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Graduate programs

  • Master of Health Sciences

    The Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) program offers an interdisciplinary, collaborative health sciences research environment that will provide you with opportunities to conduct high-quality research in one of three areas:

    Our research-based program develops students' skills in health science research, providing opportunities to work with top researchers from your chosen field. Collaborations with governmental, corporate, health-care and community partners are potentially available to broaden the scope and impact of your research.

    You will complete:

    • A required course in your chosen field.
    • A common research course.
    • Three elective courses.

    These courses lay the foundation for your independent research under the guidance of a research supervisor and supervisory committee. Under the supervision of a faculty member, you will employ one of several research methods to design, conduct and complete a significant piece of research, culminating in a master's thesis.

    By virtue of the strong research foundation and substantive expertise gained throughout your MHSc education, you will be well prepared to:

    • Pursue a PhD in research-oriented health sciences or related programs.
    • Seek funding for projects or research to be undertaken at your workplace.
    • Take on higher-level occupations within health care.

    Learn more about the MHSc program.

  • Master of Science in Nursing

    General information

    The Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) program focuses on professional practice leadership and will prepare graduates to contribute to an increasingly complex health-care sector by providing an education that includes mentorship, interdisciplinary opportunities and experiential learning through research, project and class assignments. Professional practice leaders are responsible for ensuring and implementing expert practice, the facilitation of professional development, research and providing leadership; they are often charged with quality assurance and safety as well and the program is designed to develop expertise in these areas. 

    This program is offered collaboratively with Trent University.

    Trent University

    Learn more about the MScN program.

  • Doctor of Philosophy

    The doctoral program in Health Sciences focuses on providing students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct high-quality research that culminates into a PhD research thesis.


    Graduate training focuses on research conducted in one of three key areas in the Health Sciences:

    • Community, Public and Population Health
    • Health Informatics
    • Kinesiology

    Community, Public and Population Health

    Students in the Community, Public and Population Health stream will develop a broad understanding of how the physical and social context shapes health, illness and health care. In particular, this includes research and analysis of cultural and economic differences and their implications for health and health care for diverse populations. Students will learn strategies to engage communities in efforts to reduce illness and promote health.

    Health Informatics

    Students in the Health Informatics stream will develop strategies to actively participate in multidisciplinary collaborations with diverse groups (e.g. patients, clinicians, health care managers, computer scientists, engineers) and will learn to assess and deploy the latest in computing and informatics systems to support efficient health care delivery. The Health Informatics stream prepares students to identify, develop and manage health care information systems that support health care administration, management, policy, training, clinical management and clinical research.


    Students in the Kinesiology stream will synthesize current research and integrate practical and theoretical knowledge to understand how and why exercise and physical activity can be used as an intervention to promote health and well-being in a range of populations, including those with developmental delays; children and adolescents; adults with chronic pain, cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, psychiatric and neurological disease; as well as recreational and high-performance athletes. Students will have the option of diverse research experiences in the kinesiology area ranging from intensive laboratory-based studies with human populations to interventional studies with special populations.

    Learn more about the Health Sciences doctoral program.

  • Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Program Handbook