The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree programme is the highest professional degree for individuals focusing on Public Health practice. It is intended for leaders and future leaders in public health who want a flexible career which combines high-level leadership, management and research. Their career pursuits may include applied research, teaching and/or practice in the field of health services and public health administration.
Public health practice is the strategic, organised and interdisciplinary application of knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to perform essential public health services and other activities to improve the population’s health (Association of Schools of Public Health, US).
The goal of the DrPH programmes is to provide a broad knowledge of public health combined with specific knowledge in the student’s area of interest. It is oriented toward applied research in the organisation, direction and evaluation of public health programme rather than towards academic research and teaching (the province of PhD).
The DrPH program prepares students to become leaders in public health and health services policy and practice based on their ability to synthesise and translate the science base to public health practice.
This enables students to develop the knowledge, skills and practical experience necessary to advance research and shape public health policy as leaders in academic institutions, government organisations, non-governmental organisations or private industry. Students develop the values and attitudes that reflect a commitment to community advocacy, leadership, services and scholarship.
The DrPH is a highly structured program with an emphasis on coursework in all five core public health areas and assurance of the candidate’s mastery of knowledge and skills, and completion of a research thesis.
The following are the stated objectives of the 3-Year Doctor of Public Health Program which seeks to produce a Public Health Specialist who will be:-
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of public health.
- Incorporate cultural, social, behavioural and biological differences in the planning and development of public health programmes to investigate and mitigate risks to population health.
- Critically evaluate and synthesize public health approaches in monitoring and addressing population health.
- Advocate for timely effective action in response to important public health issues.
- Set health priorities and develop solutions to address health issues using scientific skills.
- Demonstrate leadership, autonomy, and responsibility in the practice of public health.
- Integrate knowledge for lifelong learning with the development of new ideas and solutions to improve population health.
- Identify emerging ethical and professional issues in the practice of public health.
Programme of study
The programme of study shall be named the Degree of Doctor of Public Health which is a programme of study comprising two parts (Part 1 and Part 2). Part 1 consists of courses including an internship course and Part 2 consists of research that leads to a thesis. Except where prior written approval has been obtained from the Dean of the Faculty, a candidate must successfully complete Part 1 before embarking on Part 2.
Students must complete a minimum of 3 years to complete the programme. The component of the program are as follows:
Part 1 is for advanced studies in the speciality chosen. It includes coursework, tutorials, assignments, field visits, practical training in the chosen speciality (internship/attachment) and the preparation of a research proposal for a research project in an approved subject of the chosen speciality. Satisfactory performance in the coursework, attachment, and submission of the research proposal; as well as pass in both the written and oral Part I examination leads to 2 years of research work and thesis preparation.
The candidate will undertake the research project on-site or based in the department. The conduct and progress of the research will be monitored by both the field and academic supervisors. This is done by on-site visits or presentations at the department. Upon satisfactory completion of the research project and thesis, the candidate will sit for the Part II examination. This will include the defence of the thesis. Upon satisfactory performance in the examination, the candidate will be awarded the Doctor of Public Health degree.
Overview of the Courses
Duration of Study
Minimum duration: 6 semesters
Maximum duration: 12 semesters
Entry Requirement (2022)
Admission requirements to pursue a Doctor of Public Health programme by Mixed Mode – [Rule 3 (1)] are as follows:
a) Master’s in public health with a CGPA of not less than 3.00 or its equivalent; and
b) Possess a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery or other equivalent medical doctorates from a recognized university; and
c) Has relevant work experience of at least one year or for a period as stipulated by the Department from time to time.
English Language requirement is as follows:
- A non-citizen applicant who wishes to follow a degree programme of study shall fulfil the English Language competency requirement determined by the University if he obtained his degree from a university or institution of higher learning which does not use English as the medium of instruction for the relevant degree.
- English Language competency requirements for non-citizen applicants are as follows:
- to obtain a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based total (PBT), a score of 250 for the computer-based total (CBT) or a score of 100 for the internet-based total (IBT) for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
- to obtain a minimum score of Band 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic).
- score according to the programme standard if it is higher than (a) and (b);
- If the programme standard states that the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) score is lower than the minimum score of the University, these programmes should follow the minimum score set by the University as stated in (a) and (b);
- Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) with a minimum score of 42;
- A Levels English Language subject with Grade C and above;
- Cambridge English: First (FCE) with Grade C and above;
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) with Grade C and above;
- Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) with Grade C and above; or
- MUET with minimum Band 5.
International candidates have the option of undertaking research in their countries. They will have to comply with regulations specific to this purpose.
How to apply?
Those who are interested to apply for the course can browse for information on the application for postgraduate studies.