Master of Public Health

  • Programme Code: MPH
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Study time: Weekend
  • Intake: August


The MPH programme is structured and delivered to meet the public health needs of Uganda and the other countries in the African Great Lakes Region; and to fulfil the quality standards of the Uganda National Council of Higher Education (UNCHE). The programme is aligned to the core competences for public health professionals as suggested by the United States of America (USA) Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice; and to international public health training standards such as those suggested by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in the USA. The programme has an academic component largely based at the University; and a field component based in district training sites.  During the academic part of the programme, students are introduced to foundational and specialized public health courses. During the field component of the programme, a range of public health competencies are practised through on-job training within the context of a district health team. All courses in the programme are compulsory. [cm_show_info] The programme vision and mission are aligned to the overall focus of KABSOM; to be a centre of excellence in providing under-graduate and post-graduate health training, research and community service in the Great Lakes Region and beyond.  The MPH programme vision is of public health leaders that are prepared and responsive to the population health and environment needs within and beyond the boundaries of the great lakes region of Africa. The programme mission is to nurture a competent public health workforce through multidisciplinary training, research, service and collaborations to advance public health in and around the great lakes region of Africa. The first goal of the MPH programme is to produce practically oriented-public health specialists who possess the knowledge, skills and professionalism required to lead and manage public health and community health in the great lakes region of Africa and beyond. Kabale University being in Uganda, the health systems of Uganda, current and future challenges of the country’s public health system will highly be utilized for educational, research and promotion.  The programme fosters an appreciation for the role of public health in community, subnational and national development for improving the health. A second goal of the MPH Programme is to develop an innovative model of public health training that emphasises high engagement in communities to assess existing problems and providing relevant solutions. The model is therefore problem-oriented learning (problem-solving and problem-based) to acquire competencies in public health. Approximately sixty percent of the programme is field-based within the district health systems in Uganda, and potentially in other countries in the region. The following are objectives of the MPH Programme:
  1. To introduce basic and advanced concepts and principles of public health to the learners
  2. To provide knowledge and skills fundamental to public health service and research
  3. To increase the learner’s capacity to conduct health research essential to meeting the demands and challenges of the great lakes region of Africa and beyond.
  4. To increase the capacity for designing, analysing and implementing of health programmes that are relevant to subnational, national, regional and global health demands.
  5. To build the capacity for leadership in health and healthcare services
  6. To prepare public health practitioners to work within an integrated, multidisciplinary, and multi-sectoral health system

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to Ugandans and Non-Ugandans who fulfil the admission requirements. The requirements described below are the minimum academic conditions for admission and only make one eligible for consideration.  A candidate is eligible for admission if he/she satisfies any of the following:

  • A degree in the health sciences e.g. medicine (human and veterinary), nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and at least two years’ relevant field experience.
  • A degree in social sciences e.g. social work, sociology, economics, communication studies, demography and at least two years’ relevant field experience.
  • A degree in biological or population sciences e.g. statistics, environmental sciences, biology, laboratory sciences, and at least two years’ relevant field experience.

Fees Structure

  • Tuition Fees per Semester (East African): UGX 2,500,000
  • Tuition Fees per Semester (Non East Africans): $1730

Application and selection

Course details

  Year I:  Semester 1:          
MPH7111 Biological Basis of Public Health 10 10 30 30 2
MPH7112 Applied Epidemiology I 20 50 0 45 3
MPH7113 Applied Biostatistics I and Informatics 20 20 0 45 3
MPH7114 Field Study 1   10 20 15 1
MPH7115 Health Policy and Primary Health Care 25 10 0 30 2
MPH7116 Health Planning & Management 35 20 0 45 3
MPH7117 Health Economics & Finance 25 10 0 30 2
Total           16
  Year I:  Semester 2          
MPH7121 Communicable & Non-communicable  Disease Control 45 30 0 60 4
MPH7122 Principles of Health Education & Training 30 30 0 45 3
MPH7123 Research Methodology 15 30 0 30 2
MPH7124 Social & Behavioural Determinants of Health 25 10 0 30 2
MPH7125 Field Study 2 10 0 100 60 4
TOTAL           15
  Year I:  Recess term          
MPH7126 Field Study 3 (Dissertation -Start) 5 0 140 75 5
Total           5
  Year II:  Semester 1          
MPH7211 Family & Reproductive Health 30 30 0 45 3
MPH7212 Demography & Population Dynamics 25 25 10 0 30 2
MPH7213 Public Health Nutrition 35 20 0 45 3
MPH7214 Environmental Health 15 60 0 45 3
MPH7215 Occupational Health 15 30 0 30 2
MPH7216 Health Ethics and Law 20 20 0 30 2
  Dissertation Activities          
Total           15
  Year II Semester 2          
MPH7221 Applied Epidemiology II 10 40 0 30 2
MPH7222 Applied Biostatistics II 10 40 0 30 2
MPH7223 Dissertation *          
Total           4
LH = Lecture Hours; PH = Practical Hours; FH = Field Hours; CH = Contact Hours;  CU = Credit Units

*The Dissertation starts with proposal development which starts in the recess term of Year I and is completed in semester 1 of Year II.  Data collection is done towards the end of Semester 1 of Year II and the final data analysis and write up is completed in the second Semester of Year II.

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