Health Sciences (MSc Program)

Graduate Supervisors are noted below but faculty from other programs listed in the Calendar may co-supervise students as well.

*Applicable Supervisors:
Henry Harder, Professor and Chair
Cindy Hardy, Professor (Psychology)
Chow Lee, Professor (Biochemistry, Chemistry)
Martha MacLeod, Professor (Nursing)
Geoffrey Payne, Professor (Biochemistry, Northern Medical Program)
Stephen Rader, Professor (Biochemistry, Chemistry)
Glen Schmidt, Professor (Social Work)
Shannon Wagner, Professor
Sarah de Leeuw, Associate Professor (Northern Medical Program)
R. Luke Harris, Associate Professor
Dawn Hemingway, Associate Professor (Social Work)
Peter MacMillan, Associate Professor (Education)
Margot Parkes, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Health, Ecosystems and Society
Kevin Smith, Associate Professor
Chelsea Pelletier, Assistant Professor
Mamdouh Shubair, Assistant Professor
Russel Callaghan, Adjunct Professor
Kuo-Hsing Kuo, Adjunct Professor
Josée Lavoie, Adjunct Professor


The aim of this Program is to provide opportunity for health professionals and others interested in working in the health fields with the knowledge and skills to conduct health-related research. The program provides students with relevant health research and critical appraisal skills, and opportunities to engage in a variety of health-related topics.

Current students in the Program come from a wide variety of backgrounds. These include health professionals such as nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, and physicians, as well as graduates with a background in science and other relevant fields.

Application deadlines can be found in the Graduate Programs Admissions and Regulations section of the Graduate Calendar. 

The Health Sciences MSc Program accepts students for the September Semester.

In addition to meeting the admission application requirements outlines in Section 1.0 of the Graduate Admissions and Regulations, all applicants to the Health Sciences MSc Program are required to submit a Criminal Record Check search prior to the first day of classes in their entry semester. 

Domestic applicants must supply a Criminal Record Check search result after receiving an offer of admission and before the first day of classes; the search result is not required with the application.  International applicants must submit a Criminal Record Check search result completed by their local police authority upon application, and will also be required to submit a British Columbia Criminal Record Check if offered admission.  The Office of the Registrar will provide instructions to domestic and international applicants who have accepted offers of admission on how to complete a British Columbia Criminal Record Check.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate course in statistics or biostatistics. In addition to courses taught in departments of Mathematics or Statistics, courses that are included in social sciences programs such as psychology or sociology, and in the curricula of undergraduate health professions, meet this requirement.

An undergraduate course in research methodology. Appropriate courses include those found in social science undergraduate programs, and in the curricula of undergraduate health professions.


Six courses (18 credit hours) at the graduate level, and a thesis (twelve credit hours) are required.
The following courses must be completed by ALL students as part of their program.

HHSC 795-3 Health Sciences Graduate Seminar
HHSC 601-3 Principles of Epidemiology

HHSC 700-3 Advanced Techniques in Epidemiology
     or HHSC 703-3
Qualitative Research Approaches in Health and Human Sciences
       or a course as chosen in consultation with the supervisory committee, and approved by the Chair of Health Sciences
EDUC 602-4 Quantitative Research Design and Data and Analysis
     or PSYC 600-4 Quantitative Methods I
     or another graduate level statistics course approved by the Program.

Additional Course Requirements

Two courses (6 credit hours), chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Examples of courses taken by our students are:
DISM 609-3 Professional Ethics in Health Care Management
ECON 610-3 Health Economics
HHSC 602-3 Organization and Financing of Canadian Health Care
Community Research Methods
HHSC 604-3 The Health of First Nations People
HHSC 606-3 Health Promotion
NURS 604-3 The Healing and Well-being of Indigenous Peoples
Advanced Clinical Practice in Nursing 
Health Program Planning, Community Development and Evaluation 
POLS 603-3 Social and Health Policy in the Context of Health and Health Care
PSYC 605-4 Quantitative Methods II
PSYC 620-3 Health Psychology
PSYC 720-3 Cross-Cultural Communication in Health Care Settings
SOCW 610-3 Addictions and Mental Health


The thesis (HHSC 790-12) shall be assigned twelve credit hours.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of two courses (six credit hours) completed with at least a B standing at a recognized University may be transferred with the approval of the advisor and the Chair of the School of Health Sciences.