Master of Science in Community Health in Health Practitioner Teacher Education

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

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

Target Audience

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

Please note this degree is not available or intended to prepare foreign clinicians for clinical professional practice in Canada

Program Length

The MScCH may be completed within 1 year full-time or up to 6 years part-time. The average part-time student completes the degree in 3 academic years.

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


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

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


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