Department Of Public Health Of American International University

February 16, 2015 | Category: Course Details | Posted By - Alikarim | 1 Comments

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American International University-Bangladesh

The MPH Program

The Masters in Public Health (MPH) at American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) is a three-semester intensive program meeting the highest international standards. The course offers a broad public health perspective designed to teach in a larger socio-economic context in order to develop professionals with managerial and technical competence. The program ensures achievement of defined preventive healthcare services in line with the objective of “health for all” envisioned by The World Health Organization (WHO). The course accepts students from a wide range of backgrounds preferably medical related education and training; health service professionals, healthcare service providers, social scientists, experts from any discipline and those who have worked in national healthcare systems, international agencies or NGOs.

This program aims: (i) to develop professionals and their critical analysis of the issues within the primary health care, public health management, policy, planning and financing of preventive health care programs, and (ii) to formulate and design appropriate health policies and strategies responsive to the evolving needs of the health care program.

Graduates from this course can substantially contribute and add value to the international and national health management, policy planning and intervention. They can work for government, international agencies, NGOs and the private sector as policy-makers, researchers, advisers or work in advocacy or training in the field of public health ensuring healthcare and disease prevention.

Program Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to: (i) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of international and national healthcare policies, management of health including current and emerging trends of diseases and preventive measures.; (ii) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of public health management, policy, planning and financing; (iii) demonstrate specialist knowledge and skills in other areas selected from a range of options on the program relevant to the study of healthcare policy; (iv) apply their knowledge and skills using various approaches to formulate, implement and evaluate health care policies, plans and programs; (v) show competence both written and verbal, in communicating empirical evidence, consolidating and critically appraising debates relevant to public health issues. (vi) inculcate research culture in order to develop knowledge base and be able to present and interpret findings as basis for future development of the health care programs and services of the country.

Why an MPH at AIUB?

The American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) is committed to introducing world class public health program and accordingly, designed and developed facilities, faculties and curriculum in order to meet the highest international standards with its globally competitive MPH program. The MPH program is modelled after similar programs at the renowned universities at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Cambridge University in UK, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene, Boston University School of Public Health, Harvard and California Barclay University in USA. Graduates of AIUB will be well equipped to work as professional health managers and experts in a range of different settings including multilateral institutions like WHO, UNFPA, and other UN agencies, International and National NGOs, Governments and the Private sector, both within and outside Bangladesh. AIUB introduces modern interactive teaching methods where English is the only medium of instruction. The university provides state of the art IT facilities and modern computer labs. All class rooms are equipped with Multimedia Projectors and internet connections, access to global IT connections and rich library collection with access to online journals.

Methods of Instruction

Teaching under this program covers a variety of methods applicable for specific topics. Outcomes are demonstrated by a rich mixture of teaching and learning approaches bringing a wide range of professional experience to learning at AIUB. Small group learning methods such as syndicated group work, case studies, seminars and group presentations are emphasized. Lecture methods are supplemented by project work, case presentation, group discussions, workshops and audio-visual aids. Field visits are arranged from time to time during the year to provide direct knowledge and experience of special healthcare problems, and ongoing initiatives to improve the management of healthcare services. Emphasis is also given on the project work, case method of instruction and other techniques that may be necessary considering the situation under review. The International and Bangladeshi health and population sector related concerns are integrated during the lectures and discussions which create and enhance a positive attitude and appreciation among the students.

There is a provision for counselling hours allocated for direct interaction with students. All students are connected with IT facilities, provided by the university, at the time of enrolment. Class notes and relevant materials are uploaded to students who can download them before commencement of classes. Students in AIUB are exposed to and expected to participate in a variety of ongoing public health activities currently being carried out by the research students and faculty members. Attendance is mandatory for each and every class. Missing more than 20% of the scheduled classes will obtain the student an automatic “Unofficial Withdraw (UW)” grade unless otherwise approved by the faculty responsible for that particular course.

Duration of the Program

The enrolment starts in any semester and it takes about three semesters and it is inclusive of one Major. This is a one-year intensive program. A student can graduate from this allocated time period by enrolling in the summer session. While writing the dissertation, a student may take a maximum of four months longer than the stipulated time frame to complete and submit the dissertation and to face a public defence in front of a jury board comprising both internal and external experts.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirement and equivalency has been standardized and kept in conformity with the National policy. Applicants for this program are required to hold preferably an MBBS, BDS, or a three to four year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited academic institution. Graduates of other disciplines may also be considered. The applicant must submit the filled in application form, official transcripts of all previous academic studies, the application fee and such additional materials and information as the program may require such as the minimum cumulative gross point average (CGPA) is required to be 2.50 in a scale of 4. In addition, the Admission Committee seeks to measure each candidate’s potential for academic success and subsequent contribution to the health sector in the home country.

International Students

International students are evaluated on the basis of the TOFEL, GMAT, and GRE scores. A TOFEL score of 550 or better is needed for the applicants whose mother tongue is not English. International Applicants with a TOFEL score below 550 can be considered for admission into the program provided they take AIUB’s English proficiency courses. In case of GRE, a total of at least 1400 points is needed. The GMAT or GRE can be waived for the students with excellent academic background.

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Tuition Fees and Other Expenses


Fees (TK)

Total Fess (TK)

Admission Fee



Tuition Free/Credit (51 Credits)

4,500 (Per Credit)


Annual Charge



Miscellaneous/ Semester (3 Semesters)

2000 (Per ) Semester


Total Program Cost


 (All tuition and other fees are subject to change)

Curriculum Requirements

In total 51 credit hours is required for obtaining the degree of MPH. The course work is divided into theoretical and practical sessions. The courses are divided into 30 credits for core and 12 credits for obtaining at least a major out of six majors.mahidul.islam In addition to course work, successful completion of internship/dissertation work in the field of public health is a prerequisite for awarding the MPH degree. The internship/dissertation work covers 9 credit hours. The details of the course work and dissertation are presented below. AIUB offers six major courses out of which students are obliged to take at least one.

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  • mohiuddin - posted 10 Jun, 2015

    ...i am very eager to know about the mpe department in usa.