The aim of the Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) is to develop and enhance managerial capacity in Public Health in Malawi and the region so as to improve the health of populations and communities through the prevention of disease, the promotion of health and the provision and evaluation of appropriate treatment and care.
The MPH is a two-year block-release program. The program is run on a modular basis with students on average attending classes for two weeks every two months. This is a necessary design feature for the MPH in order to allow students to remain in full time employment.
Students who study the MPH go on to occupy management positions in health-related Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), they go on to be full-time researchers in the public health or medical fields as well as join the academic setting to teach others the importance of public health and its relevant disciplines.
The MPH course at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences is the biggest postgraduate programme within the country. We aim at preparing and developing students to become public health practitioners who will influence change and transform lives. Communities in Malawi and the rest of the region are experiencing pressing public health challenges and need effective, culturally relevant solutions. We provide opportunity to expand your horizon and career paths in this dynamic field through a practical education that develop your essential skills needed in the field of public health.
Award of a Master of Public Health
A student will be awarded a Master of Public Health degree on completion of all compulsory modules, a minimum of 60 credits’ worth of elective modules, two case studies, a dissertation, a publishable manuscript and proof of having paid all due fees. A student previously awarded Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health (PGDPH) will be awarded a Master of Public Health after completing and passing a dissertation component and writing a publishable manuscript within five years of completing their PGDPH. See the schedule of fees for details of the fee payable.
Students must complete a research dissertation. The dissertation research work takes place following completion of all core and elective modules and all case studies. However, proposal development must begin in the first year with the identification of a research topic, identification of a dissertation supervisor, and the development of a 2 page proposal followed by a full proposal, along with the research methods and proposal writing module. Because the MPH is aimed primarily at practitioners in the field of health systems and public health, the dissertation should demonstrate that the student can identify and investigate health and health system problems in a comprehensive manner, and that he/she can begin to formulate appropriate interventions.
Students will select a project or topic in consultation with their academic supervisor.
The dissertation can take one of three formats:
For purposes of the MPH each of the three is valid.
All MPH students are required to submit a two paged proposal and then a full proposal prior to conducting their research study for their dissertation. Securing funding from a third party for a research project to be undertaken for the dissertation is not reason for by-passing requirements of the MPH program.
Detailed guidelines for dissertations will be available to students.
Candidates will be required to write a manuscript of publishable standards. In writing the manuscript, the candidate should follow guidelines of a targeted journal, such as Malawi Medical Journal. The manuscript shall be graded as a pass or fail and no candidate shall qualify for an MPH without obtaining a pass mark.
Calls for applications for masters’ students are advertised all-year round on the university’s website, www.kuhes.ac.mw. Applications are made through a postgraduate application form downloadable from the website and submitted to the office of the Assistant Registrar. For more information, visit the Central registry. Potential candidates may be invited for oral interviews.
Applications for this postgraduate programme should include:
non-refundable application fee of MK10000.00 for Malawians and $30.00 for non-Malawians. Payment should be made to:
KUHeS POSTGRADUATE POOL NATIONAL BANK OF MALAWI CHICHIRI BRANCH ACCOUNT NUMBER: 698881 CURRENT ACCOUNT
Application forms that do not meet the requirements stated above will not be processed. Completed application should be sent:
The Registrar, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences College of Medicine Private Bag 360 Chichiri Blantyre 3, Malawi Attention: Assistant Registrar (Academic) Tel: + 265 (0) 1 874 107, Fax +265 (0) 1 874 700 E-mail: email@example.com. Copy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Malawians (SADC): $6,000
Non-Malawians (non-SADC): $8,000
Highly competitive funding and scholarship opportunities are available on merit basis. For more information about funding and scholarships for Masters students, contact the Scholarships office on email@example.com