Public Health is concerned with the health of a population rather than that of individuals. It is often extended to identify the health needs of subpopulations or subgroups that may be considered to be at a higher risk, and therefore requiring special attention. Public health is used to devise strategies and interventions that will have the greatest impact on a larger section of the affected population. In Rwanda the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Biomedical Centre are the key players in public health interventions, in collaboration with several partners – both local and international. Rwanda has made tremendous leaps in improving the major indicators in population health such as reduction of maternal and child mortality, vaccination coverage, improved access to affordable health care through community based health insurance among others. There is however still more that needs to be accomplished. Students can major in the following disciplines:
- Epidemiology and Disease Control
- Global Health
- Monitoring and Evaluation
Worldwide, many people continue to suffer from preventable communicable and non-communicable diseases. Rwanda like other Low and Middle Income Countries is faced with a double burden of disease – infectious and Non-Communicable diseases in the midst of a challenging health financing setting, a rapidly growing population, changing population lifestyles and environmental interactions. This calls for careful and continuous review of health policies and population health targeted innovations in public health. The MPH degree program aims at producing Public Health professionals capable of addressing health issues by responding effectively to these and
more challenges, developing, managing and evaluating health programs and proposing viable alternatives.
Why study the Program
To train public specialists who are sensitive to the public health problems and challenges of the developing world today. The public health specialists will have multiple skills and ability to adapt to the changing environment in which they live. They are expected to become leaders in public health care delivery at different levels in the country.
- To strengthen the capacity to implement health programs at national and sub national levels in Rwanda
- To create a pool of public health trainees with skills to design, implement and evaluate public health interventions
- To improve and strengthen the capacity related to the management and utilization of health information
- Impart critical analysis and problem-solving skills
- Prepare students for positions of senior responsibility in public health practice research and training particularly at community and government levels
- Train manpower that is adaptable to emerging and re-emerging public health challenges.
- Enhance appropriate use of natural and human resources to promote good health and sustainable development
- Train students to understand ecological approach to public health with emphasis on the linkages and relationship to multiple determinants of health.
Minimum Entry Requirements
In order to be admitted to the MPH Program at MKU in Rwanda, the candidates will possess at least a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning in one of the following:
- A minimum of a second class honors, upper division in any of the following;
- Medicine (Human and Veterinary), Pharmacy, Dentistry or Nursing or any other health related field.
- Social Sciences e.g. Social Work, Sociology, Demography
- Biological Sciences such as Statistics, Environmental Sciences, Biology, Laboratory Sciences
2. Water and civil engineering and other science related fields recognized by the university senate.
3. A second class honors, lower division in any of the above areas with at least two relevant years working experience
Candidates from non-health related background will be expected to familiarize themselves in their own time with basic terminology and relevant concepts from health science disciplines not covered in the courses, including the organization of health services.
All applicants should demonstrate ability to pursue higher learning instruction in English
Course Duration and Award
This is a 4 (four) semester postgraduate program. Upon completion, graduates will be awarded a Master of Public Health in Global health / Monitoring and evaluation / Epidemiology and disease control.
Modes of Study: Weekend and Virtual (E-Learning)