Public Health refers to all organised measures aimed at preventing disease, promoting health and prolonging healthy life. Its aim is to ensure a high standard of living and well-being for individuals and societies globally.
The University of Nicosia’s Master of Public Health (MPH) programme covers the main domains of Public Health Practice (Health Protection, Health Improvement, Health Services Provision) and offers the opportunity to specialise in a broad range of public health topics. The programme places a strong emphasis on global aspects of public health, like the epidemiology and prevention of both chronic and infectious conditions. There is a focus on important public health issues in both developed and developing countries for preparedness in disaster risk reduction, prevention, response and recovery.
The curriculum is based on a dynamic approach, with continuous updating to address new and emerging issues threatening population health: climate change, armed conflict, forced migration, pandemics and more. This programme has been carefully designed according to the standards of the UK Faculty of Public Health.
A unique feature of our MPH programme is its international orientation: the programme is part of a Medical School with faculty, teaching hospitals and students from across the globe.
UK Faculty of Public Health Part A Exam
The MPH programme has been designed with the FPH Part A curriculum in mind, and the learning outcomes correlate to a large extent with those of that exam. Students who pass the FPH Part A exam are demonstrating a professional level of knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of public health, as well as their ability to apply their knowledge and skills to the practice of public health. Success in the Part A examination also leads to election into Diplomate Membership of the Faculty.
Thanks to our exciting approach to learning, with a curriculum constantly updated to focus on new issues in global public health, graduates are prepared to tackle real-world challenges. Upon graduation, they will be ready to work in the public sector at local, national and international health agencies. This course has provided our alumni with greater opportunities in non-governmental organisations, charities as well as private sector career work in consulting firms, pharmaceutical industry, start-ups and policy research. With the ability to specialise during your studies, students have multiple pathways for success.
Innovative and Modern Curriculum
The programme is conducted completely online, with three courses delivered over 14 weeks each semester on an e-Learning Environment (Moodle), which includes multiple embedded synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, such as webinars, online chats, discussion fora and wikis. In addition, recorded lectures are designed to enhance student interactivity and active learning by including engaging slides with clickable tabs, interactive quizzes, drag-and-drop activities, matching activities and opinion polls.
Our programme follows standardised and validated pedagogical approaches, ensuring constant tutor-student interaction (webinars, online chats, discussion fora), student to student interaction (online chats, discussion fora, wikis), and student-material interaction (recorded lectures, additional resources).
Internationally Renowned Faculty
To realise our vision of serving as a centre of excellence in Public Health education, we have brought together experts from around the world. Our faculty have extensive experience teaching, working and conducting research in Public Health, and each course is taught by a leader in their field. This group of highly-acclaimed faculty, delivering the course, also bring their international field work at a global level to the forefront (e.g. Africa Ebola outbreak crisis management). In addition, this programme offers active collaborations with renowned academic institutions around the world and key Non-Governmental Organizations, working on global public health.
The University of Nicosia (UNIC) is a regional leader in distance learning education at the Bachelor and Master level. We use the most up-to-date technologies and state-of-the-art learning design theory to deliver our courses and are the first university in Europe to have received a triple recognition (5 QS Stars, EADTU, EFQUEL) for excellence in online education.
An integral part of our approach to the learning design of these courses is our commitment to help our students develop higher-order skills of critical analysis, reflection, and problem-solving. We also support our learners in building knowledge collaboratively and engaging in social learning.
As a testament to the quality of our online programmes, our University has been awarded the highest accolades for e-learning and distance learning education excellence.
UNIC continues to strive for excellence globally. The 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, ranked the University of Nicosia (UNIC) as the number 42 university in the world in the core area of Quality Education, and among the top 301-400 universities globally in terms of its overall social and economic impact.
1. Bachelor’s Degree
A Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognised in the country where it operates.
A degree in medicine, health sciences, biological sciences, social sciences or environmental sciences is an advantage.
2. Reference Letter
One reference letter, either academic or professional.
3. English Proficiency
If English is not your first language and you have not earned a degree taught in English, an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-test components or an equivalent test and scores.
4. Personal Statement
A personal statement describing your educational and, if applicable, professional background and explaining how this degree would support your career ambitions
The programme is divided into three semesters, comprising three courses each (10 ECTS per course). Core courses are taught in semesters 1 and 2 and are compulsory. After completing the core program, students may choose three (out of seven) elective courses in semester 3, or they may follow a more research-oriented path by undertaking a Master’s Thesis (20 ECTS).
Semester 1 (30 ECTS, all courses required)
- Principles of Epidemiology and Public Health
- Applied Statistics for Epidemiology and Public Health
- Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic and Infectious Diseases in a Global Context
Semester 2 (30 ECTS, all courses required)
- Health Protection and Promotion: Safeguarding and Maintaining Wellbeing in Populations
- Health Economics in the Context of Health Services and Systems: Global Perspectives
- Environmental and Occupational Health
Semester 3 (30 ECTS, students are required to choose from the two options offered)
- Research Methodology in Public Health
- Research Project (Master’s Thesis)
or (3 elective courses are chosen from the following)
- Health Policy Management and Leadership
- Health Inequality within and between Countries
- Population Ageing and Health
- Public Health Nutrition
- Social and Behavioural Dimensions of Health
- Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Public Health
- Research Methodology in Public Health