MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS


Director G. Knutson
   
MPH and MPH (SPECIALIZATION IN NURSING)  
Graduate Co-ordinator P. Brink
Graduate Co-ordinator (Nursing) G. Knutson
Core: Master's Thesis Supervisory
  M. Bedard (Public Health)
  (Canada Research Chair),
  S. Dampier (Nursing),
  L. DiMatteo (Economics),
  J. Jamieson (Psychology),
  M.L. Kelley (Social Work),
  R. Kirk-Gardner (Nursing),
  K. Leung (Biology),
  N. Lightfoot (NOSM - Sudbury),
  L. Martin (Public Health),
  L. McDougall (Nursing),
  M. McKee (Social Work),
  W. Montelpare (Kinesiology),
  C. Nelson (Social Work),
  I. Newhouse (Kinesiology),
  B. O'Connor (Psychology),
  K. Poole (Nursing),
  H. Schraft (Biology),
  P. Sevean (Nursing),
  D. Steven (Nursing),
  S.D. Stone (Sociology),
  M. Stones (Psychology),
  M.L. Stroink (Psychology),
  P. Wakewich (Women's Studies),
  E. Wiersma (Public Health)
Adjunct Professors  
  J. Kotalik

 

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Lakehead University offers a Master of Public Health degree with the option of completing a Specialization in Nursing. 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 for a career in public health practice. The program's objectives are to prepare a graduate who: possesses advanced health-related education; is capable of critical analysis; understands health-related decision-making at the level of the individual, population, and government; understands research; and possesses knowledge exchange and dissemination strategies for indivduals, populations, and government.

The degree is designed to take into consideration the learner's needs including the unique opportunity to individualize his/her clinical courses to a variety of foci: clinical practice, administration, education and community health.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates will be accepted under the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations 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.
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.

The Master of Public Health can be taken through either a Thesis Option or a Course Option. Students wishing to complete a thesis must identify a faculty member who is willing to supervise the thesis work prior to applying to the program. The name of the faculty member who will supervise the thesis must be identified in the statement of goals. The thesis option is not available to MPH students in the Specialization in Nursing within the program requirements. 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.

Master of Public Health students may apply to the Collaborative Graduate Program with Specialization in Gerontology. Students wishing to complete the specialization must identify a faculty member who is williing to supervise the work in the field of gerontology prior to applying to the program. MPH studens in the Thesis Option may be admitted to the Coolaborative Graduate Program with Specialization in Gerontology; however, the Gerontology courses will need to be taken as extra courses in addition to the MPH program requirements.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, 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 Health and Behavioural Sciences should be aware that criminal reference checks may be required and that unsafe practice and unsuitable professional behaviour can result in dismissal from the program.

Grades
As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulation on minimal acceptable academic standing, graduate students must achieve 70% or higher in the following half-courses: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, and 5636. A student must also achieve 70% in the full course Public Health 5840. A score of less than 70% in these courses will constitute a failure.

A failed half-course may be repeated or replaced by another course specified by the supervisor only once. Any student taking the following half-courses with more than one half-course failure on his/her record must withdraw from the program: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, and 5636. A student failing Public Health 5840 must withdraw from the program.

Period of Study
Students in a Master's program are expected to complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous full-time registration. As an exception, students in the MPH programs can be admitted to the Flex Option of six additional terms of continuous registration. As this option is intended for working professionals, students admitted to the Flex Option will not normally be considered for financial support. Note that students will not be permitted to change from the Standard Option to the Flex Option, and vice versa.

TRANSITION PLAN FOR EXISTING MPH STUDENTS
All existing MPH students will continue to be governed by the calendar under which they first enrolled into the program. However, students wishing to transition to the new curriculum may do so with the understanding that their total course load would have to be increased to the equivalent of 14 half-courses.

Transition plan for students enrolled in the Specialization in Nursing moving to the new curriculum in Specialization in Nursing
The following program changes will be allowed for students registered in the MPH Specialization in Nursing prior to September 2008 but who have not yet graduated:
- Students who have not taken PUBL 5210 will be allowed to take PUBL 5332 in lieu.
- Students who have not taken PUBL 5230 will be allowed to take PUBL 5332 in lieu.
Students may substitute Public Health 5332 for only one of Public Health 5210 or 5230.

Students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing wishing to take Nurse Practitioner elective courses:
Students admitted to the MPH Specialization in Nursing prior to September 2008 may apply to the Program Director for permission to take courses leading to certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Those students must complete a total of 5 FCEs that include the following required courses: Public Health 5010, 5030, 5070; Public Health 5801; and may include any of: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636, and 5840.
Students admitted to he MPH Specialization in Nursing in September 2008 or after may apply to the Program Director for permission to take courses leading to certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Those students must complete a total of 7 FCEs that include the folliwng required courses: Public Health 5010, 5030, 5070, 5211, 5212, 5213; and the following elective courses: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636, and 5840.

 

PROGRAMS

The Master of Public Health can be taken through either a Course Option or a Thesis Option. Students wishing to complete a thesis must identify a faculty member who is willing to supervise their work prior to applying to the program. The name of the faculty member who will supervise the thesis must be identified in the staement of goals. Early in their program, after consulting with their faculty supervisor, students in the Course Option who prefer the Thesis Option may request a program change with the permission of their Graduate Co-ordinator. The thesis option is not available to MPH students in the Specialization in Nursing within the program requirements.

1. MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

A. Course Option:
Students must complete a total of 7 FCEs, including a 400-hour practicum (with a credit weight of 1.5 FCEs). Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public and Population Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Public Health 5210 - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
Public Health 5213 - Environmental and Occupational Public Health
Public Health 5211 - Public Health Ethics
Public Health 5212 - Canadian Health Care System
Public Health 5805 (9805) - MPH Practicum and Project
Four half-courses (2 FCEs) electives at the graduate level selected in consulatio with academic advisor.

B. Thesis Option:
Students must complete a total of 7 FCEs, including a 400-hour practicum (with a credit weight of 1.5 FCEs). The thesis (Public Health 5901) carries a credit weight of 2 FCEs. Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public and Population Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Public Health 5210 - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
Public Health 5213 - Environmental and Occupational Public Health
Public Health 5211 - Public Health Ethics
Public Health 5212 - Canadian Health Care System
Public Health 5805 (9805) - MPH Practicum and Project
Public Health 5901 (9901) - Master's Thesis

 

2. MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
- SPECIALIZATION IN NURSING

A. Course Option:
Students must complete a total of 7 FCEs, including a 400-hour practicum (with a credit weight of 1.5 FCEs). The thesis option is not available to MPH students in the Specialization in Nursing. Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public and Population Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Public Health 5210 - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
Public Health 5213 - Environmental and Occupational Public Health
Public Health 5211 - Public Health Ethics
Public Health 5212 - Canadian Health Care System
Public Health 5337 - Nursing Leadership
Public Health 5311 - Nursing Theory in Public Health
Public Health 5805 (9805) - MPH Practicum and Project
Two half-courses (total 1.0 FCE) electives at the graduate level chosen in consultation with academic supervisor.


Admission to the following elective courses within the MPH Specialization in Nursing is by permission of the MPH Director, following completion of additional requirements including:
- Evidence of the equivalent of 2 years full-time nursing practice as a Registered Nurse following graduation (3640 or more hours within the past 5 years) using the employer-completed Verification of Employment Hours.
- Completion of a statement of goals that addresses specific questions
- Availability to attend on-site tutorials at the Thunder Bay campus
- Preference will be given to Ontario residents

Elective courses include:
Public Health 5610 - Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner
Public Health 5615 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
Public Health 5616 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
Public Health 5630 - Nurse Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities
Public Health 5635 - Therapeutics I
Public Health 5636 - Therapeutics II
Public Health 5840 (9840) - Nurse Practitioner Integrated Practicum

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 their practicum placement and project in the area of gerontology. See the Specialization in Gerontology for details. MPH students in the Thesis Option may be admitted to the Collaborative Graduate Program with Specialization in Gerontology; however, the Gerontology courses will need to be taken as extra courses in addition to the MPH program requirements.

4. MPH WITH GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN HEALTH SERVICES AND POLICY RESEARCH

MPH students who wish to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research should refer to the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Studies Graduate Programs, Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research. The Health Services and Policy Research courses will need to be taken as extra courses in addition to the MPH program requirements.


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 and Population Health
3-0; or 3-0
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
3-0; or 3-0
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
Public Health Policy
3-0; or 3-0
A critical introduction to the features of health policy, policy analysis perspectives, and understanding health policy in the context of the Canadian health care system.

Public Health 5070
Epidemiology I
3-0; or 3-0
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 and Illness Prevention
3-0; or 3-0
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 5211
Public Health Ethics
3-0; or 3-0
A critical exploration of the ethical nature of public health, as well as ethical principles arising from the unique elements of public health. The course content will examine various issues including social justice, diversity, public or common good, the good of the individual vs. the collective and everyday ethics in practice.

Public Health 5212
Canadian Health Care System
3-0; or 3-0
Students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the health care system in Canada, including its history, evolution, and reform; enduring myths; sectors; funding; and current issues, trends and challenges.

Public Health 5213
Environmental and Occupational Public Health
3-0; or 3-0
Students are provided with a general introduction to the environmental and occupational aspects of Public Health. Sample topics to be covered may include toxicology, risk assessment, and human influences on Public Health through development, pollution, and climate change. Aspects particularly relevant to the northern context will be emphasized.

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
3-0; or 3-0
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 5330
Critical Appraisal
3-0; or 3-0
Prerequisite: Public Health 5030
Additional opportunities will be provided to students in developing their critical appraisal skills of the literature. Using a number of published papers (primarily with a focus on Public Health) the students will examine the methodological and statistical approaches used and critique the papers. The main objective will be to develop critical skills and also to further sharpen the students' own methodological expertise. The objective is not to trash the literature but appraise in a constructive manner to advance science. The students will be expected to read all manuscripts and to participate in discussion.

Public Health 5331
Qualitative Inquiry
3-0; or 3-0
The theoretical and paradigmatic assumptions of qualitative inquiry and various approaches to qualitative research are examined. Within the context of these approaches, qualitative methods will be discussed, with specific application to health research and public health.

Public Health 5332
Nursing Theory in Public Health
3-0; or 3-0
The course content focuses on how nursing and related theories apply to public health nursing in community health practices, with emphasis on northern, rural and remote community health care.
May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.

Public Health 5335
Social and Legal History of Public Health
3-0; or 3-0
A critical overview of the social and legal history of public health initiatives in Canada. Areas to be investigated include: safe water and food regulation; treatment of venereal disease; vaccination; maternal and child welfare; the regulation of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs; injury prevention; and eugenics and genetic regulation. Throughout the course, race, ethnicity, gender and class will be prime considerations in understanding the differential impact of public health policies on various populations, Particular attention will be focused on aboriginal health and the problems of the public health model in this context.

Public Health 5337
Nursing Leadership
3-0; or 3-0
Students will explore theories and concepts related to nursing leadership in community health practice. The focus will be on historical development and conceptualization of the roles and responsibilities of nurses working in public health and within the community, with a particular emphasis on northern, rural and remote health care environments.
May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.

Public Health 5370
Field Epidemiology
3-0; or 3-0
Prerequisite: Public Health 5070
Students will learn to apply epidemiological methods to current issues from surveillance to emerging health problems such as potential outbreaks. Students wil enhance the knowledge acquired in the required Epidemiology course to develop inquiry and judgment skills in relation to epidemiological problems arising in the field.

Public Health 5410/Kinesiology 5410
Survey Methods
3-0; or 3-0
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
3-0; or 3-0
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 5610
Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner
3-0; or 3-0
Prerequisite: Permission of the MPH Director
Theoretical and practice related concepts of pathophysiology are examined as a basis for advanced nursing practice. The course content will also explore alterations in physiological function with an emphasis on age-related, acute, episodic, and chronic conditions found in primary health care practice.
May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.

Public Health 5615
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
Seminar: 3 hours per week
Clinical practice: 6 hours per week
Prerequisite: Permission of the MPH Director
Pre- or co-requisite: Public Health 5635
Students will differentiate concepts and frameworks essential to advanced health assessment, clinical reasoning, and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. They will also apply clinical, theoretical, scientific knowledge in comprehensive and focused health assessment, including history taking, physical examination, diagnostic reasoning, and interpretation for the individuals, diagnostic plan of care.
May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.

Public Health 5616
Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
Seminar: 3 hours per week
Clinical practice: 6 hours per week
Prerequisite: Permission of the MPH Director
Prerequisite: Public Health 5615 and 5635
Pre- or co-requisite: Public Health 5636
Students will learn to integrate conceptual frameworks integral to advanced health assessment, clinical reasoning and diagnosis in advanced nursing practice. They will also demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision making for individual clients, groups, and/or communities within the nurse practitioner scope of practice.
May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.

Public Health 5630
Nurse Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities
Seminar: 3 hours per week
Clinical practice: 6 hours per week
Prerequisite: Permission of the MPH Director
Students will compare and contrast advanced practice nursing and related frameworks to develop, integrate, sustain, and evaluate the role of the nurse practitioner within primary health care. Critically analyze and develop strategies to implement advanced practice nursing competencies (research, leadership, collaboration, and health and social policy).
May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.

Public Health 5635
Therapeutics I
Seminar: 3 hours per week
Clinical practice: 6 hours per week
Prerequisite: Permission of the MPH Director
Pre- or co-requisite: Public Health 5615
Students will learn to critically appraise and interpret concepts and frameworks integral to pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for common conditions across the lifespan. They will also learn to develop, initiate, manage, and evalute therapeutic plans for care that incorporate client values and acceptability, goals of therapy, analysis of different approaches, pharmacotherapeutic principles.
May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.

Public Health 5636
Therapeutics II
Seminar: 3 hours per week
Clinical practice: 6 hours per week
Prerequisite: Permission of the MPH Director
Prerequisite: Public Health 5615 and 5635
Pre- or co-requisite: Public Health 5616
Students will learn to integrate conceptual frameworks and evidence underlying the study of pharmacotherapy, advanced counseling, and complementary therapies for complex client situations. They will also demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision-making.
May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.

Public Health 5710 (ST)
Special Topics
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 5805 (9805)
MPH Practicum and Project
The student must complete a 400-hour practicum under the supervision of a Practicum preceptor and a Program advisor. The practicum experience is intended to provide the student with a real-world experience in a Public Health setting. A written report would be expected from the student at the end of the practicum.

Public Health 5840
Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum
Seminar: 3 hours per week
Clinical practice: 7 hours per day for 13 weeks (455 hours)
Prerequisite: Permission of the MPH Director
Prerequisite: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636
The Integrative Practicum synthesizes the competencies essential to advanced nursing practice to provide primary health care for clients across the life span. Students will demonstrate autonomy, decision-making, and critical analysis of organizational and system issues that influence scope of practice, professional accountability, and outcomes. The practicum is normally taken from May to August. Students may not begin their practicum until all other courses of the program have been successfully completed.
May only be taken by students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing.


Public Health 5901 (9901)
Master's Thesis


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