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

August 2020 / January 2021




10 modules and a dissertation on Public Health completed in 2 - 4 years depending on your schedule and learning goals

How to apply

Online application form

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Fees per module

US$ 250
UGX 925,000
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Total Programme Cost

US$ 2900
UGX 10,730,000
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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

In this programme, you will take 10 modules each weighted at 4 or  5 Credit Units and write a MA dissertation worth 12 Credit Units in the specific area of Public Health.   You are free to take a minimum of 1 module to a maximum of three modules in a term.  A term is made up of 3 months of study and one week of final module examination.  Each student shall spend an additional 6 to 9 months of supervised dissertation writing to fulfill the requirements for the MA (Public Health).

Therefore, this study model provides the flexibility that enables you to complete the MA of Public Health  programme in 2 to 4 academic years depending on the pace that suits your schedule and learning goals.

You will study:

Institutional Requirements (Mandatory)

  1. Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  2. Research Methodology

Core Modules  (Mandatory)

    1.   Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    2.   Health Policy, Planning and Management
    3.   Primary Health Care and Community Health
    4.   Health Economics
    5.  Environment, Health and Development

Supportive/Electives (Optional)

  1. Health Communication and Promotion
  2. Population Studies and Reproductive Health
  3. Key Issues in Public Health

MA Dissertation on Public Health  (Mandatory)

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 your Facilitators and Trainers

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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