As part of its commitment to quality assurance, the Master of Public Health (MPH) programme underwent a programmatic review to design a new curriculum that provides greater integration and alignment of academic components. The revised programme seeks to equip public health professionals to use systems and evidence-based approaches to identify and solve public health problems to improve the health of communities. Students can look forward to the revised curriculum in Academic Year 2017/2018.

We ensure that the research and teaching provided is both progressive and comprehensive, by 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 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.

Programme Structure

The programme is offered on a full-time and part-time basis.

  • Full-time students are expected to complete the programme within 1.5 years (normal candidature duration*). The minimum candidature is 12 months, maximum candidature is 24 months.
  • Part-time students are expected to complete the programme within 2 years (normal candidature duration*). The minimum candidature is 24 months, maximum candidature is 48 months.

*Normal Candidature Period: Applicable for students enrolled in government-subsidised graduate coursework degree programmes. The normal candidature period refers to the normal duration that students are expected to take to complete a programme of study, excluding all approved Leave of Absence (LOA) periods.

*With effect from AY2019/2020, students admitted into a government-subsidised graduate coursework programme and who take longer than the normal candidature period to complete their degree requirements are required to pay full unsubsidised fees, during the extended semesters.

*For more information on Normal Candidature Duration are available here.

Study plans for full-time and part-time students are available here.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following admission requirements:


  1. MBBS or equivalent
  2. One year of general clinical experience, excluding housemanship (Applicable to Singapore-trained doctors only)
  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


  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

*Excludes applicants whose undergraduate or graduate degrees are fromĀ NUS, NTU, SIT, SMU, SUSS or SUTDĀ 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 Academic (International English Language Testing System) and must meet the minimum scores required:

  • 85 on the TOEFL test
  • 6.0 on the IELTS Academic test

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

  • For TOEFL, please request the testing organization to send your scoresheet directly to Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Please quote 7897 for the TOEFL Institutional Code.
  • For IELTS scores, applicants can submit a scanned copy of their IELTS scoresheet.

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

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not imply automatic admission into the MPH programme.

Dates & Fees

For more information on Application Dates, click here.

For more information on Fee, Scholarships and Finance matters, click here and here.

Contact Details

NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Tahir Foundation Building
National University of Singapore
12 Science Drive 2, #10-01
Singapore 117549

Tel: +65 6516 4988