Master of Public Health [MPH] - Course Overview




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Master of Public Health is a 2-year, full-time program in healthcare. The program is imparted by means of a variety of teaching/learning techniques, including lectures, case discussions, practical exercises, lab work, field visits, seminars, journal clubs, collaborative learning, group discussions, assignments, hands-on training, internship, and dissertation.

The mode of admission is a relevant entrance examination which is conducted at any of State, university, and national level. For applying to the course, candidates need to have attained a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline of Health Science from a recognized university, with a minimum aggregate score of 60%.

Top Institutes/Universities offering Master of Public Health are:

The average tuition fee charged for this course charged by various Master of Public Health Colleges in India ranges between INR 3 to 6 Lacs for the full course.

Organizations such as WHO, McKinsey & Company, UN Children's Fund, PHFI, The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc. hire such postgraduates. Areas of employment for such postgraduates include hospitals, research centers, educational institutions, research institutions, etc.

They are hired for roles such as Director of Programs and Services, Health Communications Specialist, Public Health Management Analyst, Research Scientist, and such, with an average annual starting salary ranging between INR 3 to 10 Lacs, increasing with experience in the field.

Master of Public Health (MPH): Course Highlights

Tabulated here are the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPost Graduate
Duration2 years
Examination TypeSemester-based
EligibilityBachelor's degree in any Health Science discipline, completed from a recognized university
Admission ProcessBased on counselling after qualification of a relevant entrance test and merit ranking
Course FeeINR 3 to 6 Lacs p.a.
Average Starting salaryINR 3 to 15 Lacs p.a.
Top recruiting companiesWHO, McKinsey & Company, UN Children's Fund, PHFI, The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.

Master of Public Health(MPH): What is it About?

The course’s curriculum essentially includes on-campus and online classes, a capstone exercise, and a practicum-based project. The curriculum is structured to build knowledge, develop skills, and provide exposure to real-world situations in Public Health. The program aims to develop students’ competency in the following core areas:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Public Health Biology
  • Health Management and Functional Management
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Public Policy
  • Ethics

Public Health is multi-disciplinary in nature, incorporating components of study from disciplines such as Medicine, Engineering, Information Technology, Social Sciences, Management, etc. The program for public health has been designed for health promotion, health economics and policy, public health management, epidemiology and biostatistics, demography, social sciences, and others such.

The course essentially aims to:

  • Cultivate students' health management skills to prepare them to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of public health programs and services.
  • Prepare professionals for challenging careers in public health management in both public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, as well as national and multinational organizations.

Master of Public Health(MPH): Top Institutes 

Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country, along with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each, are listed below.

Name of InstituteCity Average Fees (in INR)
IIHMRJaipur6 Lacs 
Manipal UniversityManipal2.65 Lacs 
University of LucknowLucknow50,000
Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole UniversityJaipur36,000
Paravara Institute of Medical SciencesAhmednagar8 Lacs 
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New DelhiDelhi3,640
University of HyderabadHyderabad7,450
KLE UniversityBelgaum-
Noida International UniversityGautam Budh Nagar83,000
Amity UniversityNoida80,700
Manipal UniversityManipal65,500
AISECT UniversityBhopal-
NITTE UniversityMangalore78,000
Panjab UniversityChandigarh5,850

Master of Public Health(MPH): Eligibility 

Candidates wishing to pursue the course are needed to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria listed below in order to apply for the course:

  • Graduation in any discipline, completed from a recognized institute.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% at the level of graduation.
  • Permanent registration with the State Dental Council.
  • Occasionally, relevant work experience in health/development sector.

Master of Public Health(MPH): Admission Process

Interested eligible candidates are offered admission to the course in India mostly on the basis of a relevant entrance test. Often subsequently, two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview are held as part of the counselling procedure, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. A merit list is then released, allotting available seats to qualifying candidates.

Master of Public Health(MPH): Syllabus and Course Description

A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

Semester I

Semester II

Introduction to Public HealthEpidemiology
Human Biology & Public Health ChemistryDemography & Population Sciences
Medical & Health StatisticsProject Planning & Management
Research Methods in Public HealthCommunicable & Infectious Diseases
Health Psychology, Communication & CounsellingNon-communicable Diseases
Practical’s/Field visitsPractical’s/Field visits

Semester III

Semester IV

Health of Vulnerable PopulationsPublic Health Nutrition
Environmental Health & Sustainable DevelopmentHealth Systems Development & Management.
Occupational, Industrial and Urban HealthInternational Health
Health Policy, Planning & EconomicsResearch Project
Public Health InternshipPractical’s/Field visits
Practical’s/Field visits-

Master of Public Health(MPH): Career Prospects

This field of Public Health includes components such as:

  • Environmental science
  • Hazardous waste inspection and control
  • Health-related administration, legislation, laws
  • Biosecurity, epidemiology, community activism
  • Sanitarian, disease specialization
  • Public health education
  • Disease analysis
  • Food service, and coordination.

Such postgraduates may explore career opportunities in fields like health care analytics, Big data, GIS, consulting firms, policy related research, evidence-generation, and such.

Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.        

Master’s in Public Health


Job ProfileJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
BiostatisticianBiostatisticians collect relevant information, numbers, and data for researching public health, environmental science, and medicine. Biostatisticians are essential to organization and administration of public health work. 5 to 6 Lacs
Management Policy AdvisorThey are responsible for understanding the administration, public policy, legislation, and organising the operation of such areas.10 to 25 Lacs
Tropical Disease SpecialistA Tropical Disease Specialist is an expert in diseases that spread in tropical parts of the world.10 to 25 Lacs
Reproductive Health SpecialistA Reproductive Health Specialist is vital to all communities, with the job role involving the very source of growing a population. Reproductive health is especially important as it has to do with the community and its most vulnerable groups—women and children. 20 to Lacs
NGO DirectorNGO Directors are responsible for growth and development of NGOs.30 to 50 Lacs
Outcomes ResearcherAn Outcomes Researcher handles the analyses of the outcome of any health care practice or program. They collect data from health care facilities, NGOs, corporations, government agencies, and other sources where healthcare programs and practices are implemented. 30 to 40 Lacs
Health Center AdministratorA Health Centre Administrator is essential to the functions of public health. When administering health care, treatments, cures, etc., organization and administration is of utmost priority.  10 to 30 Lacs
Assistant Public Health ProfessorThey educate others in this role, but mainly in relation to public health in general.10 to 25 Lacs
Community ActivistThey are responsible for identifying the needs of the community in terms of health, and addressing these by lobbying for new programs and services.5 to 15 Lacs



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