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.

Thesis Research

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

Please see Awards and Scholarships webpage.

Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
24 - 48 months
20,106 CAD
International: $20,106. Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents: $9,883.
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