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The Faculty of Health Sciences provides career-oriented undergraduate programs with a primary focus on those programs that are innovative and responsive to the needs of students and employers. This approach creates continuity in our relationships with our community partners while providing students with the research and program implementation skills to pursue either employment or graduate studies in area of public health.

The Public Health specialization program provides career-oriented undergraduate programs that were developed using the 36 Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada which is deemed essential for all public health workers and professionals in Canada. The primary focus on those courses are to be innovative and responsive to the needs of students and employers. Public Health investigates and seeks innovative solutions to some of the major health challenges in Canada, and globally, via courses in health promotion, health-care initiatives, policies and legislations.

Possible employers and agencies may include:

  • Minister of Health and Long Term Care
  • Durham Public Health
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Health Canada
  • World Health Organization
  • Infection Prevention and Control, Ontario Public Health
  • NGO’s, eg Alzheimer’s society of Canada, Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Bill Gates foundation, CAMH

Career opportunities for graduates in public health include:

  • Community health programming
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Promotion Program Co-ordinator
  • Injury prevention specialist
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Policy analyst
  • Program evaluation
  • Public and non-profit sector administration and/or policy development (such as Health Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Educator
  • Infection Control Specialist

Graduate studies in:

  • Community or Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Gerontology
  • Health Informatics
  • Global Health and/or International Affairs
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Policy
  • Public Administration