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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Units Faculty of Graduate Studies Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Public Health Graduate Programs
Public Health Graduate Programs

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS


Director G. Knutson
   
MPH and MPH (SPECIALIZATION IN NURSING)  
Graduate Co-ordinator P. Brink
Graduate Co-ordinator (Specialization in Nursing) G. Knutson
Core: Master's Thesis Supervisory
  M. Bedard (Public Health) (Canada Research Chair),
  L. Chambers (Women's Studies),
  L. DiMatteo (Economics),
  J. Jamieson (Psychology),
  M.L. Kelley (Social Work),
  R. Kirk-Gardner (Nursing),
  K. Leung (Biology),
  N. Lightfoot (NOSM - Sudbury),
  L. Martin (Nursing/Social Work),
  L. McDougall (Nursing),
  M. McKee (Social Work),
  W. Montelpare (Kinesiology),
  C. Nelson (Social Work),
  I. Newhouse (Kinesiology),
  K. Poole (Nursing),
  H. Schraft (Biology),
  P. Sevean (Nursing),
  D. Steven (Nursing),
  S.D. Stone (Sociology),
  M. Stones (Psychology),
  M.L. Stroink (Psychology),
  P. Wakewich (Women's Studies),
  E.C. Wiersma (Nursing/Social Work)
Adjunct Professors  
 
Professional Associate W. Hettenhausen

 

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Lakehead University offers a Master of Public Health degree with the option of completing a Specialization in Nursing. Students will focus on current issues in the science and/or service of public health, so that they may gain experience through opportunities in any of the fundamental disciplines that underlie public health. The program is primarily intended to prepare graduates for a career in public health practice. The program's objectives are to prepare a graduate who: possesses advanced health-related education; is capable of critical analysis; understands health-related decision-making at the level of the individual, population, and government; understands research; and possesses knowledge exchange and dissemination strategies for indivduals, populations, and government.

The degree is designed to take into consideration the learner's needs including the unique opportunity to individualize his/her clinical courses to a variety of foci: clinical practice, administration, education and community health.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates will be accepted under the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations provided they also satisfy additional requirements, if applicable, as listed below.

Application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be considered for funding.

In addition, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of goals and intentions for the course of study. An interview may also be required. Admission decisions will be made by the interdisciplinary MPH Admissions Committee.

Additional admission requirements for the MPH Specialization in Nursing:
1. Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or its equivalent from a university of recognized standing with a minimum "B" average.
2. Evidence of a commitment to nursing as contained in the student's résumé and Statement of Goals and Intentions.
3. Proof of current registration or eligibility to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario or another jurisdiction in Canada.
4. Current Immunization status.
5. Basic Life Support Certificate current.

The Master of Public Health can be taken through either a Thesis Option or a Course Option. Students wishing to complete a thesis must identify a faculty member who is willing to supervise the thesis work prior to applying to the program. The name of the faculty member who will supervise the thesis must be identified in the statement of goals. The thesis option is not available to MPH students in the Specialization in Nursing within the program requirements. Early in their program, after consulting with their faculty supervisor, students who prefer the Thesis Option may request a program change with the permission of their Graduate Co-ordinator.

Master of Public Health students may apply to the Collaborative Graduate Program with Specialization in Gerontology. Students wishing to complete the specialization must identify a faculty member who is williing to supervise the work in the field of gerontology prior to applying to the program. MPH studens in the Thesis Option may be admitted to the Coolaborative Graduate Program with Specialization in Gerontology; however, the Gerontology courses will need to be taken as extra courses in addition to the MPH program requirements.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations, the following regulations apply to students in the MPH program.

Letter of Agreement

When any portion of a student's thesis/research project work is to be carried out at his/her employer's premises, prior to proposing the thesis/research project topic, a letter of agreement from his/her employer to his/her supervisory committee must be filed by the student with the Office of Graduate Studies. The letter must indicate, clearly, the scope and limits of the permission granted by the student's employer to carry out the work at the employer's premises. The letter must also give details of time slots that the employer may provide the student to carry out his/her thesis/research project work at the employer's premises. The issue of liability insurance must also be addressed in the letter of agreement.

Safe Clinical Practice

A student may be excluded from the clinical area when his/her performance is deemed to be unsafe. Unsafe practice is any situation arising from a student's interaction with a client which places the client and/or student at risk for harm (refer also to the School of Nursing Safety Policy Statement).

Reference Check

Students in Health and Behavioural Sciences should be aware that criminal reference checks may be required and that unsafe practice and unsuitable professional behaviour can result in dismissal from the program.

Grades
As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Master's Regulations on minimal acceptable academic standing, graduate students must achieve 70% or higher in the following half-courses: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, and 5636. A student must also achieve 70% in the full course Public Health 5840. A score of less than 70% in these courses will constitute a failure.

A failed half-course may be repeated or replaced by another course specified by the supervisor only once. Any student taking the following half-courses with more than one half-course failure on his/her record must withdraw from the program: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, and 5636. A student failing Public Health 5840 must withdraw from the program.

Period of Study
Students in a Master's program are expected to complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous full-time registration. As an exception, students in the MPH programs can be admitted to the Flex Option of six additional terms of continuous registration. As this option is intended for working professionals, students admitted to the Flex Option will not normally be considered for financial support. Note that students will not be permitted to change from the Standard Option to the Flex Option, and vice versa.


TRANSITION PLAN FOR EXISTING MPH STUDENTS
All existing MPH students will continue to be governed by the calendar under which they first enrolled into the program. However, students wishing to transition to the new curriculum may do so with the understanding that their total course load would have to be increased to the equivalent of 14 half-courses.

Transition plan for students enrolled in the Specialization in Nursing moving to the new curriculum in Specialization in Nursing
The following program changes will be allowed for students registered in the MPH Specialization in Nursing prior to September 2008 but who have not yet graduated:
- Students who have not taken PUBL 5210 will be allowed to take PUBL 5332 in lieu.
- Students who have not taken PUBL 5230 will be allowed to take PUBL 5332 in lieu.
Students may substitute Public Health 5332 for only one of Public Health 5210 or 5230.

Students in the MPH Specialization in Nursing wishing to take Nurse Practitioner elective courses:
Students admitted to the MPH Specialization in Nursing prior to September 2008 may apply to the Program Director for permission to take courses leading to certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Those students must complete a total of 5 FCEs that include the following required courses: Public Health 5010, 5030, 5070; Public Health 5801; and may include any of: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636, and 5840.
Students admitted to he MPH Specialization in Nursing in September 2008 or after may apply to the Program Director for permission to take courses leading to certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Those students must complete a total of 7 FCEs that include the folliwng required courses: Public Health 5010, 5030, 5070, 5211, 5212, 5213; and the following elective courses: Public Health 5610, 5615, 5616, 5630, 5635, 5636, and 5840.

PROGRAMS

The Master of Public Health can be taken through either a Course Option or a Thesis Option. Students wishing to complete a thesis must identify a faculty member who is willing to supervise their work prior to applying to the program. The name of the faculty member who will supervise the thesis must be identified in the staement of goals. Early in their program, after consulting with their faculty supervisor, students in the Course Option who prefer the Thesis Option may request a program change with the permission of their Graduate Co-ordinator. The thesis option is not available to MPH students in the Specialization in Nursing within the program requirements.

1. MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

A. Course Option:
Students must complete a total of 7 FCEs, including a 400-hour practicum (with a credit weight of 1.5 FCEs). Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public and Population Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Public Health 5210 - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
Public Health 5213 - Environmental and Occupational Public Health
Public Health 5211 - Public Health Ethics
Public Health 5212 - Canadian Health Care System
Public Health 5805 (9805) - MPH Practicum and Project
Four half-courses (2 FCEs) electives at the graduate level selected in consulatio with academic advisor.

B. Thesis Option:
Students must complete a total of 7 FCEs, including a 400-hour practicum (with a credit weight of 1.5 FCEs). The thesis (Public Health 5901) carries a credit weight of 2 FCEs. Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public and Population Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Public Health 5210 - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
Public Health 5213 - Environmental and Occupational Public Health
Public Health 5211 - Public Health Ethics
Public Health 5212 - Canadian Health Care System
Public Health 5805 (9805) - MPH Practicum and Project
Public Health 5901 (9901) - Master's Thesis

2. MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
- SPECIALIZATION IN NURSING

A. Course Option:
Students must complete a total of 7 FCEs, including a 400-hour practicum (with a credit weight of 1.5 FCEs). The thesis option is not available to MPH students in the Specialization in Nursing. Courses include:
Public Health 5010 - Foundations of Public and Population Health
Public Health 5030 - Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Public Health 5070 - Epidemiology I
Public Health 5210 - Health Promotion and Illness Prevention
Public Health 5213 - Environmental and Occupational Public Health
Public Health 5211 - Public Health Ethics
Public Health 5212 - Canadian Health Care System
Public Health 5332 - Nursing Theory in Public Health
Public Health 5337 - Nursing Leadership
Public Health 5805 (9805) - MPH Practicum and Project
Two half-courses (total 1.0 FCE) electives at the graduate level chosen in consultation with academic supervisor.


Admission to the following elective courses within the MPH Specialization in Nursing is by permission of the MPH Director, following completion of additional requirements including:
- Evidence of the equivalent of 2 years full-time nursing practice as a Registered Nurse following graduation (3640 or more hours within the past 5 years) using the employer-completed Verification of Employment Hours.
- Completion of a statement of goals that addresses specific questions
- Availability to attend on-site tutorials at the Thunder Bay campus
- Preference will be given to Ontario residents

Elective courses include:
Public Health 5610 - Pathophysiology for the Nurse Practitioner
Public Health 5615 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis I
Public Health 5616 - Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnosis II
Public Health 5630 - Nurse Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities
Public Health 5635 - Therapeutics I
Public Health 5636 - Therapeutics II
Public Health 5840 (9840) - Nurse Practitioner Integrated Practicum

3. COLLABORATIVE GRADUATE PROGRAM WITH SPECIALIZATION IN GERONTOLOGY

Students in the MPH program may apply for acceptance into the Collaborative Program with Specialization in Gerontology. They would take Gerontology 5710 - Research and Theory in Gerontology (half-course equivalent) in place of an MPH elective; they would participate in Gerontology 5790 - Gerontology Research Seminar (non-credit), and they would do their practicum placement and project in the area of gerontology. See the Specialization in Gerontology for details. MPH students in the Thesis Option may be admitted to the Collaborative Graduate Program with Specialization in Gerontology; however, the Gerontology courses will need to be taken as extra courses in addition to the MPH program requirements.

4. MPH WITH GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN HEALTH SERVICES AND POLICY RESEARCH

MPH students who wish to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research should refer to the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Studies Graduate Programs, Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research. The Health Services and Policy Research courses will need to be taken as extra courses in addition to the MPH program requirements.