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Specialized Master in Public health methodology - MPHM

This programme is intended for public health professionals, health managers, who work at different levels of the health system. The main goal is to provide a large degree of autonomy in the use of public health methods to achieve the overall objective: «ensure methodological approaches and public health decision-makings, consistent with the needs of people, communities and individuals».



English teaching

This course aims to strengthen the links between academic research and applied topics such as health programmes and health systems management. It gives graduates knowledge and skills to undertake public health research as well as to provide leadership and technical support in public health programmes and policy, particularly in middle and low income countries.




 

Description

This Specialized Master highlights the methodologies for analysing and investigating major health issues, especially in developing countries, within a global health approach.

Training content

This 60 Credits programme, which covers different methodological aspects, is composed of a compulsory part (50 credits) and an optional part (10 to 20 credits).

Compulsory part:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Qualitative methods and contextual factors in public health
  • Health economics and quality management
  • Health system management
  • Operational research
  • Thesis: integrated exercise in biostatistics and epidemiology, or development of a PhD protocol including health survey methods.

Optional teaching units are related to:

  • Advanced methods in biostatistics and epidemiology
  • The WHO strategy for incorporation of traditional medicine in healthcare
  • Special research questions in public health
  • Special research question in emergency situations

Courses are taught exclusively in English.
Evaluations are based on sitting exams, personal and in-group works throughout the year.

Career opportunities

Graduates enter careers in global health and national health policy and planning, academic and operational research, advisory roles in governments and international agencies.

This one-year Master enables health professionals to specialize in the understanding of diseases and of their determinants (epidemiology and biostatistics), organization and policy, systems and health services management (health economics, human relation management, quality and risk management, health planning and operational research) as well as the development of social approaches to health. Transversal skills will be developed such as research methodology, scientific writing and capitalization of public health actions.

  • National and international health agencies: programme or project officer/manager, public health surveillance specialist
  • Non-governmental organizations: medical coordinator, project manager
  • Health Ministries : regional programme coordinator, consultant/ officer in national health policy and planning
  • Community and hospital medicine: public health physician, district officer
  • Universities, health research centers: epidemiologist, biostatistician, researcher in health services and policies
  • The programme may serve as excellent preparation for students wishing to go on to take PhD

Inter-university programme

Organized by:

  • Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), École de Santé Publique (coordinator)
  • Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Faculté de santé publique
  • Université de Mons (UMONS), Faculté Warocqué d’Économie et de Gestion & Faculté de médecine et pharmacie

Specific features

  • Partnership agreement with the University of Liverpool (lecture on qualitative methods)
  • Lectures given by invited experts, especially from low and middle income countries
  • Students from various countries and diverse backgrounds
  • Opportunities to follow local conferences and seminars (annual seminar of the Belgian Platform for International Health - Be-cause Health)
  • Opportunity to follow french class

Conditions of admission

  • Master degree (5 years of university education, equivalent to 300 credits)
  • Open to medical doctors, nurses and other paramedical, social sciences professionals involved in public health, public health researchers, decision makers and executives…

This Specialized Master is open to a wide range of practitioners (public health executives, medical doctors, health economists, research workers in the biomedical sector, etc.). This course is an Specialized Master degree which means a master subsequent to a previous master. Therefore the general admission requirement for the course is that the applicants must possess a diploma at least equivalent to a master degree (5 years of university education).

To be admitted, applicants must bear a 2nd cycle degree considered equivalent to 300 credits (minimum 5 years of study) by the Jury. If the degree represents only 240 credits (minimum 4 years of study), the candidate should have acquired 60 extra credits through other 2nd cycle studies or through some form of specialization, or must prove to have acquired the useful knowledge through personal or professional experience.

Registration & scholarships

Please note that the registration procedure described in this section is not required for students who benefit from a scholarship from the Belgian development cooperation (ARES scholarships).

Registration deadline :

  • For EU students : from april to the end of september
  • For non-EU students : from mid february to the end of april

Registration steps and admission form

The registration steps and admission form can be accessed through this link to the registration office website: admission

The following information will help you to fill in the admission form:

On the page related to the course for which you would like to apply, you should select the following options:

  •     Faculty: Ecole de Santé Publique
  •     Study level: Master Complémentaire
  •     Study year: Master Complémentaire in Public Health Methodology – STME6

You should fill in the admission form online, print it and gather all the requested documents.

All documents need to be loaded online. Documents send by post, fax or e-mail will not be taken into account. Unless otherwise noted in the admission/registration form, the documents don't have to be legalised. The documents may not exceed 2 Mo while loading. Following formats are accepted: JPG, JPEG, PDF, TIFF or RTF

Following languages are accepted for the documents and identification papers: French, English, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese. Documents written in another language must be translated by a sworn translator. The translation must be annexed to the original document. The absence of the translation or of the original document is a valuable reason to refuse a demand.A diploma that contains a complete translation in French/English and is certified by the establishment where the diploma was edited must not be translated.

Please pay attention to the fact that any incomplete file that reaches the registration office will be definitively discarded for the forthcoming academic year. Therefore, as opposed to what is indicated on the registration office website, we recommend that you send your admission file to Mrs Cathy Ververis, from the School of Public Health secretariat where it will be checked prior being sent to the registration office.
mphm.esp@ulb.ac.be

Price for the academic year

Our university tries to keep the tuition fees affordable to most students even if you are not eligible to any scholarships.
All the detailled fees' information are available on the registration departement page (tuition fees).

In summary:

  • EU students : 835,00 €
  • Students from least developed countries (according to the list established by OCDE) : 835,00 €
  • Others : 4175,00 €

Scholarships

Our school doesn't have any scholarships to offer but various opportunities exist.

ULB student social service

For specialized masters, they are no discounts on tuition fee in the Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation so it's useless to contact the student social service for that purpose. However you can contact them to get informations about scholarships opportunities (mainly for European students, specialy belgian and french).The web site is in french but you can contact them in english if needed : sse@admin.ulb.ac.be

Study in Belgium

Some scholarships opportunities can also be found on studyinbelgium.be

ARES-CCD

If you come from a low and middle income country, you can try to apply to the ARES-CCD (Académie de Recherche et d'enseignement supérieur de Wallonie-Bruxelles - Commission de la coopération au développement) if your country is eligible.
Eligible countries: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haïti, Madagascar, Morocco, Niger, Peru, Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Vietnam.
Grants are available each year (deadline around february)

Many other technical or financial partners can also offer scholarships, we do not have a list as they are different in every country (belgian cooperation BTC, WHO, European Union, East African community, Organisation Ouest Africaine de Santé, NGOs, Ministry of Health...).

Practical information

Location

The classes are organised part time in Erasmus campus (ULB), part time in Woluwe Campus (UCLouvain) and a few days during the year at Mons University. For courses in Mons, transportation is organised by ULB.

School of Public Health - ULB
Route de Lennik 808, 1170 Bruxelles
Subway: Erasme, line 5

Faculty of Public Health - UCLouvain
Clos Chapelle aux champs 30, 1200 Bruxelles
Subway: Vandervelde, line 1

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Mis à jour le 16 juillet 2019