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This section presents the requirements for programs in:

Program Requirements

M.Sc. Health Sciences (5.0 credits)

Requirements:
1.  1.0 credit in:1.0
HLTH 5901 [0.5]
Advanced Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
HLTH 5902 [0.5]
Seminars in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences for MSc
2. Completion of:0.0
HLTH 5905 [0.0]
Final Research Seminar Presentation for MSc
3.  4.0 credits in:4.0
HLTH 5909 [4.0]
MSc Thesis
4. Twice-yearly meetings with the thesis Graduate Advisory Committee, with students meeting a level of progress as determined by the Committee.
Total Credits5.0

Note: the final research seminar presentation must be completed within one month of the thesis defence.

M.Sc. Health: Science, Technology and Policy (6.0 credits)

In consultation with the Graduate Advisor and potential project supervisor, students must carefully decide whether they wish to do a group or individual project. Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate this choice, there may not be a sufficient number of individual projects to go around, or some projects may be better suited for one type (group/individual) or the other. Students must be continually registered in the project (group/individual) for the duration of their degree program (5 terms). Students will not normally be able to change from the group to the individual project or vice-versa once a student has committed to one or the other.

Requirements:
1.  3.0 credits in:3.0
HLTH 5100 [0.5]
Fundamentals of Research Methods
HLTH 5150 [0.5]
Statistics for Health Sciences
HLTH 5201 [0.5]
Fundamentals of Policy I: Policy Analysis
HLTH 5300 [0.5]
Knowledge Translation
HLTH 5350 [0.5]
New Health Technologies
HLTH 5401 [0.5]
Interdisciplinary Problems in Health
2.  1.0 credits in:1.0
HLTH 5502 [1.0]
Interdisciplinary Health Research Project -Group
or HLTH 5503 [1.0]
Interdisciplinary Health Research Project – Individual
3.  2.0 credits from: 2.0
a. HLTH selected topic elective courses focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector
HLTH 5151 [0.5]
Principles of Epidemiology
HLTH 5202 [0.5]
Fundamentals of Policy II: The Health Sector
HLTH 5600 [0.25]
Special Topics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
HLTH 5601 [0.25]
Special Topics in Health Policy and Administration
HLTH 5602 [0.25]
Special Topics: Social and Behavioural
HLTH 5603 [0.25]
Special Topics in Environmental Health
HLTH 5604 [0.25]
Special Topics in the Science of Disease
HLTH 5605 [0.25]
Special Topics: Engineering, Design and Computer Science
HLTH 5701 [0.5]
Special Topics in Health Policy and Administration
HLTH 5702 [0.5]
Special Topics: Social and Behavioural
HLTH 5703 [0.5]
Special Topics in Environmental Health
HLTH 5704 [0.5]
Special Topics in the Science of Disease
HLTH 5705 [0.5]
Special Topics: Engineering, Design and Computer Science
HLTH 5800 [0.5]
Directed Studies in Health: Science, Technology and Policy
b. Courses offered by other graduate programs, selected with the guidance and permission of the supervisor of graduate studies and with the permission of the specific program and requiring the prior completion of prerequisites. Examples include:
PSYC 5209 [0.5]
Psychology of Health and Illness
PHIL 5000 [0.5]
Special Topic in Philosophy
SOCI 5209 [0.5]
Sociology of Science and Technology
BIOM 5100 [0.5]
Biomedical Instrumentation
COMS 5206 [0.5]
Communication, Culture, Regulation
INAF 5705 [0.5]
Global Social Policy
INAF 5706 [0.5]
Global Health Policy
PADM 5221 [0.5]
Health Policy in Canada
PADM 5222 [0.5]
Economics and Health Policy
PADM 5229 [0.5]
The Health of Populations
PADM 5817 [0.5]
Health Policy in Developing Countries
SOWK 5102 [0.5]
Political Economy of Health
SOWK 5302 [0.5]
Mental Health
STAT 5600 [0.5]
Mathematical Statistics I
STAT 5501 [0.5]
Mathematical Statistics II
STAT 5602 [0.5]
Analysis of Categorical Data
COMP 5308 [0.5]
Topics in Medical Computing
PHYS 5204 [0.5]
Physics of Medical Imaging
CHEM 5708 [0.5]
Principles of Toxicology
CHEM 5709 [0.5]
Chemical Toxicology
BIOL 5407 [0.5]
Biostatistics I
BIOL 5515 [0.5]
Bioinformatics
BIOL 5516 [0.5]
Applied Bioinformatics
BIOL 6406 [0.5]
Genetic Toxicology
NEUR 5201 [0.5]
Statistics for Neuroscience I
NEUR 5202 [0.5]
Statistics for Neuroscience II
Total Credits6.0

M.Sc. Health Sciences
with Specialization in Data Science (5.5 credits)

Requirements (5.5 credits)
1.  1.0 credits in:1.0
HLTH 5901 [0.5]
Advanced Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
HLTH 5902 [0.5]
Seminars in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences for MSc
2.  0.5 credits in:0.5
DATA 5000 [0.5]
Data Science Seminar
3. Completion of:
HLTH 5905 [0.0]
Final Research Seminar Presentation for MSc
4.  4.0 credits in:4.0
HLTH 5909 [4.0]
MSc Thesis
5. Twice-yearly meetings with the thesis Graduate Advisory Committee, with students meeting a level of progress as determined by the Committee.
Total Credits5.5

Note: The final research seminar presentation must be completed within one month of the thesis defence.

Graduate Diploma in Health: Science, Technology and Policy (2.0 credits)

The Diplomas are designed to be completed in one year. However, as it is understood that most students in the Diploma programs will either be working or full-time students in another graduate program, students may take the program on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Type 2 Diploma

For graduate students currently enrolled in other Carleton graduate programs.

Requirements:
1.  1.5 credits in:1.5
HLTH 5100 [0.5]
Fundamentals of Research Methods
HLTH 5201 [0.5]
Fundamentals of Policy I: Policy Analysis
HLTH 5300 [0.5]
Knowledge Translation
2.  0.5 credit in electives from:0.5
a. HLTH selected topic elective courses focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector:
HLTH 5600 [0.25]
Special Topics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
HLTH 5601 [0.25]
Special Topics in Health Policy and Administration
HLTH 5602 [0.25]
Special Topics: Social and Behavioural
HLTH 5603 [0.25]
Special Topics in Environmental Health
HLTH 5604 [0.25]
Special Topics in the Science of Disease
HLTH 5605 [0.25]
Special Topics: Engineering, Design and Computer Science
HLTH 5700 [0.5]
Special Topics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
HLTH 5701 [0.5]
Special Topics in Health Policy and Administration
HLTH 5702 [0.5]
Special Topics: Social and Behavioural
HLTH 5703 [0.5]
Special Topics in Environmental Health
HLTH 5704 [0.5]
Special Topics in the Science of Disease
HLTH 5705 [0.5]
Special Topics: Engineering, Design and Computer Science
b. Courses offered by other graduate programs, selected with the guidance and permission of the supervisor of graduate studies and with the permission of the specific program and requiring the prior completion of prerequisites.
Total Credits2.0

Type 3 Diploma

For individuals currently employed, or with the goal of employment in the health sector, who are not currently registered in another Carleton graduate program.

Requirements:
1.  0.5 credit in:0.5
HLTH 5300 [0.5]
Knowledge Translation
2.  1.5 credits in:1.5
a. HLTH 5201 (recommended for students who do not have a strong policy background)
b. HLTH selected topic elective courses focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector:
HLTH 5600 [0.25]
Special Topics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
HLTH 5601 [0.25]
Special Topics in Health Policy and Administration
HLTH 5602 [0.25]
Special Topics: Social and Behavioural
HLTH 5603 [0.25]
Special Topics in Environmental Health
HLTH 5604 [0.25]
Special Topics in the Science of Disease
HLTH 5605 [0.25]
Special Topics: Engineering, Design and Computer Science
HLTH 5700 [0.5]
Special Topics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
HLTH 5701 [0.5]
Special Topics in Health Policy and Administration
HLTH 5702 [0.5]
Special Topics: Social and Behavioural
HLTH 5703 [0.5]
Special Topics in Environmental Health
HLTH 5704 [0.5]
Special Topics in the Science of Disease
HLTH 5705 [0.5]
Special Topics: Engineering, Design and Computer Science
Total Credits2.0

Ph.D. Health Sciences (10.0 credits)

Requirements:
1.  1.5 credits in:1.5
HLTH 5901 [0.5]
Advanced Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
HLTH 6902 [0.5]
Seminars in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
HLTH 6903 [0.5]
Grant Proposals and Ethics
2. Completion of:0.0
HLTH 6904 [0.0]
Mid-Program Defence
HLTH 6905 [0.0]
Final Research Seminar Presentation
3.  8.5 credits in:8.5
HLTH 6909 [8.5]
PhD Thesis
4. Twice-yearly meetings with thesis Graduate Advisory Committee, with students reaching a level of satisfaction as determined by the Committee
Total Credits10.0

Note: If the student fails to satisfy the requirements of HLTH 6904, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The final research seminar presentation must be completed within one month of the thesis defence.

Health Sciences (HLTH) Courses

HLTH 5100 [0.5 credit]
Fundamentals of Research Methods

Experimental design, statistical analysis and interpretation of results in health science research, principles and methods of epidemiology, fundamentals of research ethics.
Prerequisite(s): university-level statistics.

HLTH 5150 [0.5 credit]
Statistics for Health Sciences

Statistical methods commonly used in analyses of health data. This applied course covers topics related to descriptive and graphical methods, tests of hypotheses in both paired and independent samples, linear regression, survival analysis, and logistic regression.
Lecture three hours a week, lab/workshop three hours a week.

HLTH 5151 [0.5 credit]
Principles of Epidemiology

Introduction to epidemiologic concepts and methods. Different types of epidemiological study designs. Fundamental concepts of: definitions and measures of disease frequency and effects, causality, bias, sample size, confounding and interaction.

HLTH 5201 [0.5 credit]
Fundamentals of Policy I: Policy Analysis

Policy analysis and policy processes with an emphasis on the stages of the policy process, as well as the influences of institutions, ideas and interests.

HLTH 5202 [0.5 credit]
Fundamentals of Policy II: The Health Sector

Canadian health policies and programs with emphasis on the economics, politics and public administration of the healthcare sector.

HLTH 5300 [0.5 credit]
Knowledge Translation

The application of knowledge translation in the formulation of policy and the development of skills required to maximize the impact of scientific findings through real world programs and policies and communication skills for diverse audiences.
Precludes additional credit for NEUR 5801.
Prerequisite(s): HLTH 5100, HLTH 5200.
Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as HLTH 4701, for which additional credit is precluded.

HLTH 5350 [0.5 credit]
New Health Technologies

Overview of new and emerging health technologies, including medical and assistive devices, diagnostics and screening, genetics, reproduction, tissue regeneration, imaging, and health informatics. Health technology assessment methods and issues. Regulatory, ethical and social implications; considerations in the developing world.
Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as HLTH 4102, for which additional credit is precluded.
Lecture and seminar three hours a week.

HLTH 5401 [0.5 credit]
Interdisciplinary Problems in Health

Development of an understanding of the scope and interdisciplinary nature of issues that impact the health of Canadians is the focus of this course.

HLTH 5501 [2.0 credits]
Collaborative Group Research Project

Student teams, supervised by a cross-disciplinary team of faculty, will collaborate on a project that addresses a real-world health concern.
Prerequisite(s): HLTH 5400.

HLTH 5502 [1.0 credit]
Interdisciplinary Health Research Project -Group

Student teams will collaborate on a research project that addresses a real-world health concern, supervised by a cross-disciplinary team of faculty. Students must be continually registered in this course throughout their degree program (five terms).
Precludes additional credit for HLTH 5503.

HLTH 5503 [1.0 credit]
Interdisciplinary Health Research Project – Individual

An independent research project that addresses a real-world health concern, supervised by a faculty member and advised by a cross-disciplinary team of experts. Students must be continually registered in this course throughout their degree program (five terms).
Precludes additional credit for HLTH 5502.
Prerequisite(s): permission of the Faculty supervisor and the Department of Health Sciences.

HLTH 5600 [0.25 credit]
Special Topics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Selected topics in biostatistics and epidemiology, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5601 [0.25 credit]
Special Topics in Health Policy and Administration

Selected topics in health policy and administration, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5602 [0.25 credit]
Special Topics: Social and Behavioural

Selected topics in the social and behavioural sciences, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5603 [0.25 credit]
Special Topics in Environmental Health

Selected topics in environmental health, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5604 [0.25 credit]
Special Topics in the Science of Disease

Selected topics in the science of disease, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5605 [0.25 credit]
Special Topics: Engineering, Design and Computer Science

Selected topics in applications of engineering, design or computer science in health, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5700 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Selected topics in biostatistics and epidemiology, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5701 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Health Policy and Administration

Selected topics in health policy and administration, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5702 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics: Social and Behavioural

Selected topics in the social and behavioural sciences, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5703 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in Environmental Health

Selected topics in environmental health, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5704 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics in the Science of Disease

Selected topics in the science of disease, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5705 [0.5 credit]
Special Topics: Engineering, Design and Computer Science

Selected topics in applications of engineering, design or computer science in health, focusing on areas of specific relevance to the health sector, not available in regular program offerings. These courses are designed to provide depth of expertise and/or specific skills relevant to the workplace.

HLTH 5800 [0.5 credit]
Directed Studies in Health: Science, Technology and Policy

One-to-one instruction in selected aspects of specialized Health: Science and Technology subjects not covered by other graduate courses. Students may not take this course from their project supervisor(s), and are limited to one directed studies course per program.
Prerequisite(s): permission of the director of Health: Science, Technology and Policy.

HLTH 5901 [0.5 credit]
Advanced Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Discussion of current health problems and exploration of innovative interdisciplinary solutions. Development of skills required to perform critical analyses of health research to evaluate the quality, interpret the findings, and assess the impact of health sciences literature across disciplines.

HLTH 5902 [0.5 credit]
Seminars in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences for MSc

Development of scientific communication skills through attendance at interdisciplinary seminars and by the student presenting a seminar on their own thesis research. Topics have specific or broad relevance to health sciences.

HLTH 5905 [0.0 credit]
Final Research Seminar Presentation for MSc

Final seminar of MSc thesis research. Seminar presentation should occur within one month of the final oral thesis defence.

HLTH 5909 [4.0 credits]
MSc Thesis


HLTH 6902 [0.5 credit]
Seminars in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Development of scientific communication skills through attendance at interdisciplinary seminars and by the student presenting a seminar on their own thesis research. Topics have specific or broad relevance to health sciences.

HLTH 6903 [0.5 credit]
Grant Proposals and Ethics

Advanced course in writing successful grant proposals in Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) formats. Ethics associated with conducting health sciences research, including the preparation of ethics proposals for human and animal studies in health sciences research.

HLTH 6904 [0.0 credit]
Mid-Program Defence

Departmental seminar and Graduate Advisory Committee meeting on PhD research including results to date and future research aims and directions, and on field-specific knowledge.

HLTH 6905 [0.0 credit]
Final Research Seminar Presentation

Final seminar of PhD thesis research. Seminar presentation should occur within one month of the final oral thesis defence.

HLTH 6909 [8.5 credits]
PhD Thesis


Summer session: some of the courses listed in this Calendar are offered during the summer. Hours and scheduling for summer session courses will differ significantly from those reported in the fall/winter Calendar. To determine the scheduling and hours for summer session classes, consult the class schedule at central.carleton.ca

Not all courses listed are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for the current session and to determine the term of offering, consult the class schedule at central.carleton.ca

Regulations

See the General Regulations section of this Calendar.

All candidates are required to obtain a grade of B or higher in each course in the program.

M.Sc. Health: Science, Technology and Policy
Full-time candidates in the master's program are expected to complete their degree requirements within five terms (20 months) of first registration for full-time study.

Regulations

See the General Regulations section of this Calendar.

All candidates are required to obtain a grade of B or higher in each course in the program.

Regulations

See the General Regulations section of this Calendar.

All candidates are required to obtain a grade of B- or higher in each course in the program.

Admission

Applicants for the master's program will normally hold an Honours undergraduate degree or equivalent professional degree. Normally, an average of B+ or higher is required for admission. At least one university-level course in statistics is also required for admission. Applicants judged to be generally acceptable but deficient in some aspect of preparation may be asked to complete course-work in addition to the program requirements. In addition to transcripts and letters of reference, application packages will include a statement of interest explaining how the applicant's career goals are aligned with the program and a statement of expertise, including previous research and/or work experience. The admissions committee will also consider the requirement for an appropriate balance of academic backgrounds to provide the disciplinary expertise required for the group projects, which are designed to represent a mixed-discipline workplace in the health sector.

Students whose first language is not English, or who have not completed a previous degree at an English speaking university, must demonstrate an adequate command of English. Please refer to section 3.6 of the general regulations in the Graduate Calendar.

Students may receive advanced standing with transfer of credit for up to 1.5 credits. Advanced standing will be considered only for core courses. It will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with the M.Sc Supervisor and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and pursuant to Section 6.1 of the General Regulations section of this Calendar. In general, a grade of B+ or higher is necessary in the equivalent courses in order to receive advanced standing.

Note: students in the Diploma programs are not eligible to receive university funding.

Admission

The normal requirement for admission into the Ph.D. program is an M.Sc. degree in a relevant field. Students who are in the Health Sciences M.Sc. program may be admitted to the Ph.D. program if they show outstanding academic performance and demonstrate significant promise for advanced research, upon recommendation of the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee and approval by the Graduate Advisor.

Admission

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent). Normally, an average of B+ or higher is required for admission. A university level course in statistics is also required for admission.

Students whose first language is not English, or who have not completed a previous degree at an English speaking university, must demonstrate an adequate command of English. Please refer to section 3.6 of the general regulations in the Graduate Calendar.

Note: students in the Diploma programs are not eligible to receive university funding through the  program.