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Graduate Studies Calendar 2020-2021 Program Descriptions Medicine, Community Health Sciences MDCH Course-Based Degrees
Course-Based Degrees
1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

a) Master of Community Medicine (MCM) a course-based degree available only to physicians registered in the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Training Program.

b) Master of Disability and Community Studies (MDCS), a course-based degree examines the intersection between community, disability, chronic illness, and marginalizing conditions within a social justice framework. The goal is to generate research, leadership, capacity, innovation, and partnerships. The graduate program attracts professionals across disciplines and sectors. The MDCS is offered in an alternate delivery format (combined face-to-face and online) and has a differential tuition fee.

2. Admission Requirements

a) MCM

  • Currently enrolled in the Royal College Residency Training Program in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at University of Calgary
  • Hold an MD or equivalent degree
  • Meet the admission requirements of the Department of Community Health Sciences
  • Two letters of reference


  • Minimum admission grade point average of 3.30 on a four-point scale over the last two full years or equivalent
  • Three years of experience in a field of practice in community rehabilitation
  • A written statement and professional profile of past education and work experience
  • Two letters of reference

c) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language: 

See Medicine Programs.

4. Advanced Credit

a) MCM - Applicable graduate courses may be considered.

b) Completed at a satisfactory level (minimum "B+") and within three years of admission to the graduate program, may be credited toward a student’s degree requirements.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Cumming School of Medicine requirements, the Department requires:

a) MCM - A minimum of 36 units, in combination with the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

b) MDCS - A minimum of 36 units.

Course descriptions and detailed outlines of courses offered by the Department of Community Health Sciences are found on the website at

They are also listed in the Courses of Instruction section of this Calendar.

6. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

The Department does not normally give credit for undergraduate courses.

7. Time Limit

a) MCM - Expected completion time is within 6 years (maximum six years).

b) MDCS - Expected completion time is 3 years (maximum six years).

8. Supervisory Assignments

a) MCM - A Supervisor must be named as part of the admission process. The Supervisory Committee must be named prior to planning the Community Health Sciences 602: Practicum in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, usually in the second term of the second year of the student's program.

b) MDCS - A faculty member is assigned as a supervisor prior to the final project; supervisory committee is not required.

9. Required Examinations

a) MCM - A final comprehensive written and oral examination with respect to the course content, plus a practicum evaluation.

b) MDCS - A capstone project with a public presentation and paper will be required for completion of the degree. For further details, please see the Department website.

10. Research Proposal Requirements

a) MCM – A formal research proposal is not necessary, however a practicum proposal is required.

b) MDCS – Not applicable.

11. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, please see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.