MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS


Acting Director G. Knutson
Graduate Co-ordinator J. McAuliffe
Collaborative Faculty
(Biology) K. Leung,
H. Schraft
(Economics) L. DiMatteo
(Indigenous Learning) R. Robson
(Kinesiology) W. Montelpare,
I. Newhouse
(NOSM) N. Lightfoot,
  B.M. Ross,
  P.M. Smith
(Nursing) S. Dampier,
  R. Kirk-Gardner,
  G. Knutson,
L. McDougall,
  K. Poole,
P. Sevean,
D. Steven
(Psychology) J. Jamieson,
  B. O'Connor, 
  M. Stones
(Social Work) M.L. Kelley,
  M. McKee,
  C. Nelson
(Sociology) S.D. Stone
(Women's Studies) P. Wakewich
   
Adjunct Professors D. Affonso,
  J.E. Anderson,
  L. Baillie,
  C. Beaudoin,
  W.F.E. Brown,
  J.D. Cassidy,
  P. Coté,
  R. Crocker-Ellacott,
  L. Degner,
  M. Fitch,
  D. Gastaldo,
  D. Gregory,
  G.L. Hudson, 
  M. Huijbregts,
  M. Katzman,
  N. Khaper,
  J. Kotalik,
  C. Lai,
  V.W. Lees,
  V. Mann,
  J. Morris,
  M.A. Mountain,
  J. Park, 
  T. Porter-O'Grady,
  B. Pynn,
  C. Rice,
  M. Ulanova, 
  R. Wall,
  D. Williams,
  L. Young
Professional Associates K. Allen,
  M. Boone,
  T. Buckler,
  G. Dubois-Wing,
  L. Marshall,
  L.A. Nalezyty,
  A. Ostrom, 
  R. Saddington,
  L. Sieswerda,
  J. Sillman

 

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Lakehead University offers a Master of Public Health degree with two distinct fields: i) Health Studies and ii) Specialization in Nursing. In both fields, the students will focus on current issues in the science and/or service of public health, so that they may gain experience through opportunities in any of the fundamental disciplines that underlie public health. The program is primarily intended to prepare graduates who will emerge as skilled individuals, ready to meet complex public health challenges through education, research, and community service.

The degree is designed to take into consideration the learner's needs including the unique opportunity to individualize their clinical courses to a variety of foci: clinical practice, administration, education and community health. A Public Health Seminar Series provides the opportunity for students, faculty, community members and invited speakers with a forum for presentation and discussion of issues, proposals and completed works relevant to public health.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates will be accepted under the University regulations governing the Master's degrees (see page 267-269) provided they also satisfy additional requirements, if applicable, as listed below.

Application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be considered for funding.

In addition, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of goals and intentions for the course of study. An interview may also be required. Admission decisions will be made by the interdisciplinary MPH Admissions Committee.

Additional admission requirements for the MPH Specialization in Nursing:
1. Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or its equivalent from a university of recognized standing with a minimum "B" average.
2. Evidence of a commitment to nursing as contained in the student's résumé and Statement of Goals and Intentions.
3. Proof of current registration or eligibility to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario or another jurisdiction in Canada.
4. Current Immunization status.
5. Basic Life Support Certificate current.

Additional Admission Requirements for Registered Nurses in the Extended Class (EC)
1. Nurse Practitioner Certificate from an accredited university or the equivalent.
2. Current registration as an RN (EC) with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
3. Currently practicing in Primary Health Care.
4. Students must meet the admission requirements of Graduate Studies.

Those students who are in the Masters of Public Health, Specialization in Nursing, Course option and who meet the above admission requirements, may request to have the program course requirement of Public Health 5312 waived.

Students who have completed the Nurse Practitioner program, in addition to a four year BScN or equivalent (non-integrated program) will have the course Public Health 5312 waived on the basis of successful completion of the course Nursing 4900, or equivalent, with a 70% average. These students will then take 4.5 FCEs to complete the degree requirements.

The Master of Public Health (both Specialization in Nursing and Health Studies) can be taken through either a Thesis Option or a Course Option. All students will be admitted initially into the Course Option. Early in their program, after consulting with their faculty supervisor, students who prefer the Thesis Option may request a program change with the permission of their Graduate Co-ordinator.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In addition to regulations outlined in the Graduate Studies section, page 267-269 of this Calendar, the following regulations apply to students in the MPH program.

Letter of Agreement

When any portion of a student's thesis/research project work is to be carried out at his/her employer's premises, prior to proposing the thesis/research project topic, a letter of agreement from his/her employer to his/her supervisory committee must be filed by the student with the Office of Graduate Studies. The letter must indicate, clearly, the scope and limits of the permission granted by the student's employer to carry out the work at the employer's premises. The letter must also give details of time slots that the employer may provide the student to carry out his/her thesis/research project work at the employer's premises. The issue of liability insurance must also be addressed in the letter of agreement.

Safe Clinical Practice

A student may be excluded from the clinical area when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a student's interaction with a client which places the client and/or student at risk for harm (refer also to the School of Nursing Safety Policy Statement).

Reference Check

Students in professional schools should be aware that criminal reference checks may be required and that unsafe practice and unsuitable professional behaviour can result in dismissal from the school.

 

PROGRAMS

The Master of Public Health (both Specialization in Nursing and Health Studies) can be taken through either a Thesis Option or a Course Option. All students will be admitted initially into the Course Option. Early in their program, after consulting with their faculty supervisor, students who prefer the Thesis Option may request a program change with the permission of their Graduate Co-ordinator.

1. MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
- SPECIALIZATION IN NURSING

A. Thesis Option:
Students must complete a total of 5 FCEs and a non-credit required half-course. The thesis (Public Health 5901) carries a credit weight of 2 FCEs. Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Public Health 5210 - Health Promotion (offered in alternate years to PUBL 5230)
Public Health 5230 - Social Forces in Public Health (offered in alternate years to PUBL 5210)
A half-course (0.5 FCEs) elective selected in consultation with supervisory committee
Public Health 5901 - Master's Thesis

B. Course Option:
Students must complete a total of 5 FCEs and a non-credit required half-course. The research project/paper (Public Health 5801) carries a credit weight of one FCE. Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Public Health 5210 - Health Promotion (offered in alternate years to PUBL 5230)
Public Health 5230 - Social Forces in Public Health (offered in alternate years to PUBL 5210)
Public Health 5311 - Advanced Nursing Topics
Public Health 5312 - Advanced Nursing Practicum
A half-course (0.5 FCEs) elective chosen in consultation with supervisory committee
Public Health 5801 - Research Project/Paper in Nursing

2. MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
- HEALTH STUDIES

A. Thesis Option:
Students must complete a total of 5 FCEs and a non-credit required half-course. The thesis (Public Health 5901) carries a credit weight of 2 FCEs. Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Three half-course electives (1.5 FCEs) selected in consultation with supervisory committee
Public Health 5901 - Master's Thesis

B. Course Option:
Students must complete a total of 5 FCEs and a non-credit required half-course. The research project/paper (Public Health 5802) carries a credit weight of one FCE. Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Five half-course electives (2.5 FCEs) selected in consultation with supervisory committee
Public Health 5802 - Research Project/Paper in Health Studies


3. COLLABORATIVE GRADUATE PROGRAM WITH SPECIALIZATION IN GERONTOLOGY

Students in the MPH program may apply for acceptance into the Collaborative Program with Specialization in Gerontology. They would take Gerontology 5710 - Research and Theory in Gerontology (half-course equivalent) in place of an MPH elective; they would participate in Gerontology 5790 - Gerontology Research Seminar (non-credit), and they would do a Master's Thesis or Project in the area of gerontology. See the Specialization in Gerontology, page 271 for details.

4. MPH WITH GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN HEALTH SERVICES AND POLICY RESEARCH
- SPECIALIZATION IN NURSING
- HEALTH STUDIES

Students who wish to enter either of these programs, should refer to the Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research, Faculty of Professional Schools Graduate Programs, page 300 of this Calendar.


GRADUATE COURSES

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Public Health 5010
Foundations of Public Health
Provides a broad introduction to Public Health. The course introduces students to such issues as disease prevention, prolonging life and promoting health and efficiency through organised community efforts.

Public Health 5030
Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Provides theory and practice in design, sampling, data collection, analysis, and strategies of interpretative and critical inquiry. The course will introduce quantitative and qualitative methodologies applied to public health research.

Public Health 5050
Health Policy and Economics
A critical introduction to the application of economic analysis to problems in health. Topics include public health, health determinants, health services, health care systems, health economics, cost evaluations, health policy, and policy analysis.

Public Health 5070
Epidemiology I
Intended to provide an overview and introduction to the fundamentals of epidemiology for students of public health or public health workers involved in any aspect of public health. Topics include measures of health status, risk evaluation and epidemiological study design including descriptive, approaches; validity issues; critical appraisal; sources of data; and data collection management.

Public Health 5210
Health Promotion
The focus is on health promotion concepts, issues and trends inherent in interdisciplinary planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare in northern, rural and remote communities, as well as on a national and international basis.

Public Health 5230
Social Forces in Public Health
The focus is on social forces exacerbating health and inequality in northern, rural and remote communities, as well as on a national and international basis.

Public Health 5250
Interprofessional Education and Wellness
0-0; 3-0
Students from different professions will come together to work in a collaborative, student-driven learning environment to explore the benefits and challenges of interprofessional teamwork. As a representative of his/her profession, the student will contribute his/her knowledge and expertise to the development of Wellness Management Plans which value and integrate multiple and sometimes divergent perspectives while fully respecting the client's goals. This course is case-based with a Northern Ontario context.

Public Health 5270
Epidemiology II
Prerequisite: Public Health 5070
Epidemiology II will cover advanced topics in epidemiology.
Students must complete the Skills Enhancement Modules from the Health Promotion and Protection Branch of Health Canada prior to enrolment in Epidemiology II.

Public Health 5311
Advanced Nursing Topics
Prerequisite: Public Health 5030
Focuses on Public Health Nursing in northern, rural and remote communities. The student and advanced practice advisor will develop an individualized course of study which will assist the student in acquiring an in-depth knowledge of theory, research and practice approaches in Public Health Nursing. The advisor and student will develop a learning contract which identifies goals, objectives, and strategies utilized to meet the student's learning needs and outcome measures to evaluate the student's proposed learning plan. Through this course of study the student and advisor will determine the focus for the practicum.

Public Health 5312
Advanced Nursing Practicum
Prerequisite: Public Health 5030
Builds on the individualized course of study completed in Advanced Nursing Topics. The student, advisor and potential agency preceptor will develop a learning contract with goals, objectives and strategies utilized to meet the student's needs and outcome measures to evaluate the student's proposed learning plan.

Public Health 5410/Kinesiology 5410
Survey Methods
The survey methods course will cover methods for designing questionnaires and conducting surveys, with particular emphasis on evaluating the health status of individuals within a community.

Public Health 5510
Program Planning and Evaluation
Will examine methods of program planning and evaluation that are applicable to public health practice. Students will study frameworks for planning health service programs and evaluation strategies used to assess program effectiveness. Students will investigate methods for improvement of programs and for guiding resource allocation and/or policy development.

Public Health 5710 (ST)
Special Topics in Public Health
3-0; or 3-0
A study of specific topics in public health. Selection of topics may vary from year to year.

Public Health 5750 (ST)
Directed Studies
A course in specialized readings may be arranged between students and faculty members. Before registering for this course, students must obtain the written permission of the core faculty member who will direct their work.

Public Health 5801 (9801)
Research Project/Paper in Nursing
The research project/paper is of lesser academic weight and workload than a thesis and is not evaluated by an external examiner. The research project/paper is evaluated by the student's supervisor and an internal reader. The student who chooses a research project/paper does not have a thesis committee. Rather, project students work with a main supervisor on a project that the student and his/her supervisor agree upon.

Public Health 5802 (9802)
Research Project/Paper in Health Studies
The research project/paper is of lesser academic weight and workload than a thesis and is not evaluated by an external examiner. The research project/paper is evaluated by the student's supervisor and an internal reader. The student who chooses a research project/paper does not have a thesis committee. Rather, project students work with a main supervisor on a project that the student and his/her supervisor agree upon.

Public Health 5901 (9901)
Master's Thesis
A thesis for the degree of MPH in either the Specialization in Nursing, or the Health Studies concentration must show that the student is able to successfully complete advanced work in a scholarly manner. It should also show that the student is familiar with the published work on the subject of the thesis. The thesis can be either an original piece of work or a re-evaluation of a previous study as in a critical analysis of an existing work on a specified problem within the scope of the subject of specialization.


See also:
Faculty of Graduate Studies - Information/Regulations

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