Master of Public Health (MPH)



Master of public Health (MPH) is the basic professional degree offered by the Northwest Public Health Research Center (St. Petersburg, Russia) and IUFS Faculty Postgraduate Medical Studies . The program ensures that the graduate has a general understanding of the field of public health and specific competence in a particular area of it such as epidemiology, health policy and administration, environmental and occupational health, biomedical statistics.  


Admission Requirements


An applicant must have:


·        at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school, preferable with a major in the biology, physiology, physical, social or environmental sciences.


·         a personal statement describing his/her interest in the program and plans after obtaining the degree;


·        Strong reference letters.


The total duration of the course is of 4 semesters.


In unusual cases, if a course requirement is missing, permission may be given to take it in the first semester of residence.


Curriculum for the Master Program in Public Health at the  Northwest PublicHealthResearchCenter, St.Petersburg, Russia.


  Compulsory modules.


1. Basics in Public Health (Statistics/epidemiology/prevention)


Work Load
20  credits (ECTS)

The module aims to introduce the methods used in epidemiology and preventive medicine. It also provides a foundation for further studies of these disciplines. Teaching takes place in the course of 3-4 gatherings, one at the start of the semester and one at the end (exam included). Teaching will be in the form of lectures, exercises and group work, and parts of the syllabus and tutoring will be given online.

In order to sign up for Public Health courses at a Master level, you will need to have either completed the Bachelor Degree with health and/or social sciences as your major, or to have a Bachelor Degree and two years of relevant work experience as a health professional. A Bachelor Degree in Health Administration will also qualify you for admission to this Master Degree programme. In addition, you will need basic knowledge of statistics and physiopathology.

Statistics will include an introduction to the principles of survival analysis and the most common multi-variable analyses in medical research literature. The epidemiological syllabus will provide an introduction to (and practice of) the use of epidemiological concepts, the charting of epidemiological data, types of epidemiological concepts / clinical studies and practice in how to read medical literature in a critical manner. The tutoring of theories of prevention reviews the principles of primary and secondary prophylaxis.
Other related topics will also be discussed.

Form of teaching
The course has multiple teaching approaches, and active use of the Learning Management System ClassFronter is mandatory.

2-3 home assignments, portfolio assessment and a final examination (home assignment) of 3 days'' duration.

Examination semester

Type of course

Level of course/Year of study
First year at master''s level.



Spss/pc is required statistical software.
The teaching requires access to the internet.