Master of Science in Community Health in Family and Community Medicine

Program Overview

Around the world, family medicine is becoming increasingly recognized as an academic discipline with its own unique collection of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

The University of Toronto’s MScCH (FCM) is a unique and rigorous professional graduate studies degree intended to strengthen the practice of family medicine and primary care by developing leadership, teaching and research skills of the practitioners.

A notable strength of the program is that the practicum requirements allow for experiential learning and reinforce the theoretical principles learned in many of the courses.

Participants in the program hail from many different parts of the world, contributing to a unique and stimulating venue for learning and collaboration. The longitudinal nature of the program allows participants to develop rich professional networks with their colleagues.

The MScCH curriculum is designed for practicing health professionals who are or can reasonably expect to become teachers and leaders in their professional fields. Graduates of our programs have often gone on to hold high-level hospital and/or university appointments at their home institutions which reflect the sustainability of the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the family medicine masters programs.


Admissions Criteria

Students are admitted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Minimum requirements include

  • 4-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent, from a recognized university (check international credentials )
  • At least a mid-B average in the last 5.0 full course equivalents completed at a senior level
  • Proof of English language proficiency if your previous studies were completed in a country where English is not the native language or if English was not the language of instruction
  • An undergraduate statistics course is recommended
  • A license in a regulated health care profession and current professional experience;  completed at least 1 year of clinical practice beyond training in a health profession

Evaluation of Admission Criteria for Internationally Trained Health Care Professionals

In addition to our current applicant pool, for the 2021-2022 admission cycle, we will be accepting applications from internationally trained health care professionals who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada and intending to re-position their careers in health care related jobs such as research associates, teaching assistants or clinic administrators.

This is a program evaluation project to evaluate if the admission criteria for the  MScCH can be altered to accept internationally trained health care professionals without a current medical license. Students who are admitted to the MScCH under this criteria must have completed their clinical training (i.e internships or residency programs) and a minimum of one year of licensed clinical practice and will be expected to participate in surveys and focus groups.

This opportunity is only offered on a full-time basis and can be completed in 3 terms or one full year.

The degree course requirements and evaluation standards are the same for all students whether admitted under our current admission criteria or in the evaluation admission criteria.

Applying to the Program

Applications for the 2021-2022 admission cycle will open October 14th, 2020 and close January 18th, 2021.

Applications are made online to the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Access the application process here

Visit the 'Learn More' section below for Recording links of recent Admissions Events, providing program, admissions and application overviews.

Program Objectives

The objective of the program is to prepare prospective and established health professions faculty to become effective scholars and leaders. Upon completion of appropriate aspects of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze the social, political and economic forces affecting the organization and function of the health care system
  • Understand the philosophical principles underlying the academic discipline of family medicine
  • Apply educational principles and methods in the clinical family practice setting
  • Use research methods and basic statistical techniques as they apply to the primary care setting
  • Apply the principles of leadership and management as they relate to the health care setting

Program Requirements

The MScCH degree program requires the completion of 5.0 full course credit equivalents (FCE), including a minimum of one supervised field placement/practicum.

Program Length

1 year full-time or up to 6 years part-time (most part-time students complete the program in 2-3 years)

Required Courses (3.5 FCE)

  • CHL5004H: Introduction to Public Health Sciences
  • CHL5622H: Patient Related Health Care and Public Policy in Canada
  • CHL5603Y: Social, Political & Scientific Issues in Family Medicine
  • CHL5690H: Required Practicum

Choose one of:

CHL5601H: Appraising and Applying Evidence to Assist Clinical Decision-Making


CHL5605H: Research Issues in Family Medicine / Primary Care

Choose one of:

CHL5613H: Leading Improvement in the Quality of Health Care for Community Populations


CHL5623H: Practical Management Concepts and Cases in Leading Small Health Organizations

Elective Courses (1.5 FCE)

Electives may be selected from graduate courses offered in the DFCMDLSPH, other graduate units at the University of Toronto, or at other universities.

A maximum of 1.5 FCE from courses outside the MScCH can be credited towards the degree.

Collaborative Specializations

The DLSPH sponsors and participates in several collaborative specializations which provide students with additional experience in a multidisciplinary area. For more information on these specializations, please click here


Learn More

Applications for the 2021-2022 admission cycle will open October 14th, 2020 and close January 18th, 2021.

Want to Learn More or Missed our Recent Events?

Watch past information sessions:

Graduate Studies 2021-22 Admissions/Program Information Webinars

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (8:00am-9:00am) and Thursday, November 12, 2020 (6:00pm-7:00pm) EDT

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