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Faculty of Community Services

Occupational and Public Health (BASc)

Public Health and Safety Option

Program at a glance

Program formats:

  • Full-time, Four-year Regular

  • Full-time, Five-year Co-op

  • Full-time, Two-year Option for University Graduates

Start date: September

Degree earned: Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)

Tuition fees range: Tuition fee details

Professional accreditation: Ryerson's Public Health and Safety program is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI)

Canada is safer and healthier than ever before, thanks in large part to public health and safety professionals. Ryerson graduates working in this progressive field help prevent injury and illness by anticipating, evaluating and controlling physical, biological, chemical and other hazards in the community. Drawing on their specialized knowledge, they help develop and implement initiatives that improve health, safety, and well-being in a range of settings that are accessed by the public.

Career opportunities

Prepare for a range of careers in the public, private or not-for-profit sector:

  • Public health inspector
  • Environmental health officer
  • Field epidemiologist
  • Communicable disease investigator
  • Health promotion officer
  • Food safety auditor
  • Quality control supervisor
  • Infection control supervisor

Ryerson Public Health and Safety graduates take on opportunities in public health, food safety, quality assurance, sanitation, water quality, pest control, health education and health promotion.



Public Health and Safety at Ryerson meets the educational requirements for certification as a public health inspector in Canada. To achieve full certification, you must:

  • Earn a bachelor of applied science in Occupational and Public Health (Public Health and Safety Option) or another degree approved by CIPHI
  • Complete 12 weeks of authorized field training with a recognized public health agency
  • Prepare two reports on field investigations
  • Take an oral exam

Certification is not a requirement for graduation.

For graduates planning careers in the private sector, professional certification by the CIPHI is not required, but does open doors to Canada-wide employment opportunities.

Why Public Health and Safety at Ryerson?

Public Health and Safety at Ryerson is the original and longest running program of its kind in the country.

Our curriculum integrates a strong foundation in public health and safety with relevant courses in the sciences, risk assessment, built environment, health policy, environmental health, law, epidemiology and disease control. A balanced education prepares you to become the well-rounded and highly skilled professional that industry demands.

You’ll have access to outstanding learning opportunities in the classroom and in the workplace. Qualified students can apply to gain important real-world experience through paid co-operative education opportunities.

Plus, we support your success with:

  • Workplace visits
  • Opportunities for laboratory testing and analysis
  • Presentations and seminars
  • Independent research project
  • Faculty with international expertise in food safety, water quality, epidemiology and disease control and health risk assessment
Program formats

Whether you're a high school or university graduate, take advantage of three pathways for completing Ryerson's Public Health and Safety program.



Full-Time, Four-year Regular

  • Program length: Four years of full-time study
  • Eligibility: High school graduates with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) or mature students 


Full-Time, Five-year Co-op

The School of Occupational and Public Health provides students in the Full-time Four-year Regular program with challenging and rewarding opportunities to put theory into practice through co-operative education.

The co-op option consists of five, four-month paid work terms integrated throughout your study semesters and adds approximately one year to the length of the program.

By taking on projects for relevant employers, you will further develop your knowledge and skills, make valuable professional contacts and explore possible career paths. You will also earn a competitive salary that can partially offset the cost of your education.

You can apply for admission to co-op in the winter term of your second year. To be eligible, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.67. As part of your application, you will need to submit a resume and cover letter and go through an interview process.


Full-Time, Two-year Option for University Graduates

University graduates with a bachelor's degree can apply to pursue a condensed full-time, two-year option that focuses on practical education and professional career preparation.

Certain courses from the four-year option are eliminated, as university graduates already possess a certain level of academic experience.

How to apply

When you apply to Ryerson’s Public Health and Safety program,
you'll be required to meet a number of admission requirements.

You'll need to meet certain deadlines when submitting your application online and may be required to submit supporting documents.


An engaging curriculum will challenge you to develop a strong foundation in public health and safety. You'll enhance your understanding of:

  • Food hygiene
  • Health administration
  • Infection control and communicable diseases
  • Water quality
  • Pollution control
  • Toxicology and risk assessment
  • Built environment

Research electives allow you to pursue research under the supervision of a professor, and field project electives support you to gain hands-on experience.

Opportunities to explore other disciplines will challenge you to broaden your horizons.

Co-operative education gives five-year students the chance to apply theory to practice in professional work environments.

Ryerson Public Health and Safety life

There is more to the Ryerson Public Health and Safety experience than just lectures, books and studying.

Ryerson offers countless opportunities to get involved.

Our engaged students help create a vibrant campus life. Groups such as the SOPHe Course Union help build a strong sense of community.

And that’s without mentioning Ryerson’s world class facilities. The Student Learning Centre provides an outstanding environment in which to study, collaborate and share ideas, and the Mattamy Athletic Centre offers Ryerson students an NHL-sized hockey rink, basketball court and fitness centre.

After graduation, you’ll form part of a strong alumni community. Ryerson alumni are active and involved — providing great opportunities for socializing and networking.