The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a multi-disciplinary professional degrees awarded for studies in areas related to public health. The MPH degree focuses on public health practice, as opposed to research or teaching. Master of Public Health programs are available throughout the world in Medical Schools, Schools of Public Health, and Schools of Public Affairs.

In addition, students develop an integrated interdisciplinary, cross-cutting set of overall competency domains (Communication and Informatics, Diversity and Culture, Leadership, Professionalism, Program Planning, Public Health Biology, and Systems Thinking). A newly developing specialty within the MPH degree is Occupational Health Nursing. In the US, medical graduates can pursue an MPH in public health practice; medical students can pursue an MPH in public health medicine.

In some countries the MPH program is only available for medical graduates (MBBS or equivalent), those without the medical degree can join the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program. The MSPH degree is an academic public health degree rather than a professional public health degree. The MSPH is more research-oriented than is the MPH. Required MSPH coursework includes most of the same classes needed for the MPH degree, but in addition the MSPH degree requires additional coursework in research methods, epidemiology, biostatistics, and similar public health studies. Also, MSPH students must complete a research thesis. The extra coursework roughly requires an additional year of study in relation to what is required for the MPH degree.

In the UK the MPH is not widely available; an MSc in the field of public health (generally one year’s full-time study) may be the nearest equivalent. Public health viewed as one of the important and effective approach to achieve national development goals. The development of public health profession including training, education, continuous education and research activities are still inadequate to address those challenges of public health in Nepal.

The MPH curriculum in Nepal is expected to tracks public health professionals to take organizational leadership for assuring better health management and improving quality of life of the people through better quality health service delivery. This can be achieved through an updated contemporary community need based curricula which can address the real needs of modern public health issues and appropriate public health management in diverse settings. This curriculum has been structured to cope with diversity of changing demands of public health problems. Besides the core courses, the curriculum provides opportunities for the students to purse individual interest through broad based choice of effective subjects.

List of colleges conducting Master of Public Health program

Master of Public Health, Tribhuvan University– 2 years course

  • Institute of Medicine (IOM), Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu (20 seats)
  • Chitwan Medical College (CMC), Bharatpur, Chitwan (7 seats)
  • National Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Birgunj, Parsa (4 seats)

Master of Public Health Nutrition (MPHN), Tribhuvan University– 2 years course

  • Institute of Medicine (IOM), Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu (5 seats)

Master of Health Promotion and Education (MHPE), Tribhuvan University– 2 years course

  • Institute of Medicine (IOM), Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu (5 seats)

BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS)  2 years course

  • BPKIHS, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Dharan, Sunsari (10 seats)

The Doctor of Public Health (PHD) degree is for those who intend to pursue or advance a professional practice career in public health and for leaders and future leaders in public health practice. They face the particular challenge of understanding and adapting scientific knowledge in order to achieve health gain and results. This degree leads to a career in high-level administration, teaching, or practice, where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required. The usual requirement for entry into this program is a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH). The DrPH program develops in its candidates all competencies included in MPH programs, with increased emphasis on high level skills in problem-solving and the application of public health concepts. Tribhuvan University offers the Doctor of Philosophy Course (PhD in Public Health) and the course duration is five years.