The development and delivery of course modules depend on a volunteer faculty. These volunteers might be Public Health professionals who are academic or service-based, and in the current workforce or retired, and can act as:
 
Teams of at least five people in different roles share the load to deliver modules.
 
    -Tutors:  In this role, you would spend around 2-4 hours a week guiding the online discussions - for one of the 5 Topics (over two weeks) that make up each Module.
     We ask you to: 
        -Post a pre-prepared discussion question to open the discussion of the Topic for the students 
        -Respond to the student postings regularly during the 2-week period and encourage participation 
        -Summarise the discussions at the end of the 2-weeks
        -Support marking assignments during July
 
There is a guide and a course with more information regarding how to be a good online facilitator. Also, on the Tutors Corner, we share discussions regarding academic issues. We also ask for some of the tutors to help with the setting and marking of assignments.
 
    -Module leader: This role includes acting as the tutors' team leader in each course, answering tutors' questions, and participating in the Education Committee. It involves around 2
     hours a week during the entire semester (March 15th - August 22nd). This role is performed in collaboration with the Academic Coordinator and supported by the Student Support
     Officer.
 
    -Dissertation supervisor: The Dissertation is the final part of the MPH award and extends over 2 semesters. Students can only enroll in this if they have passed 8 modules/units at the
     Masters level. The idea is not to perform a research project, but to plan one. The role of the academic supervisor includes guiding the student academically through the choice of health
     problem, the review of the literature and writing up a proposal. This is done in conjunction with a module leader who coordinates the dissertation module. The academic supervisor is
     asked to read draft(s) of the student’s dissertation, provide feedback, and is expected to be accessible by the student and in regular email contact with the student.
 
    -Open Online Course support: We also have a sister site for self-paced learning available to anyone, for continuing professional development rather than for academic credit
     https://nextgenu.org/course/index.php?categoryid=181. Support for development and updating of these courses is also welcome.
 
Individuals or organizations. We welcome suggestions from those who wish to collaborate and join this initiative in any capacity, including suggestions for the development of new course modules, and from individuals or organizations. If you would like to join in, please fill out our Tutor Registration Form.
 
Modules currently offered can be seen here, and those planned or in development include Environmental health (including Climate change), Violence and Health, Zoonoses, One Health, and Health informatics. Development team members are welcome in each of these. Any individual or organization who would like to join in the process of developing a new module is invited to suggest a topic to us.
 
What will I get out of being a tutor?
 
    -Work with a diverse and interesting group of colleagues from many countries
    -Develop partnerships and collaborations with individuals and institutions in many different settings
    -Keep up to date with advances in international Public Health
    -Get up to speed with developments in IT and the open-source approach - a new way for individuals and organizations to develop collaboratively and share the products of their work
    -Have a teaching role with lots of support
    -Receive a certificate recognizing your contribution each semester for use in your portfolio or for Continuing Professional Development
    -And, of course, feeling good about being able to help build capacity to deal with major health problems in settings where this is so much needed
 
Getting started as a tutor
 
Please complete a short registration form which will give you access to the Courses website. Please note that the registration form times out if left idle for too long and may generate an error message at the point of submission. We would advise that you prepare your responses on a Word document or Notepad first and paste them into the registration form to avoid errors.
 
For those who have joined us as a tutor, thank you for joining the Public Health U family.
 
The first thing to note is that there are two websites: the general site where you are now and the educational platform (called Moodle) on which the courses are based – this is at https://mphcourses.nextgenu.org/ and to access it, you will need a username and password.

 

testimonials

S. K. - NIGERIA - Consultant, Health development
The modules have helped me in my work-related as a program officer implementing health project in a rural setting of eastern Kenya. I have created a network of friends that will last for a long time. This network will be useful in teaching career and share experience with new emerging information at global level. I will be able to access to latest research and emerging new developments and trends in the field of public health.
A. N. - CAMEROON - Team Leader, HIV Unit
I will utilize these skills in my public health practice to help me in looking at determinants of health from a wide perspective and also in my contribution in making evidence based public health policies....The knowledge and skills attained during the study of these modules will be of great use to me as a medical professional in public health and to my team of 24 officers who work under me in my current daily responsibilities.
J. S. R. - TANZANIA - CEO, NGO
Enrollling in this course has had a great impact on my ability to appraise and evaluate public health problems. I have learnt that research and planning are the bed rock of Public Health and besides the importance of combining research, healthcare professional and patient into a research team. I have used the knowledge gained in this course developed a health information search curriculum for the final Year Students of the School of Health Technology in my state. Also, I have been able to apply critical appraisal in solving Public Health Interventions.
S. S. - INDIA - Surveillance Medical Officer, WHO
I will use the skills and expertise learnt from this MPH program to teach up-coming public health scientists with the desire to contribute to the poor and increasingly deteriorating public health situation in African countries where there is a paucity of well trained public health workers and most of whom cannot afford the high cost of public health training abroad.
D. O. - GAMBIA - Paediatrician, Medical research unit
I have been selected for the position of Nutrition Specialist with UNICEF. I must acknowledge the immense role PU-MMU played in enhancing my learning and skills. I am ever so grateful to all my tutors for guiding me throughout, and to the student support, helpdesk and IT teams for the backup support.