What will I learn?
- How to identify and critically appraise research literature on population and clinical health
- How to design and carry out a research study
- Appropriate policy, program, and clinical interventions to reduce disease
- The Canadian health care system, its structure, strengths and limitations, history and principles
- How to conduct basic and intermediate level statistical analyses of health data
- Public speaking, as well as how to communicate with experts and non-experts
What can I do?
- Work in various levels of government, field epidemiology programs, policy and research institutes, clinical and evaluation related occupations
- Pursue further education & training (for example PhD degree, or a clinical health professional degree)
- Pursue teaching and research in academic or clinical settings
- Work in NGOs or international organizations related to health, eg., WHO
- Work with health policy and planning organizations such as ICES, CADTH, CIDA, CAMH
- Work as a consultant
The MSc Community Health and Epidemiology (CH&E) Program emphasizes knowledge, analytical skills and formal evaluative methods with application to disease prevention, health promotion and assessment of community health service and system needs. Program requirements include 15 credit hours of core courses (5 courses), 9 credit hours of elective courses, a thesis and participation in a professional development seminar series. Expected completion time is approximately two years for full-time students, and four years for part-time students.
Students graduating from the program will:
- Have the knowledge and skills necessary to function as members of multidisciplinary teams, engaged in a broad range of community health and epidemiology research studies, intervention programs and policy development efforts.
- Be able to critically appraise, evaluate and design community health and epidemiological research studies and programs through the use of appropriate research methods and sources of information.
- Be able to communicate effectively with other health professionals and with the public.
The Department of Community Health and Epidemiology is part of Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine, which has primary responsibility for training new physicians in the Maritime Provinces, and which is closely affiliated with major teaching hospitals. The Department includes 12 core faculty members, along with over 40 cross-appointed members drawn from a wide range of disciplines such as clinical medicine, health professions, engineering and basic and social sciences. The Department’s core faculty have expertise in a number of disciplines, including community medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, occupational/environmental health, population health, community psychology and sociology. Faculty in the department provide leadership in the areas of population health research, disease prevention, health promotion, knowledge translation, policy development and assessment of community health service and system needs. They have substantial national funding from CIHR, CPHI, CHSRF, and SSHRC, and provincially from NSHRF. The Department of Community Health and Epidemiology houses the CIHR funded RURAL Centre, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, the Population Health Research Unit (PHRU), the Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre, the Research Methods Unit (RMU) and many research projects.
Admission standards are consistent with those of Dalhousie University's Faculty of Graduate Studies (http://dalgrad.dal.ca/regulations/iii/) with the exception of higher minimum requirements as follows:
TOELF (ibt) 100
TOEFL (pb) 600
Since enrolment in the program is limited, selected applicants will be interviewed as part of the admission process. Preference will be given to students whose background includes at least two of the following:
- Work experience in a field related to community health
- A demonstrated academic or research record
- Training in a health profession