Students commit to progressing through the program at a steady pace, completing their degree within two years. If exceptional circumstances arise and it becomes necessary to modify the timeline of their studies, students are advised to discuss the matter with the MHSc Program Director. The commitment for successful completion of the program extends beyond the student to fellow students, instructors, employers, co-workers, family and/or spouse/partner.
Students are encouraged to attend all classes to help ensure there are no gaps in their learning experience, to complete in-class assignments and so they do not in some way disadvantage themselves or their group by their absence. We recognize that there are valid reasons a student may be unable to attend a class. We ask that you inform the instructor and/or Program Director in advance, if possible.
The estimate for pre-class work is 25 hours per week. The amount of time required will vary according to the subject matter and skill level of the individual student.
There is an expectation of computer competency and that students have access to a computer at home. Students are encouraged to bring a notebook or tablet to class for in-class and group work. Excel spreadsheet and statistical manipulations are viewed as a basic skill set for students entering the program.
Students are expected to have access to email and the internet. Each student will be set up with a University of Toronto email account which is necessary for all program and university communication.
Much of the course work will be done in groups. Group work allows students to re-create the working environment of the health services sector. Leaders are often part of interdisciplinary teams formed to address specific issues or solve problems. Developing team skills is one of the most important features of the MHSc program. Group members come with diverse backgrounds and share their knowledge and experience in an open and welcoming environment.
Electronic Device Use in the Classroom
The MHSc program provides a learning environment that supports student engagement and the exchange of ideas in the classroom. Use of electronic devices such as cell phones, pagers and/or computers for non-class related activities is a distraction for the student but also demonstrates disrespect towards classmates, instructors and guest speakers. Unless used for class-related activities, all electronic devices are to be turned off and set aside.