Program Organization and Structure

The state of the art curriculum of the MSPH program focuses on the key competencies of public health as identified by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) master’s degree in public health (MPH) core competencies.

Primarily, our MSPH curriculum emphasizes upon the five core areas of public health (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences) and seven cross-cutting areas (Communication, Diversity and Culture, Leadership, Professionalism and Ethics, Program Planning and Assessment, Public Health Biology, and Systems Thinking).

This 24 month curriculum is organized around a conceptual framework which provides the students an overview of the guiding principles of the science and art of public health.

The courses are planned to teach in a synchronized manner to integrate with each other. The first semester curriculum introduces basic public health disciplines. The second semester curriculum essentially provides the advanced and incorporated training in practical, procedural and programmatic disciplines which leads to third semester focusing on comprehensive study of imperative disciplines of the time i.e. Health Leadership, Project Management, Disaster Management, Mental Health, Human Resource Management etc.

The third and fourth semester which includes Research Methods and Research Dissertation incorporates the public health knowledge, skills, and methods learnt by the students and their application focusing upon important public health issues. During these two semesters, students work on developing their protocol and then students continue their dissertation and proceed for data collection, conduct a research study and prepare their thesis for submission and defense.

The Elective courses are offered in third semester minimally with the strength of 08 students.

MSPH Program Duration, Credit and Medium of Instruction

The degree program extends up to twenty four (24) months comprising four semesters. The first three semesters are dedicated to course work, culminating in an end-of-semester examination and the fourth semester will be used to complete the student dissertations.

The total program consists of 62 credits. One credit is equivalent to 14-16 hours of formal teaching/contact hours or 48-54 hours of practical fieldwork. Practical fieldwork is defined as consisting of individual fieldwork, group work, field visits, individual assignments and class exercises.

English is the medium of instruction and examination for the MSPH program.

SemesterWise Distribution for MSPH (2 Year Program)

The distribution of the core and elective courses in all the semesters is given in the following tables

Semester 1  
Serial No. Course Code Course Title
01 FPH 01 Foundations in Public Health
02 DPD 02 Demography and Population Dynamics
03 BIO 03 Introduction to Biostatistics
04 EPI 04 Introduction to Epidemiology
05 EH 05 Introduction to Environmental Health
06 SBH 06 Social and Behavioral Aspects in Public Health

Semester 2  
Serial No. Course Code Course Title
07 PHE 07 Public Health Ethics
08 RH 08 Reproductive Health
09 AEB 09 Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics
10 PHP 10 Public Health Planning & Analysis
11 HPM 11 Health Policy and Management
12 HP 12 Health Promotion

Semester 3  
Serial No. Course Code Course Title
13 RMI 13 Research Methods I (Quantitative  Research)
14 RMII 14 Research Methods II (Qualitative  Research)
15 PHL 15 Public Health Leadership (e)
16 HM 16 Hospital Management (e)
17 OH 17 Occupational Health (e)
18 PM 18 Project Management (e)
19 HRHM 19 Human Resource in Health Management (e)
20 PMH 20 Public Mental Health (e)
21 CH 21 Child Health (e)
22 CNCE 22 Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology (e)
23 PHN 23 Public Health Nutrition (e)
24 MAPH 24 Medical Anthropology in Public Health (e)
25 GH 25 Gender and Health (e)
26 DM 26 Disaster Management (e)
27 SCM 27 Supply Chain Management (e)

Semester 4  
Serial No. Course Code Course Title
28 RPD 28 Research Project and Dissertation