FAQs

Undergraduate FAQs

How many courses are required to complete the Bachelor of Arts in Health and Community Systems program?

You complete 30.0 units of 3rd and 4th year coursework in the BA in Health and Community Systems program.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition information can be found at: https://web.finance.uvic.ca/tuition/

UVic Student Society (UVSS) fees are assessed each term.

Course materials and/or textbooks are required for each course and are available for purchase through the UVic Bookstore.

Is there financial aid available?

Information about Student Awards and Financial Aid can be found at the following website: http://registrar.uvic.ca/safa/

How long do I have to complete the BA program?

The BA in Health and Community Services can be completed in 2 years (5 consecutive academic terms). You have up to 5 years to complete the program. We have developed a suggested program plan.

Can I transfer any courses I have completed at other institutions?

At least 30.0 units of coursework must be completed in the BA in Health and Community Services. Polices and procedures for granting transfer credit are described in the University Calendar.

Is there an Academic Writing requirement I must meet?

Yes. You must meet the UVic Academic Writing requirement prior to entering the program. Information related to the English language requirement are described here Information about the English requirement.

Is there a specific order in which courses must be taken in the BA program?

There is a recommended course sequence.

Where can I get advice or assistance to help me with my study skills?

The University of Victoria Counselling Services, local colleges, high school and community centres offer courses on time management, rapid reading, English composition, study skills, etc.

How are the practice experiences arranged?

You will work with a practicum coordinator to arrange your practice experience.

What kind of jobs will I get after my degree?

Primary employers of graduates with a BA in Health and Community Services will be predominantly public sector employers such as the provincial and federal government, health authorities, non-governmental organizations, non-profit community organizations and social service agencies.

Master of Public Health FAQs

Do I have to come to campus?

Yes. There are 3 times when you are required to come to the University of Victoria campus for 3 to 5 days:

  • Last week in August for an orientation to the program and learning support opportunities.
  • First week in May for the first chosen area of focus course.
  • Last week in April at the end of your program to demonstrate and share your project outcomes and learning.

How does online learning work?

All courses are delivered using web-based technologies. You will be using a course management system called Moodle to access your course information and communicate with your instructor and fellow students. You will also use a web-based tool called Elluminate for “real-time” discussions and presentations. To learn more about how online courses work visit the following website: http://distance.uvic.ca/programs/work.htm

How many courses are required to complete the Master of Public Health program?

You complete 21 units of coursework in the MPH program.

How long do I have to complete the MPH?

The Master of Public Health can be completed full-time in 2 years (6 consecutive academic terms) and part-time in 3 years (8 consecutive academic terms). You have up to 5 years to complete the program. We have developed a 2 year program plan and a 3 year program plan (See the Program Plan listed below).

Is there a specific order in which courses must be taken in the MPH program?

There is a recommended Program Plan.

How are the practice experiences arranged?

You will work with a practicum coordinator to arrange your practice experience.

Where can I get advice or assistance to help me with my study skills?

The University of Victoria Counselling Services, local colleges, high school and community centres offer courses on time management, rapid reading, English composition, study skills, etc.

Graduate Diploma FAQs

Do I have to come to campus?

Yes. There are 3 times when you are required to come to the University of Victoria campus for 3 to 5 days:

  • Last week in August for an orientation to the program and learning support opportunities.
  • First week in May for the first chosen area of focus course.
  • Last week in April at the end of your program to demonstrate and share your project outcomes and learning.

How does online learning work?

All courses are delivered using web-based technologies. You will be using a course management system called Moodle to access your course information and communicate with your instructor and fellow students. You will also use a web-based tool called Elluminate for “real-time” discussions and presentations. To learn more about how online courses work visit the Continuing Studies website.

How many courses are required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Public Health program?

You complete 12.0 units of coursework in the Graduate Diploma.

How long do I have to complete the Graduate Diploma?

The Graduate Diploma in Public Health can be completed full-time in 2 years (5 consecutive academic terms). You have up to 4 years to complete the program.

When do I have to decide what my area of focus will be?

You indicate your anticipated area of focus when you apply to the program.

How are the practice experiences arranged?

You will work with a practicum coordinator to arrange your practice experience.

Can I switch from the Graduate Diploma program to the MPH program?

If you are enrolled in the Diploma program and want to change to the MPH program, you will be required to meet with the academic advisor and put your request in writing to the Director of the School. You must hold a minimum of a B+ (6.0) GPA in the Diploma program and have approval from Graduate Advisor.

Is there a specific order in which courses must be taken in the Graduate Diploma program?

There is a recommended program plan.

Where can I get advice or assistance to help me with my study skills?

The University of Victoria Counselling Services, local colleges, high school and community centres offer courses on time management, rapid reading, English composition, study skills, etc.