Master of Science (MSc)

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. 

Admission Requirements

The typical MSc CH&E student has had undergraduate training in a scientific and/or health professional discipline, and often has experience in research or other work related to health. Admission standards are consistent with those of Dalhousie University's Faculty of Graduate Studies, with the exception of higher minimum requirements as follows: GPA 3.3, TOELF (ibt) 100, TOEFL (pb) 600, IELTS 7.5. Students are also required to have a recent course in basic statistics. Enrolment is limited. Limited numbers of part-time students are accepted. Selected applicants will be interviewed as part of the admissions process.

Application Deadline

October 15 (of the year prior to anticipated admission) is the deadline for completed applications for those who wish to be considered for a external funding.

January 31 is the general deadline for completed applications. 


The program requires a minimum of five Core Courses, three Elective Courses and a Thesis. The five required courses are: Community Health Principles; Epidemiology Principles; Principles of Biostatistics; Research Methods in Community Health and Epidemiology; and Introduction to Health Services Research and Policy.

The Master's Thesis is a major part of the MSc CH&E program. A thesis may include the design and execution of an applied research project in the field of Community Health and Epidemiology. Full-time students are expected to complete the program within two years.