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Bachelor of Public Health - Health Research Specialization (Co-op Optional) University of Waterloo University of Waterloo, Canada

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CAD 45000

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*Subject to change and other fees
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CAD 251

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48 months


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Program Overview

Public Health has some of the smallest class sizes in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Waterloo. This means that you will get to know your professors really well—and they'll get to know you too—which will position you for success in your studies.

Gain a new perspective on illness and health
Biology isn't the only thing that determines health... social, cultural, political, and geographical conditions play a pivotal role in individual and population health. In the Public Health program at the University of Waterloo you'll learn how to improve human health by understanding these determinants and seek innovative ways to prevent diseases from occurring in the first place.

We recognize that the world is constantly changing, and so too should the policies, practices, structures, processes, and tools we use to improve health and health care. With this systems-thinking approach, you'll be able to tackle some of the world's toughest health challenges.

Public Health is a direct entry Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program available through our co-op or regular system of study. You must choose regular or co-op when you apply.

Health Research Specialization
A specialization provides a secondary area of study in addition to your major. It is an academic plan that offers an area of concentration and provides depth to a student's primary area of study. Specializations are only available to students within their primary department.

Employers need professionals who can understand, generate, and interpret health research to help them make effective decisions. Graduate and professional schools are looking for students who have experience in research design, data management, and analysis.

The Health Research Specialization will provide you with advanced opportunities to generate and interpret health research and evaluation data that is vital to the development of health programs, services, and policies. This specialization will provide you with a strong understanding of research methods, access to advanced seminars, and the opportunity to conduct an honours thesis (research project) under the supervision of a professor. Refer to the Undergraduate Calendar - Health Research Specialization page for a full list of courses in this specialization.

Experience: Co-op or Regular
As a Public Health student, you have two great ways to study - co-op or regular. Regardless of which path you choose, you’ll take the same academic courses, learn in state-of-the-art facilities, and have the support of friendly, helpful staff.

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Additional Information

Program Level 4-Year Bachelor's Degree

College/University Processing Time 56 Days

Program Format Full-Time

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) work permit

Program Intake


Sep 2024

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.5  Minimum Listening - 6.0  Minimum Reading - 6.0  Minimum Writing - 6.5  Minimum Speaking - 6.5  
    • Minimum Overall Score - 90 - Score in Speaking & Writing - 25
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 63.0  Minimum Writing - 65.0  Minimum Speaking - 65.0  
    • Minimum Overall Score - 120.0  Minimum Literacy - 110.0  Minimum Production - 110.0  

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diploma or equivalent including the following required course(s):
    • Std XII English, min 75%. Std XII Mathematics, min 70%. Overall 80% Std XII.

6.5 IELTS Score
90 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
63 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
120 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
80% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

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Tuition Fee

CAD 251

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12000 Per year

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Undergraduate Programs

Scholarships for international students


Waterloo offers more than 170 scholarships for international students, ranging from $1,000 to $40,000.

We'll automatically consider you for most of our scholarships, including our Merit and President’s scholarships which range from $1,000 to $5,000. However, there are some scholarships which require an application, including some of the ones listed below.

Scholarship Programs or eligibility Value Application required?
International Student Entrance Scholarship All programs 20 scholarships valued at $10,000 each No
Faculty of Engineering International Student Entrance Scholarships All Engineering program except Architecture Up to 20 valued at $10,000 each No
Faculty of Mathematics Global Scholarships Most programs in the Faculty of Mathematics Up to 10 valued at $12,000 to $40,000 Yes
Faculty of Mathematics International Awards: India Most programs in the Faculty of Mathematics Up to 15 valued at $20,000 to $40,000 Yes
Faculty of Science International Student scholarships Most programs in the Faculty of Science 55 scholarships of $15,000 to $40,000 Yes
Scholarships for Black students For students of African, African American, Afro-Latine, Black Canadian, Caribbean, or other African descent. The application form normally opens in January. $1,200 to $40,000 Yes


University of Waterloo International Student Entrance Scholarship

Award type: Entrance scholarships
Value: $10,000
Program: Open to any program
Citizenship: International student
Application required?: No


Twenty scholarships, valued at $10,000 each, are awarded annually to outstanding international students admitted to Year One of an undergraduate degree program. International students admitted with an admission average of 90% or above will be considered. Selection will be based on academic achievement combined with any other Faculty-specific entrance scholarship criteria. An application is not required.

Eligibility & selection criteria: 

  • academic performance
  • Admission Information Form (AIF) may be also be considered
  • Euclid Math Contest results (Mathematics students only)

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