The Master of Public Health is one of our most popular programmes. The MPH first started in 1973 with seven candidates from the Ministry of Health Malaysia. The programme has gone through many changes during the last 49 years. There are now more than 1000 MPH alumni from Malaysia and around the world.
The orientation program for the newly admitted postgraduate students of Master of Public Health (MPH) was organised on the 1st and 14th March 2022. Students were formally welcomed and introduced to the department members, briefings on the academic and career paths, tour on campus and University Malaya Medical Centre.
The orientation programme for the first day was organised online, began with the Welcome Address by the Head of Department, Professor Dr Victor Hoe Chee Wai Abdullah, followed by the Introduction on Rules and Regulations by both MPH Coordinators, Professor Dr Moy Foong Ming, and a briefing on Teaching and Learning in the Virtual Way by Dr Tharani Loganathan. After a short break, the programme of the day continued with briefing sessions on courses offered were presented by the Head of each discipline: Epidemiology by Dr Lim Sin How; Statistics by Dr ‘Abqariyah Yahya; Health, Policy, and Management by Professor Dr Ng Chiu Wan; Family Health by Associate Professor Dr Nik Daliana Nik Farid; and Occupational and Environmental Health by Associate Professor Dr Nasrin Aghamohammadi and Dr Lim Yin Cheng. The day ended with a briefing session on the Selection of Modules and Q&A conducted by MPH Coordinators.
The second day on the 14th March 2022 was organised as a hybrid-online session, beginning with the introduction to the department and a general overview of the Public Health Postgraduate Programmes presented by the Head of Department, followed by an Ice Breaking Session, and a physical tour of the campus and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) before the afternoon break. The students who were attended online may view this pre-recorded video. The programme resumed with a talk on Mental Well-being by Associate Professor Dr Nik Daliana Nik Farid, and the day ended with informal discussions among MPH graduates and new students about how to survive through the MPH degree.
The department would like to welcome the new candidates who are joining the programme in Semester 2, 2021/2022 and wish you all the best throughout the academic journey.
This write-up was written by Muhammad Haizril Arif Md Mokhtar, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya.