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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.

  • 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

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.

“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

“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, Assistant Professor

“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.

Programme’s aims and objectives

The main aims of the programme are to enable students to:

  • Enhance the necessary knowledge and skills for conducting and critically evaluating research relevant to Public Health.
  • Develop a comprehensive, holistic and evidence-based approach to Public Health.
  • Develop the skills and critical thinking for practicing health protection, health promotion, and disease prevention for the major chronic and infectious conditions affecting the developed and the developing world.
  • Develop the necessary knowledge and skills for identifying and tackling environmental threads to population health, including emergency response, recovery and rehabilitation in the context of disasters, as well as occupational hazards and their prevention and management.
  • Develop the necessary knowledge and skills for applying the principles of health economics for prioritizing, devising, and evaluating cost-effective health services and systems in different settings, both nationally and globally.
  • Develop the necessary skills and confidence to assess needs, conduct, and disseminate (through scientific papers and oral presentations) high quality research relevant to Public Health.

The specific objectives of the programme are to:

  • Introduce and analyse the major principles of Epidemiology and Public Health, with emphasis on studying the frequency, distribution, determinants, and prevention of disease in populations.
  • Provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to assess the needs, design, analyse, interpret, and critically evaluate quantitative (epidemiological) and qualitative research studies relevant to Public Health.
  • Provide students with the necessary critical thinking, practical skills, and confidence to perform appropriate statistical analysis for conducting epidemiological research, using a statistical software package.
  • Introduce and analyse Health Protection and Health Promotion, covering and explaining the methodology used for protecting the public from infectious agents and environmental hazards, as well as the methodology used for preventing disease and improving health in populations.
  • Provide students with in depth knowledge on the epidemiology of the major chronic and infectious conditions causing the biggest burden on developed and developing societies, as well as regional, national and global preventive initiatives for tackling these.
  • Cover in detail the distal and proximal environmental determinants of health and the response to environmental emergencies and disasters, as well as occupational hazards, including methods and systems for prevention, risk management, incident investigation, and monitoring at the workplace
  • Introduce students to the major principles of health economics and equip students with the knowledge and skills to perform a clinical audit, as well as design and evaluate cost-effective health services and systems, in a global context.
  • Provide the opportunity to actively engage in public health research by writing up a research grant proposal including a bioethics application and conducting their own epidemiological study, leading to the write up of a scientific article at the standards of a peer-reviewed publication to a relevant international Journal, as well as an oral presentation.
  • Provide the opportunity to study in depth specific aspects of Public Health such as environmental and occupational health, health inequality within and between countries, population ageing and health, public health nutrition, social and behavioural, as well ethical dimensions of Public Health

Intended learning outcomes

Graduates of the MPH programme will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate deep understanding and apply measures of descriptive and analytic epidemiology used to assess the frequency, distribution and determinants of disease in human populations.
  2. Demonstrate deep understanding and apply the different study designs in epidemiological research and be able to design their own epidemiological studies for answering research questions relevant to Public Health.
  3. Demonstrate deep understanding and critically evaluate concepts pertaining to internal study validity (random error, bias, confounding) and external study validity (generalizability)
  4. Demonstrate deep understanding and explain the importance of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in Public Health and be able to interpret these for answering research questions relevant to Public Health.
  5. Demonstrate deep understanding and differentiate between association and causation, as well as critically evaluate the importance of their distinction in Public Health Policy
  6. Demonstrate deep understanding and apply the different levels of prevention and be able to design their own preventive measures for tackling current Public Health challenges.
  7. Demonstrate deep understanding of the aims, objectives, and responsibilities of the World Health Organization and its leadership priorities, as well as the health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  8. Demonstrate deep understanding and manage the different types of data involved in epidemiological research and be able to appropriately choose the right statistical method for analysing these.
  9. Demonstrate deep understanding and apply the basic principles or probability, random error, statistical significance, study power, Type I and Type II errors
  10. Use the statistical software programme STATA to load, clean, modify, manage and perform descriptive and inferential statistical analysis, with the appropriate results interpretation
  11. Demonstrate deep understanding of Health Protection, as well as describe and explain how it relates to protecting the public from infectious agents and environmental hazards, including the detailed methodologies involved.
  12. Demonstrate deep understanding of Health Promotion, as well as describe and explain how it relates to preventing disease and improving health in populations through individualistic and wider environmental approaches.
  13. Demonstrate deep understanding and apply models of predicting and explaining health behaviour in groups of people and use these for developing and implementing health promotion programmes.
  14. Demonstrate deep understanding and describe current and emerging pandemics and the global network of organizations, agencies and initiatives aiming at tackling these.
  15. Demonstrate in depth knowledge and describe in detail the epidemiology of the major chronic and infectious conditions causing the biggest burden on developed and developing societies and critically evaluate national and international preventive initiatives aiming at tackling these.
  16. Demonstrate deep understanding and describe the different epidemiological paradigms for the aetiology of chronic conditions, as well as major and emerging and re-emerging infectious conditions in developed and developing societies.
  17. Demonstrate deep understanding and analyse the dynamics of infectious disease outbreak and describe measures of control and surveillance
  18. Outline major emerging and re-emerging infectious conditions in the developed and developing world and describe the concept of migrant/refugee health concerning infectious disease.
  19. Demonstrate deep understanding and analyse the principles of immunization and the basic methodologies involved in the design of such programmes, also highlighting the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy.
  20. Demonstrate deep understanding and describe in detail the effects of climate change, global warming, air pollution, toxic hazards, water pollution, electromagnetic radiation, noise pollution, poor housing conditions, poor sanitation, as well as environmental emergencies and disasters in population health both in the developed and the developing world
  21. Demonstrate deep understanding and describe in detail the main factors affecting health and safety at the workplace and describe in detail the control of substances hazardous to health, including methods and systems for preventing workplace injuries, as well as risk management, incident investigation, and monitoring at the workplace.
  22. Discuss and analyse how the lack of resources during periods of economic crisis, recession, and austerity may affect population health and influence the prioritization and strategic planning as regards public health policies.
  23. Demonstrate deep understanding of the major principles of health economics and analyse the different methods for pricing and reimbursing health care services, assessing health service needs and prioritizing in the context of justice and equity in health care provision
  24. Demonstrate deep understanding of methods for assessing utilization and performance of health services and healthcare, as well as economic appraisal (incl. cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, and cost-benefit analysis) and apply these for designing and evaluating cost-effective health services and systems, as well as clinical audits.
  25. Describe and critically evaluate different healthcare systems around the world highlighting the main characteristics, strengths, and limitations of each and use this experience for designing effective and efficient health services and systems.

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

Graduation

Students must complete 90 ECTS and all programme requirements.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-’ is a Pass grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required.

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 8 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. All students applying for entry in Fall 2023, will be awarded a 20% scholarship reducing tuition to €9,648 from €12,060. Further scholarships can be awarded with the submission of a scholarship application.

Instalment plans are also available to further support you during your studies. Our Admissions Advisers can provide more details: [email protected].

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.      

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.
 

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