Master in Public Health (MPH)
ماجستير في الصحة العامة

Master in Public Health (MPH) program offered by the College of Medicine, Gulf Medical University received the initial accreditation from Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education, UAE in 2010.

MPH program is now being offered in collaboration with the University of Arizona which is ranked among the top 1% of the universities worldwide by QS World Rankings 2018. This is the only program of its kind in UAE with an internationally recognized curriculum. MPH program is designed for working professionals with a flexible learning schedule

Program offered and local accreditation status


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Analyze the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Apply methods to evaluate public health programs
  • Analyze multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Apply appropriate communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Explain the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Perform effectively in interprofessional teams
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

Who will benefit from the program? 

  • Health professionals and professionals from general stream looking to enhance their careers in public health
  • Graduates from health professions (Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy) and other education programs (Management, Engineering) who are keen to develop their research skills and pursue a public health career
  • Researchers and public health practitioners who are passionate about ideas, collaboration, and solutions to today’s global health challenges

Prof. Jayadevan Sreedharan

Program Director – Master in Public Health (MPH)
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Message from the Program Director- MPH


Dear Prospective MPH Students,

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program received its initial accreditation in 2009 from the UAE’s Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA). This program is offered in collaboration with Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, The University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson. The program has been offered an additional MPH degree since 2018. You will be expected to complete the program over the course of 4 semesters.

From COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS to cancer, and diabetes, public health professionals face several challenges due to the re-emergence of communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases. It was previously thought that communicable diseases mostly affected emerging countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has now shown us the important role that public health professionals play in middle- and high-income countries.

The MPH program provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for managerial and leadership positions in Public Health. The program also offers training for academic careers in institutions of higher education and research centers.

Pursuing our public health program allows you to specialize in areas such as acute and chronic, or communicable and non-communicable health conditions. If your focus is more social, we offer excellent training on diet-related deficiencies and effects of physical, biological, and socio-economic determinants on health and well-being of at the individual and community level.

Our faculty are as passionate as they are experienced. Here, you will find a high-quality, professional learning environment where faculty are passionate about the growth of their students. Which is why you have the distinct advantage of learning through small group discussion and problem-solving sessions. As a matter of fact, our faculty are involved in collaborative public health research locally and internationally. Additionally, three faculty members serve as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Arizona in the United States.

As a graduate of our MPH program, you can become an Epidemiologist, Medical and Health Services Manager, or Health Educator. Other options include becoming a Director of Program and Services, Population Health Research scientist, or Environmental Health Analyst. The possibilities are endless. It’s up to you!

I hope that the information provided on our website will be helpful to you as you begin the application process. You are welcome to reach out to directly or contact the Admissions Department, if you have any questions. We hope that you will begin your journey with a career in public health.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge and competencies in the areas basic to public health (social and behavioural sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, and public health management) to practice essential public health services.
  • Integrate the advances of research and evidence-based practices, and contribute to scientific knowledge through independent and collaborative research projects and publications.
  • Develop professional skills required to analyze the regional needs, programs and policies in public health services, education and research, and to contribute in policy making and program planning.
  • Collaborate with appropriate community professionals and organizations to provide, enhance or support service activities to meet the health needs of the different sections of the community

Program Structure

  • Duration of the program: 2-years (4-semesters)
  • Total Credits: 44
  • Program learning outcomes are aligned to Level 9 in the NQF Standards (National Qualification Framework)
  • Aligned with the Council of Education in Public Health (CEPH) outcomes.
  • The core curriculum is covered in the first three semesters (34 credits).
  • In the fourth semester, the students have Practicum (4 credits) and an independent thesis (6 credits).


The student will be recommended for the award of Master in Public Health upon:

  • Completion of 44 credits
  • Obtaining a minimum CGPA of 3.0
  • Obtaining a minimum pass mark of 80% (Grade B) for each course
  • Submitting and defending a thesis to the satisfaction of the thesis evaluation committee with a minimum pass mark of 80%

Study Plan

Course Code Courses Title Credits Credits Semester
1 Epidemiology and Demography MPH 601 3 1
2 Public Health Program Management MPH 602 3
3 Social and Behavioral Health MPH 603 3
4 Biostatistics MPH 604 3
5 Research Methods and Ethics MPH 609 3 2
6 Health Promotion Practices MPH 607 3
7 HealthServices MPH 612 4
8 EpidemiologyofCommunicable


MPH 611 3 3
9 Public health Seminar MPH 614 1
10 Protocol Development MPH 606 1
11 Environment and Occupational health MPH 620 4


Evidence based Public Health MPH 619 3
Global Health MPH 616 3
Public Health Nutrition MPH 615 3
13 Practicum MPH 608 4 4
14 Thesis MPH 613 6
  Total 44  

Course Description

Semester – 1

MPH 601: Epidemiology and Demography

The course provides the concepts, perspectives of epidemiology.  It provides highly   specialized   knowledge   in   the   field   of   epidemiology, emphasizing methods for assessing factors associated with the distribution and etiology of health and disease. Skills include methods for identifying and evaluating sources of health information, calculation of key epidemiologic measures, epidemiological investigation techniques, and evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs.

MPH 602: Public Health Program Management

This course translates the key concepts, principles and methods in public health policy development, assessment, evaluation, economics, management and quality into practice.  It provides opportunity to link the political, economic, professional, social and legislative issues together, and develop leadership skills in public health management in the context of a multidisciplinary approach in a multicultural context.

MPH 603: Social and Behavioral Health

This course will equip the student with both the theoretical and empirical foundations of medical sociology, social and cultural determinants of health, social problems and its impact on the health of populations, importance of a balanced state of mind in health promotion and disease prevention, use of behavioral sciences to understand and intervene upon current public health problems; imparts the skills required in the application of behavioral science to current public health problems.

MPH 604: Biostatistics

This course will equip the student with advanced knowledge in the application of descriptive and   inferential   statistics   in   public   health   context.   The   focus   will   be   on   numerical computation and interpretation of outcome from a given data set. This course will help students to develop advanced skills in analyzing and interpreting data from Health, Allied Health, Public Health settings through classroom demonstrations and ‘hands on’ experience with MS Excel for data management and statistical analysis software such as Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) for analysis. This course will give focus to communicating complex statistical information effectively.

Semester – 2

MPH 605: Environmental Health

This course provides an overview of environmental health, the variety and extent of environmental issues affecting human health, effects of exposure to biological and chemical agents, radiation, noise, excessive heat and cold, air pollution, water pollution, effects of global warming, and relevant environmental regulations and risk assessment strategies.

MPH 606: Introduction to research

This course is structured to provide fundamental skills to protocol development. The students will have a hands-on experience in developing research question; writing research hypothesis, research objectives, selecting the appropriate study design, choosing study subjects, measurement methods and planning for data management and analysis. At the end of this course the student will submit a research protocol.

MPH 607: Health Promotion Practice

This course is designed to help students learn how to apply the theoretical frameworks of health promotion toward step-by-step practical approaches for engaging with individuals, families, groups and communities.  As a practice planning course, students will explore health promotion strategies among different sections of the community for various health behaviors. They will be addressed bearing in mind the political, social, and economic influences and examining the future of health promotion in the context of health disparities by gender, ethnicity, and rural and urban, socio-economic classes.  The course seeks to enable the students to integrate and apply the theoretical knowledge from all the courses in the program, in planning health promotion in the public health contexts.

MPH 610: Occupational Health

This course focuses on occupational health hazards.  Industrial exposures, which may produce work-related disorders and diseases, are explored including their management in the primary setting, referral service and rehabilitation.  It covers industrial hygiene and control of occupational health and safety hazards, which includes administrative, training and engineering measures; safety, prevention, ergonomics; and systematic approaches to the evaluation and management of work-related injury and illness. It covers occupational health policies, the legal aspects and welfare management.

Semester –3

MPH 611: Epidemiology of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

This course provides an overview and understanding of the fundamentals and trends of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Emphasis will be placed on the diseases that are a public health problem in the region, that produce an adverse impact on morbidity, disability or mortality, that could be specifically targeted for control, elimination or eradication, that have an epidemic potential and new or re-emerging infectious diseases. The course will provide a basic overview of the infectious disease process, including disease agents, transmission routes, immunity and public health significance. The course focuses on principles of infectious disease epidemiology, financial, medical, and social effects, principles of prevention at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The course also provides an up-to-date epidemiological perspective on important chronic non-communicable diseases; concepts include distribution, determinants, diagnosis; prognosis and quality of care measures, screening, treatment modalities and surveillance measures.  The course will also review current and proposed prevention and control measures and related issues in non-communicable diseases.

MPH 609: Research Methods and Ethics

The course focuses on principles of qualitative and quantitative research, developing a research question; choosing study subjects, measurement methods, study designs; planning for data management and analysis; and principles of writing and analyzing a research paper. The course also focuses on basic ethical and legal principles pertaining to research, and also presents issues in the ethical conduct of research, including data management, research fraud, academic misconduct, confidentiality and conflict of interest. The course covers international, national and institutional guidelines regarding research in human beings, animals and vulnerable populations.

MPH 612: Health Services

This course will include the health services provided in the UAE and compare it with the services provided in other countries. The student will know the functioning and practice at the primary health center, referral levels and health care provided to the various groups such as Maternal and Child health, School health services, rural health services, and geriatric health services. This course also examines the definition of quality in healthcare from the perspective of providers, health planners, and consumers.  It focuses on evaluating health care using routine data, evaluating health care technologies, evaluating health care processes and health care outcomes.

MPH 614: Public health Seminar

This course is intended to prepare and present a variety of public health practice topics by the students. Students will take the seminar after they complete the other courses related to Public Health practice. Topics such as Evidence based public health practice, public health and health care systems, policy in public health, leadership etc. will be covered in this course.

Semester –4

MPH 608: Integrated Practicum (Field placement)

This Course encompass the knowledge, techniques and skills acquired during the previous semesters in epidemiology, biostatistics, Social and behavioral sciences, Environmental health, Health services, Health promotion, Public health management, Occupational Health, Research and ethics, demography into real life practice in a public health setup. This Course will enable the student to gain hands on practical experience under the direct supervision and guidance of a qualified preceptor in public health in order to apply the acquired knowledge into practice. This course focuses on the synthesis and application of the core and interdisciplinary cross-cutting areas of public health in solving problems identified which will facilitate smooth transition from being a student of public health to becoming a public health professional.

MPH 613: Thesis

A requirement of the Master in Public Health degree is the satisfactory completion of an independent research project. The project will serve as a culminating experience to demonstrate application of the knowledge acquired in the graduate program. Thesis will be based on original research in the field of Public Health; study will be within the resources and the time available to the student and should conform to accepted scientific and ethical standards. All research projects must be human-based and involve data analysis. The data may consist of existing data sets or data collected by the student specifically for the research project. The completed project will be presented orally on an allotted day to demonstrate understanding of the topic and ability to defend the study design and interpretation of results.

Admission Requirement
Gulf Medical University (GMU) applicants

  • Applicants shall meet all admission criteria for entry into the higher education programs offered by the University, as laid down in the Standards (2019) published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • The applicant shall be a Graduate of Science / Health or Biological Sciences in an accredited school in the UAE or an IMED-listed medical school outside the UAE with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent.
  • The Applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant can fulfil the English proficiency requirement via the Emsat or TOEFL or IELTS. Furthermore UA CESL Endorsement Exam (only for Arizona track) minimum requirements are listed below. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrolment.
    • EmSAT: Score of 1400 and above
    • TOEFL: Score of 79 on the iBT or 550 PBT (web-based) test or higher.
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6 is required, with a score of no less than 5 on any individual band or module.

Conditional Graduate Admission Read More

  • Graduate with less than the minimum score in English proficiency may be provided conditional admission that the student registers 6 credit hours in the first semester of his/her studies and obtains a “B” average or above.
    • Applicant must achieve and EMSAT score of 1400 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent by the end of first semester of study
    • Applicant must achieve a minimum of CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, in the first six credit hours of credit bearing courses studied for the Master’s program
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 to 2.9 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is allowed take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program to progress to second semester or be subject to dismissal.
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 to 2.4 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is required to successfully complete a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to be admitted to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Required Documents

  • Attested copy of the baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of credit/s earned from an accredited institution of higher education previously attended, with documentation of one course in college-level introductory biology, human biology, or general biology – grade of C or higher AND one course in college algebra, pre-calculus, or calculus – grade of C or higher (Grade C is equivalent to grade 2.0 on 4.0 scale.)
  • Equivalency Certificate of the baccalaureate degree from the Ministry of Education, UAE
  • Valid English Proficiency Scoresheet (IELTS/TOEFL etc.)
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID Card (For UAE Nationals Family Book and Ethbara)
  • 5 Passport-size Photographs
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Copy of WES grading evaluation score sheet
  • Mission and Value Statement

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The graduates can pursue further career as:

  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Public Health Management Analyst
  • Director of Programs and Services
  • Health Communication Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • Environmental Health Intelligence Analyst
  • Epidemiologist

Dr. Danavanthi S. Bangera 
Acting Medical Director
Thumbay Dental Hospital,
Al Jurf, Thumbay Medicity, Ajman

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. (Anthony J. D’Angelo)

Dear Colleagues,

Being a graduate from Government Dental College, Mumbai and Masters in Public Health from Gulf Medical University, I am presently working as a Medical Director and Dental Surgeon in Thumbay Dental Hospital, Thumbay Medicity, Ajman.

Enrolling myself in Masters in Public Health Program, College of Graduate studies in Gulf Medical University in 2013, it takes me immense pleasure to tell that I had one of the most amazing experiences as being a part of MPH batch 2013. I truly appreciate the efforts of the faculty members inculcating the knowledge in an interesting way. The faculty members are competent, helpful, flexible and approachable. I admire the excellent planning of our academic syllabus, which allowed me for active involvement in the classes.

The theme and content of the course and attitude of the faculty has really provided me a widened horizon towards the significance of public health in present day society. MPH program allow students to explore in depth areas relevant to their personal career goals. Moreover, the concentrations enable students in the interdisciplinary MPH program to establish a link with one or more of the school’s academic departments.

The program prepares students to become leading public health professionals capable of addressing current global health problems through multidisciplinary approaches that apply the latest scientific knowledge. Being in field of Oral Healthcare Services, I now look up to the oral problems in a broader frame. I believe that my approach towards my patients will be far more reaching.

I would also take this opportunity to thank Sir, Founder President, Dr. Thumbay Moideen and my colleagues for their invaluable support and tremendous help.

Dr. Shaikha Mahra Bint Sultan AlMualla

The healthcare industry can be viewed from a variety of perspectives. In my opinion, the design of healthcare is similar to that of the human body in that each component functions in concert with the others to support and complete the whole.

Because it encompasses the fundamental fields of our health systems and imparts knowledge on how to solve a wide range of problems, public health is an essential component of healthcare. I think this is the main reason why public health is now increasingly significant in healthcare, from preventive measures like establishing preventive medicine to examining health inequities.

I have been at the Gulf Medical University for the past two years, starting as an MPH student; understanding how individuals develop public health policy and how the policy is implemented for regular people were some of the reasons I decided to take up this program. I entered the program hoping to gain a grasp of how the process of formulating policy functions. Overall, I thought the program contents were highly engaging and inspiring.

I could see how some of the aspects of my work dealt with public health issues, but I didn’t seem to be conscious of them at the time. That, in my opinion, is undoubtedly one of the significant shifts in my perspective on public health going forward. I have observed the interconnectedness of all the disciplines throughout the modules in both the development of the knowledge foundation and the actual creation of public health policy.

Excellent grades and test results are the cornerstones of any graduate school application, but public health experience is also essential for the best chances of acceptance into your desired MPH program. You can emphasize your experiences’ importance and connect them with your passions and professional goals in the personal statement.

Dr. Azza Saleh Al Matrooshi
Head of Studies, Research and Quality
Food and Environmental Lab, Ajman Municipality

The MPH program equipped me with incomparable opportunities to engage in health research and understand the health and social disparities faced by vulnerable communities both in UAE and internationally, provided me with the necessary skills and valuable knowledge in several fields of study.

It also gave me opportunities for research and career development. The most rewarding and important part of the program is the practicum, which provides students the opportunity to meet and work with public health professionals.

The rich knowledge of a diverse cohort of students added to the positive learning experience. The MPH program with its experienced faculty provides the ingredients to succeed in many different health’s related careers.

Dr. Noorah Al Shimmari
Director of Ajman Preventive Medicine

It was a great time I spent in Gulf medical University studying Master of Public Health. It has very wonderful faculty, they are very cooperative and the campus environment is positive.

The MPH degree provided me with the necessary skills and valuable knowledge in several fields of study. It also gave me opportunities for research and career development. The most rewarding and important part of the program is the practicum, which provides students the opportunity to meet and work with Public Health Professionals.

Thank you to the Public Health program faculty for the enriching education.