Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health (MPH) runs two separate programs, namely the weekend and evening programs. Both courses have the same curriculum, credit requirements and lead to the same final degree. The applicants should choose at the beginning which course they would like to follow.

The MPH program has six different sections, namely core course, optional course, courses in major areas, practicum/internships, computer learning and thesis. A core course consists of seven units of study. Each unit focuses on a specific topic in the context of public health e.g. Reproductive and Child Health, Occupational and Environmental Health, Hospital Management, Epidemiology, Public Health Information and communication, Research Methodology and Biostatistics.

After completing the core course, students may select a major from:

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Reproductive and Child Health
  • Hospital Management & Administration
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Public Health Dentistry

Subjects in major areas allow students to gain in-depth knowledge on selected subjects, so that they can specialize in specific areas of public health, according to their personal interests and backgrounds. Students should undertake a number of subjects from major and optional areas covering 15 credits. The major subjects will help students to gain technical knowledge, as well as nurture professional values and practical skills to enrich a professional specialization. Course duration is 16 months, which includes 12 months of theoretical classes and 4 months for data collection and thesis writing. Every one of the students has to submit a thesis based on their own research. 

Thesis writing and defense

The faculty members are assigned to look after a number of students for selection of a research topic according to their field of interest and specialization. Once the research topic is finalized the students are guided to develop research protocol. After departmental approval the protocol is submitted to the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee (FAHS-REC) of Daffodil International University (DIU) for ethical clearance. After the ethical clearance of the research protocol the students may start data collection. The assigned guide teacher provides technical support to the students for data analysis, report writing and prepare for defense of their thesis. International students have the option to do research in their home country. The thesis defense takes place in front of a defense committee that consists of at least three internal and an external member. For detail click Course Curriculum.

Requirements for admission

Candidates have to submit a completely filled in application form. This may be downloaded from our webpage or collected from the Office of the Registrar.


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