Health Sciences (Master's program)
Master of Health Sciences
|Faculty||Faculty of Health Sciences|
|Location||UOIT, North Oshawa|
|Start dates||September or January*|
|Length||Approximately 24 months, based on full-time study|
|Program format||Courses with research thesis or courses with a major project|
The Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) program focuses on providing students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct high-quality research that culminates in a master's thesis. Graduate training focuses on research conducted in one of three key areas in the health sciences: Community Health, Health Informatics or Kinesiology.
As a research-based degree, students will combine course work, seminars and independent research to achieve the program's core objectives. Two required courses, Research in the Health Sciences and either Studies in Community Health (Community Health), Patient Journey Modeling (Health Informatics) or Studies in Kinesiology (Kinesiology) lay the foundation for more focused course work and independent research under the guidance of a research supervisor and supervisory committee. By virtue of the strong research foundation and substantive training obtained throughout their education, graduates from the MHSc program will be well prepared to take on higher-level occupations within the health profession, seek funding for projects or research to be undertaken at their workplace, or pursue a PhD in a research-oriented health sciences or a related program.
* The MHSc is open only to domestic students for the January intake.
Students in the Community Health stream will develop a broad understanding of how the physical and social context shapes health, illness and health care. In particular, this includes research and analysis of cultural and economic differences and their implications for health and health care for diverse populations. Students will learn strategies to engage communities in efforts to reduce illness and promote health.
Students in the Health Informatics stream will develop strategies to actively participate in multidisciplinary collaborations with diverse groups (e.g., patients, clinicians, health care managers, computer scientists, engineers) and will learn to assess and deploy the latest in computing and informatics systems to support efficient health care delivery. The health informatics stream prepares students to identify, develop and manage health care information systems that support health care administration, management, policy, training, clinical management and clinical research.
Students in the Kinesiology stream will synthesize current research and integrate practical and theoretical knowledge to understand how and why exercise and physical activity can be used as an intervention to promote health and well-being in a range of populations including those with developmental delays; children and adolescents; adults with chronic pain, cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, psychiatric and neurological disease; and recreational and high-performance athletes. Students will have the option of diverse research experiences in the kinesiology area ranging from intensive laboratory-based studies with human populations to interventional studies with special populations. Students in the program will be exposed to leading research on the latest approaches to community health, health informatics and kinesiology research.
- Hold a four-year honours undergraduate degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
- Minimum overall academic standing of a B (GPA: 3.0 on a 4.3 scale or 73 to 76 per cent), with a minimum B average in the last two full-time years (four semesters) of undergraduate work or equivalent.
- Undergraduate preparation in research methods in either quantitative or qualitative analysis. This should include experience and training in statistics. Applicants planning to study in the field of Health Informatics should also have training or experience with computing or information technology within the health care domain.
Required supporting documents:
Detailed course descriptions for any completed courses in research methods and statistics. Applicants planning to study in the field of health informatics should also submit course descriptions for any completed computing/information technology courses. Course descriptions should be copied from the university's academic calendar
Experience in the areas of health promotion and health care is an asset.
Required test scores for English language proficiency:
(Minimum sub-scores: Listening: 20; Reading: 20; Speaking: 19; and Writing: 20)
* UOIT Graduate Studies only accepts IELTS scores in the Academic testing format. Scores from the IELTS General Training format will not be accepted.
Applicants must arrange for original test scores to be sent directly from the testing centre to the Office of Graduate Studies.
TOEFL Code: 7178
Note: The computer-based TOEFL test has been replaced by the Internet-based TOEFL test.
Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.
How to apply
Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process. See application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.
Sample research areas:
- Chronic disease management
- Health and wellness of vulnerable populations
- Health professions and health policy
- HIV and other infectious diseases
- Inequalities in health and illness
- Mental health and illness
- Cloud computing in healthcare
- Knowledge discovery in healthcare
- Mobility in healthcare
- Serious games in healthcare
- Barriers to full participation in physical activity
- Exercise and neural plasticity
- Exercise physiology
- Motor control in relation to injury prevention and rehabilitation
- Motor development and physical activity in children with and without disabilities
- Occupational biomechanics and ergonomics
- The role of exercise in promoting health and function
For program requirements, including required number of credits for completion, program maps and course descriptions, please see the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue.
Internal awards and funding
Applicants to research-based graduate programs who are studying full-time are automatically considered for some types of funding at the time of admission.
Types of funding that do not require an application:
- Entrance scholarships
- Minimum funding packages
- Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and graduate research assistantships
For more details on the above funding opportunities, see graduate student awards and funding.
Please note: Part-time students are not eligible for the above funding opportunities.
External awards and funding
Graduate program applicants are encouraged to apply for external awards to help finance their education. The application process differs for each competition, so review the information carefully to determine where and when you must apply. Please note: The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.
Tuition fees for graduate programs at UOIT are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.
For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.