Why do your MSc in Community Health & Epidemiology at Dal?

Our Master's in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research will provide you with the knowledge you need to work in this important and exciting field. You'll develop the analytical skills and formal evaluative methods you need to really address the challenges of disease prevention, health promotion and assessment of community health service and system needs.

Do it your way

With full-time and part-time options, this master's program gives you the flexibility to choose a pace that works for you. Whether you choose to complete the program in two years or four, by the time you finish, you'll be able to:

  • identify and critically appraise research literature 
  • design and carry out a research study
  • develop appropriate policy, program and clinical interventions 
  • navigate the Canadian healthcare system 
  • conduct basic and intermediate level statistical analyses of health data
  • speak publically

Program Details

Master of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research

Program options

  • Full-time MSc students usually complete the program in two years.
  • Part-time MSc students must complete the program in four years or less.

Enrolment is limited and limited numbers of part-time students are accepted. Selected applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

The typical MSc in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research student has had undergraduate training in a health profession or a related scientific discipline. They also often have experience in research or other work related to health.

Degree requirements

To complete the program, you'll need:

  • 12 credit hours of core courses (4 core courses)
  • 9 credit hours of selective/elective courses
  • a thesis
  • participation in a CH&E seminar/thesis development


Your master's thesis is a major part of the MSc in Epidemiology and Applied Health Research. It could include the design and execution of an applied research project in the field of epidemiology and applied health research. If you're a full-time student, you'll normally complete your thesis during your second year.

Application deadlines

  • October 15 (for start in September of next year) is the deadline for completed applications for those who wish to be considered for Dal scholarships or for external funding
  • January 31 (for September start) is the deadline for completed applications