Health systems are dynamic systems that are constantly expected to provide more services with the same or fewer resources. Ensuring we can meet the healthcare needs of all citizens requires talented researchers who undertake original studies to bring about transformative changes.
Making a difference
Health systems are dynamic systems that are constantly expected to provide more services with the same or fewer resources. Ensuring we can meet the healthcare needs of all citizens requires talented researchers who undertake original studies to bring about transformative changes. These people not only expand our understanding and knowledge of health systems, but also use their findings to develop solutions that make a fundamental difference in the way healthcare services are delivered.
At the Telfer School of Management, we fully understand the dramatic influence these researchers and their work has on the lives of patients, the work of healthcare providers and the direction of healthcare. We also recognize the urgent need for more qualified health-systems researchers. That is why we created our Master of Science in Health Systems.
Prepare to excel in a challenging field
The only one of its kind in Canada, our program equips students to embark on rewarding careers in top research-intensive institutions or in the research arms of the organizations that make up modern healthcare. We put you on a path to become a productive health-systems researcher:
by ensuring you possess the latest knowledge, gain essential research skills and have access to hands-on research training
by creating a learning environment that enables you to interact closely with leading health-systems researchers
by making it possible for you to customize your study and concentrate on the areas of health-systems research that interest you most
Embrace the multi-disciplinary nature of health-systems research
The Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems also draws on leading research faculty from the Telfer School, from across the University of Ottawa, and from local healthcare institutions. These experts make sure our students are exposed to a wide range of research methodologies and perspectives.
Equipped with this intellectual range and depth, students can examine healthcare challenges from a variety of viewpoints, gain a true sense of these challenges, conduct informed research and uncover findings that can be used by healthcare managers to solve pressing problems.
What We Offer You
Rigor and choice. The Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems equips you with the knowledge and skills to conduct interdisciplinary health-systems research. At the same time, our program enables you to customize your research so that it meets your needs and focuses on your interests.
Get grounded in the fundamentals of health-systems research
Most students complete our program in 18 months. During that time, you’ll take core courses that arm you with the fundamental knowledge you need to identify relevant research methodologies, design your thesis research project and then conduct your thesis research in a rigorous, structured manner.
In fact, you’ll meet most of your program requirements by conducting research for your thesis—a document that showcases your research interests and skills that’s not only considered by the Telfer School, but also presented at a seminar open to the public.
Tap into the latest knowledge
As part of this core program component, you will participate in the Health Systems Research Seminar Series—a set of interactive seminars that features lectures from top health-systems researchers from across Canada and around the world. These unique events enable you to expand your knowledge, learn about the latest advances in the field and discover research opportunities outside of the program.
Conduct research in critical aspects of health systems
Students are expected to customize their studies by concentrating on one of three areas:
Management: develop organizational, financial and operational approaches to improve the quality and efficiency of health services
Informatics: safeguard and leverage health information to improve the quality of patient care, and use the latest developments in information technology to provide enhanced point-of-care support to healthcare providers
Empirical studies: use data and best evidence to evaluate new methods to improve the delivery of health services
Elective courses make it possible for you to gain specialized knowledge that is directly relevant to your thesis research. Our program offers dozens of these courses through the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and groups them according to seven themes:
Quality of care
Health services and policy
Health informatics and technology
Public health and health promotion
Clinical decision-making and support
Health systems analysis and optimization
Gain hands-on experience while you work on your thesis
You must submit a clearly defined research proposal to the Thesis Committee before the end of your second semester. Once your proposal is approved, you begin work on your thesis under the supervision of faculty supervisors who are experts in your field of study.
At the same time, you are eligible to begin your Health Systems Research Internship at one of our partner organizations. A distinctive feature of our program, the Health Systems Research Internship enables you not only to conduct thesis research in an actual healthcare setting, but also participate in research projects undertaken by leading researchers working in your host organization.
Rigorous training and attractive options. Get the best of both worlds. Choose the Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems.
Follow a Logical Sequence
Most students complete the Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems in 18 months:
You dedicate your first two semesters to completing core and elective courses, and working on your thesis proposal.
You must present your thesis proposal to the Thesis Committee for approval by the end of your second semester.
Your Health Systems Research Internship occurs any time after your thesis proposal is approved.
You will be expected to continue research on your thesis during the Internship and defend your final thesis thereafter.
Experience A Valuable Research Internship
Only strong research teams can produce truly original research findings. To develop evidence-based solutions that have the power to revolutionize healthcare, health-systems researchers work closely with managers, professionals and providers throughout the healthcare system, as well as with patients—the people who are the very focus of health systems and health-systems research.
Gain hands-on research training
That’s where the Health Systems Research Internship comes in. A distinctive feature of the Telfer School’s Master of Science in Health Systems, the internship places you for one semester in a top research-intensive institution, enabling you to learn from leading Canadian researchers how health-systems research is conducted and how groundbreaking research results are translated into practice.
Here are some examples of participating healthcare institutions where our students have completed their internships:
The Hospital for Sick Children
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
British Columbia Women's Hospital and Health Centre, Maternity Care Research Group
Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Office of Community Medicine
The Ottawa Heart Institute
Canadian International Development Agency
Your supervisor will help you find the best internship placement to help you gain the skills and knowledge required to become an accomplished health-systems researcher.
Connect with research leaders
Your internship will make it possible for you to participate in research projects, ideally positioning you to hone your research skills and deepen your knowledge of health systems. Your internship is also a perfect opportunity for you to further your thesis research and take advantage of the expertise of leading health-systems researchers.
Gain hands-on research training. Connect with research leaders. Choose the Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems degree.
Four-year bachelor’s (honours) degree in management (B.Com), health sciences, life sciences, medicine, nursing, computer science, economics, social sciences, engineering, mathematics or a related field, or its equivalent;
Minimum B+ (75%) cumulative grade point average (CGPA);
6 credits of analysis courses at bachelor's level in quantitative and qualitative research methods, micro and macro economics, calculus, probability and statistics, linear algebra, and information technology;
Note: students lacking background in quantitative analysis may be asked to complete prerequisite course as a condition of admission.
Achieve a competitive score in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GRE test also accepted;
An interview with admission committee may be required.
International: January 15
Canada and U.S.A.: March 1
GMAT & GRE
The MSc in Health Systems offered in English requires one of the two following Admission Tests:
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): a minimum overall score of the 50th percentile and at least the 45th percentile on each of the three individual components. The average score was 680 in 2010.
Graduate Record Examinations ® (GRE®): students should aim for at least the 50th percentile on each of the individual components. N.B. GRE Subject Tests will not be accepted.
Candidates applying to the English MSc must submit ONE of the following to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to confirm their English proficiency (the test scores cannot be more than two years old as of September 1 of the year of potential entry into the program):
Proof of completion within the last five years, of a previous degree program in an English language university.
Proof of recent prolonged residence and exercise of a profession in an English speaking
country (normally at least four years over the last six years)
A score of at least 100 (Internet-based) or 250 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A score of at least 7 in at least three of the four Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking) and at least 6 in the fourth. The General Training IELTS test is not accepted.
A score of at least 14 on the CANTEST , administered by the University of Ottawa, with
no individual test score below 4.0, along with a score of 4.5 on the oral component of the test.
A score of at least 68 on the Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE Academic)
With respect to test scores, they cannot be more than two years old as of September 1 of the year of potential entry into the MSc.