Public Health

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Department website: Master's of Public Health

Please visit the Program website for the Date for Guaranteed Consideration

The world today is facing complex public and population health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious diseases, and reducing poor health behaviors, environmental hazards, substance abuse, and injuries. These crucial public health challenges demand a well-trained public health workforce. The mission of the Master's of Public Health program at McGill is to train outstanding public and population health professionals by offering a rigorous academic program in concepts, methods, research, and practice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program will serve as public health practitioners, research professionals, and educators. They will be recruited by regional, federal, and international health authorities, as well as in the education and private sectors, to meet the increasing demand for public health professionals.

Why Study at McGill

McGill has an international reputation for excellence in university education. Our departmental graduates are known for their strong conceptual, quantitative, and methodological skills, and have assumed senior leadership positions in many organizations in Quebec, the rest of Canada, and internationally that focus on the health of populations.

Training Milieu

McGill’s downtown campus is situated in the vibrant, multi-lingual cosmopolitan city of Montreal. The Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health is located on the upper McGill campus, in close proximity to the McGill University Health Centre and the McGill University Health Network, its Research Institutes, the Québec public health agency, and the Montreal regional health authority.

The Master's of Public Health program will include a 3 month practicum after the first year, which will provide the student with the opportunity to use knowledge and skills acquired in the academic program in a public health practice or research setting. These public and population health internships will be available in Quebec, Canada, and internationally, and will be under the supervision of accredited mentors. The practicum will be designed to contribute in a meaningful way to the host organization and the student.

Who Should Apply?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds with an interest in health research and with strong conceptual, analytic, and quantitative skills at the undergraduate level. Our students come from the social sciences (e.g. sociology, economics, psychology, geography), natural and quantitative sciences (e.g. biology, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, computer science, statistics), or health professions (e.g. medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition). Students must have a good knowledge of differential and integral calculus at the level of a first year undergraduate course. In exceptional circumstances, the admissions committee may take professional experience into account for mid-career or returning/re-entry applicants.

Contact Us:

McGill University, 
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health
Purvis Hall, 1020 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, QC H3A 1A2

Student Affairs Office
Telephone: 514-398-6258
Email: mscph.eboh [at]

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master's of Public Health programs must hold a Bachelor's degree in a related area. Complete details on the program are available on the Departmental website.

Language Requirements 

  • Minimum TOEFL scores required, when applicable, of 100 on the Internet-based test. 
  • Minimum score for IELTS: 6.5.

Application Procedures

See Application Procedures (for All Admissions Starting Summer 2013) for detailed application procedures.

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at

Completed applications, with all supporting documents, must reach the Department by the Dates for Guaranteed Consideration.

Please download required documents from our website.

Application Status

Check on Minerva to see which supporting documents have been received.


You will be informed of your acceptance/non-acceptance by April.

Contact Information

Student Affairs Office
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health
McGill University
Purvis Hall, Room 27
1020 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A2

If you have further questions?
Please feel free to contact us:

graduate.eboh [at] (Student Affairs Office)
Tel.: 514-398-6258
Fax: 514-398-8851

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