Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where can I find details about your Graduate Programs?
We offer four Graduate Degree Programs. A description of each program and a
specific application form is available on this website for the PhD, MSc, MPH and
When can I apply to a Graduate Program in Community Health Sciences?
The deadline for receipt of applications to the Department of Community Health
Sciences for Fall 2009 admission has been set at January 9, 2009. This allows one
week of delivery time after the University of Manitoba re-opens following
Christmas Break. A one-week “grace period” to January 16, 2009 is allowed for
receipt of all documents not originating from you. Such documents would include
reference letters, transcripts, etc.
How do I apply to a Graduate Program in Community Health Sciences?
A complete application requires submission of two forms:
1) Department of Community Health Sciences application form for the specific
graduate program you are interested in applying to ..
2) Faculty of Graduate Studies application form.
In addition, transcripts, reference letters, etc. as detailed in the application forms are
required. All documents and forms must be sent to:
Admissions, Faculty of Graduate Studies
University of Manitoba
Room 500 - University Centre
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
What if my application arrives late?
Late applications are not accepted. Your application will not be returned to you.
You will be notified of this via e-mail.
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Can I apply to a Graduate Program in Community Health Sciences if I do not have
a minimum 3.0 GPA from my undergraduate program?
Your “admission GPA” is calculated from the grades received on your last 60 credit
hours of course work completed. In many instances this may be quite different from
your overall GPA during a 4-year undergraduate degree program. You must have at
least a 3.0 GPA to be considered for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies
(FGS). It has been stated by the Dean of FGS that a 3.0 GPA should be considered
the minimum, not a “bar to strive for”. Hence, we will not entertain applications
from any student with an admission GPA below 3.0. This minimum criteria applies
to all applicants whether applying to one of the Department of Community Health
Sciences (CHS) degree programs or applying to take courses as an Occasional
Can I apply to a Graduate Program in Community Health Sciences if I have not
completed a 4-year undergraduate degree?
Yes, you may apply. There are provisions in the regulations of our programs, to
recommend admission for some applicants in this circumstance. You must consider
however, that your application is being reviewed against others who will have 4-
year degrees, or more. The main concern concerning admission of a student with
less than a 4-year honours degree is that without 4000 level course work already
completed the student will not be properly prepared for graduate level courses. All
courses offered in CHS are at the 7000 level. Unlike some other departments, CHS
does not have a ‘pre-masters’ program to admit students, and bring them up to a 4-
year honours degree equivalent. There appear to be three options:
1. Be admitted to an undergraduate program as a student seeking a second degree.
This usually requires an additional 60 credit hours and the student should ensure
the second degree would be equivalent to a 4-year degree. Two 3-year degrees
is not acceptable for admission.
2. Be admitted back into the Faculty or Department where the 3-year degree was
obtained, and complete a 4-year degree if still possible.
3. Take courses through Extended Education as a Special Student. That is, take
courses not towards a degree program. A student would have to complete
approximately 30 credit hours, the equivalent of one full academic year of
courses, at the upper undergraduate 4000 level. This may be the most feasible
option for most situations.
Whichever route is taken, the student will need to complete the equivalent of a 4-
year degree. The last 60 credit hours (back through time) of course grades are used
when calculating admission GPA. For instance, if a student took 30 credit hours as
a Special Student, FGS would only look at those grades and only the last 30 credit
hours from the 3-year degree for determining admission GPA. Because CHS admits
students with a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds, there is no
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recommended set of courses that a student might take to complete their 4-year
Can I receive credit for the work experience I’ve gained if I don’t have a 4-year
In some circumstances it might be possible for a student to receive credit through
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Although the University of
Manitoba has no specific policy concerning assessment of prior learning and
experience, is recognized that on an individual assessment, the CHS Graduate
Admissions committee may waive up to 6 credit hours of 4000 level coursework,
for students with extensive community health related experience that may have
been accumulated in the workplace over a number of years. In this instance the
student would still be required to complete 24 credit hours of course work. If this is
a consideration, determination of PLAR credit will be made on an individual basis,
in consultation with the CHS Graduate Admissions committee prior to application
What criteria will be used to assess my application to a Graduate Program in
Community Health Sciences?
The areas considered include your admission GPA and transcript(s) from previous
institutions, as well as your interest and fit with the program. Evidence of your
motivation for and interest in a career in Population, Community or Public Health
would be a definite asset. A strong letter of support from a faculty member is very
useful. Each degree program has a specific emphasis on different areas. For
example, the M.P.H. program requires applicants to have 3 years minimum of work
experience in a health field, the Ph.D. program requires applicants to have had
experience in research.
When will I hear if I’ve been accepted?
The Graduate Program Admissions Committee convenes in mid-March. All
applications are reviewed at that meeting. Applicants are ranked for priority of
admission. The number of new students to recommend admission is based on the
size of the current graduate student population and projected departmental resources
for the coming year. All applications are then signed as “recommended for
admission” or “not recommended for admission” forwarded to the Dean of the
Faculty of Graduate Studies. Your will be sent a letter from the Department of
Community Health Sciences by the end of April indicating whether your
application was recommended or not. The final decision rests with the Dean of the
Faculty of Graduate Studies.
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Is part-time employment available for Community Health Sciences Graduate
Because we do not have an undergraduate program, there are limited opportunities
for teaching assistantships. Opportunities for research assistant positions with many
faculty members do arise with the funded research projects in the Department.
Some employment opportunities currently available are listed on this web-site.
How much will my fees be?
Fees for all graduate programs are set by the University of Manitoba, not by the
Department of Community Health Sciences.
Are scholarships available for Community Health Sciences Graduate Students?
Yes, the Department of Community Health Sciences offers some scholarships. The
David G. Fish Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student is conducting
or has proposed to conduct research into issues pertaining to international health.
The Evelyn Shapiro Award for Health Services Research is awarded annually to a
student conducting or planning to conduct research in the area of health services and
requires access to the Population Health Research Data Repository and other
resources of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. The Faculty of Graduate Studies
also offer scholarships.
Are there other Rules or Regulations I should know about?
The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) publishes an annual Academic Guide and
Graduate Calendar outlining regulations governing all graduate programs. Each
Department offering a Graduate Program may have its own “Supplemental
Regulations”, approved by the Guidelines and Policy Committee of the Faculty of
Graduate Studies. Such Departmental “Supp Regs” supercede those of FGS. The
FGS has recently revised its listing of regulations to be more “user friendly”, and
has prepared a document that details its regulation, matched to the “Supplemental
Regulations” of each Department, as applicable. Please see the following document
for the Supplemental Regulations applicable to the Graduate Programs in
Community Health Sciences.
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