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Centre Of Strategic Health Studies

Beside Ibn Alnafis

Damascus, Syria

Tel/ Fax: 00963 11 514 59 23



Background to the MPH

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) is one of a series of new Master Programmes being set up to strengthen human resources in health in the Syrian Arab Republic and in the region. The MPH Programme has developed from the Diploma in Public Health that has been running since 1990.

The Programme is a collaborative project between the Centre for Strategic Health Studies (CSHS), Damascus, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK, funded by the European Union (EU).  As well as expertise in developing and running successful Master Programmes, LSTM has significant experience of organizing postgraduate courses in Syria and the region.  Needs assessments carried out in February 2007 provided evidence from a range of stakeholders of the relevance of capacity building in public health in Syria.  Initially, teaching staff will be from LSTM principally, assisted by CSHS staff, to whom increasing responsibility will be transferred over a number of years. 

Aims of the programme
The MPH will, (a) ensure high quality teaching, learning and research through the development of synergies between staff with proven track records of successful teaching and research; (b) provide a Programme that is relevant to both potential students and employers, acknowledging the current challenges in public health and primary health care and; (c) enhance the quality of the student experience at the CSHS, Damascus.

On completing the programme, students should have a strong grounding in the art and science of public health, including an understanding of the concepts of health and disease, and the factors which may affect these.  The resulting knowledge, skills and attitudes should enable them to put public health principles into effect in a variety of settings including research and practice.  Students should also have enhanced knowledge about the origins and the evolution of public health and its underlying philosophy, and become familiar with common research methods used in public health, including quantitative and qualitative data-analysis techniques.  Programme participants should be able to prioritise health issues and evaluate them critically.  In addition, they should be able to synthesize and interpret information needed to improve the public’s health and operate at senior and strategic levels in the field of public health.  The Programme aims to:

  • Provide graduates with up to date knowledge and analytical and decision making skills in Public Health
  • Produce Public Health professionals of high professional competence for Syria and the region generally
  • Improve the capacity of graduates as future public health professionals in organizing responsibilities, allocating resources and making decisions, so that the country’s public health interventions can better tackle the priority health problems
  • Develop approaches to study that will enable  graduatesto continue to learn in the future

Career Opportunities
The interdisciplinary nature of the Programme reflects the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at a senior level in public health.  The graduates of the MPH Programme will be qualified to work in policy-related, managerial or academic posts; at strategic as well operational levels in a variety of settings, for example local, regional and national government, health facilities and programmes, international organizations, national and international NGOs and academic institutions.  Graduates will also be equipped to pursue higher level academic qualifications (e.g. PhD) where appropriate

Entrance Requirements

Academic Requirements
The Master of Public Health Degree Programme is open to university graduates of medicine, dentistry, health-related sciences, social science, economics and other relevant disciplines.
The programme is taught in English.  Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of a proficiency level as defined by CSHS regulations.

Students from the Middle Eastern Region
Regional students may apply to undertake the course. These may include professionals working, for example, in medicine, health promotion, policy development and evaluation, in government or non-governmental organisations and other health-related agencies. The programme is taught in English.  Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of a proficiency level as defined by CSHS regulations.