MSc in Public Health
(Conventional / Open & Distance Learning Mode)

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.

This Programme is Now Available in ODL Mode

Open and distance learning (ODL) provides working professionals an alternative to conventional programmes at universities, giving them the opportunity to earn a university degree without interrupting their career while providing flexibility and convenience for the student in their studies. Not sure if this is the programme for you? Try out our free trial lesson today!



Public Health (Master of Sciences)


March and September

Total Duration

Full time : 1 – 2 years
Part-time: 2 – 6 years

Mode of Delivery

Conventional / Open & Distance Learning (ODL)

Tuition Fees

All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 25% bursary.


What is ODL?

Open and distance learning provides working professionals an alternative to conventional programmes at universities, giving them the opportunity to earn a university degree without interrupting their career. As Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with 27 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education, IMU offers a few postgraduate programmes via this learning mode with students having the opportunity to benefit from all the teaching and support that the University has to offer.

Benefits of ODL

Designed especially for students with employment, family or other commitments, this mode of learning provides flexibility and convenience for the student to schedule their studies around these obligations and around their lifestyle – allowing a student to plan and pace their own learning at a time and learning environment that is most suitable for the student. It also saves students from spending time travelling to the university, the costs of travelling to the university and the costs of staying near the university.

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods include a series of lectures (Powerpoint lectures, video lectures and i-lectures) supplemented by online discussions, forums and quizzes. For each subject taken, students will be part of a student online community. Students will also be assigned a mentor who will be available to answer any questions and provide feedback on their progress.

Students will be assessed fully online via the in-course assessment assignments and end of module assessment assignment so they don’t need to be at the University to sit your exams. They will the receive their grades and feedback online.

In order to do this, students will be required to have a desktop/laptop, internet connection, a headset and webcam to participate in online tutorials and other group activities, access to standard office software – such as Microsoft Word and Excel, plus any standard browser, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox and Skype for certain online sessions.

Your Commitment

Time will be an ODL student’s most important commitment – understanding, working through and reflecting on all teaching materials. A 44-credit programme, the MSc in Public Health requires 1760 total students learning hours in 1.5 years. The hours spent per week on their studies for the duration of the programme depends on module taken.

Support from University

ODL students are fully registered student of the University with all of the support and services available to them, the same as the on-campus students. Technical support will also be provided if students have difficulty in accessing the e-learning platform.

Not sure if this is the programme for you? Try out our free trial lesson today!


Applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. A Bachelor Degree in related discipline with a minimum cGPA of 2.75 or equivalent, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  2. A Bachelor 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 Students

  1. IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  2. TOEFL (PBT) : Overall score of 410-413; or
  3. TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 34; or
  4. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 160; or
  5. Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 180; or
  6. Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 36;

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  1. International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  2. International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.


Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester 40 40
Tuition Fees (Conventional Mode) 44,000 58,300
Tuition Fees (ODL Mode)* 35,200 35,200
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 25% bursary.
  • 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


The programme consists of 2 semesters of theory followed by a third semester of dissertation writing and electives. Semesters 1 and 2 each comprises 24 weeks of active learning and 2 weeks of assessment. Semester 3 is scheduled for carrying out a research project and preparation of a dissertation. The ODL programme consists of 80% online teaching and learning sessions and 20% of on campus requirement.

Semester 1
  • Methods in Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Research Methodology
  • Environmental Health
  • Occupational Health
Semester 2
  • Population Health
  • Health Management & Economics
  • Health Promotion
  • Medical Sociology
  • Public Health Practice
Semester 3
  • Dissertation
  • Electives (2)

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 and include 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 include web-based courses, online simulation and virtual mentoring.

For Open Distance Learning (ODL)

Lectures/tutorials/seminars Online
Assessments Online
Field visits On campus for the visits or off campus if students can arrange on their own and manage to plan the field visit to meet the learning outcomes of the modules.
Elective attachment Off campus (Students have the option of completing this at their workplace or any relevant institution/departments/organisation away from IMU)
Field visits On campus for the visits or off campus if students can arrange on their own and manage to plan the field visit to meet the learning outcomes of the modules.
Dissertation Off campus (Students have the option to conduct this).
Practical (SPSS training) On campus (2 days)
Dissertation VIVA exam On campus or off campus. Student may opt to have the viva exam through online video conferencing.


Assignments and assessments for both full-time and ODL students. Assessment is through practical, reports, essays, problem-based learning, project work, dissertation and written examination. For the award of the degree of MSc in Public Health, students must successfully complete all 12 modules.


Faculty Members

Associate Professor Dr Tan Kok Leong

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Dr Tan Kok Leong received his Medical degree from the Royal of Colleage of Surgeon in Ireland in 1997 and Master in Public Health subspecialised in Family health from University Malaya in 2008. He was with the Ministry of Health Malaysia for 10 years before embarking in the academic world. He has over 10 years of teaching experience for undegraduate and postgraduate students. Dr Tan has published almost 20 research papers in the field of public health and meeical education. His research interest is in childhood feeding and children with special needs.

Professor Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Bin Sulaiman

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MD (Nat. Univ. Malaysia), DAP&E (SEAMEO-TROPMED), MScPH (Nat. Univ. Singapore), PhD (Nat. Univ. Malaysia)

Datuk Dr. Lokman Hakim S is a Professor of Public Health at the School of Medicine, Director of the Institute of Research, Development and Innovation and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research at the International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia and was the Past President of the College of Public Health Medicine of the Academy. He is also a Fellow of Academy of Medicine of Singapore and Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia. He was formerly the Deputy Director General of Health (Public Health), MOH Malaysia. He is a current member of the WHO Advisory Group for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness for the period of 2017-2020.

Professor Dato Maimunah Binti A Hamid

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Dato’ Dr Maimunah A. Hamid is a Professor, Community Medicine and an Associate Dean (Human Resource, Community and Industrial Linkages) in School of Medicine, IMU. She has served the Ministry of Health (MOH) for 33 years, gaining experiences from grass root level to policy making, as the Deputy Director-General of Health Malaysia (Research & Technical Support).

She is among the pioneers in development of Health Systems Research and Quality Assurance Programmes for MOH. She has served in many national and international boards of directors and advisory groups, and provided consultancy and technical advice to the WHO.

She attained her M.B.,B.Ch from Cairo University and Master of Public Health from University Malaya. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia and a Fellow of Public Health Specialist.

Professor Dr To’ Puan Dr Safurah Binti Ja’afar

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MBchB ( Alexandria University), MScPH (National University of Singapore), MBA (Northearstern University Boston)

Professor To’ Puan Dr Safurah Jaafar is the Associate Professor of Community Medicine in International Medical University, Malaysia. She currently holds the position as Head of Division Family and Population Health and also Programme Director of the MBA in Healthcare Management in IMU. Prior to joining IMU, she was the Director, Family Health Development Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia from 2007 to 2017. During her tenure, she was instrumental in reforming the PHC delivery in Malaysia, safeguarding equitable distribution of care in achieving universal health coverage. This was achieved through the various policies introduced and implemented in primary care and the life-course approach in family health. She was also responsible to ensure seamless integration of programs related to the primary with secondary and tertiary care as well as involving the public and private sector. During her earlier tenure as Deputy Director Primary Health Care from 1995 to 2007, she was involved directly in introducing and implementing programs that involves with population coverage, primary health care, provider payment, information technology, quality and health financing area. Safurah was involved immensely in the global healthcare scene, as advisor to WHO in area of primary care health system and policies and Malaysian representative in various conferences organized by United Nations and UNICEF in relation to her area of expertise.

Associate Professor Dr Ranjit De Alwis

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MBBS (Ceylon), MSc Occupational Med (Lond), D Ind Health (London & Eng), MD Comm Med (Colombo), FCCP (Sri Lanka)

Dr Ranjit De Alwis received his medical degree from the University of Ceylon. After serving the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka as a medical officer he proceeded to do his postgraduate studies obtaining a MSc in Occupational Medicine from the University of London, Diploma in Industrial Health from the Royal College of Physicans, England and a MD from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine in Sri Lanka.

He was the Head of the Occupational Hygiene division in Sri Lanka before joining the IMU. He has also served the International Labour Organisation as a Consultant in Occupational Safety and Health. He has a wide experience in handling safety and health issues in a wide range of industries, and has been member of many national and international advisory committees.

Some of the roles Dr Ranjit has held in IMU were as Safety & Health Officer in IMU, Semester Coordinator and Module Coordinator for several programmes including Community Health module for Chiropractic, and Faculty Advisor to Students. He is presently the Co-Chair of Occupational Safety and Health Committee and was awarded IMU Achievement Award for Core Values. Dr Ranjit has contributed much to IMU’s projects including being Chair of Medical Sciences curriculum working group and others.

Associate Professor Dr Hally Sreerama Reddy Chandrashekhar Thummala

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MBBS, MD (Community Medicine), DTMPH, MSc (International Health)

Dr. Chandrashekhar T Sreeramareddy received his MBBS (1999), from Bangalore Medical College and MD (2003) degree in community medicine from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal India. He has over 13 years of teaching experience for undergraduate and postgraduate students. At first he worked as Tutor in Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India, from 2000-03, later as assistant Professor Community Medicine in Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal from 2003-2009. He worked as associate professor in Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Malaysia from 2009-2010, University Tunku Abdul Rahman and currently in International Medical University, Malaysia. Dr. Chandrashekhar has vast experience in research and published 50 research papers on various public health issues. His current research interests are Epidemiology and Control strategies of Tuberculosis, Epidemiology of tobacco use and tobacco control.

Dr Supathiratheavy Rasiah

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Dr Supathiratheavy Rasiah started her career with the Ministry of Health Malaysia, having worked at various levels at the clinical level and in senior managerial positions at the Federal Ministry as well as at the State health department Level. She retired after 36 years of service as a director of a Tertiary Level State hospital. Her strengths are in Health Planning and Health Management, Quality, Health Information systems and Health Informatics. Her research interests are in health informatics, diabetes and trust in healthcare. She has successfully mentored undergraduates as well as post graduates. She has presented at international conferences. She is a Chevening award scholar, completed her MSc. in Health Services Management in UK and her PhD in (Medical and Health Sciences by Research) at the IMU. She studied Medicine at Kasturba Medical College Manipal- Mangalore, India.

Dr Leela V Sabapathy

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MBBS (Utkal, India) MPH (UM), MPH Health Services Management (UM)

Dr Leela V Sabapathy is a Public Health Physician with 32 years of experience in the Public Health sector working in the clinical sector for 12 years before branching out to Public Health and Health Management. She has worked as Deputy Hospital Director as well as HOD Public Health in the Ministry of Health and also in various State and Regional Public Hospitals like Sarawak General Hospital, HTAR Klang, HSA Johor Bharu, Telehealth Division Min. of Health Msia, and HKL. She also has considerable experience as a MSQH ( Malaysian Society for Quality in Health) Hospital Accreditation Surveyor having surveyed more than 15 public and private hospitals.

Dr Siew Wei Fern

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RN, CCN, Postgrad Dip. Ind Safety Mgmt (UKM), M. Ind Safety Mgmt (UKM), Dip. Teaching & Training (Cambridge), PhD (IMU)

Dr Siew is a Senior Lecturer in the Community Medicine Department of International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia. A Registered Nurse by profession, she has a vast knowledge base and experience in the field of coronary & intensive care nursing, industrial occupational, safety and health management and nursing/medical education. She has contributed considerably to the clinical teaching and supervision of medical and nursing students, the newly registered nurses, and training of member of staff of multi-national corporations in occupational, safety and health programmes. Dr Siew is also the Basic Life Support Instructor for IMU and is involved in evidence-based practice research.

Dr Fauziah Binti Zainal Ehsan

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Dr Fauziah Zainal Ehsan is a Public Health Physician and currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine at International Medical University, Malaysia. She graduated from University Malaya with an M.B.B.S degree and later attained her M.Med(PH) from the National University of Singapore. She had served in the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) for 30 years, going through her clinical and eventually opting for a Public Health career. She has extensive experience in the field of primary health care (PHC) having served 6 years in Sarawak and 14 years at MOH. She has also acquired experience in the area of Health information technology, leading a team in the implementation of a health clinic information system in a number of health clinics in Malaysia. She has represented MOH in the Joint Learning Network organisation in areas of PHC and Informatics.

Dr Lwin Mie Aye

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M.B;B.S (UM1, Ygn), MSc Public Health (IMU)

Dr Lwin is the Lecturer and Program Director of Master of Sicnece in Public Health Program. She has been working in higher education and research since year 2006. She started her career in University of Medicine, Magway, Myanmar, as a Assistant Lecturer. After that, she joined National University of Singapore working as a Reasarch Assistant for Quality Assurance Projects for Cardiology Department in National University Hospital. She pursued her Master Degree in Public Health in 2013 at IMU after which she joined Melaka Manipal Medical College as a Lecturer. Her strong experience in teaching and supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate students has been benefiting a lot in training of Healthcare Professionals.

Dr Sumaira Hussain

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MBBS (IMU), MPH (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Dr Sumaira Hussain received her Masters of Public Health Degree with Distinction from University of Newcastle, Australia. She is also an IMU alumni and graduated with MBBS degree in 2011. She was a research assistant in Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Newcastle Australia before embarking on her journey to Pakistan to combat public health issues in a developing nation. She has worked in hospital management and policy in the largest private hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. After which she worked in an NGO implementing the national tuberculosis program in all provinces of Pakistan. Her passion for research and academia has only strengthened during this time and she has published numerous research articles in various public health domains.


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?

Entry requirement can be viewed HERE.



What is the structure of the programme?

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

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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An Established Private Healthcare University

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 26 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU achieved the SETARA-2017 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.
Renowned and Highly Experience Faculty

Renowned and Highly Experience Faculty

Students will be supervised by staff who are experts in their field with well-established reputations nationally and internationally. The academic community of IMU pursues and achieves excellence in a wide range of research activities. Many of them present their findings in international conferences to keep up to date with the latest development in specialised areas. They also publish their findings in international peer-reviewed journals.
Recognised by JPA

Recognised by JPA

The IMU MSc in Public Health is recognised by the Malaysian Public Service Department (JPA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH). With this recognition, healthcare professionals who are working in the public sector especially MOH who want to advance in their careers in a related field can choose to study the IMU MSc in Public Health programme. Our graduates of this Masters degree can also apply to work in the public sector.
Unique Curriculum

Unique Curriculum

This programme has a research component in its curriculum in which the student is required to complete a research project. There will also be field visits to the Ministry of Health, the Local Council and Non-Governmental Organisations as part of the experiential learning component of the programme. E-learning approaches are also used extensively including web-based e-learning in the programme.
Research Partnerships

Research Partnerships

Students will benefit from the University’s research collaborations with various local and foreign institutions in areas such as cancer, bioactive molecules, nutrition and environmental health. Close links have also been established with local hospitals, especially Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar in clinical research.


“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.”

Lecturer and Program Director
M.B;B.S (UM1,Ygn), MSc PH (IMU)




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