The Collaborative Specialization in

Public Health Policy

Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy

The Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy is a cross-disciplinary program providing graduate students with exemplary training program in public health policy. It will give students the capacity to contribute to the development, refinement, and evaluation of policies to address society’s pressing and emerging public health priorities.   Through the direction of academics and policymakers associated with the Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy, students will be provided with real world skills to address the complex and demanding task of public health policy making (including insight into a wide array of legislative and regulatory interventions, administrative practices, financing and funding decisions, and various forms of soft law e.g., guidelines and informal processes) which operate at the international, federal, provincial and municipal levels and in settings that are cross-cutting (e.g., worksites) and in ways that are both cross-jurisdictional and cross-sectoral.

Upon successful completion of the Master’s or PhD requirements of the host department and the program, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Graduate Program in Public Health Policy” on their transcript and a collaborative program parchment countersigned by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Program Director. 

Lead Faculty
Medicine

Host Unit: Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Participating Degree Programs

  1. Exercise Sciences (MSc, PhD), Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
  2. Health Administration (MHSc), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
  3. Health Policy, Management & Evaluation (MSc, PhD),Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
  4. Nutritional Sciences (MSc, PhD) Department of Nutritional Sciences
  5. Public Health Sciences (MPH, MSc, PhD), Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  6. Public Policy & Governance (MPP), School of Public Policy & Governance
  7. Social Work (MSW, PhD), Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

Please note that graduate students from any program of study at the University of Toronto are eligible for participation in the Collaborative Program. It is NOT required to be enrolled in one of the participating degree programs in order to apply for the Collaborative Program.

Terms of Participation in Collaborative Program

  • All students enrolled in the Collaborative Program must complete the requirements of the Collaborative Program, in addition to those requirements for the degree program in their home graduate unit.
  • The Collaborative Program Director and/or Program Committee is/are responsible for certifying the completion of the Collaborative Program requirements.
  • The home graduate unit is solely responsible for the approval of the student’s home degree requirements.

Program Requirements

Masters Students

  • Satisfy requirements of home degree program and graduate unit
  • Undertake the major paper, thesis or practicum placement with a public health policy focus
  • Complete two graduate courses (1.0 FCE) in public health policy from the following list:

CHL5300H “Public Health Policy”, CHL5308H “Tools and Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation”, HAD 5011H “Canada’s Health Care System”, or PPG 1001H “The Policy Process”

  • Complete the Master’s Seminar Series course, SRM3333H

Doctoral Students

  • Satisfy requirements of home degree program and graduate unit
  • Undertake thesis research with a public health policy focus
  • Complete two graduate courses (1.0 FCE) in public health policy from the following list:

CHL5300H “Public Health Policy”, CHL5308H “Tools and Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation”, HAD 5011H “Canada’s Health Care System”, or PPG 1001H “The Policy Process”. This requirement will be waived for students who have completed 2 of these 4 courses previously.

  • Completion of Graduate Seminar Series course CHL5309H

Program Application

Masters Students

  • Acceptance into a Master’s program at the University of Toronto
  • Completed online application form
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum length 5 pages)
  • 2 page free-form essay outlining:
  • interest in public health policy
  • aspirations
  • learning goals
  • career plans
  • specific research plans (if in a research program of study)
  • experience relevant to public health policy
  • Letters from 2 references – the letters of reference should describe the student’s academic ability and career aspirations and comment on the student’s potential benefit from the Collaborative Program

Doctoral Students

  • Acceptance in a PhD program at the University of Toronto
  • Completed online application form 
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum length 5 pages)
  • 2 page free-form essay outlining:
    1. Interest in public health policy
    2. aspirations
    3. learning goals
    4. career plans
    5. specific research plans
    6. experience relevant to public health policy
  • Letters from 2 references - one letter should come from the prospective supervisor and should describe availability of resources necessary to carry out research, including the type of mentoring the supervisor will be able to provide, comments on academic progress, and the student’s potential benefit from the Collaborative Program.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ACCEPTANCE INTO THE COLLABORATIVE SPECIALIZATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY IS COMPETITIVE, WITH SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES REQUIRING A HIGH RANKING THROUGH THE REVIEW PROCESS.

For further information please contact:

Devrim Sen, Program Assistant
Public Health Policy Collaborative Program
University of Toronto
155 College St., Room 425
Toronto, ON M5T 3M6
Email: publichealthpolicy@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-946-8542
Fax: 416-978-7350

2014-2015 CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy picture
2014-2015 Collaborative Program and CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy

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