The MPH Program will admit health professionals who desire advancement in their knowledge in public health and/or who are preparing for leadership roles within public health. The ideal candidate will have one of several backgrounds; we will strive for maximum diversity in the cohort of students. Both health related education and health related experience are important eligibility criteria. We are interested in candidates with one of the following profiles:
Regulated (or licensed) health professional with a completed health related undergraduate, graduate or professional degree from a recognized Canadian university or equivalent and a minimum of two years of post graduate health work experience (e.g. RN, medical resident post PGY2, dietitian) OR
A completed undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized Canadian university or equivalent and three years of post graduate health related work experience (e.g. health promotion, health geography, health journalism)
All candidates must also meet the following admission criteria:
- Must have a minimum average of B+ (78% or higher) on the last 10 full courses or 20 half-courses completed (approximately 2 years of full-time study);
- Successfully completed an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum 70-75% (Canadian equivalency) and/or GRE within the last five years is recommended; and
- Proof of registration or licensure from relevant regulatory organization if applying as a health practitioner.
Additionally, international students must meet English language fluency requirements as outlined below.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the last two years in one of the following:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The competitive score is 100 for the iBT with no individual score below 25; or 580 for the paper and pencil version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The competitive score is 7 out of 9 with no individual score lower than 6.5. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.
- The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The competitive overall score is 70 with 70 in both writing and speaking . The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
- Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.
Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or CAEL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency. Those graduates from Level 5 of the Fanshawe College ESL Program must provide official proof of graduation.
Admission to the MPH Program is highly competitive and possessing the minimum requirements does not ensure an offer of admission.