Masters of Public Health

This programme seeks to produce specialist who has a strong foundation in the broad field of Public Health as well as adequate training and preparation to take up special functions as required in the speciality discipline of his or her own choice. The programme was started in 1973 and the first batch graduated in 1974. ( History of MPH programme in Malaysia )

The MPH graduate should have the following public health skills,

  1. Technically competent in the board field of Public Health;
  2. Equipped with adequate specialised knowledge and skills in a particular discipline of Public Health;
  3. Able to exhibit proper leadership and managerial expertise
  4. Able to function effectively and efficiently;
  5. Able to perform the duties at local, district, state and national levels;
  6. An advocate of Public Health and
  7. Able to carryout research or studies and produce epidemiological reports.

Programme Handbook

The course is suitable for doctors who are in the field of public health and also to established clinical specialist who would like to learn more about health issues and research techniques related to disease causation and prevention.
  • The minimum duration of study shall be two (2) semesters.
  • The maximum duration of study shall be eight (8) semesters.
Entry qualifications
  1. Posses a medical qualification, the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) of the University or equivalent medical qualification approved by the Senate;
    AND
  2. At least one year of post-registration general medical experience approved by the Senate;
Other Requirements
  1. Satisfies the Department in the Faculty responsible for the candidate's Programme of Study in an Entrance Evaluation recognised by the faculty

  2. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), or 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) or
    IELTS band 6.

The Master of Public Health programme is a coursework programme in which the credit hour for the research component comprises less than thirty (30) percent of the whole programme of study. After completion of the relevant programme of study specified in this Schedule, a candidate shall be eligible for the award of the Master of Public Health degree.

Structure of programme

The medium of instruction for this course is English and candidates are required to complete their assignments, reports, tests and examination in English. The candidate will follow a program of in-house instruction in General Public Health.

The Master of Public Health programme comprises forty (40) credit hours namely:

  1. seven core courses each of three credit hours, totalling twenty-one (21) credit hours;

  2. one core course of four (4) credit hours;

  3. five elective courses each of three credit hours, totalling fifteen (15) credit hours

    OR

    three elective courses each of three credit hours, totalling nine (9) credit hours and one elective course that leads to a Research Paper of six (6) credit hours.

List of courses

  • Registration for the courses of study shall commence the week prior to the start of the relevant semester.
  • A candidate is required to register for at least three (3) credit hours in any semester except where the candidate has been permitted to withdraw from the semester concerned.
  • A candidate may only register for the Research paper after he has obtained at least fifteen (15) credit hours in the core courses.
During his programme of study a student may be permitted to undertake part of his training in other institutions or agencies recognised by the Faculty.
  • The Faculty shall appoint at least one supervisor for each candidate not later than two months after the registration of the candidate.
  • The co-supervisor and/or consultant shall be appointed when required.
  • A consultant shall be appointed for a candidate who undertakes part of his programme of study outside the University. The consultant shall be appointed not later than two months after the candidate has commenced training in the outside location.
The research papers for a candidate shall be determined by the Department responsible for the candidate‘s programme of study not later than two months prior to the commencement of the research papers.
A candidate is required to submit his research papers not later than one month before the end of the relevant semester for examination.

The Examination leading to the degree of Master of Public Health shall consist of an examination or examinations in each of the courses prescribed for the Master of Public Health degree programme as follows:

(1) seven core courses, each of three credit hours, totalling twenty one (21) credit hours;
(2) one core course of four (4) credit hours;
(3) five elective courses, each of three credit hours, totalling fifteen(15) credit hours; or
(4) three elective courses each of three credit hours, totalling nine (9) credit hours and one elective course that leads to a Research Paper of six (6) credit hours.
(5) Examination Components and Allocation of Marks
  (a) Taught Courses
    The components of the taught courses and the marks to be allocated to the components of the courses prescribed for the Examination shall be:
    Component Allocation of Marks
      (Maximum)
    (i) Continuous Assessment 50%
    (ii) End of Semested Examination 50%
    Total 100%
  (b) Research papers
    The marks allocated to the components of the research papers shall be 100% on submission of the written report.
  (c) The Senate may on the recommendation of the Faculty amend the allocation of marks for the components of a course for the Examination.
(6) Course Grade Requirements
  Course grades are subjected to regulations prescribed in the University of Malaya(Master‘s Degree) Rules 2010 and University of Malaya (Master‘s Degree)Regulations 2010.
No candidate shall be recommended for the award of the Degree of Master of Public Health unless he has completed all parts of the course and has passed the prescribed Examinations.
Those who are interested to apply for the course can browse for information for the application for postgraduate studies on the Institute of Postgraduate Studies website

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