Master of Public Health

Objective and Rationale:

This course aims to enable students to understand health and the determinants of health and disease, from the perspective of the population.  It provides learners with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills across a broad spectrum of public health practice to promote, protect, and restore health through collective action, preparing them to play leadership roles in promoting global public health through improved practice, policy-making, system response and research. The course is set within the geo-political context of the Southern African Development Community, but addresses contemporary strategic, operational and academic issues in public health at national, regional and international level.

After completing the course a student should be able to: 

  • Understand the principles of ethical and professional public health practice.
  • Possess the core knowledge and skills, such as epidemiology and biostatistics to undertake public health practice. 
  • Undertake an assessment of the population’s health and well-being and its surveillance.  
  • Assess the evidence of effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services. 
  • Understand the principles of policy development and implementation
  • Understand the need for strategic leadership and collaborative working for health. 
  • Understand the underlying factors for Health Improvement.
  • Understand the importance of Health Protection and control of communicable disease.
  • Monitor and assess health and the determinants of health.
  • Monitor the quality of health services. 
  • Interpret intelligence about health outcomes.


Programme Requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree with at least a second class honours in life sciences in the following topic areas from a recognised university by the Open University of Mauritius:
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Environmental sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics
  • economics
  • sociology 

Candidates must have a good mastery of the English language. The Open University of Mauritius may consider prior learning and prior experiential learning for admission to this program.