Students can enroll in individual course modules for their own interest and benefit, and in addition, may obtain educational credit. Please see Academic Credit Arrangements on this site for more details on the credit arrangements.
Public Health U has attempted to devise a system for educational credit with the following criteria:
- Comparable with levels offered by universities (for credibility purposes as well as to allow students to use this credit as approved prior learning to join university courses)
- Appropriate to the needs of the workforce
Academic Achievement Awards will be given by Public Health U, and the Masters level award will provide eligibility to gain the EUCLID MPH. In addition, the credit system will provide a number of credits towards the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (although it would be up to individual universities to decide whether they were prepared to provide credit for Public Health U awards towards enrollment in their courses).
The table below is a guide to how the system works. The hours we quote are notional only because everyone learns at a different speed, especially with online learning, where you study in your own time and at your own pace.
Weeks of Learning
Notional Learning Hours
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Course Module (5 topics)
Certificate-Level Award (4 course modules)
40 (1 year part-time)
Diploma-Level Award (8 course modules)
80 (2 years part-time)
Dissertation (for Masters-Level Award in addition to Diploma)
40 (1 year part-time)
Total Masters-Level Program
120 (3 years part-time)
*Includes time for orientation and assignments
**European Credit Transfer System
There are two kinds of course modules to be offered, ‘Foundation Sciences’ (covering basic theory for public health practice), and ‘Public Health Problems’ (covering the major health problems to be found).
A Certificate-level award can be made up of any combination of 4-course modules, but a Diploma-level award should contain at least 3-course modules from each group and 8 in total. A Dissertation module will allow those who have completed the Diploma-level award to upgrade to a Masters-level Academic Achievement Award in Public Health.