Health Sciences (MSc)

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Length of program

Full-time: 24 months Part-time: 48 months

Mode of delivery

In person

Program consists of:

  • Thesis
  • Coursework
  • Co-op (optional)





Program description

The University of Lethbridge is ranked as one of the most research-intensive universities for its size in Canada. Faculty members in Health Sciences have active research programs that examine health, wellness and quality of life within a variety of populations. We also research health systems, services and policies. We actively engage MSc students in our research activities and provide mentorship in a wide range of methodologies.

As an MSc student in our program, you will learn applied research skills and gain the hands-on research experience you need to compete for research careers in government, industry, the health-care system, non-profit organizations, and universities.

Finding a supervisor

​Students are required to secure a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application for this program.​ For further information please visit our Search Supervisors page.

Additional information

During our 2-year program, you will complete 4 core courses and a thesis under the direction of an academic supervisor and thesis committee.

For an MSc student who is admitted unconditionally, four to six graduate term courses or equivalent (12.0 to 18.0 credit hours) are required, as listed below:
Health Sciences 5100 - Research Methodologies
One of:
Health Sciences 5300 - Advanced Statistics
Health Sciences 5400 - Advanced Qualitative Analysis
Additional courses should be selected in consultation with the student's supervisor.

We also offer Public Health Specialization option within MSc (Health Sciences) program.

Our faculty are actively looking for graduate students interested in research in a number of areas including public health; nutrition and physical activity; cancer, diabetes, and heart disease prevention; Indigenous health; mental health and addictions; gambling; global, immigrant and refugee health; health policy and management, therapeutic recreation, integrative medicine, sexual health; and harm reduction to name a few. You can learn more about the research of our faculty members here.

You also have the option of integrating academic study at the Master’s level with relevant, paid work in an appropriate health-related field through Co-operative Education. This hands-on opportunity enriches and further strengthens the professional development of students in our MSc program. To learn more visit: /artsci/coop/co-operative-education-internship-option-graduate-studies.