Master of Science in Community Health in Health Practitioner Teacher Education

Program Overview

The MScCH degree in HPTE is a professional graduate degree program in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. This unique graduate studies program addresses a critical faculty development need in the health professions.

Two complementary trends within the health professions underscore the need for this degree:

  • In the regulated health professions, continuous upgrading of individual's knowledge and practice as a condition of licensure and/or accreditation requires an enlarging cadre of expert teachers and program directors
  • The emphasis on evidence-based practice necessitates that timely transmission of emerging knowledge from research findings to learners and practitioners in the field

Special Features of this Professional Master’s Degree

  • Practical orientation
  • Emphasis on basic theory as foundation
  • Learn useful skills and strategies
  • Critical appraisal of education and clinical literature
  • Gain familiarity with research project methods
  • Experience from individual fieldwork practice
  • Accessible for part-time study
  • Classroom materials presented face-to-face
  • Use of educational technology
  • Gain academic skills in presentation/writing
  • Based on best practice faculty development design
  • No thesis requirement
  • No comprehensive or terminal examination


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

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 teachers, scholars and leaders. Emphasis is on a broad understanding of factors affecting health care education at all levels and the philosophical principles and practical applications in the clinical training programs, design and administration. Upon completion of appropriate aspects of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the effective use of educational principles and methods in the clinical setting
  • Apply educational and research principles in designing and evaluating innovative and exemplary educational programs
  • Understand the principles of leadership and management roles in health care education
  • Understand the methods available for answering questions in clinical education
  • Have in-depth practicum experience in either applying educational principles in the clinical setting and optionally applying research principles to a study in a clinical or education setting
  • Build upon their personal academic interests by broadening the scope of their graduate training
  • Develop collaborative and interdisciplinary educational and research programs
  • Demonstrate the skills required for critical literature review and a knowledge of research methods as they apply to clinical education
  • Become critical, challenging, and exemplary academic leaders, clinical teachers and practitioners
  • Understand the social, political, and economic forces affecting the organization and function of the health care education system

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 or practicum in which students apply their new skills and reflect upon their experiences.

Program Length

1 year full-time or up to 6 years part-time. The average part-time student completes  the degree within 2-3 years.

Required Courses and Practicum (3.5 FCE)

  • CHL5004H: Introduction to Public Health Sciences
  • CHL5300H: Public Health Policy
  • CHL5607H: Teaching & Learning in the Health Professions: Principles and Theories
  • CHL5608H: Teaching & Learning in the Health Professions: Practical Issues & Approaches
  • CHL5690H: Required Practicum

Choose one pair of courses:

  • CHL5609H: Continuing Education in the Health Professions
  • CHL5611H: Continuing Education: Planning, Management and Evaluation


  • CHL5614H: Curriculum Foundations in Health Practitioner Field-based Education
  • CHL5615H: Assessment and Evaluation Issues in Health Practitioner Field-based Education

Elective Courses (1.5 FCE)

Students are encouraged to take elective courses that will enhance their learning experience and/or provide focused study on a particular topic.

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.

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a course, please speak with the Program Director.

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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