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Public Health and Social Policy

Build on your passion for health equity, social justice and making a difference in your community.

Our students analyze public health issues and policies from diverse perspectives. They explore the ethical, legal and social dilemmas impacting public health and health and community services. At its core, the collective goal of our school is to promote the health of populations.

In our flexible and accessible online programs, you will learn and engage where you live and work. Practicum placements will help you put your skills into practice.

Study full-time or part-time. Most of our programs are delivered as online or distance studies.

Degree programs offered

In our MPH program, you will prepare for careers that promote population health and well-being. Our graduates are experienced in providing system, program, research and administrative support in the health and community services sectors, including health promotion and public health; government and non-profit organizations; and primary, home and community care.

Students choose an area of focus in social policy or Indigenous health studies.

You will learn through online courses and required on-campus experiences, and complete your degree with either a culminating report or a thesis.

The course-based MPH is completed full-time in 24 months (six terms).  Part-time study is also possible.

The DipPH prepares you for similar career roles as the MPH and follows the same curriculum with fewer courses. You will take classes with MPH students, and will complete a culminating report. There is no thesis option in the diploma program.

Students choose an area of focus in social policy or Indigenous health studies.

The DipPH is completed full-time in 20 months (five terms). Part-time study is also possible.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MPH 2 years Yes No
DipPH 1.75 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Diploma, Distance
Study options:
Full-time study, Part-time study
Program delivery:
Distance/Off-campus, Other: online with three required on-site components
Dynamic learning:
Practicum required

Areas of focus

  • Indigenous health studies
  • Social policy

Core curriculum

  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Health promotion
  • Social determinants of health
  • Healthy public policy
  • Public health research
  • Public health interventions

Find a supervisor

You do not need to find a supervisor before you apply. If a supervisor is required for your studies, we'll help you through this process after you've been admitted.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by February 1 for September entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate Calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the program assistant or 250-721-5374.

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