Alumni

The MPH program structure enables students to pursue various employment opportunities upon graduation. Graduates currently work across Ontario within local public health, provincial public health agencies, federal public health agencies, private firms, and non-profit agencies. You can click on the following link to view the Public Health Blog where students report on their practicum placement experiences.

Alumni Profiles

Ashley Vanderlaan (Graduated 2011)
Manager, Epidemiology & Evaluation, Planning & Business Improvement, City of Hamilton Public Health Services

Guelph’s MPH program prepared me to work at the local public health level by offering a comprehensive curriculum in epidemiology, public health policy, evaluation and health promotion, as well as strengthening my skills in communication, knowledge translation, critical thinking and project management; these are all essential competencies for public health professionals. Guelph’s MPH Practicum afforded me the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with the Public Health Agency of Canada and opened doors for me in terms of future employment opportunities with the City of Hamilton. I began working for the City of Hamilton Public Health Services in 2012 and have held several different positions during this time as a Research Analyst, Epidemiologist and Manager for the Epidemiology & Evaluation team. Guelph’s MPH program provided me with a solid foundation to pursue my career goals in public health.

I have many favourite aspects of the MPH program at the University of Guelph! To name a few, I really enjoyed the small, intimate cohort size of our class. Because of the small class size, student peers often collaborated on projects which enhanced and enriched the learning experience. During my time at Guelph, I made life-long friends and established networks in the public health field. Guelph’s faculty are excellent, knowledgeable and engaged and I credit the MPH program for instilling my passion for public health.

 

Nicole Britten (Graduated 2012)
Advisor, Policy & Advocacy, Region of Peel Health Services

The program provided me with a good foundation for working in the health sector. Evidence-informed decision making skills, strategic thinking about complex problems, and an understanding of the policy process were all key learnings from the program that I continue to use in my work today.

I really appreciated the breadth and flexibility of the program that allowed me to learn a little bit about everything, while taking elective courses that aligned with my own interests. The opportunity to complete a practicum was also invaluable to gain real world experience and apply what you are learning in the program.

 

Elizabeth Choi (Graduated 2013)
Senior Program and Policy Population and Public Health Division, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Contract lecturer, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University

The MPH program helped prepare me tackle the complex challenges that currently exist in public health. The program is designed to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of advanced public health and exposes students to new opportunities in this field. Personally, the program gave me the confidence to explore new roles in public health and the practicum work placement helped to launch my career in policy development.

One of the most valuable aspects of the MPH program is the ability to engage in small-class discussion with a diverse peer group who are keenly interested in public health. The connections made in this program continues to be a strong network both personal and professionally.

 

Alexandra Fournier (Graduated 2013)
Health Promotion Specialist, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

As a Health Promotion Specialist, I routinely apply numerous health promotion strategies in my projects and often work across a variety of health topics. The University of Guelph’s MPH program provides students with unique opportunities to build their knowledge and capacity in the various competencies and topics encompassed within public health. From research methodology and statistical analysis, to program evaluation and health communication, this well-rounded and comprehensive program provides a strong foundation for a career in the public health sector. Combined with a practicum placement and numerous opportunities to network with and learn from public health professionals, the MPH program enabled me to pursue a variety of career opportunities in health promotion in the public and non-profit sectors and at regional, provincial and federal levels of government.

My favourite aspect of the MPH program was a group assignment in the Public Health Administration course, where we partnered with a local public health unit to develop a project plan based on community and public health priorities. This assignment gave us real-world experience in developing a project plan from start to finish while working with community members and the public health sector.

 

Zoe Martos (Graduated 2013)
Manager Climate Change Communications and Knowledge Mobilization

The MPH program prepared me for working in the public sector through helping me build a diverse skill set including evaluation, administration, planning, and research. It has given me flexibility for moving between different topic areas and building my communications skills over time. Since the program, I have worked in various government roles both within and outside of the realm of public health. This has led me to a career in climate change, where I’m in a dynamic field that combines my interests in program and community development, and communication and outreach.

I really enjoyed the Communications courses because they were very practical and hands-on. Coming from a background in science, it was very refreshing to practice my communication skills, especially creating specific written products and developing presentation skills. These are skills that I have used at every position since the program, and continue to make use of daily.

 

Melissa Cummings (Graduated 2014)
Health Promotion Specialist

The program was tailored to meet the current needs of public health organizations in Canada. The knowledge and skills I developed throughout the program helps me to meet and exceed the expectations of my coworkers, managers, and directors. I had no trouble finding suitable employment after graduation because of the public health competencies learned throughout the program.

I enjoyed the diversity and collaboration opportunities within the program. In my cohort, my peers came from different fields within public health which always led to interesting discussion. There was also a wide range of electives to choose from to help us shape our individual educational paths.

 

Etran Bouchouar (Graduated 2014)
Panorama Community Health Nurse (Public Health Informatics)

The MPH program has been integral to my development as a public health professional. It provided me with the knowledge and skills to make positive contributions towards addressing emerging public health issues, developing healthy public policies, and reducing health inequities.

Since graduating from the MPH program I have worked with remarkable leaders and professionals in various levels of government in Canada and internationally in a variety of roles. This includes working as a Nurse Epidemiologist with the Public Health Agency of Canada providing policy and epidemiologic support to senior officials on influenza and emerging respiratory pathogens. During this period, I was also mobilized as an on-site lead Epidemiologist in Dubreka, Guinea as part of the World Health Organization’s largest coordinated emergency operation for Ebola. Currently, I am working with new and innovative technologies to better enable and support the management of communicable diseases, outbreaks, and immunizations in Yukon.

The University of Guelph’s MPH program allowed me to acquire proficiency in a broad range of core competencies in public health and provided insight into the integration of theory and practice through relevant, practical and applicable assignments. I benefitted from the flexibility we were given for various assignments, where we could select special topics of study that aligned with our own interests. A critical highlight was the opportunity we were given to meet and work directly with organizations. In addition to the MPH capstone, I could work with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health in my Public Health Administration course and with Newfoundland and Labrador’s Communicable Disease Control Division in my Studies in Population Medicine course.

I am forever grateful for the role the program played in shaping my public health practice and providing me the tools and mindset to be an effective public health practitioner.

 

Alessia Borgo (Graduated 2017)
Health Policy Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario

The MPH program at the University of Guelph is definitely unique program. The depth and breadth of topics I studied over the course of the program have provided me with a wide range of knowledge and experience within public health. In particular, I enjoyed the community-engaged courses and practicum placement, which gave me the opportunity to apply theory-based concepts to real-world situations. Most importantly, without the continuous support and encouragement from the professors and administrative staff at the University, I would not be where I am today.

My favourite aspect of the MPH program at the University of Guelph was having the opportunity to work with and engage with my classmates. I found that I learned the most when collaborating with a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about public health. All of my favourite memories and thoughts about the program take me back to the MPH lounge, where a group of us would meet every day (and most nights), to support each other throughout our academic journey.

 

Michael Whyte (Graduated 2017)
Dashboard Development Specialist with local public health unit

I began my Masters of Public Health as a graduate fresh out of a Biomedical Science undergraduate degree. In my undergrad I had learned a lot about how different diseases occur, how those diseases impact the body, and how they can be treated. One recurring theme that became very familiar is that many of the diseases that impact our society are preventable. Since then, I’ve wanted to learn as much as I can about the barriers that people face in accessing good health, so that I can help make good health more equitable and achievable for everyone who wants it. The Masters of Public Health program at Guelph has given me everything that I need to be capable and well-rounded in the world of public health. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from teachers from all aspects of public health, to appreciate how federal, provincial, municipal and local efforts work together to form public health campaigns and programs. Through challenging, yet interesting projects in both individual and group settings I had the opportunity to apply the learnings through lectures and solidify the concepts that are crucial for effective public health practice. With the support of the incredible professors at Guelph, I was able to find a place in public health that suited my skills and talents. Going forward I feel that the core principles and practices of public health that I’ve learned in the program have prepared me well. With this solid foundation, the program has laid the ground work for me so that I can continue to build my skills and talents to provide the best and most innovative approaches for public health and the people we care about.

By far, my favourite aspect of the MPH program was having the opportunity to work in a real public health setting through the practicum course. The course is offered in the summer after the first year of courses, where you can apply to local and foreign public health agencies and organizations based on your interests. It is a great opportunity to take the theory and principles of public health that you learn in the first year into an environment that was both challenging and rewarding. It can be really difficult to find what kind of work you want to do, and I feel that it helped me to make a much better decision about the area of public health that I now specialize in. 

 

Where Our Graduates Have Completed Their Practicum Training

  • Public Health Agency of Canada – various provincial locations
  • Health Canada
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • City of Hamilton Public Health
  • Halton Region Health Department
  • Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services
  • Peel Public Health
  • Peterborough Public Health
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • Association of Local Public Health Agencies
  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • Guelph Community Health Centre
  • HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health
  • Trillium Health Partners
  • University Health Network
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Docs4GreatApes - Gorilla Doctors
  • Federation for International Medical Relief of Children
  • International Development Research Centre
  • Veterinarians Without Borders

Where Our Graduates Work

  • Analyst, Primary Care, Prevention and Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Climate Change Outreach Specialist, Government of Nunavut
  • Epidemiologist, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Epidemiologist, Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit
  • Health Information Analyst, York Region Public Health
  • Health Promoter in Tobacco Control and Communicable Disease Control, Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit
  • Health Promotion Specialist, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • Infection Control Services Coordinator, Credit Valley Hospital
  • Manager, Surveillance Unit, City of Hamilton Public Health
  • Policy Analyst, Health Information, Analysis and Research Division, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada
  • Program Officer for the Ecosystems and Human Health Program, International Development Research Centre
  • Project Coordinator, Infection Prevention and Control Core Competencies, Public Health Ontario
  • Public Health Dietitian, Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Public Health Planner, Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • Research Analyst, McMaster University
  • Research Coordinator, University of Ottawa Project Advisor, International Relations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Resident Physician, University of Toronto
  • Resident Physician, McMaster University
  • Senior Policy and Program Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Specialist, Person Centred Care, Ontario Renal Network
  • Specialist, Surveillance and Cancer Registry, Analytics & Informatics, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Supervision Development Lead, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Women’s Community Development Coordinator, HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health
  • Youth Engagement Initiative Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Where Our Graduates Continue to Study

  • Faculty of Law, Western University
  • Faculty of Medicine, McMaster University
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • PhD Program, Population Medicine, University of Guelph
  • PhD Program, Health Policy, McMaster University
  • PhD Program, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Western University