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. During our 2-year program, you will complete 4 core courses and a thesis under the direction of an academic supervisor and thesis committee.
The full-time or part-time study is available to students. Four courses are required in the first year:
- HLSC 5100: Research Methods (Fall term)
- HLSC 5200: Philosophy of Inquiry (Fall term)
- HLSC 5300: Advanced Statistics (Spring term)
- HLSC 5400: Advanced Qualitative Analysis (Spring term)
Students can take up to 2 additional graduate-level courses if desired as part of their MSc degree.
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.
Hands-On Work Experience
You also have the option of integrating academic study at the Master’s level with relevant, paid work in an appropriate health-related field by enrolling in the Co-operative Education /Internship Option. This hands-on opportunity enriches and further strengthens the professional development of students in our MSc program. To learn more visit: www.uleth.ca/artsci/coop/co-operative-education-internship-option-graduate-studies.
Who Can Apply
Successful MSc applicants typically have undergraduate training in health, social or biological sciences and/or serve as health professionals in medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, counseling or social work. All applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with a B or higher (3.0 cumulative grade point average in the last 20 credit hours). Meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.
Selecting a Supervisor
Selecting a supervisor early in the application process is important. Prospective students are encouraged to review the research programs & publications of potential faculty supervisors. Contacting one or more eligible faculty members before applying is strongly encouraged to discuss potential opportunities.
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