Are you planning to enroll in the MPH program?
The use of online learning (e-learning) and our teaching and learning approaches may be new to you. The notes below are designed to help you decide if our MPH-level courses are suitable for you.
Please note: We want to ensure that you can maximize your learning at the MPH program, and it is essential that you have read the resources on this site before you enroll in a module.
Do you feel confident in using an online system for learning?
It is worth spending a few minutes thinking about how confident you feel about using tools commonly used for online learning.
Remember - it is useful to ask a friend or colleague for some advice and help in developing these important skills if you do not feel confident.
Please check the information about computer and internet requirements.
Online learning can be lonely. You do not meet fellow students or tutors face-to-face, so you will have to be prepared for independent study. We will offer all kinds of support and contacts online as well as a clear timetable for study, but the onus is on you to be a mature, independent student.
Are you prepared for online learning - and do you have the time?
Learning online may be a new experience for you, and it is important to spend a few minutes thinking about some of the challenges you will face.
Remember – the most successful online learners have a regular routine in which they set aside a specific time each week for studying and arrange to have no interruptions.
The time requirements.
Although everyone learns at a different speed, it is important to remember that the modules/units offered through Public Health U are at the Masters' level and requires a considerable time commitment. You should allow at least 10 hours a week over the course of a semester for a module/unit and more at the time of assignment writing.
As a student with the MPH program, you will learn through reading learning resources, reflecting on how they apply in your country, and sharing your reflections with expert tutors and other students. For people who are new to online learning, it is worth thinking about how you will tell friends/family.
You will need to commit regular time every week (ideally every day, but be realistic about the best time for you) to study. This will include:
-Reading the resources
-Making notes about resources
-Reading discussion question and other students posts
-Writing discussion post
-Reflecting on what you have learned
How can you make the best use of all the available learning opportunities in the module?
We all learn in different ways, but research has shown that we learn best when we can build up our knowledge from several sources, including the experiences and thoughts of other students.
You will see that there are several learning opportunities provided for you, as in the modules you will find once you enroll:
There are links to several downloadable resources, from articles to Powerpoint presentations.
Remember – the most successful learners read and look at all of the resources.
It is helpful to summarize the most important points in each of the resources and try to link together what you have found in the separate resources as an overall summary of the topic.
The tutor will provide a question to prompt a discussion about the topic. You are expected to actively participate in the discussion since it is an important part of the learning process at a Masters- level.
We can learn a great deal by reading the messages from other learners who are studying the same topic. Other learners in the module can provide helpful information that is not on the topic, and sharing your opinions and ideas gives you a greater understanding of the topic.
Remember – the most successful learners actively participate in the Discussion Forum.
A short quiz is available at the end of many of the topics to check how well you have understood the information covered in the topic.
Remember – the most successful learners complete the quiz at the end of each topic.
What standard is expected from me to pass a module?
This course is designed for university graduates and set at the Master's level. This implies you are able to critically assess, evaluate and synthesize the information presented in the modules.
We also expect all students to show that they have understood the module's content, have achieved the headline competencies and the learning outcomes stated for each module and topic, and quote references to your work.
This should be possible if you have carefully worked through all of the learning opportunities that have been provided!
So – are you ready to enroll?
Before you apply to enroll with the MPH program, you should be sure that you:
-Have read the resources mentioned above
-Are aware of your obligation to actively participate in the module
-Are aware of the required academic standard
Answer the questions below for yourself:
Are you confident in each of these requirements for online learning?
a. Having regular internet access
b. Using a keyboard and mouse
c. Using word processing software such as Word, and creating files and saving documents
d. Posting a message to a discussion board
e. Taking part in an online discussion and responding to other students' comments
f. Learning and studying independently
g. Have at least 10 hours a week available to devote to online learning
h. A specific time each week that you can set aside to study with computer access
i. The ability to work at the Masters level - that is, the ability to be critical and to synthesize and evaluate information and quote references to your work
j. searching the internet for academic material
k. thinking about the quality of different data sources
If you have not yet sent an application form to enroll, please do so taking these steps:
2. Complete the Preparing to Study Course.
3. Complete the application form.