects including:

  • managing population-level data,
  • interpreting and critiquing research,
  • learning statistical software,
  • foundations of environmental policy,
  • introduction to measurement techniques,
  • and much more! 

 

 

 

Courses

Students enrolled in the population dynamics option are required to take all MScPH core courses as well as the following courses:

SOCI 545 Sociology of Population 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 626 Demographic Methods 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


*Students exempted from any of the courses listed above must replace them with additional Complementary credits.

 

Complementary Courses

Work with your academic supervisor to choose courses based on your interests.

Course selections must include a minimum of 3 credits in each of these categories:

  • environmental health
  • health policy and management
  • population and public health interventions (social and behavioral science)

please see the full list of Complementary MScPH courses here

AND 3 credits of coursework, at the 500 level or higher, from the list of courses approved for the Population Dynamics Option that have not been taken to satisfy other program requirements:

ECON 622 Public Finance 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 634 Economic Development 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 641 Labour Economics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 734 Economic Development 4 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 741 Advanced Labour Economics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ECON 742 Empirical Microeconomics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 648 Methods in Social Epidemiology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPIB 681 Global Health: Epid. Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PPHS 525 HlthCare Systems in Comp Persp 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PPHS 527 Econ for Hlth Serv Res&Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PPHS 528 Economic Eval of Hlth Programs 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PPHS 529 Global Env Hlth&Burden/Disease 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PPHS 615 Intro:Infectious Disease Epid 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 512 Ethnicity & Public Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 513 Soc Aspects HIV/AIDS in Africa 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 520 Migration and Immigrant Groups 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 525 HlthCare Systems in Comp Persp 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 535 Sociology of the Family 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

SOCI 588 Biosociology/Biodemography 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


*Complementary courses must be 500-level or higher

Practicum

The practicum must be approved by both the Global Health Option Committee and the MScPH Academic Advisor.

PPHS 630 MScPH Practicum/Project 9 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

For more information about the MScPH practicum, please see the practicum page