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.
Tabulated here are the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Eligibility||Bachelor's degree in any Health Science discipline, completed from a recognized university|
|Admission Process||Based on counselling after qualification of a relevant entrance test and merit ranking|
|Course Fee||INR 3 to 6 Lacs p.a.|
|Average Starting salary||INR 3 to 15 Lacs p.a.|
|Top recruiting companies||WHO, McKinsey & Company, UN Children's Fund, PHFI, The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.|
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:
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:
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 Institute||City||Average Fees (in INR)|
|Manipal University||Manipal||2.65 Lacs|
|University of Lucknow||Lucknow||50,000|
|Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University||Jaipur||36,000|
|Paravara Institute of Medical Sciences||Ahmednagar||8 Lacs|
|Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi||Delhi||3,640|
|University of Hyderabad||Hyderabad||7,450|
|Noida International University||Gautam Budh Nagar||83,000|
Candidates wishing to pursue the course are needed to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria listed below in order to apply for the course:
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.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.
|Introduction to Public Health||Epidemiology|
|Human Biology & Public Health Chemistry||Demography & Population Sciences|
|Medical & Health Statistics||Project Planning & Management|
|Research Methods in Public Health||Communicable & Infectious Diseases|
|Health Psychology, Communication & Counselling||Non-communicable Diseases|
|Practical’s/Field visits||Practical’s/Field visits|
|Health of Vulnerable Populations||Public Health Nutrition|
|Environmental Health & Sustainable Development||Health Systems Development & Management.|
|Occupational, Industrial and Urban Health||International Health|
|Health Policy, Planning & Economics||Research Project|
|Public Health Internship||Practical’s/Field visits|
This field of Public Health includes components such as:
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.
|Job Profile||Job Description||Average Annual Pay Scale in INR|
|Biostatistician||Biostatisticians 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 Advisor||They are responsible for understanding the administration, public policy, legislation, and organising the operation of such areas.||10 to 25 Lacs|
|Tropical Disease Specialist||A Tropical Disease Specialist is an expert in diseases that spread in tropical parts of the world.||10 to 25 Lacs|
|Reproductive Health Specialist||A 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 Director||NGO Directors are responsible for growth and development of NGOs.||30 to 50 Lacs|
|Outcomes Researcher||An 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 Administrator||A 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 Professor||They educate others in this role, but mainly in relation to public health in general.||10 to 25 Lacs|
|Community Activist||They 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|