Master of Public Health

Public Health research and practice is at the heart of tackling many of the current threats to health. If you wish to become an agent of change in health status for individuals or communities, or a public health leader and/or are aiming to progress to senior roles at either operational, policy or commissioning in your organisation, our Public Health programme will help you develop skills and competencies you need to enhance your career prospects.

Next start date

05 August 2019




10 courses and a Dissertation offered modularly. Each course runs for 8 weeks

How to apply

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Fees per course

US$ 250
How to pay

Fees per programme

US$ 2500
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About this programme

The programme addresses the determinants of health and the health concerns that affect our society the most: 

  •  the epidemiological transition
  • non-communicable and communicable diseases
  • rapid international and intercontinental spread of diseases
  • massive population movements and gatherings
  • the lifestyle-related ill health
  • diseases and illnesses closely related to poverty
  • inadequate access to and utilisation of preventive health care
  • emergent and re-emergent diseases of epidemic potential
  • diseases of nutrition
  • pollution-related illnesses
  • preventable diseases
  • conflict-related ill health, water and sanitation
  • occupational and maternal health
  • neonatal, child, adolescent and youth health
  • the health issues of ageing.

It also addresses issues of health system performance and health service delivery.

What you will learn

The programme consists of 10 courses offered on a modular basis over a 20-month period followed by six months to finalise the dissertation or research paper. Each course runs for eight weeks.

  • Course 1: Key Issues in Public Health
  • Course 2: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Course 3: Health Policy, Planning and Management
  • Course 4: Primary Health Care and Community Health
  • Course 5: Health Communication and Promotion
  • Course 6: Health Economics
  • Course 7: Environment, Health and Development
  • Course 8: Population Studies and Reproductive Health
  • Course 9: Research Methodology
  • Course 10: Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • Dissertation (for MSc) or Research Paper (for PG Diploma)

Target students

Our Pubic Health programme is for:

  • graduates of health and biomedical sciences who wish to specialize in public health
  • social sciences
  • health advocates and those from other relevant disciplines interested in working in the health sector
  • employees of NGOs, embassies, and/or health organizations, who wish to add public health skills to their list of core competencies or to advance their academic career.

Meet the tutors

Health Policy, Planning and Management Course

This course looks at the structure of health systems, how they are managed, and how they perform in order to deliver their key goals of equity and universal health coverage. It equips the students with deep understanding of policies and the policy-making process, as well as management theory as it is applied to health. 

"VUU has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to be an all-around manager in the health sector"
Leonard Were
Executive MBA

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