Complete Guide for a Masters in Public Health in Nigeria.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the most widely sought after degree in public health. The program equips students with the public health knowledge, unique set of skills and principles essential for the demands of public health in the 21st century. Certain aspect of MPH programs trains student on leadership skills in a specific health specialty, and how to improve and protect the health and well-being of populations.

 

How an MPH degree program is designed in Nigeria

An MPH degree program in Nigeria usually runs for a minimum duration of 1 year for Medical doctors and 2 years for most Paramedical degree holders. All students enrolled in an MPH degree program in Nigeria are expected to complete coursework designed to prepare public health professionals to effectively and actively contribute to culturally appropriate and innovative approaches, geared towards improving and promoting the health of the population  and solving  emerging public health problems.

 

What are the Core MPH courses In Nigeria?

 The core MPH courses in Nigeria are:

  1. Biostatistics
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Health policy
  4. Management
  5. Environmental
  6. Occupational health
  7. Social and behavioral sciences
  8. Public health Nutrition

Upon completion of the required courses usually spanning between 2- 4 semesters, students are expected to carry out a research project in a distinct area of public health as part of the requirement for the award of a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

List of Universities offering Master in Public health or Masters in Community Health Degree in Nigeria and their Requirements

Public Health Programmes At the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Institute of Public Health (IPH) in lle-lfe south west Nigeria is a center for generating ideas on health development, health promotion and disease prevention programmes. The school is one of the first universities to offer MPH in Nigeria. The Institute of public health is as an integral part of the College of Health Sciences and serves as a focal point for planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating public health research, services and training. The institute also collaborates with institutions and development agencies in order to actualize the vision of health promotion and development in Nigeria and beyond.

 

Postgraduate Public Health Programs of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Masters

  1. Master in Clinical Psychology
  2. Master of Public Health (M.P.H)
  3. Phil. Public Health (M Phil)

 Doctor of Philosophy

Ph.D. in Public Health

Admission Requirement for Masters in Public Health in Obafemi Awolowo University

  • An Applicant shall possess at least a Second Class Honors Degree (Lower Division) of the Obafemi Awolowo University or any other approved University.

 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in the Sciences in the following disciplines, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Botany, Geology, Geography, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Medicine/Medical Sciences, Medical lab Science and Technology particularly Civil and Chemical Engineering(with at least a 2nd class). Other related disciplines may be considered depending on the availability of space and level of competition

 

  • Experience in health, education, social welfare, health promotion or other appropriate Ministry, Agency or Institution may be an added advantage.

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Public Health programmes at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria

The MPH program of the Ahmadu Bello University is offered with technical collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, and open to candidates who possess an MBBS degree of the Ahmadu Bello University or an equivalent degree from a University recognized by the senate of the University. The other public health program of the university is the Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program for the award of MPH in Field Epidemiology, MPH in Laboratory Epidemiology and Management and MPH in Veterinary Epidemiology offered in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with funding and technical support of the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a leading academic public health center in the country and on the international scene, the institution works to promote a multi-disciplinary approach to public health scholarships, policy and practice.

Postgraduate Public Health Programs of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria

Masters

  1. Master of Public Health (M.P.H)
  2. MPH in Laboratory Epidemiology and Management
  3. MPH in Veterinary Epidemiology

 

Admission Requirement for Masters in Public Health in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria

 

Master of Public Health (MPH)

  • This Course is open to candidates who already possess an MBBS degree of the Ahmadu Bello University or an equivalent degree from a University recognized by the senate of the university.

 

  • Registration with Nigerian Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) is a compulsory requirement.

 

  • A minimum of three years post degree cognate experience in Medicine, Health and Safety Medical Programs or Industry or Federal, State, Local Government.

 

  • All candidates will undergo a pre admission test in order to determine the eligibility of candidates and to select candidates who can benefit most from the course.

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Public Health programmes at the University of Ibadan

The Faculty of Public Health of the University of Ibadan is the first Faculty of Public Health in Nigeria.  Established in 2002, it has since assumed leadership role in Public Health man power development and research.  The Faculty has six departments and one institute namely:

  1. Epidemiology & Medical Statistics
  2. Health Promotion & Education
  3. Human Nutrition
  4. Health Policy & Management
  5. Environmental Health Sciences
  6. Preventive Medicine & Primary Care
  7. Institute of Child Health (ICH)

Admission Requirement for Masters in Public Health in University of Ibadan

  • Candidates for admission to the degree shall normally be graduates of the University of Ibadan or any other Institution recognized by the Senate of the University of Ibadan.

 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in the Sciences in the following disciplines Microbiology, Botany, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Medicine/Medical Sciences (with at least a 2nd class). Other related disciplines may be considered depending on the availability of space and level of competition.

 

  • Experience in health promotion, health education, social welfare or other appropriate Ministry, Agency or Institution may be an added advantage.

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Public Health Programs of the University of Lagos

The masters of public health of the University of Lagos runs under the department of community health of the school of postgraduate studies of the institution.

Postgraduate Public Health Programs at the University of Lagos are:

  1. MPH Master in Public Health
  2. MSc Public Health

Admission Requirement for Masters in Public Health in University of Lagos

  1. Applicants must possess a Bachelors’ degree of the University of Lagos or any other university recognized by the senate of the university.
  2. Candidates who hold other qualification(s) recognized by senate of the University of Lagos relevant to health can also apply.
  3.  In addition to requirements 1 & 2 above, an applicant may be required, as a condition for being admitted to take a written and/or oral examinations.

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Public Health Programs of the University Of Port Harcourt

The University of Port Harcourt runs Master of Public Health (MPH) for MBBS graduates and the Master of Science in Public Health (MSc Public Health MSPH) for other graduates with Bachelors of Science degree in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Botany, Geography, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, and Medicine/Medical Sciences etc. Both courses are run by the Department Of Preventive And Social Medicine.

 

Admission Requirement for Masters in Public Health in University of Port Harcourt

  1. Candidates must possess a first Degree in Medicine, Basic Medical Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and other relevant courses allied to Medicine.
  2. For candidates with MSc Honors in a health-related discipline, the minimum benchmark is a Second Class(Lower Division) and a  CGPA of not less than 3.00 on a 5-point scale or CGPA of 2.5 on a 4 point scale.
  3. A minimum of three years postgraduate experience and must have completed National Youth Service (NYSC) programme.
  4. Candidates will undergo a selection process written and or oral and only those who are successful will be admitted into the programme.

 

Public Health programmes At the Babcock University

  1. Epidemiology in Public Health
  2. Master of Public Health (M.P.H)
  3. Phil. Public Health (M Phil)
  4. PhD Public Health

 Public Health programmes At the University of Calabar

  1. Master of Public Health (M.P.H)

Admission Requirement for Masters in Public Health in University of Calabar

  1. Candidates must possess a first Degree in the following disciplines: Medicine, Basic Medical Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, and other relevant courses allied to Medicine from the University of Calabar or any other recognized university.
  2. For candidates with B.Sc. Honors in a health-related discipline, the minimum benchmark is a Second Class (Lower Division) and a CGPA of not less than 3.00 on a 5-point scale or CGPA of 2.5 on a 4 point scale
  3. A minimum of three years postgraduate experience, and must have completed National Youth Service (NYSC) programme.

 

Public Health programmes At the University of Ilorin

The Master in Public Health (MPH) program of the University of Ilorin  runs for a minimum period of twenty four (24) calendar months and a maximum period of thirty six (36) calendar months for full-time candidates, OR a minimum period of thirty six (36) calendar months, and a maximum period of forty eight (48) calendar months for part-time candidates.

  1. Master of Public Health Education (M. PHE)

Specialization

  1. Drug Education
  2. Primary Health care
  3. Community Health Education
  4. Reproductive and Family Health
  5. Safety Health Education
  6. Master of Community Health (M.Comm.H )

Specialization

  1. Tropical Public Health
  2. Epidemiology and Community Health
  3. Occupational Health
  4. Environmental Health
  5. Health Management and Health Education

Master in Public Health (MPH)

Specialization

  1. Tropical Public Health
  2. Epidemiology and Community Health
  3. Occupational Health
  4. Environmental Health
  5. Health Management
  6. Health Education.

Ph.D. Public Health

Specialization: Epidemiology

Admission Requirement for Masters in Public Health in University of Ilorin

  1. Candidates must possess a first Degree from the University of Ilorin or any other recognized university in Medicine, Basic Medical Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and other relevant courses allied to Medicine.
  2. For candidates with B.Sc Honors in a health-related discipline the minimum benchmark is a Second Class (Lower Division), and a CGPA of not less than 3.00 on a 5-point scale, or CGPA of 2.5 on a 4 point scale
  3. A minimum of three years postgraduate experience, and must have completed National Youth Service (NYSC) programme.
  4. Candidates applying for the Ph.D. in public health programme must have obtained a Master’s degree in the relevant discipline from a recognized University, with an average score of not less than 60%.
  1. Candidates who attended foreign Universities, where English language is not the medium of instruction, must show evidence of their English Language proficiency, e.g. TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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Online Public Health Degree from Nigeria

 

Individuals intending to pursue full time public health degree can also do same without following the traditional pathway in Nigeria. They can achieve this by enrolling in the many online Masters in public Health Degree programs from Nigeria provided by schools such as the University of Liverpool, Walden University, Roehampton University and Johns Hopkins University. However due to high cost of this program and Forex scarcity, highly rated and very affordable programs such as the MPH Program in Texila American University is an excellent way for Nigerian seeking to earn and MPH degree to achieve their dreams.

 

How to Enroll for An Online MPH program In Texila American University from Nigeria

 Public health Nigeria has been helping Nigerians enroll for this program at no cost. You can join other numerous Nigerians in the program by texting: Texila MPH to Public Health Nigeria on +2348176683396 with your Name,(Surname first) First degree , Date of birth and email address and a support staff will promptly attend to your request and connect you with an admission assistant to guide you through the process and provide you with information on prevailing scholarships offers for Nigerian students. Public health Nigeria is also working to provide seamless admission process for Nigerian Students seeking for online MPH admission spots in UK Universities.

 

 

Scholarships Opportunities for Maters In public Health in Nigeria

Apart from the PTDF scholarships, as well as many other local scholarship programs In Nigeria, there are several other scholarship opportunity available to individuals wishing to pursue a higher degree in the field of public health.

Scholarships for International students & students from developing countries

  1. Advance Africa

Category: Masters  

Value: Full Tuition

 

  1. AFS Diversity Scholarships

Category:  Masters Students

Value: 2500 USD

 

  1. Developing Countries in New Zealand

Category:  Undergraduate & Graduate students

Value: 1000 USD

 

  1. ExxonMobil Scholarships in Global Health science

Category: Masters Students

Value: Full Tuition

  1. Foundation for Sustainable Development

Category:  Graduate Students

Value:      3000 USD

  1. SGU Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship

Category:   Graduate Students

Value:       Full Tuition

 

  1. Fundación México en Harvard 

Category: Doctoral Students

Value: Full Tuition

 

  1. German Academic Exchange Service

Category:   Graduate Students

Value:   750 Euros Monthly

 

  1. Heinrich Boll Scholarship    

Category: MS/PhD

Value:   750- 1000 Euro Monthly

 

  1. SGU Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarship 

Category:    Graduate Students

Value:           Full Tuition

 

  1. The Eve Jones Memorial Scholarship

Category: Masters Students

Value:         Varies

 

  1. Global Health Science at Brasenose College The Food Security Center

Category: Doctoral Students

Value:    1000 Euro Monthly

 

Salary Outlook for MPH Degree Holders In Nigeria

The huge numbers of individuals affected by these diseases and conditions make Nigeria one of the hot beds for public health activities among developing nations of the world due the number of non-governmental organizations and development partners currently engaged in various projects across the country. Most public health jobs in Nigeria require a minimum of MPH degree the salary outlook for public health officials in the major organizations in Nigeria are

 

Salaries Outlook Public Health Workers and NGOs in Nigeria

 

FHI 360

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization with operation in Nigeria and more than 60 countries of the world including all U.S. states and territories. Their staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, youth, economic development, civil society, gender, research, technology and communication.

 

Entry level Gross Salary for FHI =N= 350,000 -360,000

 

The Norwegian Refugee Council

The Norwegian Refugee Council is an independent humanitarian organization with operations in Nigeria and across 31 countries in the world. It helps people forced to flee their homes, saves lives and rebuild futures.   

 Entry level Gross Salary Norwegian Refugee Council =N=250,000

 

 

Danish Refugee Council

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization with operations in Nigeria and over 30 countries. it was founded in 1956.

 

Entry level Gross Salary Danish Refugee Council =N= 250,000

 

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization that operates in Nigeria it focuses on saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training

 

Entry level Gross Salary International Medical Corps =N=196,000

 

Medicine du Monde

Medecins Du Monde is a humanitarian non-profit organization that provides long-term emergency medical care to vulnerable populations.

 

Entry level Gross Salary Medicine du Monde =N= 210,000

 

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization working in over 99 countries around the world supporting relief and development work.

 

Entry level Gross Salary Catholic Relief Services -350,000

 

Action against Hunger

Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organization focused on malnourished children

 

Entry level Gross Salary Action against Hunger =N= 210,000

 

Medicine sans Frontiers

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focuses emergency aid delivery to people affected by armed conflict.

 

Entry level Gross Salary Medicine sans Frontiers =N= 250,000

 

Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization with operation in over 120 countries, including the United States it focuses on children in needs.

 

Entry level Gross Salary Save the Children =N= 266,000

 

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Careers at the IRC are wide-ranging and they work in more than 40 countries

 

 Entry level Gross Salary International Rescue Committee =N= 350,000

 

Plan International

Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization that equality for the girl child and advancement of children’s rights

 

Entry level Gross Salary Plan International =N= 270,000

 

Christian Aid

Christian Aid Is a United Kingdom based charity that operates in over 60 countries helping people, regardless of religion or race.

Entry level Gross Salary Christian Aid=N= 285,000

 

ACTED

ACTED is focused on immediate humanitarian relief for those in urgent need.

 

Entry level Gross Salary ACTED =N= 250,000

 

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2 Comments

  1. Hello I’m pryslin writing from Cameroon
    I’m interested in studying MPH epidemiology n community health in university of Ilorin. I hold a BSc in microbiology with minor in medical laboratory technology from the university of Buea Cameroon. GPA 2.95 on a scale of 4

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