Master Of Public Health

Master Of Public Health


The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree that seeks to provide a rigorous and interdisciplinary approach to learning, with an emphasis on finding evidence-based and innovative solutions to Asia’s current and future public health challenges.

Leveraging on the NUS system and our close links with the National University Hospital (NUH), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Business School, as well as the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Engineering, our School ensures that research and teaching provided is both progressive and comprehensive.

Our MPH graduates are equipped to address both traditional and emerging public health issues, and have gone on to assume leadership and administrative positions in diverse public health disciplines in local and international settings.



Applicants must fulfill the following admission requirements:

Medically-qualified applicants

  1. MBBS or equivalent
  2. One year of general clinical experience, excluding housemanship*
  3. One year of work experience in public health/health administration/ occupational and environmental health or having entered clinical specialty training
  4. Enrolment in the NUHS Preventive Medicine Residency programme

*Applicable to Singapore-trained doctors only

Non-medically qualified applicants

  1. Good Honours degree or equivalent
  2. Two years of work experience in public health/ health promotion/ health administration/ occupational and environmental health/ clinical research

English Language Requirements for International Applicants*

*Excludes applicants whose undergraduate or graduate degrees are from NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD and English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States

International applicants must submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and must meet the minimum scores required:

  • 580 on the TOEFL paper-based test
  • 237 on the TOEFL computer-based test
  • 85 on the TOEFL internet-based test
  • 6.0 on the IELTS test

Test scores for the TOEFL and IELTS are valid for 2 years. TOEFL and IELTS scores that are no longer valid will not be accepted.

For more information about the TOEFL or IELTS, or for instructions on registering, please visit (for TOEFL) and (for IELTS).

Note: Meeting the minimum requirements does not imply automatic admission into the MPH programme.




The MPH programme covers five core areas in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Administration, Social and Behavioural health, and Environmental and Occupational health. The programme is offered on a full-time and part-time basis for both medically and non-medically qualified candidates.

Duration of Study Medically-qualified candidates Non-medical candidates
Full-time Minimum 12 months to Maximum 2 years Minimum 18 months to Maximum 3 years
Part-time Minimum 24 months to Maximum 4 years Minimum 36 months to Maximum 6 years








The substantial tuition subsidy from the Government of Singapore comes in the form of a MOE Subsidy administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is offered to all eligible students. Students need not apply for the MOE Subsidy if they are eligible.

International students reading a government-subsidised programme can apply for the Service Obligation Scheme to pay reduced tuition fees.

As a guide, the AY2016/2017 tuition fees for newly admitted students are as follows:

Faculties / Schools Per Annum Amounts (S$)
Fees payable by:
Students with 
Programmes offered by: Full-time/ 
Public Health 22,400/

For more information on Tuition Fees and Subsidies, please refer to

Miscellaneous Student Fees

Miscellaneous fees help meet costs incurred by the University in providing services to the student community that are either not covered or only partially covered by the tuition fee and government subsidy. These services include healthcare for students; facilitating student cultural, social and recreational programmes; and maintaining the shuttle bus service, IT network and other essential campus infrastructure and services. All students, whether registered on a full-time basis, are charged the miscellaneous fees. These are due at the same time as the tuition fees. For more information, please refer to

The National University of Singapore reserves the discretion to review and adjust the fees periodically.

Candidates interested in applying should read the following Fees Information.





The cost of a postgraduate education is a matter of concern for many students and their families. We believe deserving students from all economic backgrounds around the world should have the opportunity to be educated at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Recognising that every individual's family situation is unique, the School is committed to review each application for scholarship or financial aid.

If you believe you will need any amount of financial support, we strongly encourage you to state your interest in applying for a scholarship or financial aid as you submit your online application for our graduate programmes. You may find more information below on the School's available scholarships and financial aid. For enquiries, please email


Financial Aid 

  • Fellowships (for FULL-TIME Master of Public Health (MPH) programme students only) 
    The School offers, on a merit and need basis, Fellowships to recognise outstanding MPH candidates who have clearly demonstrated academic excellence, professional distinction, exceptional leadership qualities, passion for innovation and fostering healthier communities. The Fellowships will typically fully or partially finance the candidate’s education in the MPH programme and/ or living expenses. They are not provided in exchange for services provided by the student and may be awarded by the School or by external source
  • Service Obligation Scheme 
  • NUS Tuition Fee Loan Scheme
  • NUS Part-time Appointment Scheme (for Full-time Students only)


Master of Public Health Programme Information

  1. Academic Calendar for 2016/2017
  2. Description of Modules offered in 2016/2017
  3. Exam Dates for AY2016/2017 Semester 1
  4. Exam Dates for AY2016/2017 Semester 2
  5. MPH Students’ Handbook AY2015/2016

Cross-Faculty Graduate Students

Module Information for Cross Faculty Students

Cross-faculty graduate students who wish to read MPH modules should note:

  1. Each student is allowed to read for credit and/or audit maximum of 8 MCs of MPH modules per semester, with the exception of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine students on relevant graduate programmes, and subject to home faculty’s policies
  2. Take note of the module pre-requisites before applying for the module
  3. Submit your request through your home faculty at least 3 weeks before the start of the semester. Students should state the pre-requisites met (if any), and submit a CV together with their application
  4. All applications are subject to approval

Forms and Guidelines

(1)    Module-related Matters

(2)    Candidature Matters

(3)    Practicum

(4)    Independent Study Module (ISM)

(5)    Field Practice

(6)    Overseas Travel








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