Master of Science in Community Health in Family and Community Medicine

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.

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

Target Audience

Licensed primary care practitioners with an active clinical practice who wish to enhance their clinical practice and prepare for academic and scholarly leadership in primary care, community and public health

Pilot Admission Criteria for Internationally Trained Medical Doctors

For the 2019-2020 admission cycle, we will be accepting applications from internationally trained medical doctors 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 pilot project to evaluate if the admission criteria for the  MScCH can be altered to accept internationally trained medical doctors without a current medical license. Students who are admitted to the MScCH under the pilot criteria must have completed a residency program and a minimum of one year of licensed clinical practice and will be expected to participate in surveys and focus groups.

The pilot 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 pilot admission criteria.

Program Length

The MScCH may be completed within 1 year full-time, or up to 6 years part-time

An MScCH student would need to commit to an overall approximate total of 70-100 half days on-campus class attendance plus 160-320 hours of supervised fieldwork.  Preparation and study time is additional.

The average part-time student completes the degree in 3 academic years.

 

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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.

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

OR

CHL5605H: Research Issues in Family Medicine / Primary Care

Choose one of:

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

OR

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

 

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