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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 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 enrollment 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.

Tuition Fees & Expenses
Admission Fee 20,000.00 20,000.00
Tuition Free/Credit (51 Credits) 5,500.00*51 280,500
Annual Development (Yearly) 7,500.00 7,500.00
Miscellaneous/ Semester (3 Semesters) 3,500.00 10,500.00
Total Program Cost 3,18,500.00

(All tuition and other fees are subject to change)

Curriculam 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.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.

MPH Curriculam
Core Course Structure
MPH – 5011 Epidemiology-I 3
MPH – 5012 Biostatistics-1 3
MPH – 5013 Introduction to Public Health and Nutrition 3
MPH – 5014 Demography and Population Dynamics 3
MPH – 5015 Research Methodology for Healthcare 3
Total 15
MPH – 5021 Introduction to Health Economics 3
MPH – 5022 Healthcare System Management 3
MPH – 5023 Health Education, Right and Ethics 3
MPH – 5024 Healthcare Project Planning and Financing 3
MPH – 5025 Reproductive Health 3
Total Total Credits 15

Major-1: Epidemiology

Major-2: Reproductive & Child Health

Major-3: Public Health Administration (PHA)

Major-4; Hospital Management (HM)

Major-5: Dental Public Health

Major-6: Occupational & Environmental Health

Major-1: Epidemiology
(Any four of the following courses)
1 MPH 5132 Applied Epidemiology 3
2 MPH 5133 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 3
3 MPH 5134 Public Health and Epidemiology 3
4 MPH 5135 Clinical Epidemiology 3
5 MPH 5136 Epidemiology of Non Communicable Disease 3
6 MPH 5137 Epidemiology of Infectious disease 3
7 MPH 5138 Biostatistics-II 3
8 MPH 5139 Principles of parasitological, microbiology and medical entomology 3
Major-2: Reproductive & Child Health
(Any four of the following courses)
1 MPH 5231 Reproductive Health (Family Planning) 3
2 MPH 5232 Gender, Poverty and Health Equity 3
3 MPH 5133 Adolescent Health 3
4 MPH 5234 Maternal and Child Nutrition 3
5 MPH 5235 Safe Motherhood Initiative and Component 3
6 MPH 5236 New Born/Child Health 3
Major-3: Public Health Administration (PHA)
(Any four of the following courses)
1 MPH 5331 Public Health Management & Administration 3
2 MPH 5332 Health Economics & Medical Audit 3
3 MPH 5333 Management of Disaster and Disease Out-Break 3
4 MPH 5334 Food and Drug Regulations 3
5 MPH 5335 Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases in Bangladesh 3
6 MPH 5336 Special Disease Control Program in Bangladesh 3
7 MPH 5337 Common Problems of Public Health e.g. Accident, Smoking, Arsenic Poisoning and Drug Abuse etc. 3
8 MPH 5338 Economic Evaluation of Healthcare 3
9 MPH 5339 Policy Approaches to Healthcare. 3
Major-4; Hospital Management (HM)
(Any four of the following courses)
1 MPH 5431 General Management and Administration 3
2 MPH 5432 Hospital Management & Administration 3
3 MPH 5433 Financial Management & Health Economics 3
4 MPH 5434 Personnel and Material Management 3
5 MPH 5435 Human Resources Development (HRD) & Case Study 3
6 MPH 5436 Hospital Support Services and Record Keeping 3
7 MPH 5437 Hospital Diet 3
8 MPH 5438 Hospital Planning & Organization 3
Total credits (4×3) 12
Major-5: Dental Public Health
(Any four of the following courses)
1 MPH 5531 Community Dentistry and Epidemiology of Dental Diseases 3
2 MPH 5532 Fundamentals of Dental Public Health Practice 3
3 MPH 5533 Implementing Strategy in Dental Service 3
4 MPH 5534 Oral Health and Diseases in Population 3
5 MPH 5535 Preventive Dentistry 3
6 MPH 5536 Forensic Odontology 3
Total credits (4×3) 12
Major-6: Occupational & Environmental Health
(Any four of the following courses)
1 MPH 5631 Environment, Health And Sustainable Development 3
2 MPH 5632 Occupational Hazards & Diseases 3
3 MPH 5633 Environmental Toxicology 3
4 MPH 5634 Industrial Hazards Management 3
5 MPH 5635 Ecology 3
6 MPH 5636 Application in Environmental Tools in Research 3
7 MPH 5637 Environmental Health 3
8 MPH 5638 Medical Social Anthropology 3
9 MPH 5639 Development Health and Globalization 3
Total credits (4×3) 12
Total Course work and Dissertation/Internship
Total core courses 30 credits and major courses 12. In total 42
Dissertation/Internship 9
Total Credits 51
Student Privileges
  • Tuition Fee Discount and waivers are available based on need and merit.
  • Small class size allows the faculty members to supervise and guide each student with special case
  • Course waiver is granted based on previous curriculum or practical experience.
  • The classes start after normal working hours in order to allow professionals to attend this course.
  • For convenience, all classes are held during the weekends and most of the classes are held in the evenings. Special classes can also be arranged to meet the needs of the students.
Faculty Members
01. Professor A N Ahmad Neaz PhD, University of Brussels, Post Doc Diploma in Public Health, Cambridge University, UK
02 Professor Shawkat Ali MSc, in Health Economics, York University, UK
03. Dr. Jahir Uddin Ahmed MSc, London University, UK
04 Dr. Abu Jamil Faisel MPH, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
05. Dr. Md. Nazrul Islam PhD, University of Dhaka M Sc. In Health Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
06. Dr. Lutfar Rahman Ph.D, University of California, USA
07. Dr. Pradip Kumar Sen Gupta MPH, University of Auckland