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Health Sciences 5010 Foundations of Public and Population Health View Details
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 organized community efforts.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: All MPH students must register in Health Sciences 5010 in their first term of study. Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health program.

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Health Sciences 5011 Canadian Food Systems: Critical Perspectives in Health and Sustainability View Details
Introduces key issues for understanding the health and sustainability of Canada’s food systems by making connections between theoretical concepts and real-world issues. Students will critically examine the interrelationships between health, the economy, environment and social justice. The focus will be on the challenges as well as how groups of people are responding to these challenges through grassroots organizing, community development initiatives and policy change.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Health Sciences 5012 Perspectives in Ecological Health View Details
Examines the environmental and public health implications of global ecological change. Students will gain an in depth understanding of the interface between ecological and social determinants of health and will be introduced to emerging approaches used to understand and address complex problems such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and the cumulative impacts of resource extraction. The course is designed to foster a collaborative learning environment and to build the skills needed to promote population health and sustainability in a rapidly changing world.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Health Sciences 5013 Social and Ecological Determinants of Health View Details
An intensive and critical introduction to the range of social and ecological determinants of health. Students will have a better understanding of how these factors alone and in interaction with one another affect individual, community, and population health.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0

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Health Sciences 5014 Global Public Health View Details
A critical analysis of HIV and other infectious diseases in Canada and within a global context. Emphasis is placed on the epidemiological, cultural, and socio-political aspects of surveillance and response to infectious diseases. Topics include the historical linkages between sexuality, gender, race, social class, disease, and stigma; the social determinants of health; and legal, ethics, and political dilemmas over disease prevention, treatment, and human rights.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Sociology 5011
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Health Sciences 5015 Current Issues and Trends in Health Sciences View Details
Students will be provided with an introductory overview of key issues and trends in health sciences, as well as important controversies in the field.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: All MHSc students must register in Health Sciences 5015 in their first term of study. Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences program.

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Health Sciences 5030 Introduction to Biostatistics View Details
An intensive introduction to the concepts of health research designs, foundations of statistical inference, and biostatistics techniques to analyze data. The course content focuses on the application of these techniques to actual data with a commonly used statistical software package.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5035 Qualitative Inquiry I View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5036 Qualitative Inquiry II View Details
The course content will cover advanced topics in qualitative methodology.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 5035
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences program.

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Health Sciences 5050 Health Policy View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5070 Epidemiology I View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5210 Health Promotion and Illness Prevention View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5211 Public Health Ethics View Details
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 versus the collective, and everyday ethics in practice.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5212 Canadian Health Care System View Details
Students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the Canadian health care system, including the organization, funding and delivery of services; the values, concepts of health, and approaches to knowledge that influence how decisions are made and issues are prioritized; current challenges and efforts to reform; theories of public policy, policy development, and analysis; and global health systems.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5213 Environmental and Occupational Public Health View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5214 Indigenous Health in Canada View Details
Students will be introduced to issues in Indigenous/Aboriginal Health, with a particular focus in the Canadian geography. Students will develop an understanding of the impacts of colonization and the social determinants on the overall health and illness of Indigenous peoples. A key component is reflection on the significance of decolonizing approaches to research and practice, cultural awareness and development of skills to provide culturally safe care.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs. Students who have previous credit in Health Sciences 5710 with topic title "Indigenous Health in Canada" may not take Health Sciences 5214 for credit.

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Health Sciences 5215 Northern and Remote Health and Healthcare View Details
Through a social justice and equity perspective the course is designed to explore health and healthcare in northern and remote Canada. Focusing on issues in public and population health and drawing on both Canadian and international statistics, texts, audio and visual resources students will reflect on and develop an understanding of the impact of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Acts, Policies and Politics on the determinants of health in northern and remote communities.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5237 Vulnerable Population Health View Details
Students will be introduced to health issues related to vulnerable population in Canada - i.e. persons who, compared to the general population, are at increased risk of developing health problems or having worse outcomes from health problems. Considerations will be given to at risk populations such as: persons with lower income; Aboriginal people; children; older adults; and persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Social Justice 5237
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5270 Epidemiology II View Details
Epidemiology II focuses on advanced issues in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic studies. Methodological issues covered include data collection strategies, sources of subjects, exposure and outcome assessment. The data analysis material covered will emphasize the practical application and interpretation of statistical concepts in epidemiological research. Issues in protocol development, meta-analysis, and research ethics will also be covered.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 5070
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5330 Critical Appraisal View Details
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, students will examine the methodological and statistical approaches used and critique the papers. The main objectives will be to develop critical skills, sharpen the students' own methodological expertise, and appraise the literature in a constructive manner to advance science. The students will be expected to read all manuscripts and participate in discussion.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 5030 and 5070
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5332 Nursing Theory in Public Health View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing program.

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Health Sciences 5335 Social and Legal History of Public Health View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Cross-List(s): Social Justice 5335
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5337 Nursing Leadership View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing program.

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Health Sciences 5370 Field Epidemiology View Details
Students will learn to apply epidemiological methods to current issues from surveillance to emerging health problems such as potential outbreaks. Students will enhance the knowledge acquired in the required Epidemiology course to develop inquiry and judgement skills in relation to epidemiological problems arising in the field.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 5070
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5410 Survey Methods View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5510 Program Planning and Evaluation View Details
The course content includes an examination of 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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 5030 and 5210
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5610 Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Graduate Coordinator, Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing
Cross-List(s): Nursing 5610
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing program.

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Health Sciences 5615 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I View Details
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 individual's diagnostic plan of care.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Graduate Coordinator, Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing; pre- or co-requisite Health Sciences 5635
Cross-List(s): Nursing 5615
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical Practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing program.

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Health Sciences 5616 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II View Details
Students will learn to integrate conceptual frameworks integral to advance 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.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Graduate Coordinator, Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing; Health Sciences 5615 and 5635; and pre- or co-requisite Health Sciences 5636
Cross-List(s): Nursing 5616
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours; Clinical Practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing program.

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Health Sciences 5630 Nurse Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities View Details
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. Students will critically analyze and develop strategies to implement advanced-practice nursing competencies (research, leadership, collaboration, and health and social policy).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Graduate Coordinator, Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing
Cross-List(s): Nursing 5630
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours; Clinical Practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing program.

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Health Sciences 5635 Therapeutics I View Details
Students will learn to critically appraise and interpret concepts and frameworks integral to pharmacotherapy, advanced counselling, and complementary therapies for common conditions across the lifespan. They will also learn to develop, initiate, manage, and evaluate therapeutic plans for care that incorporate client values and acceptability, goals of therapy, analysis of different approaches, and pharmacotherapeutic principles.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Graduate Coordinator, Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing; pre- or co-requisite Health Sciences 5615
Cross-List(s): Nursing 5635
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical Practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing program.

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Health Sciences 5636 Therapeutics II View Details
Students will learn to integrate conceptual frameworks and evidence underlying the study of pharmacotherapy, advanced counselling, and complementary therapies for complex client situations. They will also demonstrate substantive initiative, responsibility, and accountability in complex decision-making.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Graduate Coordinator, Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing; Health Sciences 5615 and 5635; and pre- or co-requisite Health Sciences 5616
Cross-List(s): Nursing 5636
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical Practice: 6 hours per week
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing program.

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Health Sciences 5710 Special Topics View Details
A study of specific topics in health. Selection of topics may vary from year to year.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5750 Directed Studies View Details
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 Graduate Coordinator and the Health Sciences faculty member who will direct their work.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5751 Data Management and Analysis View Details
Introduces students to data management and analysis using existing national datasets. They will learn the steps in the data analysis process: formulating research questions, choosing an appropriate data source, manipulating and exploring data, drawing conclusions based on results, and communicating findings. Wherever possible, data will be stratified by social determinants of health.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s):

Health Sciences 5070 and 5270

Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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Health Sciences 5805 (9805) Master of Public Health Practicum and Report View Details
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, as well as synthesis of Master of Public Health program content. The student will submit a written report at the end of the practicum.
Credit Weight: 1.5
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health program.

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Health Sciences 5840 (9840) Nurse Practitioner Integrative Practicum View Details
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.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Graduate Coordinator, Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing; Health Sciences 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636
Cross-List(s): Nursing 5840
Offering: Seminar: 3 hours per week; Clinical Practice: 7 hours per day for 13 weeks (455 hours)
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing program.

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Health Sciences 5901 (9901) Master's Thesis View Details
Credit Weight: 2.0
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: Restricted to students in the Master of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health programs.

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