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 offered through the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. This unique graduate studies program addresses a critical faculty development need in the health professions. The program prepares practicing clinicians for educational leadership roles. Courses focus on practical skills clinicians need to teach, design and lead educational programs. Two core courses in Public Health expose students to system and policy issues important in their roles as clinicians and educators, and electives allow learners to explore their interests.

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
  • Accessible for part-time study
  • Use of educational technology
  • Gain academic skills in presentation/writing
  • Based on best practice faculty development design
  • No thesis requirement or terminal exam
  • Students must complete a practicum where they apply their new skills to teaching or an educational project


Admissions Criteria

Students are admitted under the general admissions requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. We advise all prospective students to review this criteria prior to submitting an application.

Minimum requirements include

  • 4-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent, from a recognized university (check international credentials )
  • At least a mid-B average in the last 5.0 full course equivalents completed at a senior level
  • Proof of English language proficiency if your previous studies were completed in a country where English is not the native language or if English was not the language of instruction
  • An undergraduate statistics course is recommended
  • A license in a regulated health care profession and actively practicing in country of current residence

Applying to the Program

Applications are now closed for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The admission cycle for Fall 2025 program entry will reopen mid-October 2024 and close mid-January 2025. Program Information Webinars for prospective 2025 applicants will be held in Fall 2024.

Applications are submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto through the Dalla Lana School of Public Healthonline application process

Visit the 'Learn More' section below for recording links of past Admissions Information Webinars, providing program, admissions and application overviews.

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 and the philosophical principles and practical applications in clinical training programs, design and administration. Upon completion of appropriate aspects of the program, students will be able to:

  • Effectively use educational principles and methods in the clinical setting
  • Apply educational and research principles in designing and evaluating innovative and exemplary educational programs
  • Develop collaborative and interdisciplinary educational and scholarship programs
  • Demonstrate the skills required for critical literature review and a knowledge of research methods as they apply to clinical education
  • Describe and select appropriate methods for answering questions in clinical education 
  • Have in-depth practicum experience in applying educational principles in the clinical setting or in a scholarly education project
  • Broaden their academic skills through electives
  • Lead and manage programs in health professions education
  • Become exemplary clinical teachers and academic leaders
  • Describe the social, political and economic forces affecting the organization and function of the health care education system

Program Requirements

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.

Program Length

1 year full-time or up to 6 years part-time. The average part-time student completes the degree within 2.5-3 years.

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

*CHL5611H will not be offered during the 2023-24 academic year


  • CHL5614H: Curriculum Foundations in Health Practitioner Field-based Education
  • CHL5615H: Assessment and Evaluation Issues in Health Practitioner Field-based Education    

*Full time 2023-24 MScCH(HPTE) students must select the CHL5614H + CHL5615H education pair only

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 offers several collaborative specializations which provide students with additional experience in a multidisciplinary area. For more information on these specializations, please click here


Dr. Gurpreet Mand is a family physician and Site Research Lead at Southlake Regional Health Centre, and the Co-Course Director for the ESSENCE program at DFCM. She graduated from the MScCH-HPTE program in June 2020.

Who would you recommend this program to?
The MScCH-HPTE program provides a solid foundation of core courses that help you understand adult learning theories, program planning and an opportunity for reflection on your own teaching through a practicum. I would highly recommend this program to those who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the “why do we do what we do” in medical education. I believe that once you understand the why, it can help you understand your learners better, plan programs with a scholarly lens and be a more reflective and informed teacher and leader. 

How has this program helped you in your career?
Having completed this program, I feel well equipped to take on leadership roles in education, and the knowledge I gained increased my confidence as a teacher. During the program, I moved on to become the Family Medicine Residency Program Director at Southlake, and now I am the Site Research Lead and the Co-Course Director for the ESSENCE Program. I believe the master’s program was instrumental in helping me obtain these positions and work effectively in those roles.  

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