Prospective Students

Admission Requirements 

Eligible applicants include those with BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Public Health, or those with a DVM, BScN or MD professional degree (or equivalents). Students who currently hold an honours degree without a biological or health focus will be required to complete the distance education BSc course Principles of Disease prior to enrolling in the degree program. Candidates should have typically earned at least a B+ average during their final two years of their degree in order to be considered for admission. The only entry date into the MPH program is in the Fall semester.

Application Process

Applications must be received by February 1, 2018 to be considered for the Fall 2018 semester admission. Applications are only considered for the fall semester. The application deadline for the Fall 2017 is now closed. The online application can be found on the Graduate Studies website at the link available here. Applicants are required to upload all necessary documents online. Within 5 business days of completing your online application, you will receive an email with your login information and instructions on how to upload your supporting documents. It will also take up to 5 business days for the referee requests to be sent out. The WebAdvisor account information and the referee requests cannot be expedited. Please plan the submission of your application in accordance with the application deadline.

Please include with your application:
  • All post-secondary transcripts
  • Letter of interest
    • Explains your background and interest in both this professional degree program and a career in public health
    • If you would like to combine your MPH with the IDS specialization, please indicate this in your application. Provide your experience in international development and a justification as to why the IDS specialization is for you. 
    • One page maximum, 12 pt font, single-spaced, 1 inch margin
  • Resume
    • Describes previous experience, but focuses on previous public health experience
  • Two letters of reference
    • Both academic and professional letters of reference are acceptable, although it is strongly advised that at least one academic letter of reference is provided
    • Referees should expand on the ratings provided in the required Office of Graduate Studies form and discuss your academic suitability, likelihood of success in a graduate program, and your interest in public health
    • Referees must submit their response directly to the applicant’s online application
  • Proof of English proficiency, if your first language is anything other than English

Please note: All communication post-application will be done through your newly created UofG email account.
Since this is a non-thesis based degree, you are not required to obtain a supervisor prior to applying. One will be assigned once you have been accepted into the program.

Admission Details 

All information in your application package will be reviewed by the MPH Admissions Committee. Applications will be ranked using admissions criteria (academic background and performance, transcripts, letter of interest, referee assessments, and relevant experience). Annually, 25 applicants are offered admission. It is not expected that the program will increase in size from its current target of 25 full-time students, as this is central to the teaching delivery (didactic lecture integrated with discussion through case-based teaching and community-engaged learning). Successful applicants tend to hear back from the MPH Admissions Committee in April via WebAdvisor.

For more information on how your transcript will be evaluated, please see the Graduate Studies website.

Tuition/Funding

The following link contains information on fees, internal, and external funding opportunities. Please note that since there is no major research component to the MPH program, students typically do not qualify for OGS, NSERC, or CIHR awards.

Students of the MPH program can become Graduate Teaching Assistants, and may be eligible for a Work Study or Graduate Research Assistant position as well.

Language Requirements

International applicants must satisfy minimal requirements for proficiency in the use of the English language by achieving a satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score. An original certificate, dated within the two calendar years immediately preceding the date of application for admission to the graduate program and attesting to a satisfactory level of success in one of these evaluations, must accompany the application. Satisfactory scores can be found here. These levels are subject to change.

International applicants can also satisfy English language requirements by taking the University's English as a Second Language course, available through the Office of Open Learning. Details are available at the University of Guelph ESL website, found here. Successful completion of the course offered by this division can be a condition of the University's offer of admission to graduate studies, and international students who wish to come to Guelph to study can thus take the course in Guelph in the spring of the year in which they wish to enter graduate studies.

International Student Help and Advice

After a student has been accepted to the program, resources for the guidance of international students are provided on campus through the Office of Intercultural Affairs. The International Student Advisor is Megan Sager, who can be reached by e-mail at sagerm@uoguelph.ca. Please note that all inquiries regarding study permits, VISAS and immigration documents must now be made via the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Persons not authorized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada are strictly prohibited to provide information regarding immigration procedures.

For other application inquiries, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant by e-mail at mphinfo@uoguelph.ca