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What We Offer You

What We Offer You

What We Offer You

Please note that the Master of Science in Health Systems is not currently available in French.

Rigor and choice. The Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems equips you with the knowledge and skills to conduct interdisciplinary health-systems research. At the same time, our program enables you to customize your research so that it meets your needs and focuses on your interests.

Get grounded in the fundamentals of health-systems research

Most students complete our program in 18 months. During that time, you’ll take core courses that arm you with the fundamental knowledge you need to identify relevant research methodologies, design your thesis research project and then conduct your thesis research in a rigorous, structured manner.

In fact, you’ll meet most of your program requirements by conducting research for your thesis—a document that showcases your research interests and skills that’s not only considered by the Telfer School, but also presented at a seminar open to the public.

Tap into the latest knowledge

As part of this core program component, you will participate in the Health Systems Research Seminar Series—a set of interactive seminars that features lectures from top health-systems researchers from across Canada and around the world. These unique events enable you to expand your knowledge, learn about the latest advances in the field and discover research opportunities outside of the program.

Conduct research in critical aspects of health systems

Students are expected to customize their studies by concentrating on one of three areas:

  • Management: develop organizational, financial and operational approaches to improve the quality and efficiency of health services
  • Informatics: safeguard and leverage health information to improve the quality of patient care, and use the latest developments in information technology to provide enhanced point-of-care support to healthcare providers
  • Empirical studies: use data and best evidence to evaluate new methods to improve the delivery of health services

Elective courses make it possible for you to gain specialized knowledge that is directly relevant to your thesis research. Our program offers dozens of these courses through the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and groups them according to seven themes:

  • Quality of care
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Health services and policy
  • Health informatics and technology
  • Public health and health promotion
  • Clinical decision-making and support
  • Health systems analysis and optimization

Specialization in Environmental Sustainability

The guiding objective of the Collaborative Program is to provide graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and analyze the economic, legal, policy and scientific dimensions of environmental problems, and to employ an evidence-based approach to develop rational policy options for addressing those problems.

Gain hands-on experience while you work on your thesis

You must submit a clearly defined research proposal to the Thesis Committee before the end of your second semester. Once your proposal is approved, you begin work on your thesis under the supervision of faculty supervisors who are experts in your field of study.

At the same time, you are eligible to begin your Health Systems Research Internship at one of our partner organizations. A distinctive feature of our program, the Health Systems Research Internship enables you not only to conduct thesis research in an actual healthcare setting, but also participate in research projects undertaken by leading researchers working in your host organization.

Rigorous training and attractive options. Get the best of both worlds. Choose the Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems.

Follow a Logical Sequence

Most students complete the Telfer Master of Science in Health Systems in 18 months:

  • You dedicate your first two semesters to completing core and elective courses, and working on your thesis proposal.
  • You must present your thesis proposal to the Thesis Committee for approval by the end of your second semester.
  • Your Health Systems Research Internship occurs any time after your thesis proposal is approved.
  • You will be expected to continue research on your thesis during the Internship and defend your final thesis thereafter.
Fall Year 1 Minimum of 2 courses (6 units)  
Winter year 1 Minimum of 2 courses (6 units)
  Thesis Proposal completed
Spring/summer year 1 MHS 7991 Health Systems Research Internship (6 units)
  MHS 7999 (Thesis) (12 units)
  Data Collection
Fall year 2 MHS 7999 (Thesis)
Winter year 2 MHS 7999 (Thesis)
  Analysis and writing
Spring/summer year 2 MHS 7999 (Thesis)
  Final Draft and defence

*MHS6991 - Health Systems Research Seminar - students are required to attend the regular seminars throughout their program of study; students who are preparing their thesis research proposals are normally expected to present their proposal and preliminary research results in the Spring/Summer (year 1) of the Health Systems Research Seminar.

Health Systems Research Seminar Series

The Health Systems Research Seminar Series that was initiated several years ago features health systems leaders with a broad spectrum of expertise and attracts University of Ottawa students, faculty, and members of the healthcare profession.

The list of past speakers included among others:

  • D. Aleman (University of Toronto)
  • M. Begin (Former Minister of Health)
  • C. Bennett (Former Minister of State (Public Health)
  • M. Boddy (Co-owner and Chief Scientist, Adventium Labs (Minneapolis, MN))
  • L. Bourgeault (Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa)
  • M. L. Brandeau (Stanford University)
  • D. Buckeridge (Canada Research Chair, McGill University)
  • J. Burns (Canada Health Infoway)
  • L. Calder (Associate Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Emergency Physician, The Ottawa Hospital)
  • M. Carter (University of Toronto)
  • B. Denton (North Carolina State University)
  • K. El Emam (University of Ottawa)
  • C. M. Flood (Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto)
  • J. Forster (The Ottawa Hospital)
  • K. Frion (Medical Director, CHEO)
  • C. Grenier (University of Aix Marseille III)
  • J. Grimshaw (Canada Research Chair, University of Ottawa)
  • W.E. Hogg (Senior Research Advisor, Élisabeth-Bruyère Research Institute)
  • W. Keon (Senator, Parliament of Canada)
  • J. Kitts (President and CEO, The Ottawa Hospital)
  • R. Koppel (University of Pennsylvania)
  • K. Krawiec (Poznan University of Technology (Poland))
  • G. P. Marchildon (University of Regina)
  • B. Mareshal (Universite Libres de Bruxelles)
  • W. Oppenheim (Loyola Marymount Institute)
  • V. L. Patel (The New York Academy of Medicine)
  • D. Potter (Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Transformation, The Ottawa Hospital)
  • M. Rachlis (Health Policy Analyst)
  • M.C. Reddy (The Pennsylvania State University)
  • R. Romanow (Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care; University of Saskatchewan)
  • B. Rowe (Canada Research Chair, University of Alberta)
  • S. Shechter (University of British Columbia)
  • E. H. Shortliffe (Arizona State University)
  • J. M. Shultz (University of Miami)
  • V. Verter (McGill University)
  • A. Wright (Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
  • G. Zaric (University of Western Ontario)

Visit the Research Office for a complete list of calendar events.


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