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Master of Public Health (MPH)


Course Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is a one-year full-time equivalent qualification that can be completed either as a thesis or as a dissertation alongside further postgraduate public health papers to the value of 60 points. Students enter the MPH after completing a one-year full-time equivalent Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (DPH). The MPH is an internationally recognised qualification in its field. It is taught in small classes, with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches. Students are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds in the health, social and allied sciences, and many enrol on a part-time basis.

Graduates from the programme are equipped to work in a range of non-clinical fields in the health sector, principally in planning and management and in the delivery of public health programmes.

Information for new applicants

The usual prerequisite for the MPH is the Diploma of Public Health, but other equivalent qualifications may be accepted. Entry to the MPH will depend on available resources for supervision, and on the student’s performance in the DPH. Currently students are required to achieve an average of 73% in their DPH to be considered for entry.

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of either:
-Approved PUBH papers to the value of 60 points and a 60-point dissertation; or
-A 120-point thesis embodying the results of one year of full-time or equivalent part-time supervised research.
The topic of the thesis or dissertation shall be in some branch of public health. A candidate may not present a thesis or dissertation that has previously been accepted for another degree. The programme of study and the topic and supervisors of the thesis or dissertation shall be approved by the Postgraduate Research Convenor or his or her nominee. A candidate may, with the approval of the Public Health Academic Committee, substitute alternative papers that have substantial public health content, up to the value of 30 points.

Information for new applicants

The usual prerequisite for the MPH is the Diploma of Public Health, but other equivalent qualifications may be accepted. Entry to the MPH will depend on available resources for supervision, and on the student’s performance in the DPH. Currently students are required to achieve an average of 73% in their DPH to be considered for entry.

Other admission requirements

Every applicant shall normally be required to satisfy all of the following:
-Be a graduate or possess an appropriate professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study.
-Have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health or equivalent with grades averaging B or better, or be enrolled for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health and have completed the requirements for a relevant degree (such applicants must have achieved a standard satisfactory to the Public Health Academic Committee in the papers taken in the first semester of enrolment for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health before being permitted to proceed to enrolment for the degree of Master of Public Health).
-Have passed an approved research methods paper, relevant to the candidate’s intended research design, worth 15 points (this is in addition to candidates having completed the core Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health 15-point research methods paper, PUBH 711; if the candidate is not undertaking an epidemiological research approach in the degree programme, a grade of B+ in this paper is not required; however, those undertaking epidemiological research are required to have achieved a grade of B+ or better in PUBH 711, as well as in PUBH 725).
-Provide evidence of ability for an advanced level of academic study.

Visit the Master of Public Health (MPH) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Programme Academic Co-ordinator or his or her nominee. See course description for further admission details.

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