Community Medicine

Master of Community Medicine (MCM)

Course-based program

Program overview

​This course-based degree is only available to physicians registered in the Public Health and Preventative Medicine Residency Training program. Community Health Sciences explores the intersection between population, public health, research, and education to promote the study of health and disease. It consists of the following specializations: Biostatistics; Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (thesis and course based); Epidemiology; Health Economics; Health Services Research; Medical Education; Public Health and Preventative Medicine; and Population Public Health.

NOTE: This program is currently not accepting students.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students take Practicum in Public Health and Preventative Medicine and other courses.
  • Exam: Students will write a final comprehensive written and oral examination based on course content.


Policy analyst; researcher; academic; rehabilitation, case or respite worker; disability, behavioural or statistical consultant; recreation therapist; family outreach & advocacy; learning resource teacher; clinical trials biostatistician; epidemiologist; data/survey analyst; statistical programmer; psychometrician; knowledge broker; knowledge translation, prevention, development or health promotion specialist; scientific or program director.

A course-based master’s degree in community medicine is usually considered a final degree.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Six years maximum


A supervisor is required; potential supervisors must be listed when applying to the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Stephen Freedman

    Stephen Freedman

    Accepting Inquiries
    Clinical research
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    Michael Hill

    Accepting Inquiries
  3. Elizabeth Oddone Paolucci

    Elizabeth Oddone Paolucci

    Seeking Students
    Medical Education; Measurement & Assessment; Teams & Leadership

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

Hold an MD or equivalent degree.

Work samples




Reference letters


Test scores


Additional Requirements

Students must be physicians enrolled in the Royal College Residency Training Program in Public Health and Preventative Medicine at the University of Calgary.

English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


Not currently accepting new students

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Community Health Sciences

Health Science Centre, Room G345C
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 4N1

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Cumming School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre
Foothills Campus, University of Calgary
Calgary, ABT2N 4N1

Visit their website

Highlights of the Community Medicine Program

These stories from those involved in the program show what it's like to be involved yourself.

Cute puppy

Pets, people and urban places

Melanie Rock's research recognizes intricate connections between the health of humans, animals and ecosystems

Lindsay McLaren

Understanding the public health impact of fluoridation

Lindsay McLaren has found that removing fluoride from drinking water has worsened tooth decay among Calgary children

Dr. Tanya Beran

MEDi robot comforting young patients

Dr. Tanya Beran, founder of Rxrobots, is studying children's interactions with robots in hospital settings