Master in Public Health (MPH)

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

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

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 TOEFL, IELTS, or UA CESL Endorsement Exam, 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

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. 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.