Becoming A

Volunteer Today!

Click below to sign up as a volunteer Master’s Level Program at Public Health U aims to offer high-quality and low-cost education with the goal of building public health capacity in health professionals working in low- to middle-income countries via e-learning.


Our volunteer tutors play a crucial role within the organization and contribute significantly by sharing their knowledge and allowing us to increase accessibility. Their academic experience is valuable for providing constant feedback and guidance to students and encouraging their participation in the academic process of building knowledge.


The development and delivery of course modules depend on a volunteer faculty. The volunteers might be public health professionals who are academic or service-based, in the current workforce or retired. Teams of 3 to 6 people in different roles share the load to deliver modules. Volunteers can act as:


In this role, you would spend around 2-4 hours a week guiding the online discussions for 1 of the 3 topics (over 2 weeks) that make up each module.


We ask you to: 

  • Post a pre-prepared discussion question to open the discussion of the topic for the students.
  • Respond to the student postings regularly during the 2-week period and encourage participation.
  • Check and provide feedback to Teaching Assistants regarding marking the contributions on the discussion forum participations.
  • Summarize the discussions at the end of the 2 weeks.
  • Grade discussion forums at the end of the 2 weeks.
  • Support marking assignments at the end of each module.


There is a guide and a course with more information regarding how to develop as an online facilitator. Also, on the Tutors Corner, we share discussions regarding academic issues. Tutors can contact to request technical assistance.

Module Leaders

This role includes acting as the tutors’ team leader in each course, answering tutors’ questions, and participating in the Education Committee. It involves a time commitment of an average of 2 hours per week during the semester. This role is performed in collaboration with the Academic Coordinator and supported by the Student Support Officer.


Their roles also include:

  • Inviting tutors to collaborate with final assignment marking.
  • Ensuring the assignments are marked on the scheduled period.
  • Supporting a topic or helping to find a suitable replacement in case any tutor cannot fulfill their tutoring responsibilities in an allocated course.

Dissertation Supervisor

The Dissertation is the final part of the MPH award and extends over 2 semesters. Students can only enroll if they have achieved the diploma level. 


The role of the dissertation supervisor includes:

  • Guiding and assisting students throughout their dissertation period, from choosing a research topic to reviewing the literature and writing up the proposal. This is done with a module leader (ML) who coordinates the dissertation module. 
  • The primary responsibility of the dissertation supervisor is to read the draft(s) of the student’s Dissertation and provide feedback.
  • Maintaining regular contact with the students.
  • Ensuring the Dissertation Progress Report is correctly used and delivered to the helpdesk by the deadline for the Project Report – Assignment 3 (second part of the Dissertation module).

Open Online Course Support

We also have a sister site for self-paced learning available to anyone for continuing professional development rather than for academic credit:


Support for the development and update of these courses is always welcome.

Individuals or Organizations

We welcome suggestions from those who wish to collaborate and join this initiative in any capacity, including suggestions for developing new course modules and from individuals or organizations.


The modules we offer can be seen here. Those planned or in development include Global Health, One Health, Environmental Health, and Preventive Medicine. Development team members are welcome in each of these or any others.

Support for the development and update of these courses is always welcome.

What will I get out of being a volunteer?

  • Work with a diverse and interesting group of colleagues from many countries.
  • Develop partnerships and collaborations with individuals and institutions in many different settings.
  • Keep up to date with advances in international public health.
  • Get up to speed with developments in IT and the open-source approach – a new way for individuals and organizations to develop collaboratively and share the products of their work.
  • Have a teaching role at an international level.
  • Receive a certificate recognizing your contribution each semester for use in your portfolio.
  • Contribute to endangered communities by helping build capacity to deal with major health problems.

Getting started as a volunteer

Complete a short registration form to give you access to the course’s website. Note that the registration form times out if left idle for too long and may generate an error message at the point of submission. We advise you to prepare your responses on a Word document or in Notepad first and paste them into the registration form to avoid errors. 


The first thing to note is that there are two websites: the general site and the educational platform (called Moodle) on which the courses are based. This is at, and to access it, you will need a username and password.

For those who have joined us as a volunteer, thank you for joining the

Public Health U family.