Master of Science in Public Health (MSc)

With an Master of Science in Public Health, students will obtain the same skills and knowledge they could expect from a traditional program. Graduates will be able to critically evaluate epidemiological literature, and be cognizant of disease surveillance methodology and patterns. They'll be able to formulate a testable hypothesis, evaluate study designs, and gain control of health problems. The objectives of the program are:

  • Analyze and interpret health data.
  • Describe the distribution and determinants of disease, disabilities, and death in human populations.
  • Evaluate the environmental factors that affect the health of a community.
  • Analyze the planning, organization, administration, and policies of health care organizations.
  • Apply the concepts and methods of social justice and social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems.

Course Structure

The core courses are designed and taught in a manner to give students a basic foundation of understanding, interpreting and problem solving skills for public health issues. All core courses are mandatory for students enrolled to the MSc in Public Health (MPH) program. The following is a list of core courses and credits hours.

1 MPH 7111 Human Health & Disease 5
2 MPH 7112 Epidemiology I  5
3 MPH 7113 Research Methodology 5
4 MPH 7113 Public Health Information, Education and Communication 5
5 MPH 7114 Biostatistics I 5
6 MPH 7115 Public Health Biology and Management 5
7 MPH 7116 Behavioral Science and Health Communications 5
8 MPH 7117 Maternal and Child Nutrition 5
9 MPH 7118 Health in Complex Emergencies 5
10 MPH 7119 Environmental Health Science 5
11 MPH 7120 Biostatistics II 5
12 MPH 7121 Epidemiology II  5
13 MPH 7122 Health Economics & Management 5
14 MPH 7123 Global Health, Population & Development 5
15 MPH 7124 Project Design & Evaluation 5
16 MPH 7125 Society, Culture & Public Health Nutrition 5

At the end of the second semester, students have to select three courses with in an area of concentration. The areas of concentration have been formulated so as to incorporate most in-demand public health areas of expertise.

Track Courses

Area of Concentration
Linear Regression 5
Logistic Regression 5
Population & Health Services Projections 5
Reproductive Health
Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health 5
Infectious Diseases, STIs & HIV/AIDS 5
Reproductive Health Programs & Policies 5
Population and Family Planning(Students can select any 3 courses)
Methods in Demography 5
Family Planning Programs & Contraception 5
Migration & Health 5
Public Policies in Health Population & Economy 5
Psychosocial Health
Mental Health Epidemiology & Determinants 5
Mental Health Systems, Policy & Law 5
Society Culture & Mental Health 5
Global Health
Introduction to Global Health 5
Case Studies in International Primary Healthcare 5
Critical Perspectives in Global Health 5
Health Communications
The Psycho-social Dimensions of Behavioral Health 5
Human Communication & Behavior Change 5
Media Communication for Health & Population 5
Hospital & Health Management
Principles & Functions of Hospital Management 5
Health Economics & Financing 5
Leadership & Governance in Health 5
Climate Change & Health (Students can select any 3 courses)
Principles of Environmental Health & Science 5
Global Climate Change & Health 5
Livelihood Climate Change & Adaptation 5
Health, Safety & Environment Management & Administration 5
Natural Disaster Management & Health 5


Semester 1
MPH 7111 MPH Human Health & Disease 5
MPH 7112 Epidemiology I 5
MPH 7113 Research Methodology 5
MPH 7113 Public Health Information, Education and Communication 5
MPH 7114 Biostatistics I 5
MPH 7115 Public Health Biology and Management 5
Sub Total 30
Semester 2
MPH 7116 Behavioral Science and Health Communications 5
MPH 7117 Maternal and Child Nutrition 5
MPH 7118 Health in Complex Emergencies 5
MPH 7119 Environmental Health Science 5
MPH 7120 Biostatistics II 5
MPH 7121 Epidemiology II 5
Sub Total 30
Semester 3
MPH 7122 Health Economics & Management 5
MPH 7123 Global Health, Population & Development 5
MPH 7124 Project Design & Evaluation 5
MPH 7125 Society, Culture & Public Health Nutrition 5
Sub Total 20
Semester 4
Elective I 5
Elective II 5
Elective III 5
Sub Total 15

Note: Students study the electives on Independent Basis and submit to the faculty as required)

CODE Independent Study CREDITS
MPH 7216 Research Project (80-100 Printed Pages) 25
Total 120

Mode of Delivery

The MSc Programme is taken over twelve months of full-time study. Part-time candidates normally fulfil the requirements of the degree in 24 months.
The programme will be delivered through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Guided independent study.

You will complete two compulsory courses and four option courses. This is followed by work towards an independently researched dissertation.


The following are requirements for admission to the programme:

  • At least three years of work experience in the public and private sectors, voluntary/community-based organizations, and international and non-governmental organizations;
  • A recognized relevant University Degree from a well recognized institution and evidenced by transcripts and copies certificates,etc.
  • A brief curriculum vitae that provides an overview of education, work and other professional activities;
  • Sufficient references (at least three) from persons in the professional and academic communities;

Assessment and verification

We assess both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. Assessment is through written assignments, a profile of evidence of teaching standards and observed teaching. All modules within this program are internally assessed by KIMT and externally verified by Azteca University. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. To achieve a pass for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgment that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor. The Assessor will provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.


Knowledge, understanding and intellectual skills are assessed through a combination of course assignments and presentations.

The weighting for the final overall assessment for each course taken shall be as follows:

  • 90% Assignments
  • 10% Presentation and viva

At the end of the program each student also submit a research project paper

Programme modality

The program is studied 100% online through the virtual learning platform with tutor support. You will receive excellent support from the academic team, including your programme manager and your supervisor who will be with you every step of the way.


The programme is design to be delivered through 2 years but can be completed earlier.


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