Master of Public Health Programme

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH) PROGRAMME
 
Background
 
The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is a two-semester course conducted fully in English. Besides advanced theoretical inputs, candidates are also exposed to hands-on learning in analytical skills, rigorous training in research methodology and direct field experience in the community. The general objective of the programme is to produce competent health professionals with appropriate knowledge and skills in public health.  Graduates from the programme are expected to be able to plan, implement and evaluate effective public health programmes that can improve the quality of life of the community. The programme is most suitable for medical doctors who are faced with the challenges of promoting public health in developing countries.
 
Specific Objectives of the Programme 
 
On successful completion of the programme, graduates are expected to be sufficiently competent to:
  1. Identify health problems in the community and country
  2. Apply public health knowledge to plan and implement action plans to prevent and resolve health problems in the community
  3. Evaluate health intervention programmes based on scientific evidence
  4. Communicate effectively on current public health issues
  5. Enhance knowledge and skills through continuous self-learning
  6. Propagate the awareness and knowledge on critical public health issues
  7. Conduct themselves with good attitude, values and behavior
  8. Function as a confident public health officer
  9. Provide effective leadership based on situational needs
 
Semester Structure and Curriculum
 
TIME
COURSES
TYPE
UNIT
 
SEMESTER 1
 
 
(1  week)
Registration & Orientation
 
 
Teaching &
learning
 (14 weeks)
Medical Statistics  (GKT515/5)
core
5
Principles of Epidemiology (GKT 502/3)
core
3
Health Promotion (GKT 514/2)
core
2
Community Nutrition (GKT 513/2)
core
2
Medical Sociology (GKT 506/2)
core
2
Health Management (GKT 516/3)
core
3
Research Project (GKT517/8)
Project (4)
 
 
Total
17 (+ 4)
 (1  week)
Revision Week
 
 
 (3 weeks)
Examination
 
 
 (4 weeks)
Semester break
 
 
 
 
SEMESTER 2
 
 
 
 
Teaching &
learning
 (14 weeks)
 
Environmental Health (GKT510/3)
core
3
Occupational Health (GKT 509/3)
core
3
Family Health (GKT 512/3)
core
3
Prevention & Control of Communicable Diseases (GKT 503/3)
core
3
Prevention & Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (GKT 504/3)
core
3
Research Project (GKT 517/8)
Project (4)
8
 
 
 
 
Total
23 (-4)
 
 
Grand Total
40
 (1 week)
Revision Week
 
 
 (3 weeks)
Examination
 
 
 
(10 weeks)
Semester break
 
The programme is structured into one academic year of teaching consisting of two semesters of 14 weeks each. Candidates are required to complete all the courses listed in both semesters above. They carry a total of 40 units consisting of 32 core units and 8 units of Research Project.
 
Supervision and Achievement Report
 
Academic supervisors amongst the lecturers of the Department Of Community Medicine and Unit of Biostatistics & Research Methodology will be appointed to supervise the candidate. They will closely supervise the candidates and will fill up the supervisor report form at the end of each semester.
 
Teaching and Learning Approaches
 
The coursework is delivered through lectures, class presentations (theory), practicals, field visits and a research project.
 
Period of Study
 
The program covers a minimum period of one (1) academic year of two semesters of 14 weeks each and a maximum of two (2) years.
 
Entry Requirement
 
Intending candidates for this programme are required to have the following :
  1. A medical degree recognised by the Malaysian Medical Council
  2. Public health experience (those without public health experience are required to undergo a public health attachment prior to enrollment)
  3. English proficiency (a minimum TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS score of 6.0 is required for overseas candidates)
 
Application
 
Applications from candidates sponsored by the Ministry of Health Malaysia can be made via the website www.moh.gov.my
Other candidates e.g. local or overseas self‐sponsored and IPTA sponsored can obtain their application forms via the address:
Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800 Penang, Malaysia.
 
Other enquiries such as the course content, structure and other programmes can be obtained directly from:
 
Coordinator, MPH Programme,
Department of Community Medicine,
School of Medical Sciences,
Health Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia,
16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.
Phone: 09‐767 6621/6648/6635
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Briefing slides can be downloaded below

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Department of Community Medicine
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia Health Campus, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan
Tel : 609-767 6621  |  Fax: 609-767 6654  |  Emel : afilza@usm.my | norazlin@usm.my
 
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Kemaskini : Monday 16 January 2023.
 

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