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OHS @ Ryerson (2yr fast track program)

Newbie
Aug 3, 2017
2 posts
Hi miniimufin,
Curious to know what the entry level salary for a newly minted public health inspector is, preferable in peel/halton health units. Also is it easy to land a full-time permanent job or is it all contracts nowadays?
Newbie
Dec 12, 2016
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Hi Zeeodd, I'm still in the program so i couldn't tell you what the requirements for a basic entry level job would look like. The Program assistant (Darlene) sends us jobs through email once or so per week but even then its mostly for grads with 1-2 years of experience and for those who are already certified inspectors. I highly recommend you find internships while in the program. http://www.ciphi.ca/careers/position-place/ this site should give you an overview of whats expected at the intermediate level (we're talking 4-5 years of experience). Also i'm in occupational health, so i'm not too sure about public health.
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Sep 20, 2017
1 posts
miniimufin wrote:
Aug 4th, 2017 3:55 pm
Hi everyone,

Im in my second year of this program. since i was where you guys were last year, let me share some insight. as someone said earlier, the program is somewhat heavily science based. if you all have a BSc you should find the content quite easy to follow. Personally for me coming from a school like UofT, my experience at Ryerson and in this program has been a blessing so far. Even if you take 7-8 courses/semester like i did ( I did not want to take the transfer credits because i needed a GPA boost), + I worked 25hrs/week, you can EASILY get As in ALL of your classes! Profs are extremely knowledgeable in their subject areas, they are not out to get you (i know at UofT it was policy or something to have some classes average at around 60%). Best of all, they bell curve like crazy! Put in a little bit of work, stay on top of your stuff and you will be fine.

Besides, the boost in grades. If OHS is something you really want to pursue as a career then this program is the program for you. Most of our profs work and are leaders in the industry. Most of them also graduated from the program, went on to obtain graduate degrees and came back to teach (they are really passionate about what they do). It's also easy to get involved in research because you'll have the same prof for 2-3 classes and you get to know them over time.

Finding a job is quite common as well, some of my classmates are already taking a year off on internships. You also have many career choices. not everyone has to be an inspector; you can be an industrial hygienist, a prof, or an infection specialist. And for all you med school enthusiasts (don't lie, we all know why you are really here ;) maybe you can go on to practice occupational health medicine in rural Canada.
Hi miniimufin,

I've been looking to apply for the fast track two-year program for this coming fall 2018, but I can't seem to find any sort of reference as to how competitive it is to get in, in terms of grades, etc. Do you happen to have any insight on what they'd be looking for? Is it strictly CGPA from your undergrad degree, or do they look at things in specific, extracurriculars, etc?

Thanks!
- A lost undergrad who has forgotten how to even apply to undergraduate programs (it's been a loooong time.)
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May 14, 2009
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Before you decide to enter this program to be a PHI, do your research about what the MOHLTC is proposing to do in Ontario. If the 14 LHINS go through, jobs will get cut, not created.
Jr. Member
Apr 30, 2017
123 posts
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I graduated from the Occ. Health & Safety stream of this program almost 8 years ago. I am very glad that I chose OHS over Public Health. Career prospects are excellent!
Newbie
Dec 29, 2017
1 posts
Hey everyone,
I'm thinking of applying to the program for Fall 2018 and I was wondering what the class schedule typically looks like for the 2-year program? Is it feasible to work part-time (15-20 hours) while in school full-time? I have a BSc, so I may be eligible for a few transfer credits, I believe.

Also, out of your classmates, what were other students looking into doing? It seems like such a diverse program and I'm wondering what other people's long-term plans were?
Thanks
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May 14, 2009
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publichealth01 wrote:
Dec 30th, 2017 11:13 pm
Hey everyone,
I'm thinking of applying to the program for Fall 2018 and I was wondering what the class schedule typically looks like for the 2-year program? Is it feasible to work part-time (15-20 hours) while in school full-time? I have a BSc, so I may be eligible for a few transfer credits, I believe.

Also, out of your classmates, what were other students looking into doing? It seems like such a diverse program and I'm wondering what other people's long-term plans were?
Thanks
I was able to work while going to school full time, but that was several years ago :D

Before you choose to go the public health route, take a look at the Patients First document (2015) and this:

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/m ... report.pdf

The plan could change after the next election, but if the proposed LHIN model goes ahead, it may be hard to get a job as a PHI. Might wanna consider the occupational stream as a priority.
Newbie
Feb 2, 2018
0 posts
Can anyone give me an idea of what a daily or weekly class schedule look like in Public health 2 year fast track program? I was told by the dept that I will be given a set time table and that they won't know what it will look like until August or so.

Thank you in advance for your information!!
Jr. Member
Jan 1, 2018
111 posts
59 upvotes
Graduated back in 2015 from the OHS program. I initially graduated from UofT (UTM) with a science degree. The course load for the OHS program is pretty heavy but very manageable! Majority of the exams are MC and quite easy. Job prospects are great but just ensure that you seek an internship while studying to gain OHS-related experience. I am currently working in the field but will be soon attending dental school!

HMU if you have any questions!
Ahh the feeling I get when I've saved some money...more money for the more important things!
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Jan 1, 2018
111 posts
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pong87 wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2009 6:34 pm
Hey everyone, im kind of new here, and i wanted to get more info on the Public Health and Safety (2 yr fast track) program at Ryerson. I'm graduating from UTSC with a BSc in psychology, and i applied for the 2 yr program at Ryerson. I just need to finish the stupid supplementary form which is due by march 2nd. Those wondering why im doing another bachelors- it is because my marks aren't good enough for masters. I also decided that i want to work in the public health industry (health inspection to be exact),but I know that having only a degree in psychology wouldn't cut it. So basically, i wasted 4 years and money at UofT...

Anyway, is anyone here applying for the same program? Also, those who may have taken the 2yr fast track, can you tell me what marks (GPA or %) you got in with? The Ryerson site only shows high school marks, but for the 2 yr fast track, they only look at university marks. The uni mark averages that they look for are not shown anywhere. So i don't even know if they look at cumulative GPA or last year GPA. When i called in, the people don't seem to know what they're talking about either. They said it should be mid 70s, which to me sounds like BS, because that is average for high school graduates (not to mention mid 70s from Uni is cut off for most masters programs and this is only a BSc program).
Any info is much appreciated :-0 .
Def not a waste! altho it may feel like that...you'll receive quite a bit of transfer credits and honestly coming from UofT to Ryerson you'll see how much less competitive the school is! You should be able to get in with a less than stellar GPA.
Ahh the feeling I get when I've saved some money...more money for the more important things!
Newbie
Feb 17, 2018
1 posts
Hi Chardo,
I am looking to start the OHS 2yr option for graduates. Coming from a Biochemistry background,I believe this program will be a good feat for me. So my question is, as a student of this program,how do I gain or secure internship or Co-op considering that this program at Ryerson (2yr option) doesn’t have Co-op and also with jobs in this field requiring experience to land your first job,how do I gain the necessary edge in order to succeed in this profession?

Please any advice will be so much appreciated.

And thanks for remembering to come back after your graduation,knowing that prospective applicants will be looking for answers to their questions.
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Aug 8, 2012
131 posts
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Toronto
Just got accepted to Mcgill's graduate Occupational Health program and will be deciding between it and this Ryerson program. Obviously in general a MSc > BSc but networking in downtown Toronto would be better than in Montreal
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May 14, 2009
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Symbol87 wrote:
Mar 8th, 2018 3:38 pm
Just got accepted to Mcgill's graduate Occupational Health program and will be deciding between it and this Ryerson program. Obviously in general a MSc > BSc but networking in downtown Toronto would be better than in Montreal
Curious as to what your job prospects are/would be? I went down the other stream of that program at Ryerson and I'm curious about opportunities for the OHS stream.
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Jan 31, 2016
58 posts
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Burnaby, BC
Symbol87 wrote:
Mar 8th, 2018 3:38 pm
Just got accepted to Mcgill's graduate Occupational Health program and will be deciding between it and this Ryerson program. Obviously in general a MSc > BSc but networking in downtown Toronto would be better than in Montreal
Though I do not really think a master's degree is necessary for a field like this as it is more career-oriented than research, it is your choice. I enrolled in the Bachelor 4 year program in Ryerson. The salary is decent (around $40,000 to $70,000) depending on experience. It is close to what a HR coordinator makes. Experience is very important to finding a job in this field.
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Apr 30, 2017
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papermoney wrote:
Mar 10th, 2018 12:46 pm
Though I do not really think a master's degree is necessary for a field like this as it is more career-oriented than research, it is your choice. I enrolled in the Bachelor 4 year program in Ryerson. The salary is decent (around $40,000 to $70,000) depending on experience. It is close to what a HR coordinator makes. Experience is very important to finding a job in this field.
I would highly recommend a Master's degree. It opens a lot more doors for management roles. I've seen job postings that specifically require a Master's degree, and in my company (municipality), the ones with a Master's degree seem to advance/get promoted a lot faster than those without.

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