Master of Public Health (MPH)

About the ProgrammeThe Master of Public Health (MPH) programme in the School of Postgraduate Studies offers you the opportunity to earn a Master of Public Health degree from the highly ranked Adventist University of Africa (AUA). Strong communities are the foundation of Public Health, and AUA is committed to wholistic service, training, and research which are necessary to build our students and communities. Through rigorous academics on-campus, online, and at our Extension Instruction Locations, the programme aims to directly impact the well-being of our students, the people of the African continent, and the world at large. Through educational programmes, research initiatives and a service-driven mission, the University is committed to empowering underserved populations and advancing the health of communities around the globe. Information technology is integral to the delivery of every course, including the delivery of content materials, student assignments, and communication between the students and faculty.

Purpose of the ProgrammeThe Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is one of the most innovative public health programmes in Africa which equips you with competency-based skills and experience to excel in the 21st-century health workforce enabling you to contribute to the quest of improving the health of the community. Acquiring an advanced degree in Public Health with us will give you a calling to make a difference.

The philosophy of the MPH programme is derived from the basic beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the mission of the University. The programme recognises the need for the stewardship and development of the person in order to maintain the physical, mental, and spiritual health necessary for the in-dwelling of the Spirit of God and provision of service to others, the local community, and the broader society. Health practitioners are increasingly being required to engage their clients, not only through curative interventions but also with preventive, promotive, and rehabilitative services to ensure that the health of clients is enhanced and that diseases, medical conditions, and their psychosocial consequences do not worsen or recur.

Focus on preventive and promotive health actions is relevant all over the world, but more specifically in Africa where health promotion is scarce due to poverty and low educational levels among the majority of people. A report from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on public health in Africa stated global public health challenges were more acute in sub-Saharan Africa and that the region carries 24% of the global burden of disease (Cooke, 2009). The challenges in public health require a concerted effort in education, for both preventions of disease and promotion of good health.

The MPH programme emphasises empowering people working with communities in Africa and around the world with comprehensive knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to enjoy better health.

$11.    Have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent grade of 60%. Applicants with a CGPA of 2.5 to 2.99 or 55% to 59% may be accepted on probation.

$12.    Applicants are to meet the following prerequisites as having been taken at the undergraduate level:

           Human Anatomy and Physiology/Human Biology (3 Credits)

           Human Nutrition (3 Credits)   

$13.    Have two Recommendations: One from a religious leader and one from your previous university or from your employing organization.

Submit the name, email address and designation of your referees, and AUA    admissions will email the link for completing the online recommendation form. The applicant should seek the consent of the referee before submitting their details.

$14.    Must demonstrate proficiency in English.

Programme Coordinator: Janet Odhiambo, PhD              Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Duration of the Program

Years

Semesters/Sessions

Full-time

2

3

Part-time

3

3

 

Requirements

Credits

Core Courses

12

Specialization

18

Research & Thesis/Project

15

Internship

1

Total

46

  

Specializations:

 

  • Health Promotion
  • Nutrition
  • Environmental Health

 

MPH

Core Courses

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

PHHP 626

Health Promotion Theory and Practice

3

 

PHGP 627

Program Planning, Evaluation, & Grant Writing

3

 

PHEH 637

Environmental Health & Disaster Management

3

 

PHHM 647

Adventist Philosophy of Health

3

 

PHHP 691

Internship

1

       
   

Total

13

       

Specialization 1

Code

Course Title

Crs

Health Promotion

PHNU 620

Public Health Nutrition

3

 

PHHP 630

Strategies of Health Promotion

3

 

PHHP 650

Substance Abuse & Mental Health

3

 

PHHP 656

Disease Prevention, Control, & Lifestyle

3

 

PHET 662

Ethics in Public Health

3

 

PHHP 668

Global Health Issues

3

       
   

Total

18

       

Specialization 2

     

Nutrition

PHNU 620

Public Health Nutrition

3

 

PHET 662

Ethics in Public Health

3

 

PHNU 693

Maternal and Child Health

3

 

PHNU 623

Nutritional Needs I: Carbohydrates & Lipids

3

 

PHNU 628

Nutritional Needs II: Proteins & Micronutrients

3

 

PHNU 668

Global Nutritional Health Issues

3

       
   

Total

18

       

Specialization 3

     

Environmental Health

PHEH 638

Sanitation and Waste Management

3

 

PHET 662

Ethics in Public Health

3

 

PHEH 665

Water and Food Safety

3

 

PHEH 644

Occupational Health and Safety

3

 

PHEH 681

Environmental Health Risk Assessment

3

 

PHEH 668

Global Environmental Health Issues

3

       
   

Total

18

       
   

Total

 
       

Research

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

PHRM 610

Biostatistics

3

 

PHRM 612

Research Methods in Public Health

3

 

PHEM 645

Epidemiological Methods

3

 

PHRM 697

Research Project/Thesis

6

       
   

Total

15

Grand Total:

   

46

  

FULL TIME SCHEDULE 

Full-Time Schedule

MPH – Specialization 1: Health Promotion

Year 1

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHHM 647

Adventist Philosophy of Health

3

 

PHRM 612

Research Methods in Public Health

3

PHHP 626

Health Promotion Theory & Practice

3

 

PHNU 620

Public Health Nutrition

3

PHRM 610

Biostatistics

3

 

PHGP 627

Prog. Planning, Eval., & Grant Writing

3

PHEH 637

Environmental Health & Disaster Mgt.

3

 

PHHP 630

Strategies of Health Promotion

3

PHET 662

Ethics in Public Health

3

 

PHEM 645

Epidemiological Methods

3

       

PHHP 691

Internship

1

 

Total

15

   

Total

16

             

Year 2

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHHP 668

Global Health Issues

3

   

Oral Thesis Defence

0

PHHP 650

Substance Abuse & Mental Health

3

       

PHHP 656

Disease Prevention, Control, & Lifestyle

3

       

PHRM 697

Research Project/Thesis

6

       
             
             
 

Total

15

   

Total

46

Grand Total: 

 

Full-Time Schedule

MPH. – Specialization 2 : Nutrition

Year 1

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHHM 647

Adventist Philosophy of Health

3

 

PHRM 612

Research Methods in Public Health

3

PHHP 626

Health Promotion Theory and Practice

3

 

PHNU 620

Public Health Nutrition

3

PHRM 610

Biostatistics

3

 

PHNU 623

Nutritional Needs I: Carbs & Lipids

3

PHEH 637

Environmental Health & Disaster Mgt

3

 

PHGP 627

Prog. Planning, Eval., & Grant Writing

3

PHET 662

Ethics in Public Health

3

 

PHEM 645

Epidemiological Methods

3

       

PHHP 691

Internship

1

 

Total

15

   

Total

16

             

Year 2

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHNU 668

Global Nutrition Health Issues

3

   

Oral Thesis Defence

0

PHNU 628

Nutritional Needs II: Proteins & Micronut

3

       

PHNU 693

Maternal & Child Health

3

       

PHRM 697

Research Project/Thesis

6

       
             
             
 

Total

15

   

Total

46

Grand Total: 

 

Full-Time Schedule

MPH – Specialization 3 :  Environmental Health

Year 1

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHHM 647

Adventist Philosophy of Health

3

 

PHRM 612

Research Methods in Public Health

3

PHHP 626

Health Promotion Theory and Practice

3

 

PHGP 627

Prog. Planning, Eval., & Grant Writing

3

PHRM 610

Biostatistics

3

 

PHEH 638

Sanitation & Waste Management

3

PHEH 637

Environmental Health & Disaster Mgt

3

 

PHEH 644

Occupational Health & Safety

3

PHET 662

Ethics in Public Health

3

 

PHEM 645

Epidemiological Methods

3

       

PHHP 691

Internship

1

 

Total

15

   

Total

16

             

Year 2

First Semester

 

Second Semester

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHEH 665

Water & Food Safety

3

   

Oral Thesis Defence

0

PHEH 681

Environmental Health Risk Assessment

3

       

PHEH 668

Global Environmental Health Issues

3

       

PHRM 697

Research Project/Thesis

6

       
             
             
 

Total

15

   

Total

46

Grand Total:

 

 PART TIME SCHEDULE 

Part-Time Schedule

MPH – Specialization 1: Health Promotion

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHHM 647

Adventist Philosophy of Health

3

 

PHRM 612

Research Methods in Public Health

3

PHHP 626

Health Promotion Theory and Practice

3

 

PHNU 620

Public Health Nutrition

3

PHRM 610

Biostatistics

3

 

PHGP 627

Prog. Planning, Eval., & Grant Writing

3

PHEH 637

Environmental Health & Disaster Mgt.

3

 

PHHP 630

Strategies of Health Promotion

3

PHET 662

Ethics in Public Health

3

 

PHEM 645

Epidemiological Methods

3

       

PHHP 691

Internship

1

 

Total

15

   

Total

16

             
 

Year 3 – Session 3

   

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHHP 650

Substance Abuse & Mental Health

3

       

PHHP 668

Global Health Issues

3

       

PHHP 656

Disease Prevention, Control, & Lifestyle

3

       

PHRM 697

Research Project/Thesis

6

       
 

Oral Thesis Defence

0

       
             
 

Total

15

   

Total

46

Grand Total: 

 

Part-Time  Schedule

MPH – Specialization 2 : Nutrition

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHHM 647

Advanced Philosophy of Health

3

 

PHRM 612

Research Methods in Public Health

3

PHHP 626

Health Promotion Theory and Practice

3

 

PHNU 620

Public Health Nutrition

3

PHRM 610

Biostatistics

3

 

PHNU 623

Nutritional Needs I: Carbs & Lipids

3

PHEH 637

Environmental Health & Disaster Mgt

3

 

PHGP 627

Prog. Planning, Eval., & Grant Writing

3

PHET 662

Ethics in Public Health

3

 

PHEM 645

Epidemiological Methods

3

       

PHHP 691

Internship

1

 

Total

15

   

Total

16

             
 

Year 3 – Session 3

   

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHNU 668

Global Nutrition Health Issues

3

       

PHNU 628

Nutritional Needs II: Proteins & Micronut

3

       

PHNU 693

Maternal & Child Health

3

       

PHNU 697

Research Project/Thesis

6

       
 

Oral Thesis Defence

0

       
             
 

Total

15

   

Total

46

Grand Total: 

 

Part Time Schedule

MPH. – Specialization 3 :  Environmental Health

Year 1

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHHM 647

Advanced Philosophy of Health

3

 

PHRM 612

Research Methods in Public Health

3

PHHP 626

Health Promotion Theory and Practice

3

 

PHGP 627

Prog. Planning, Eval, & Grant Writing

3

PHRM 610

Biostatistics

3

 

PHEH 638

Sanitation & Waste Management

3

PHEH 637

Environmental Health & Disaster Mgt

3

 

PHEH 644

Occupational Health & Safety

3

PHET 662

Ethics in Public Health

3

 

PHEM 645

Epidemiological Methods

3

       

PHHP 691

Internship

1

 

Total

15

   

Total

16

             
 

Year 3 – Session 3

   

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

PHEH 665

Water & Food Safety

3

       

PHEH 681

Environmental Health Risk Assessment

3

       

PHEH 668

Global Environmental Health Issues

3

       

PHRM 697

Research Project/Thesis

6

       
 

Oral Thesis Defence

0

       
             
 

Total

15

   

Total

46

Grand Total:

 

 

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