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Master of Public Health (MPH) – Distance Learning

Duration:
3 Semesters

Qualification Awarded:
Master of Public Health (MPH)

Language:
English

Mode of Study:
Distance Learning

Earn  a Master of Public Health (MPH) Online

The Health of Humans is Connected to the Health of Animals and the Environment, in the Concept of One Health.

Accelerate your management knowledge with skills for tackling current and emerging global public health challenges: climate change, armed conflict, forced migration, as well as pandemics.

Public Health is defined by the Faculty of Public Health, UK as ‘The science and art of promoting and protecting health and well-being, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society. The curricula are mapped according to the Faculty of Public Health exam A which includes the main domains of Public Health Practice (Health Protection, Health Improvement, Health Services Provision) and offers the opportunity to specialise in a broad range of public health topics. The programme places a strong emphasis on global aspects of public health, like the epidemiology and prevention of both chronic and infectious conditions. There is a focus on current issues in both developed and developing countries for preparedness in disaster risk reduction, prevention, response and recovery.

A unique feature of our MPH programme is its international orientation: the programme is part of a Medical School with faculty, teaching hospitals and students from across the globe.

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  • This programme embraces the One Health concept, recognizing that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment

  • Crisis management – pandemic, environmental, and emergency

  • Population protection and evaluation from a workplace to national policy for crisis response

  • EU degree, globally recognized and accredited

  • Focus on public health disaster risk reduction, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery

  • UNIC is 1 of only 14 universities in the world awarded a 5-Star rating in online/distance learning

  • UNIC ranked number 32 university in the world in the core area of Quality Education (Times Higher Education, 2021)

  • Option of full-time or part-time study, depending on your schedule and commitments

  • Affordable MPH with scholarships available to enable global access

  • Graduates have a 99,8% career placement rate, within our international medical programmes

Who is this Programme for

The MPH is a perfect fit for…

  • Individuals seeking a competitive advantage in the workplace to expand their career by gaining the most required skillset today

  • Recent graduates from various disciplines (Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Communications) who want to pursue further expertise related to Public Health

  • Professionals seeking to change careers and leverage their past work experience into the dynamic field of Public Health

  • Driven individuals excited to do research and improve global public health examining current issues affecting the world: pandemics, climate change, etc.

  • Change Agents enthused to complete research and field projects to address real-world challenges

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Why Study Public Health?

  • Healthcare occupations: a projected growth rate of 14 percent from 2018-2028, significantly higher growth rate than average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Jobs of Tomorrow Report includes extensive needs now and in the future working in services related to the Care Economy and Green Economy. World Economic Forum

  • With an aging population and greater environmental health risks the jobs related to healthcare are projected to grow more than any of the other occupational groups. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Prior to the pandemic, global healthcare spending was expected to rise 5 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate from 2019-23 which will create opportunities for the sector (Deloitte); COVID-19 will accelerate these projections

Student Success Stories and Featured Faculty

See what it means to be part of the UNIC family and find out what it feels like to follow your dreams and THINK BIG.

“Students interact with their mentor and with each other throughout the courses for a holistic understanding of the material. Our role as mentors is to support students in their student journey to find an appropriate work-life-balance. As a mentor for the MPH programme, I am always encouraged to hear of students’ success in developing skills and improving knowledge for growth in their current profession.”

Souzana Achilleos, Postdoctoral Associate, MPH Mentor

“This Master of Public Health, emphasizes on the concept of “One Health”, recognizing the interconnection between humans, animals and their environments. It is only through this recognition that we can fully equip students with the necessary knowledge and competencies so that they can contribute to efforts towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal of “Good Health”.”

Christiana Demetriou, MPH Programme Coordinator | Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health

“In an era of rapid development and population growth, it is essential that public health is a major priority for all governments globally, from the most developed countries to the least.”

Kyriakos S. Markides, Professor of Aging Studies, Editor of the Journal of Aging and Health

Programme Overview

Public Health refers to all organised measures aimed at preventing disease, promoting health and prolonging healthy life. Its aim is to ensure a high standard of living and well-being for individuals and societies globally.

The University of Nicosia’s Master of Public Health (MPH) programme covers the main domains of Public Health Practice (Health Protection, Health Improvement, Health Services Provision) and offers the opportunity to specialise in a broad range of public health topics. The programme places a strong emphasis on global aspects of public health, like the epidemiology and prevention of both chronic and infectious conditions. There is a focus on important public health issues in both developed and developing countries for preparedness in disaster risk reduction, prevention, response and recovery.

The curriculum is based on a dynamic approach, with continuous updating to address new and emerging issues threatening population health: climate change, armed conflict, forced migration, pandemics and more. This programme has been carefully designed according to the standards of the UK Faculty of Public Health.

A unique feature of our MPH programme is its international orientation: the programme is part of a Medical School with faculty, teaching hospitals and students from across the globe.

UK Faculty of Public Health Part A Exam

The MPH programme has been designed with the FPH Part A curriculum in mind, and the learning outcomes correlate to a large extent with those of that exam.

Students who pass the FPH Part A exam are demonstrating a professional level of knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of public health, as well as their ability to apply their knowledge and skills to the practice of public health. Success in the Part A examination also leads to election into Diplomate Membership of the Faculty.

Student Outcomes

Thanks to our exciting approach to learning, with a curriculum constantly updated to focus on new issues in global public health, graduates are prepared to tackle real-world challenges. Upon graduation, they will be ready to work in the public sector at local, national and international health agencies. This course has provided our alumni with greater opportunities in non-governmental organisations, charities as well as private sector career work in consulting firms, pharmaceutical industry, start-ups and policy research. With the ability to specialise during your studies, students have multiple pathways for success. The strong emphasis on innovation and technological advancements enables graduates to provide vision and initiate strategic change in healthcare organisations.

Innovative and Modern Curriculum

The programme is conducted completely online, with three courses delivered over 14 weeks each semester on an e-Learning Environment (Moodle), which includes multiple embedded synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, such as webinars, online chats, discussion fora and wikis. In addition, recorded lectures are designed to enhance student interactivity and active learning by including engaging slides with clickable tabs, interactive quizzes, drag-and-drop activities, matching activities and opinion polls.

Our programme follows standardised and validated pedagogical approaches, ensuring constant tutor-student interaction (webinars, online chats, discussion fora), student to student interaction (online chats, discussion fora, wikis), and student-material interaction (recorded lectures, additional resources).

Internationally Renowned Faculty

To realise our vision of serving as a centre of excellence in Public Health education, we have brought together experts from around the world. Our faculty have extensive experience teaching, working and conducting research in Public Health, and each course is taught by a leader in their field. This group of highly-acclaimed faculty, delivering the course, also bring their international field work at a global level to the forefront (e.g. Africa Ebola outbreak crisis management).  In addition, this programme offers active collaborations with renowned academic institutions around the world and key Non-Governmental Organizations, working on global public health.

Online Education at UNIC

The First University in the EU to be awarded 5 QS Stars in Distance Education

Our University has been a pioneer in online/distance learning education in Europe, supporting both its own degree programmes, as well as those of its joint degree partners.

UNIC is the first university in the European Union to be awarded a 5-Star QS rating for Online/Distance Learning by the QS Intelligence Unit and the first university globally to receive triple accreditation for its online learning quality. This makes UNIC one of the 14 universities in the world to date that have been awarded a 5-Star rating.

5 QS Stars in Online/Distance Education

An integral part of our approach to the learning design of these courses is our commitment to help our students develop higher-order skills of critical analysis, reflection, and problem-solving. We also support our learners in building knowledge collaboratively and engaging in social learning.

As a testament to the quality of our online programmes, our University has been awarded the highest accolades for e-learning and distance learning education excellence.

UNIC continues to strive for excellence globally. The 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, ranked the University of Nicosia (UNIC) as the number 32 university in the world in the core area of Quality Education, and among the top 301-400 universities globally in terms of its overall social and economic impact.

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into three semesters, comprising three courses each (10 ECTS per course). Core courses are taught in semesters 1 and 2 and are compulsory. After completing the core program, students may choose three (out of seven) elective courses in semester 3, or they may follow a more research-oriented path by undertaking a Master’s Thesis (20 ECTS).

Semester Breakdown

Semester 1 (30 ECTS, all courses required)
Course code/Title Description
MPH-511 Principles of Epidemiology and Public Health
MPH-512 Applied Statistics for Epidemiology and Public Health
MPH-521 Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic and Infectious Diseases in a Global Context
Semester 2 (30 ECTS, all courses required)
Course code/Title Description
MPH-513 Health Protection and Promotion: Safeguarding and Maintaining Wellbeing in Populations
MPH-523 Health Economics in the Context of Health Services and Systems: Global Perspectives
MPH-531 Environmental and Occupational Health
Semester 3 (30 ECTS, students are required to choose from the two options offered)
Option 1
MPH-590 Research Methodology in Public Health
MPH-596 Research Project (Master’s Thesis)
or
Option 2 (3 elective courses are chosen from the following)
MPH-522 Health Policy Management and Leadership
MPH-532 Health Inequality within and between Countries
MPH-533 Population Ageing and Health
MPH-534 Public Health Nutrition
MPH-535 Social and Behavioural Dimensions of Health
MPH-536 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Public Health
MPH-590 Research Methodology in Public Health

Admission Requirements

1.A Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognised in the country where it operates. A degree in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences, social sciences or environmental sciences is an advantage.

2.One reference letter: Either academic or professional.

3. English Language Requirements:

6.5 overall in the IELTS (with 6.0 in all other elements),

Or: 213 overall in the computer-based TOEFL (550 paper based, 79 internet based),

Or: grade 5 in the GCSE (or B with the old grading system),

Or: a score of 5 in English in the International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL),

Or: a score of 70% in English in the European Baccalaureate.

Students holding a degree from the UK, USA, Canada (from English speaking provinces), Australia and New Zealand & Ireland are exempt from this requirement.

4. A personal statement describing your educational and, if applicable, professional background and explaining how this degree would support your career ambitions.

Tuition

The Master of Public Health programme aims to improve global health. Tuition is €12,060 for the degree with scholarships available for those qualifying. Scholarships can be awarded up to 45%, with total tuition at €6,633 for the degree.

Our Admissions Advisers can provide more details: [email protected].

Scholarship Terms

  • Only students who have been accepted to the MPH programme are eligible to submit a scholarship application.
  • Scholarships are awarded with consideration for a student’s country of residency according to the World Bank Index country income classification.
  • Scholarships are applied on a pro-rata basis to each course in the MPH.
  • The University of Nicosia reserves the right, at its sole discretion to award or not award any scholarship to any student and/or to change the number of scholarships awarded, their eligibility requirements or any other aspect of the financial aid program.
  • Final tuition is subject to course load as there may be minimal variation in costs, pending the timeline of completion.

Scholarships available

One Health Scholars

Type: Need-based

Students with financial need are eligible to apply for this need-based scholarship award. In order to be considered for this scholarship, in addition to the scholarship application, students need to provide evidence of financial need.      

Global Health Scholars

Type: Merit-based

Students with strong undergraduate academic records can qualify for this scholarship and must submit an essay with final transcript for consideration. Minimum level for consideration is an undergraduate GPA above 3.7 (US Scale), ‘First’ (UK Scale) or local equivalent.

 

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