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 will 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 the World Health Organization and 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.