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Program Requirements

Students in the MSc in Health Systems program must complete 30 units (12 course units and 4.5 units of electives), a 6-unit Health Systems Research Internship and 12 units for the thesis. The specific program requirements follow.

Program Requirements
Semester I Semester II Semester III Semester IV Semester V Semester VI
Fall 1 Winter 1 Spring/
Summer I
Fall 2 Winter 2 Spring/
Summer 2

MHS 5301
(3 units)
MHS 6380
(3 units)
(at least 1.5 units)

MHS 6991

MHA (1.5 units if required)

(at least 4.5 units total) 

MHS 6991

MHS 7991

THM 7999
(if required)

MHS 6991

THM 7999

(if required)

MHS 6991
(if required)

THM 7999

MHS 6991
(if required)

THM 7999

MHS 6991
(if required)

Core and elective courses; Matching with Research Institute in Preparation for Thesis Proposal Core and electives; Thesis research begins; Creation of Thesis Committee; Submission and approval of Thesis Proposal Health Systems Research Internship with Research Institute; Thesis research continues Thesis research continues Thesis research continues Completion of Thesis Research and Defence

Core Courses (7.5 units)

  • MHS 5301 Research Design Methodologies and the Conduct of Research (3 units)
  • MHS 6380 Systems Analysis, Modeling, and Decision Support for Health (3 units)
  • MHS 6991 Health Systems Research Seminar
  • At least 1.5 units of MHA courses

Electives Courses (4.5 units)

Students in consultation with their thesis supervisor will select elective courses in areas related to their research topics. In particular, all courses offered in the MHA program are open to the MSc students. Enrolment to courses offered in the MBA and other graduate programs will normally require permission from the respective Program Directors. View the list of the recommended elective courses

In addition to the above list, courses from other graduate programs on or off campus are permissible with the approval of the thesis supervisor, the MSc in Health Systems program director, and the appropriate program director in the case of courses in other faculties and academic units and institutions.

MHS 6991 Health Systems Research Seminar Series (HSRSS)

Students are required to attend at least 6 management research seminars over the course of their program. Some seminars will be delivered in English and some in French. Students will enrol continuously in the MHS 6991 Health Systems Research Seminar Series every session from the beginning of their program.

The notation "CTN" (for continued) will be awarded each session until the successful completion of the seminar requirements, at which point a grade of S (satisfactory) or NS (non satisfactory) will be entered. A student who obtains the grade NS must withdraw from the program. The thesis supervisor, in the annual progress report for the student, will confirm attendance and active participation in the seminars.

MHS 7991 Health Systems Research Internship: Thesis and Research Practicum (6 units)

All MSc candidates will be required to undertake a one semester Health Systems Research Internship that takes place in one of the collaborating Research Institutes under the direct supervision of the Research Institute Mentor.

The student will work under the direct supervision of the thesis supervisor and of the Internship Supervisor who is an institute researcher, involved in the thesis research and a member of candidate's Thesis Committee. The Internship will allow the student to conduct thesis research and at the same time learn about and be involved in one or several of the cutting-edge research projects conducted in the Institute.

It is expected that the student while doing the Health Systems Research Internship will participate in research seminars offered at the Institute as per the advice of the Internship supervisor as well as in the Health Systems Research Seminar. At the end of the semester of the research internship, students will be required to present an internship report to their Thesis Committee summarizing the research activities completed during the internship.

The Internship will be evaluated by the members of the Thesis Committee based on:
(i) the Health Systems Research Seminar presentation and
(ii) the written internship report to the Thesis Committee. The Internship is graded on a "Satisfactory/Non-Satisfactory" basis.

The main objective of the Internship is to help students complete their thesis research through enhanced interactions with researchers in the appropriate field of study. Secondary goals are:

  • To immerse a student in a research-intensive work environment;
  • To prepare student for future work in a research environment;
  • To expose to and involve a student in other research projects.

THM 7999 Thesis (12 units)

Candidates enroled for the MSc in Health Systems program must submit to their Thesis Committee, before the end of the second semester of enrolment in the program, a clearly defined research proposal. The Thesis Committee will be formed prior to the thesis proposal submission.

The Committee will include the thesis supervisor (and co-supervisor, if desired), a researcher from one of the collaborating institutions who may also act as co-supervisor, and another faculty member.

Approval of the proposal by the Thesis Committee will normally be obtained by the end of the second semester and no later than the end of the third semester. A student must enrol in the Master's thesis in the semester immediately following the approval of the proposal.

A student whose proposal is not approved on the first attempt may be permitted to submit a second proposal and present it in the Health Systems Research Seminar. Failure to obtain approval following the second submission will result in withdrawal from the Program.

Once the thesis proposal is accepted, students will be eligible to start their Health Systems Research Internship with one of the collaborating organizations (see MHS 7991).

The completed thesis will be evaluated by a Thesis Examining Board composed of at least two professors who are members of the FGPS and involved in the MSc in Health Systems.

Courses and Timetables

Fall (Mandatory Courses)

MHS5301A00     Research Design Methodologies and the Conduct of Research
MHS6380A00     Systems Analysis, Modeling and Decision Support for Health
MHS6991F00      Health Systems Research Seminar Series (HSRSS)


MHS 6991 Health Systems Research Seminar Series (HSRSS) – compulsory every term
until the student has attended the required total of 6 seminars

MHS Electives

Students in consultation with their thesis supervisor will select elective courses in areas related to their research topics. Other courses from other graduate programs on or off campus are permissible with the approval of the thesis supervisor, the MSc in Health Systems program director, and the appropriate program director in the case of courses in other faculties and academic units and institutions.

N.B. Any prerequisites are mandatory. See the list of recommended electives. (Not all courses are offered every year. Verify the University of Ottawa Course Timetable for course offering.)

About MBA and MHA courses

MSc students choosing MBA courses as electives will be restricted to MBA 5XXX section B only and ADM/MBA/MHA 6XXX. All prerequisites must be respected.

Scheduling information MBA and MHA courses are only indicated on the Telfer Timetables. The course offering section of the University website does not give these details. Should any changes to the schedules occur during the year, the timetables will be updated and enroled students will be informed immediately by email using the email. Therefore, it is important to read your emails and consult the schedules on a regular basis.

A particularity of the MBA and MHA programs is that each term is divided in two blocks. Some of the courses are of six weeks’ duration worth 1.5 units while others are twelve weeks for 3 units. It is essential to verify the Timetables on the Telfer website for the start and end date of the blocks, statutory holidays' rescheduling, make-up class dates are indicated on the schedule (classes that fall on a holiday will be rescheduled).

It should be noted that the MBA and MHA courses DO NOT FOLLOW the University calendar term dates as the other graduate programs. For example, start dates are usually earlier, there is no study breaks in October nor February, etc.

Course syllabi

Course syllabi will be posted on Blackboard Learn+ (virtual campus) 2 -3 weeks prior to the starting date of the courses. Students must be enroled to have access. Professors will be using Blackboard Learn to post class notes and other material.


Preliminary exam schedules for the courses for the blocks will be posted on the program website before the end of the block (AM/MBA/MHA courses) or term. Not all courses have mid-term or final exams. Students must make the necessary arrangements to attend the mid-term and final exams on the scheduled dates.

Deferred Exams

Requests to defer an exam must be submitted to the Graduate Office at least 2 weeks before the scheduled exam. Students may only request a deferral on the following grounds: exams conflict, illness, death in the family, unavoidable work-related commitment, and official religious holiday. Supporting documents will be required. Trips, unless they are work-related, and other personal commitments do not constitute valid reasons to defer an exam. Since the exam schedule is known in advance, it is expected that the exams take precedence over personal trips and commitments. No exception will be permitted. Should a deferral be granted, the exam will be rescheduled after the regular exam.

Change of Grade on the Record
Revisions and appeals

The University recognizes the right of every student to see, on request after grading, all documents that have been used to establish their grade for courses in which they are duly enroled; the documents include those produced by the students themselves or evaluations written by supervisors (as part of work terms, clinical placements or internships).

The University also recognizes students' right to ask for a grade review and to appeal grades. The procedure to be followed is stipulated in Academic Regulation 10.3 which can be accessed at


Enrolment and Regulations


uoZone – Online Enrolment Procedures

The enrolment tool is accessible through uoZone. For further details, view the online tutorial.

You should then consult uoZone to confirm your enrolment and your statement of account.

It is important that your email and mailing addresses are up-to-date. If there have been changes since the time of your application, please make the necessary updates through uoZone.

The Self-Serve, accessible through uoZone, does not permit students to change their classification (full-time/part-time), drop core courses, or enrol to a course that normally requires approval (such as Directed Readings or an elective from another faculty); such changes can only be made by the Telfer Graduate Office. 

Please view the Important dates and deadlines online for further information.

Minimum Standards

The minimum passing grade in all courses taken as part of the program is 65-69 per cent (C+). Students who incur failures in two courses (equivalent to six units) or whose thesis proposal is rejected twice (NS grade) must withdraw.

Entering Students

Welcome to the Telfer School of Management

We are pleased to welcome you to the Telfer School of Management Master’s of Science in Health Systems  program.

Telfer MSc Students’ Orientation Schedule - Sept. 8, 2015

Orientation activities for MSc students are scheduled to take place during the first week of classes. You should be on campus no later than Tuesday September 8, 2015.

You are cordially invited to the Graduate Students Orientation Week organized by the Student Academic Success Service (SASS) in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Various activities are also organized by the Graduate Students Association (GSAÉD)

Conditions of Enrolment

You may be subject to conditions of enrolment (indicated on your Certificate of Admission) that must be satisfied prior to enrolment. We urge you to do so promptly to avoid any delays and related late enrolment fees.

Important academic dates and deadlines

  •  June 23, 2015: Enrolment for Fall and Winter sessions begins
  • September 8, 2015: Orientation activities
  • September 9, 2015: First day of classes
  • August 26, 2015: Deadline to pay tuition fees
  • Septembre 16, 2015: Deadline to enrol without late fees

Students who want to take courses outside of or in addition to their program cannot enrol online and should contact the Telfer Graduate Office.

Students with conditions, such as outstanding financial payment, will not be able to enrol online until the condition has been satisfied.


Financial Matters

Tuition Fees

Please consult the University of Ottawa Website for complete details about tuition fees.

Late Fees

The enrolment deadline (including payment of tuition fees) is September 16, 2015, after which a charge of $35 plus $10 per day will apply, up to a maximum of $100. If tuition fees are paid after the first week of September, an administration fee of $50 will also be charged. Payment may be made through online banking, in cash or with a cheque via InfoService. Please allow between 3 to 10 working days, depending on the method of payment used, for confirmation of your payment in your uoZone student account.

Medical and Dental Fees

All students must have medical and dental coverage. Only students who have provided proof of insurance under another plan will be entitled to a refund of the premium charged to their account. To be exempted, please contact the Graduate Students' Association (GSAÉD) and provide proof of coverage.

The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory for all international students. For more information, click here.

Delinquent Financial Account

Tuition and incidental fees must be paid prior to the beginning of each session. Any outstanding fees (unpaid tuition fees, late library fees, etc.) will prevent a student from enroling for the next term, obtaining official documents such as transcripts, confirming enrolment, etc.

Books and Supplies

Approximately $1500 should be allocated towards the cost of books and other material.


Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and awards, which are available throughout the year. Lists of available scholarships and their eligibility criteria appear on the following Web pages:

Telfer School of Management

Awards and Financial Support for MSc in Management

Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Scholarships and Financial Support

Recipients of an Admission Scholarship

For those who have been awarded an admission scholarship, note that it will be deposited into your student account once your enrolment is officially confirmed. It will appear in your Statement of Account (see your uoZone file) 24 hours after your online enrolment.

IMPORTANT: Admission scholarships worth $7500 per year for a maximum of two years (six sessions), cover most of the tuition fees. This amount is divided equally over three sessions and applied toward the tuition and incidental fees. Recipients are responsible for the payment of the balance.


The Telfer School of Management has a number of teaching, research, marker and proctor positions for full-time graduate students. See the Web page Positions for Students for further details. There may be opportunities for employment in other faculties or departments depending on your qualifications.

Caution: Full-time students are limited to a maximum of 10 hours per week of paid employment per session, on and off campus.