The Master’s Programme in Public Health is a full-time two-year programme (4 semesters) taught entirely in English.  30  students will be granted admission every August by School of Public Health and Research at Somali National University. The programme grants 120 credit points.

The first year consists of mandatory and elective courses. By the end of second semester, students are expected to have written a research protocol and applied for Ethical Clearance for their master project. The second year consists of data collection in the 3rd semester and analysis, thesis writing and oral exam / defense in the 4th semester.

The aim of the programme is to train students in community health research and interventions. The programme will prepare students to participate in community-based health promotion and disease prevention research, and to use the research findings to improve the quality and effectiveness of community health action.

Semester 1

No Course name Credit point
  Fundamentals of International Community Health
1 Human and microbial ecology 5 credit
2 Non-communicable diseases and nutrition 5 credit
3 Reproductive- and child health 5 credit
4 Health systems 5 credit
5 Qualitative Methodology 5 credit
6 Quantitative Methodology 5 credit

Semester 2

No Course name Credit point
1 Literature Review and Research Question 5 credit
2 Research Methodology 5 credit
3 Introductory module in research ethics 5 credit
4 Elective courses 15 credit

Semester 3

No Course name Credit point
1 Master Thesis: Field work 30 credit

Semester 4

No Course name Credit point
1 Master Thesis: analyzing and writing thesis 30 credit

In short the program consist of:

  • 1st semester:mandatory theoretical and methodological courses, with lectures every day from 9 am – 4 pm (30 credits). The course  – Research Methodology begins with teaching seminars in the first semester.
  • 2nd semester: mandatory courses in methodology, planning your master project, writing the research protocol and medical ethics including application for ethical clearance (15 credits) and elective courses where we recommend that students choose courses related to their research topic (15 credits)
  • 3rd semester: field work and collecting data (30 credits)
  • 4th semester:analyzing collected data, writing the thesis and some mandatory lectures mostly in the beginning of the semester (30 credits)

Elective courses

Students must choose elective courses during the second semester adding up to 15 credits. The availability of elective courses is subject to change annually. Elective courses will be updated in December before the following spring semester. Students have the opportunity to choose from the following elective courses the program offers.

No Course name Credit point
1  Introduction to Medical Anthropology: key concepts and perspectives 5 credit
2  Epidemiology in practice – Methodology, examples and tools 5 credit
3 Global epidemics 5 credit
4 Reproductive and Sexual Health and Human Rights 5 credit
5 Evidence Informed Health Policy 5 credit
6 Ethical issues in international health research – advanced module in research ethics 5 credit
7 Water and food in a global health perspective 5 credit