HPME: Health Policy, Management and Evaluation MSc

Master of Science

Program Description

The HPME graduate program offers the following concentrations leading to the MSc degree:

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research;

  • Health Services Research;

  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; and

  • System Leadership and Innovation.

The MSc program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

 

Concentration: Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants require an overall B+ average or higher in the last two years of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university. For applicants to this concentration, a degree in a health profession (e.g., MD, BScN, BScOT, BScPT, DDM, MScN) from a recognized university with a B+ average in the final two years is required.

Program Requirements

Two options are available:

  • Thesis option comprising 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a thesis.

  • Coursework-only option comprising 5.0 FCEs, including completion of at least one research practicum.

Thesis MSc
  • Completion of 3.0 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​​1.5 FCEs required: HAD 5301H, HAD 5307H, and one of HAD 5303H, HAD 5304H, HAD 5306H, or HAD 5309H

    • 1.5 FCEs in electives.

  • A thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee (supervisor and at least one, and preferably two, additional graduate faculty members) and its defence before an examination committee.

Coursework-Only MSc
  • Completion of 5.0 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​2.0 FCEs required: HAD 5301H, HAD 5307H, HAD 6360H, and one of HAD 5303H, HAD 5304H, or HAD 5309H

    • 3.0 FCEs in electives.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

 

Concentration: Health Services Research

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants require an overall B+ average or higher in the last two years of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university. For applicants to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research, a degree in a health profession (e.g., MD, BScN, BScOT, BScPT, DDM, MScN) from a recognized university with a B+ average in the final two years is required.

Program Requirements

Two options are available:

  • Thesis option comprising 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a thesis.

  • Coursework-only option comprising 5.0 FCEs.

Thesis MSc

See amendment made on January 4, 2021.

  • Completion of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE in research methodology courses

    • 1.0 FCE in health services research courses:

      • HAD 5011H Canada's Health System and Health Policy

      • 0.5 FCE from other health services research courses

    • 1.0 FCE in electives.

  • A thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee and its defence before an examination committee.

Coursework-Only MSc
  • Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE in health services research courses, normally HAD 5011H, HAD 5022H, HAD 5727H, HAD 5756H, and HAD 5773H

    • 1.0 FCE in research methodology courses, normally HSR 1001H, HAD 5765H, HAD 5772H, HAD 5740H, HAD 5742H, HAD 5744H, HAD 5746H, HAD 5779H, and HAD 5781H

    • 3.0 FCEs in electives from HAD 5726H, HAD 5728H, HAD 5730H, HAD 5737H, HAD 5738H, HAD 5743H, HAD 5744H, HAD 5760H, HAD 5763H, HAD 5771H, HAD 5778H, HAD 5780H, and HAD 6750H.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

 

Students in the thesis option of the Health Services Research concentration have the option to complete an emphasis by completing 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in a given area. The emphasis requirements will also count toward their 3.0 FCE concentration requirements.

Students in the Vector pathway within the Health Services Research concentration must complete the emphasis in Health Systems Artificial Intelligence and complete their remaining 1.0 FCE concentration requirements by taking HAD 5011H and HAD 5772H.

Emphasis: Health Economics

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research.

  • HAD 5744H Applied Health Econometrics I.

  • HAD 5746H Applied Health Econometrics II.

  • HAD 5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis.

Emphasis: Health Informatics Research

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5726H Evaluation and Research Design in Health Informatics.

  • 1.0 FCE from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

  • 0.5 FCE from courses in the Master of Health Informatics program.

Emphasis: Health Policy

See amendment made on January 4, 2021.

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • CHL 5300H Public Health Policy

  • HAD 5778H Comparative Health Systems and Policy.

  • 1.0 FCE from the following list:

    • CHL 5308H Tools and Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation

    • HAD 5022H Politics, Policy, Public Health, and Health Technology

    • HAD 5765H Case Studies in Health Policy

    • Other health policy research course as appropriate, for example:

      • CHL 5523H Indigenous Health and Social Policy

      • CHL 5702H History of International Health​ or

      • CHL 5704H International Human Rights Law and Global Health: The Right to Health in Theory and Practice.

Emphasis: Health Services Organization and Management Studies

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector.

  • 1.5 FCEs from the following list:

    • HAD 5727H Knowledge Transfer and Exchange

    • HAD 5737H Tools for Implementation of Best Evidence

    • HAD 5740H Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research

    • HAD 5742HMixed Methods for Health Services Research

    • HAD 5744H Applied Health Econometrics I

    • HSR 1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research.

Emphasis: Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation

See amendment made on January 4, 2021.

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5720H Evaluation I

  • 0.5 FCE from the following list:

    • HAD 5743H Evaluation II

    • HAD 5763H Advanced Methods in Health Services Research

  • 0.5 FCE from the following list:

    • CHL 5202H Biostatistics II

    • HAD 5316H Biostatistics II: Advanced Techniques in Applied Regression Methods

    • HAD 5772H Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers

  • 0.5 elective FCE from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

Emphasis: Health Systems Artificial Intelligence

  • Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

    • CHL 3020H Ethics and AI in Health

    • CHL 5230H Applied Machine Learning for Health Data (research methods course)

    • MHI 2002H Emergent Topics in Heath Informatics

    • 0.5 FCE from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration or the Master of Health Informatics program. Recommended: HAD 5726H Evaluation and Research Design in Health Informatics.

Emphasis: Health Technology Assessment

Students must complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

  • HAD 5301H Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research.

  • HAD 5307H Introduction to Applied Biostatistics.

  • 0.5 FCE from the course listing for the Health Services Research concentration.

  • 0.5 FCE from the following list:

    • HAD 5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Service Research

    • HAD 5771H Resource Allocation Ethics

    • HAD 5779H Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems, and Policy Research.

 

Concentration: Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants require an overall B+ average or higher in the last two years of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

Program Requirements

Two options are available:

  1. Thesis option comprising 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a thesis.

  2. Coursework-only option comprising 5.0 FCEs, including completion of at least one research practicum.

Thesis MSc
  • Completion of 3.0 FCEs as follows:

    • 2.5 FCEs required: HAD 3010H, HAD 3020H, HAD 3041Y0, HAD 3050H.

    • 0.5 FCE in electives.

  • A thesis written under the supervision of a thesis committee (comprising the supervisor and at least one additional graduate faculty member, preferably two) and its defence before an examination committee.

Coursework-Only MSc
  • Completion of 5.0 FCEs as follows:

    • ​​3.0 required FCEs (HAD 3010H, HAD 3020H, HAD 3030H, HAD 3050H, HAD 3060H, HAD 3070H)

    • 1.0 required FCE in a research project practicum (HAD 3040Y)

    • 1.0 FCE in electives.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

 

​Concentration: System Leadership and Innovation

Minimum Admission Requirements

See amendment made on January 4, 2021.

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy IHPME's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants require an overall B+ average or higher in the last two years of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

  • Applicants must have health-care experience and demonstrate aptitude for innovation and health systems.

  • Preference will be given to medical trainees in a Canadian Faculty of Medicine or to early-career physicians. Undergraduate medical trainees who are accepted must register part-time; post-graduate medical education trainees who are accepted may register full-time or part-time.

Program Requirements

The MSc in System Leadership and Innovation is a coursework-only program.

  • ​​Completion of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ​​​​2.0 required FCEs (HAD 2001H; HAD 2002H or HAD 2012H; HAD 2003H or HAD 2013H; HAD 2004H or HAD 2007H)

    • 1.0 required practicum FCE (HAD 2010H and HAD 2020H or HAD 2040Y)

    • 2.0 elective FCEs, of which a maximum 1.0 FCE can be a practicum; please consult with the department about electives.

  • Students begin this concentration in the Summer session.

​Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: S/F/W);
7 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time