Master of Science in Public Health

Master of Science in Public Health

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Public Health
Course code PMSCPBHPET3
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Julian Mamo
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
The Public Health Department of the University of Malta runs a part-time 2 year evening course leading to a Masters Degree in Public Health. This course has been held regularly since 1992.

The course content is similar to that offered for the membership examination of the Faculty of Public Health in the UK, from which it was originally based. The main areas of the course are: Research Methods - Epidemiology and Qualitative Research, Medical Statistics, Health Information Science, Health Promotion, Organisation of Health Care Systems and Management, Environmental Health, Sociology of Iillness, Applied Epidemiology, Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases, Social Policy and Health Economics.

Teaching staff are members of the Public Health Department as well as other specialists working in public health in Malta who are experts in the diverse aspects of public health.

Students undergo a number of study units each term which each have failing examinations in the subsequent examination period. However, there are no formal written final examinations at the end of the course. Instead, students conduct a number of practical projects in addition to their normal schedule of study units. In addition, students will be expected to prepare and defend a research thesis by the end of the 2nd year on a topic of public health relevance, with appropriate help from department supervisors.

The successful graduates will be able to apply their new knowledge and skills in public health and research to a number of areas within public health and health management while it would also enhance progression to further studies related to public health at higher level including for a doctorate in philosophy (PhD).

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University or another recognized higher education institution, obtained with at least Second Class Honours, in any area deemed relevant by the Board.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted to the course is 25 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected through an interview by a board, composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose. The board shall select applicants using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during the interview.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 1,500

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700
Students will accrue a number of skills and knowledge by the end of the Masters in Public Health course. These relate to the various study units involved, but also to the practical aspects of running surveys and preparing written reports which the students develop over the duration of the course.

These include skills such as choosing the right research method for a research question, selecting and using health databases; using statistical tests of significance to establish and ascertain the findings of any research conducted; developing skills in environmental risk assessment and planning, developing management skills for use in health settings, understanding the basis for the various models of health economics; understanding the philosophy and tools used in developing a social policy, understanding the basics of health information and how it relates to developing an evidence base for health policy; being able to conduct a literature review on any health topic and being subsequently able to teach and discuss the findings in a formal setting. These and many more skills are explained, tested and developed over the 2 year course and are put to immediate use in the various assignments and practical sessions which have become an integral part of this course.
This Course particularly attracts graduates in any health profession who like to take the next step towards higher studies with a strong background in research and health managerial skills.

People who intend to follow a public health career path and who already have a basic health degree.

Researchers who wish to develop their skills to be able to follow a research degree at the highest level in any health related field.
The course is especially attractive for 3 types of career progression:

It enables those who intend to pursue a career in public health to get the basic knowledge and skills from a reputable University and department which will set them into the career path of public health and start climbing the ladder as a public health professional.

It enables those who wish to pursue an academic career to fulfill the Masters level of academia in public health and bridge the gap between a basic health professional course and a PhD in a public health related field.

It enables health professionals who are already engaged in their field and career to garner useful public health and health managerial skills to enable them to take on higher levels of responsibility which utilises population based health skills for higher management and planning.

This course is ideal for those who wish to pursue a PhD in a public health related field and gives the vital skills in research methods and health management that enables these to prepare and conduct a research proposal for higher postgraduate study. The degree is accepted by the University of Malta and other Universities as a stepping stone for Bachelor level graduates to further their studies – which they may do subsequently in any related health science.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 30 September 2019

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.