The MSc in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences challenges students to examine complex issues related to human health, disability, and disease through an interdisciplinary lens. The program emphasizes the critical interactions between biological, psychosocial and behavioral determinants of health across the lifespan.
In this two-year, research-intensive, bilingual MSc program, students will examine a wide range of theoretical health frameworks that describe interactions and synergies across several health disciplines. Future health professionals will graduate with a strong methodological skill set, including competencies in quantitative, qualitative, and bioscience research methods.
This bilingual program requires students to have at least a passive knowledge of both French and English.
- Duration: 6 full-time terms; 24 consecutive months
- Program structure: Master of Science with Thesis
- Language of instruction: Bilingual (French-English)
- Program requirements
- Average time to completion: 6 terms
Students in this MSc program will interact and work alongside faculty members from the School of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (ISHS), home to a wide-range of world-class research programs that span and intersect three broad fields of research: population and public health, health technologies, and integrative health biosciences.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
- Lifespan and aging
- Sexual, reproductive and maternal health
- Neurocognitive and mental health
- Health economics
- Artificial intelligence in health care
- Developmental origins of health and disease
- Palliative care and chronic disease
- Metabolism and mitochondrial health
- Global health
- Risk management
- Assistive devices
Thesis advisory committee members and thesis examiners
- Baillargeon, Raymond, (disruptive developmental behaviours)
- Bainbridge, Shannon (placental development, pre-eclampsia)
- Burelle, Yan (mitochondrial biology)
- Deonandan, Raywat (reproductive tourism, epidemiology)
- Fallavollita, Pascal (surgical systems, simulation and intraoperative imaging)
- Foster, Angel M. (sexual health needs of vulnerable populations)
- Fraser, Sarah (cognitive aging, dual task performance)
- Garcia, Linda (communication disorders of neurological origins, aging)
- Gomes, James (environmental and occupational health hazards)
- Jutai, Jeffrey W. (assistive technologies)
Supervisors who are not from ISHS
- Konkle, Anne (sex differences in: behaviour, brain development, neuroscience)
- Marcoux, Isabelle (end-of-life research, assisted suicide, palliative care)
- Menzies, Keir (metabolic disorders, mitochondrial biology, age-related diseases)
- O'Sullivan, Tracey (resilience-oriented interventions to reduce vulnerability, occupational supports)
- Phillips, Karen (reproductive health, environmental health)
- Pilutti, Lara (neurological disorders and disability)
- Robitaille, Annie
- Steffener, Jason (mathematical modeling, cognitive aging)
- Tesson, Frédérique (cardiovascular genetics)
MSc program alumni have gone on to have exciting careers in:
Public sector and health care
- Public health officers
- Health policy advisors
- Research program officers
- Directors of health research
- Research program officers
- Occupational health
- Clinical research managers
- Analytics and reporting administrators
- Proposal development consultants
- NGO executive officers
PhD Graduate Training
The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences also opens the door for advanced PhD graduate training in:
- Population Health
- Rehabilitation Sciences
- Human Kinetics
- Women’s studies
- Cellular and Molecular Medicine
- Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology
Admission requirements: Must hold a four-year bachelor's degree with an overall average of at least 70% (B), calculated in accordance with graduate studies guidelines. The candidate's previous studies must include a university-level course in statistics. Candidates must have an active knowledge of one of the official languages (French or English) and at least a passive knowledge of the other. All courses in the program are bilingual.
- Letter of intent (2 pages)
- Recommendation letter(s): A letter from the proposed supervisor committing to supervise the thesis is required prior to admissions.
- Transcripts: You must submit official transcripts from every university you attended. This mandatory requirement applies to all courses and programs at any university you have ever attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchanges, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc.
If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, you must submit a translation of the transcript that is signed and sealed by a certified translator.
- Resume (CV)
- Evidence of language proficiency: TOEFL 550 / IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual 5.0 (Paper-based) OR TOEFL 79-80 / IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual 5.0 (Internet-based)
- Additional information form: Declaration of Language Competency, and Letter of support from the proposed supervisor.