A dual master’s degree programme is now available for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) programme at International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The availability of this dual degree programme is the result of an exciting partnership between the University of Arizona (UA) in the United States and IMU, providing students with the opportunity to obtain both an MPH degree from UA and an MSPH degree from IMU within a total programme duration of two years. This necessitates an additional year of study after the completion of the MSPH degree.
The MPH degree from University of Arizona is accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) which is the highest accreditation in America for public health and is well-known worldwide. This recognition offers a multitude of opportunities in career development and growth in Malaysia and beyond as a master’s degree in public health allows students to be equipped with expertise to put public health principles in effect in sectors such as governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), health organisations, educational institutions, and research institutions.
The dual degree pathway offers a more reasonably priced pathway to obtaining an MPH degree from United States of America. With the total number of programme credits shared between IMU and UA, students can save a considerable amount on tuition costs when compared to direct entry to the MPH programme from University of Arizona.
In IMU, students have the option of enrolling into the MSPH programme as either on-campus or online distance learning students. The courses from UA are fully online and are open to both part-time and full-time students. However, students will still have the opportunity to travel to Arizona, United States of America to carry out an internship in public health. Through the internship, students will be immersed in real world experiences that will allow them to practice the concepts of public health taught during the dual master’s degree and build skills for future accomplishments.