The Department of Population Medicine offers two Masters of Science (MSc) programs: MSc by Thesis and MSc by Coursework.
Additional information on our MSc programs can be found in the Graduate Calendar.
Masters of Science (MSc) by Thesis - Degree Requirements
The prescribed studies for our research-based MSc by Thesis are a minimum of four courses (at least 2.0 course credits) appropriate to the discipline. Epidemiology I (POPM*6200) is a required course for students in epidemiology; students in health management and theriogenology must take either Epidemiology I (POPM*6200) or Applied Clinical Research (POPM*6230). The choice of other courses will depend upon the student's background, specialty, interest, and area of research. A minimum of a 70% average overall, with no course mark less than 65%, is required. The Department Seminar Course (POPM*6100) is also a required course, but does not count as one of the four courses. A thesis must be completed and successfully defended.
Masters of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology by Course Work - Degree Requirements
For the MSc in Epidemiology by course work, no fewer than eight courses (at least 4.0 course credits) must be taken, and a research project completed. The courses must be approved by the departmental graduate studies committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Each student in the program will take three prescribed courses (see below), and at least four additional courses. The Department Seminar Course (POPM*6100) is also required but does not count as one of the eight courses. Normally, the prescribed courses for the MSc in Epidemiology by course work will include:
POPM*6200 - Epidemiology I (F) [0.5 credit]
POPM*6210 - Epidemiology II (W) [0.5 credit]
POPM*6250 - Project in Epidemiology (F, W, S) [1.0 credit]
The four courses selected in this category will depend upon the student's background, specialty, interest, and area of research. Examples of courses suitable for inclusion in the student's program include:
POPM*6290 - Statistics for the Health Sciences (W) [0.5 credit]
PABI*6550 - Epidemiology of Zoonoses (W) [0.5 credit]
POPM*6350 - Safety of Foods of Animal Origin (F) [0.5 credit]
POPM*6950 - Studies in Population Medicine [0.5 credit]
STAT*6920 - Topics in Statistics (Topics in Regression Analysis ) (F) (or equivalent) [0.5 credit]
STAT*3510 - Environmental Risk Assessment (W) [0.5 credit]
POPM*6700 - Swine Health Management (W - alternate years) [0.5 credit]
POPM*6400 - Dairy Health Management (S - alternate years) [0.5 credit]
A description of the Population Medicine graduate courses can be found in the Graduate Calendar.
Additional courses other than those listed above may be deemed suitable for the student's program by the Departmental Graduate Coordinator after recommendations are received from the Advisory Committee.
At least three semesters of full-time study will be required for completion of the MSc by Course Work program; two of these semesters must be at the University of Guelph. Normally, however, students take 4-5 semesters to complete the program.