The objective of this Specialized Master in Public Health Methodology is to provide a large degree of autonomy in the use of public health methods. The programme is intended for public health professionals, health managers, who work at different levels of the health system, with a view to acquire specific skills needed for health system management and development of analytical and specialized approaches to strengthen their action strategies (operational research, health planning, health services research, health strategies and management). The targeted skills tend towards the achievement of an overall objective which is to: "ensure methodological approaches and public health decision-makings, consistent with the needs of people, communities and individuals." This Advanced Master thus highlights the methodologies of analysis and investigation of major health problems in developing countries and in a global health approach. It also intends to give, to the learners, sufficient basis for a systemic understanding of health problems as well as contextual and environmental factors that determine the answers to the health problems. By the variety of teaching methods and by the commitment of teachers and learners, this Advanced Master will enable health professionals to specialize themselves in the aspects of the fight against disease and for a better health (epidemiology and biostatistics), organization and policy, systems and health services managements (health economics aspects, human relation management, quality and risk management, health planning and operational research) as well as the development of social approaches to health and transversal skills such as research methodology, scientific writing and capitalization of public health actions.
02/ Training content
The programme, which covers different methodological aspects, is composed by a compulsory part (50 ECTS) and by an optional part (10 ECTS must be compulsorily chosen among the 30 proposed ECTS). The compulsory part of the program counts for 50 ECTS:
- Biostatistics in public health (2 parts of 5 ECTC) and epidemiology (10 ECTS and 5 ECTS);
- Qualitative methods and contextual factors in public health (5 ECTS);
- Health economics and Quality management (5 ECTS);
- Planning and health system research and management (5 ECTS) and Operational research and south lectures (5 ECTS).
The remaining 15 credits are devoted to the Master's Thesis.
In addition to this 50 credits, 6 optional teaching unis, of 5 ECTS each, are available. The student must take at least 10 ECTS in the optional propositions to arrive to a 60 ECTS master or they can take a maximum of 25 ECTS to have a 75 ECTS master. The several optional teaching units are related to :
- Health surveys research (5 ECTS);
- Advanced methods in biostatistics and epidemiology (5 ECTS);
- The WHO strategy for incorporation of traditional medicine in healthcare (5 ECTS);
- Special research questions in public health (5 ECTS);
- Special research question in emergency situations (5 ECTS) and Interdisciplinary seminars in translational medicine (5 ECTS).
03/ Conditions of admission
This Specialized Master in Public Health Methodology is open to a wide range of practitioners (public health executives, medical doctors, health economists, research workers in the biomedical sector, etc.).
This course is a Specialized Master degree which means a master subsequent to a previous master. Therefore the general admission requirement for the course is that the students must possess a diploma at least equivalent to a master degree (5 years of university education).
To be admitted, students must bear a 2nd cycle degree considered equivalent to 300 credits (minimum 5 years of study) by the Jury. If the degree represents only 240 credits (minimum 4 years of study), the candidate should have acquired 60 extra credits through other 2nd cycle studies or through some form of specialization, or must prove to have acquired the useful knowledge through personal or professional experience.
04/ Additional information
Number of scholarships available: 12
Length of the training: one academic year, starting in mid-September 2018
Teaching language: English
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Ecole de Santé Publique
- Academic Supervisor: Christelle Senterre (ULB)
Université catholique de Louvain, Faculté de santé Publique
- Academic Supervisor : Annie Robert (UCL)
Université de Mons, Faculté Warocqué d'Economie et de Gestion & Faculté de médecine et pharmacie
- Academic Supervisor : Lahcen El Hiki (UMONS)
06/ Contact person
For further information
Route de Lennik, 808 CP 598, Bruxelles
T: +32 2 555 40 52