MSc in Public Health

Do you have a burning desire to contribute to your community by uplifting the quality of health and solve the myriad health problems faced by the population?

IMU’s MSc in Public Health programme enables students to build their standing and profile in academia, industry and in NGOs and is suitable for healthcare practitioners across diverse backgrounds including:

1) Medical doctors
2) Nurses
3) Health Officers
4) Environmental Health Officers
5) Health Service Managers
6) Hospital administrators
7) Nutritionists
8) Health Education Officers
9) Environmental and Health Engineers
10) Pharmacists

The programme emphasizes research and face-to-face engagement with our experienced faculty. By way of seminars, workshops, discussions and presentations, the teaching methodology contributes immensely to students’ personal development in terms of confidence, know-how and positive attitude.



Public Health (Master of Science)


March and September

Total Duration

1½ years (full-time)
3 years (part-time)

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Tuition Fees

Effective 2016, there will be a 15% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for all IMU Alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate study and meet the eligibility criteria.


Applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. A bachelor’s of science degree with minimum cGPA of 2.75 or equivalent in related discipline, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  2. A bachelor’s degree in related discipline not meeting cGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.
For Malaysian Students
Not applicable
For International Student

IELTS Overall band score of 5.0
Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) Overall score of 160
Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) Overall score of 180
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of 36
TOEFL (iBT) Overall score of 34


Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 450
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester 40 40
Tuition Fees 44,000 58,300
  • Effective 2016, there will be a 15% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for all IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate study and meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees“.
  • For information on Student Visa Application fee, please check the “Visas & Immigration



Semester 1 17,000
Semester 2 16,000
Semester 3 11,000
Grand Total 44,000


Semester 1 22,600
Semester 2 21,100
Semester 3 14,600
Grand Total 58,300


What is the aim of the programme?

On completion the student should possess an understanding of the science and art of Public Health including concepts of health and disease, and the factors that influence them. This acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitude will enable the student to practise their knowledge in a wide range of service and academic settings.

What are the programme objectives?

The programme will enable the student to understand the principle and practice of Public Health through the application of:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the main disciplines of Public Health, including statistics, epidemiology, health system management and health economics, health protection, medical sociology, communicable disease control, policy development and occupational and environmental health.
  • Important skills related to public health, including the use of information technology, research methods, analysis and interpretation of data and information critical appraisal and reasoning, strategic management, creative problem solving, multidisciplinary team working and effective written and oral communication.
  • Development of a holistic attitude in solving health problems in the community and cultivating intellectual curiosity and life-long learning in meeting the challenges of public health in the 21st century.
What are the entry requirements?

Applicants are required to have obtained:

  • A bachelor’s degree with minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent, as accepted by the HEP Senate; or
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent not meeting CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.

English language requirement
All students are normally required to provide written evidence of their ability in the English Language in order to study in IMU. The standard English Proficiency requirements are usually overall band score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 (PBT) or 79 (IBT) or MUET band 4.

What is the structure of the programme?

The programme is a 1½ years full-time programme taught in English running over 3 semesters. The programme is divided into 12 modules and the modules in each semester are as follows:-

Semesters 1 and 2 each comprises twelve weeks of active learning followed by one week of assessment. Semester 3 is for undertaking the dissertation. The programme offers the option of full-time study over 1½ years, or part-time over a maximum of 3 years.

The Full Time Format is a concentrated 18-month course of study at IMU that begins each year in early March/September. The programme is structured to provide the core requirement in the academic programme starting in March/September. The programme consists of 2 Semesters of theory followed by a 3rd Semester of dissertation writing and electives.

The Part Time Format offers modules that are available during weekends in a classroom setting. The students should complete the degree within three (3) years. The programme begins in March/September at IMU together with full time students but the classes are held during the weekends to cater to working students. Assignments and assessments for both part time and full time students will be similar.

Semester 1

Course Code Name of Module Number of Credit Units
MPH 101 Methods in Epidemilogy 4
MPH 104 Biostatics 4
MPH 105 Reasearch Methodology 4
MPH 108 Environmental Health 3
MPH 109 Occupational Health 3
Total 17

Semester 2

Course Code Name of Module Number of Credit Units
MPH 102 Population Health 4
MPH 103 Health Management and Economics 4
MPH 106 Health Promotion 3
MPH 107 Medical Sociology 3
MPH 110 Public Health Practice 2
Total 16

Semester 3

Course Code Name of Module Number of Credit Units
MPH 111 Dissertation 9
MPH 112 Electives (2) 2
Total 11

Total: 44 credit units
For the award of the degree of MSc (Public Health) the student must successfully complete all the 12 modules.

The curriculum is reviewed periodically and is subject to change.

What are the semester contents?

Semester contents are available in the programme brochure [Download Brochure]

What are the teaching/learning approaches used?
  • The programme is taught in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur City Council, Non Governmental Organisations and other public health related institutions.
  • Teaching and learning methods vary in line with the objectives of the course but they include a range of methods including didactic lectures, guided and independent group exercises, practicals, seminars, workshops and problem-based self directed learning.
  • Field visits with hands-on experience in observing the public health challenges that are currently faced by the community are an integral part of the course.
  • E-learning approaches are used extensively and includes web-based e-learning courses, online simulation and virtual mentoring.
How are the students assessed?

Assessment is through class tests, practicals, reports essays, problem-based learning, projects, dissertation and written examination.

Who are the teaching staff?

The teaching faculty reflect a multidisciplinary background and are drawn from the Division of Community Medicine, Division of Population Health, Division of Human Biology and Postgraduate Studies The teaching faculty have many years of academic and service experience and a large number of them have also served in the World Health Organisation in various capacities. In addition, honorary lecturers are invited from the Ministry of Health and the public and private health service organisations.

What distinguishes this programme from other similar courses?
  • The full time 1½ year format, where students interact with our faculty,
  • A flexible part time format of 3 years.
  • A diverse body of experienced public health specialists, clinicians, educators and policy makers.
  • Dissertation to guide students to conduct research in the field of their choice.


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Interested in applying for one of our programmes?

You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:

  1. Verified copies of your academic qualifications
  2. Evidence of English language proficiency
  3. A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport

These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made.

We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!

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Dr Tan Kok Leong

“The IMU MSc in Public Health prepares one to face both old and new challenges – from infectious and chronic diseases to health risks posed by the modern society’s lifestyle – through multidisciplinary approaches that apply the latest scientific knowledge, common sense and team work to solve important health problems.”

Associate Professor & Programme Director
MBBCh, BAO, LRCP&S (Ire), MPH (UM), MPH (Family Health) (UM)



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