The course is designed at the 'train the trainers' level. In university terms, this would be for graduates who want a Master's level education. We would expect potential students to either have a first degree or have the professional experience to cope with this level of study. All students can register, but you need to pass the "Preparing to Study" course to apply.
 
The course is designed to help with capacity building in developing countries. Those eligible for admission, provided they meet the academic entry criteria, are in the following categories:
 
    1. Those working in Low- to Middle-Income countries (LMICs)
    2. Those living and working in High-income countries (HICs) are welcome to apply. We accept a small number of HIC students in each course and expect that their participation will
        enrich the discussion and enable them to study and exchange with a global student group. The fees for HIC students are higher in order to subsidize our provision for LMIC students. 
 
Note: LMICs is a standard definition used by WHO and the World Bank.
Students will be expected to do more than just learn facts – they will be expected to discuss, synthesize across several sources of information, apply critical reasoning to information, and demonstrate an evidence-based approach. The course is designed to help people with the practice of Public Health. You will see that each part of the modules begins with the competencies you are expected to acquire. Competencies are knowledge plus skills, and we expect students to be able to apply their learning to their professional activities.
 
The nature of the MPH Program differs from a traditional university in a number of ways. We are using freely available material from the Internet (Open Educational Resources), and this, together with volunteer tutors and other supporters, allows us to keep it at a low cost. In the spirit of this, we hope that students will also provide input as well as contribute actively to the Discussion Forums in the course. We hope you will give something back by providing examples and resources of your own for us to use in the future and by joining in as tutors yourself once you have completed the course. 

 

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.