Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

About the Program:

The UL MPH Program is a two-year program within the College of Health Sciences. It is designed to meet a critical workforce gap in the Liberian public health sector. Consequently, the curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of workforce-ready skills, research, and technical competencies and offers learners the option of focusing on one of four tracks: Applied Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Systems Management, and Public Health Lab. All courses are led by Liberian faculty with doctoral-level credentials.

Summary of Strategic Objectives:

  • Provision of demand-driven education
  • Building public health capacity to meet local and global challenges
  • Fostering leadership, critical appraisal, and information literacy
  • Producing graduates who pursue lifelong learning
  • Establishing a culture of high-quality academic research

Rationale: The four concentration areas are based on an analysis of the public health needs in Liberia as below:

  1. Applied Epidemiology – Limited knowledge of detection, reporting, and the response of diseases of epidemic potentials have resulted in outbreaks leading to the loss of many lives.
  2. Environmental Health – High rates of infectious disease in Liberia and the region are attributed to underdeveloped water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure.
  3. Health Systems Management – Improved management of the Liberian health system will strengthen its functioning, both in terms of effectiveness and efficiency.
  4. Public Health Lab – Advancing laboratory capacity in Liberia benefits the health sector by ensuring accurate and rapid diagnosis of disease conditions thereby strengthening emergency preparedness and response structures and promoting research and development of novel techniques and devices most relevant to Liberia’s needs.

 

The curriculum: The MPH is a four-semester program with instruction proceeding in a cohort-based fashion.

Designed to accommodate candidates from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds, the instruction balances didactic lectures with practical training. As a result, students are required to complete practicums during the second semester as well as the intersession period between academic year I & II.

 

Entry requirements: the successful candidate shall have completed a bachelor’s degree and met all requirements prescribed by the policies of the University of Liberia Graduate Program. Holders of associate degrees are encouraged to use the bachelor’s in public health as a pathway to the MPH.

Entry into the Public Health Laboratory Concentration requires successful completion of Bachelor of Laboratory Science course prerequisites.

 

Graduation requirements: The candidate for an MPH degree must have completed 59-72* credit hours depending on the area of concentration and met all requirements of the University of Liberia Graduate Program. This includes all core and concentration requirements.

 

Course Structure

Course Category Credit Hours
Core Courses

 

24
Research in Public Health (including thesis) 8
Public Health Seminar 12
 

Concentration-specific courses

8
Electives

 

3-8
Total

 

59-62


Core Courses in Public Health
PHLT501, Fundamentals of Epidemiology

PHLT502, Advanced Epidemiology
PHLT503, Biostatistics I         
PHLT504, Biostatistics II        
PHLT505, Social and Behavioral Sciences
PHLT506, Introduction to Environmental Health
PHLT507, Introduction to Public Health Lab
PHLT508, Public Health Policy & Management
PHLT513, Outbreak Investigation and Response
PHLT515, Public Health Population Dynamics

Research and Related Courses
PHLT509, Scientific Article Reading & Writing

PHLT510, Health Research Ethics
PHLT604, Thesis                                            

Public Health Seminar: Practicum
Public Health Seminar I-IV

Required: Applied Epi Courses
AEPI601, Research Methods I

AEPI602, Research Methods II
AEPI603, Data Management
AEPI 605, Public Health Surveillance

Required: Environmental Health
ENHT601, Municipal Waste Management & Water Supply             

ENHT602, Food Safety and Hygiene
ENHT604, Assessment and Planning for Public Health in the Community
ENHT605, Public Health Surveillance
ENHT607, Principles of Toxicology
ENHT609, Exposure Assessment & Control

Required: Health Systems Management

HSMT601, Applied Health Sciences Administration and Management

HSMT602, Health Economics and Finance

HSMT/ENHT613, Public Health Legislation, Regulation and Enforcement

HSMT604, Quality Improvement and Implementation Science

HSMT605, Logistics Health Supply Chain Mgt

HSMT607, Health Information Systems

Required: Public Health Lab
PHLA501, Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry
PHLA502, Microbiology – Bacteriology         
PHLA504, Microbiology – Parasitology
PHLA506, Microbiology – Virology
PHLA503, Pathology
PHLA601, Environmental Toxicology Lab
PHLA602, Food Testing and Analysis
PHLA603, Molecular Biology
PHLA604, Water Testing and Analysis
PHLA605, Microbiology- Immunohematology           

Electives: to be determined in consultation with an academic advisor

Fees:
Registration- $150.00USD
$75.00USD per credit hour

Semester I, Year I Academic Load: 18 Credits
50% of tuition plus registration fee required upon enrolment, 75% prior to midterms and 100% before sitting final exams

 

For further inquiries please visit:
UL Office of Graduate Admissions

Campus of A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine