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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?

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.

Key Facts

DEGREE

  • Public Health (Master of Sciences)

Commencement

  • March and September

total duration

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

Tuition Fees

  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
  • A bursary of RM8,000 is available for international students joining the 2021 intake.

Mode of Delivery

  • Conventional / Open & Distance Learning (ODL)

Why Study Public Health at IMU?

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 29 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.

IMU achieved the SETARA-2018/2019 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

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

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

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

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.

About Open and Distance Learning (ODL)

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 29 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 annotated lectures supplemented by videos. 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. 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.

Programme Structure

The IMU-MSc in Public Health programme has 44 credits in total which is delivered in conventional and ODL modes. Both modes have full-time and part-time where full-time programme consists of 2 semesters and part-time consists of 4 semesters. Each semester comprises 22 weeks of active learning. Together with other taught modules, students will be preparing a research project proposal in semester 1 and carrying it out in semester 2 followed by dissertation write up. Students who choose part-time study are allowed to take a minimum of 3 modules per semester. 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. 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.

OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING

Open and Distance Learning (ODL) provides working professionals the flexibility and an opportunity to obtain a MSc in Public Health degree at their own convenience. It allows students to plan and pace their own learning while benefiting from all the teachings and supports that the University has to offer. The programme consists of 80% online teaching and learning sessions and 20% of on campus requirement. The teaching methods include a series of online lectures supplemented by online discussions, forums and assessments. Students will also be assigned a mentor who will be available to answer any questions and provide feedback on their progress. Time will be the ODL student’s most important commitment for this 44 credits master programme.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSc PH) Program Structure (March Intake)

March Intake
Course Code Name of Module Credit Blocks
Semester 1 (Mar-Aug)
Dissertation not applicable in Semester 1
MSPH105 Research Methodology* 3 1st block (Mar-May)
MSPH102 Population Health 4
MSPH103 Health Management and Economics 4
MSPH106 Health Promotion 3 2nd block (Jun-Aug)
MSPH107 Medical Sociology 3
MSPH110 Public Health Practice 2
MSPH112 Electives* 2
Semester 2 (Sep-Feb)
MSPH111 Dissertation** 9 Entire Semester
MSPH105 Research Methodology* 3 3rd block (Sep-Nov)
MSPH101 Methods in Epidemiology 4
MSPH104 Biostatistics 4
MSPH112 Electives* 2
MSPH108 Environmental Health 3 4th block (Dec-Feb)
MSPH109 Occupational Health 3
  • * Delivered every semester. Full-time must take them in Semester 1. Part-time student can choose to do them in any semester.
  • ** Full-time must take this module in Semester 2. Part-time student can choose to do it in any semester from semester 2 onwards.
  • All modules are delivered in above sequence every year.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSc PH) Program Structure (September Intake)

September Intake
Course Code Name of Module Credit Blocks
Semester 1 (Sep-Feb)
Dissertation not applicable in Semester 1
MSPH105 Research Methodology* 3 1st block (Sep-Nov)
MSPH101 Methods in Epidemiology 4
MSPH104 Biostatistics 4
MSPH112 Electives* 2
MSPH108 Environmental Health 3 2nd block (Dec-Feb)
MSPH109 Occupational Health 3
Semester 2 (Mar-Aug)
MSPH111 Dissertation** 9 Entire Semester
MSPH105 Research Methodology* 3 3rd block (Mar-May)
MSPH102 Population Health 4
MSPH103 Health Management and Economics 4
MSPH106 Health Promotion 3 4th block (Jun-Aug)
MSPH107 Medical Sociology 3
MSPH110 Public Health Practice 2
MSPH112 Electives* 2
  • * Delivered every semester. Full-time must take them in Semester 1. Part-time student can choose to do them in any semester.
  • ** Full-time must take this module in Semester 2. Part-time student can choose to do it in any semester from semester 2 onwards.
  • Modules are delivered in above sequence every year.

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.

ASSESSMENT

Several assessment methods, designed for adult independent learners, are used to assess the knowledge, skill and attitude domains. They are mainly through written assignments, reflective reports, case study, seminar presentation, group discussion, practical assignment, written dissertation and viva voce. For the award of the degree of MSc in Public Health, students must successfully complete all 12 modules.

Entry Requirement

A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are required to have obtained:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields with a minimum cGPA of 2.50 or equivalent, as accepted by the University’ Senate; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the field or related fields or equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and not meeting a CGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment.

For Malaysian Students

Not applicable

For International Students

  • IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  • Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47;

 

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

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

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information

Application and Registration Fees

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 500
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester 40 40
Tuition Fee
Tuition Fee (Conventional Mode) 44,000 55,000
Tuition Fee (ODL Mode) 37,000 37,000
  • 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

Views from Our Community

Dr Anuradha Nadarajah

Student, MSc in Public Health (ODL)

MSc PH programme in ODL mode is convenient and beneficial to upgrade my knowledge and academic status without creating much conflict between my work and postgraduate learning schedule as 80% of teaching and learning are done online with only 20% of campus requirement for field visits and practical sessions. The dates for the field visits and practical sessions are informed earlier when the semester begins so that we will be able to plan our schedule.

Syeda Razelin Kashem

Alumna, MSc in Public Health

The skill and knowledge I learnt from MScPH programme helps me a lot in my current job.

Dauda Bukar Dauda

Alumnus, MSc in Public Health

Coming to International Medical University (IMU) was the best decision I have ever made in life. As International student from Nigeria, I was opportune to meet different set of people with different background, culture and experiences. During my stay at IMU, I used every single opportunity to learn, discuss and also share experiences with my colleagues and the lecturers. The knowledge and experiences I gained in IMU has really helped me in my workplace. I was able to apply what I learned in solving problems and also in improving the services we provide to the people in my workplace. Presently an Environmentalist and also a Public health practitioner, IMU has really contributed for being what I am today and I will be forever proud for been an alumnus of this great institution.

Hay Mar Win

Alumna, Hay Mar Win, MSc in Public Health

I think, initially it was a struggle as I did not have much work experience prior to doing my masters degree. But once I got my first job (which was within 3 months of finishing my MScPH), it got easier.

Obinna Francis Onunkwor

Alumna, MSc in Public Health

MScPH Degree from IMU is accepted and recognised globally. A key thing that gave me an edge in a very competitive and surplus work force in Nigeria, was the Internship at UNHCR Kuala Lumpur. It provided the experience I needed to launch my career in a sector that hardly employs inexperienced graduates.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

Why choose this programme?

  • The full-time 1 year format, where students interact with our faculty,
  • A flexible part-time format of 2-6 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:

  • Verified copies of your academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • 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!

A Word from the Programme Director

DR LWIN MIE AYE

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

“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.”

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