MPH in Infectious Diseases

Key Facts

Duration
1.5 - 2 Yrs
Mode
Online
CREDITS
138
Dual Degree
Optional

Overview

The COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the need for capacity building for infectious diseases, not only in the developing world but also for the developed nations. The healthcare infrastructure worldwide has been caught by a surprise and is struggling to keep pace with the rapid contagion. Infectious disease specialists both at tertiary care and public health grassroots levels are important in treating and controlling infectious diseases.

There is a tremendous need for infectious disease professionals worldwide. In addition, continuous training of healthcare professionals is extremely important, to help them know about the evolving best practices in the management of novel and emerging infectious diseases.

The ‘MPH Infectious Diseases’ program provides a focussed understanding of infectious diseases including microbiology principles, public health, nosocomial infections, epidemiology, biostatistics, nutrition, immunology, research methodology, surveillance and drug development.

This is a comprehensive program for students to acquire an advanced understanding of diverse infectious diseases including their diagnosis, treatment, control, and epidemiology. Towards the end of the program, students complete a project under the mentorship of an expert infectious disease specialist. 

What You Will Study

The program is comprised of 138 ECTS credits and can be completed in about 18 months. For a detailed list of courses taught in this program, please refer to the curriculum.

After completion of 42 credits, an interim qualification of Advanced Diploma in Public Health Management is awarded. This part of your studies only includes coursework.  This is followed by the completion of additional 72 credits via coursework and 24 credits via dissertation under the guidance of a mentor.

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Curriculum

Introduction To Public Health and Healthcare
Community Medicine
Epidemiology
Health Planning and Hospital Management
Health Economics
Biostatistics
Nutrition
Data and Communication
Environmental Health
Mental Health
Introduction to Surveillance
Preventive Medicine and Population Health
Resources and Administration
Infectious Diseases
Immunization
Global Health Policy and Development
Planetary Health
Fundamentals of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Health and Human Rights
Research Methods
Occupational Health
Evaluating International Public Health Issues
Public Health Disasters: A Global Ethical Framework
Public Health Risk Assessment for Human Exposure to Chemicals
Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Urban Living and Public Health
Pharmaceuticals in Global Public Health
Geospatial Analysis of Public Health
Global Health Security
Global Health Collaboration

Specialization Courses:

Infectious Disease: Past and Present
Principles of Biology
Basic Microbiology
Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
Parasitic Infections
Bacterial Infections
Viral Infections
Fungal Infections
Hospital-Associated Infections
Nutrition & Infection
Medical Anthropology in Public Health
Drug Development for Infectious Diseases

Dissertation

How You Will Study

This program is conducted fully online.

Once you are enrolled you will be provided a username and password to login to our e-Campus. All the courses that you are supposed to study will be available in your account. You can log in and complete your courses at any time of your convenience. Study materials are provided in the form of lectures, reading materials, additional videos, research papers, and so on. The faculty can be contacted for any assistance when required. All tests and assignment submissions also take place via the e-Campus. For more information please refer to the online learning section of the website.

Other Information

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent / higher)

This program requires a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent recognized academic title, preferably in a life science-related area. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please reach out to our admission staff.

  • A passport size photo (head and shoulders only)
  • Copy of identity proof e.g. a copy of passport or any other government-issued identity card
  • Copy of bachelor's degree or equivalent (degree/higher national diploma etc.)
  • Copy of academic transcripts/marks sheets from the bachelor's degree

Additional requirements if opting for the dual degree pathway:

  • Copy of High School Diploma / Secondary School Certificate 
  • CV

This program is taught in English. Therefore, you should be comfortable in using English as a language of communication (reading, writing and speaking). If you have taken an English language test in the last two years, that is good to have. If not, you can explore a waiver for the English language test.

The English proficiency test is waived-off for the following candidates:

- Native English speakers, OR;
- Applicants who have completed their previous qualifications (e.g. bachelor’s degree) in English language, OR;
- Applicants who have at least 2 years of work experience in an organization in which English is the primary language of communication.

Our program fees are very reasonable in comparison to other schools. Please calculate the fees applicable to you by using our online fee calculator.

Next Start Date

Bachelors & Masters Programs

Next Start Date: 01 Sep 2022
App. Deadline: 28 Aug 2022

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Optional Dual Degree

With this program, you have an option to pursue a second master's degree (M.Sc in Health Management) via our university partner, International Telematic University, Uninettuno, Rome, Italy via credit transfer. 

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Optional Dual Degree

With this program, you have an option to pursue a second master's degree (M.Sc in Health Management) via our university partner, International Telematic University, Uninettuno, Rome, Italy via credit transfer. 

How does it work?

Once you are nearing the completion of your master's degree from James Lind Institute, you will be transferred to our university partner for the completion of the following four additional courses and a dissertation.

  1. Principles of Public Health
  2. Globalization and Public Health Challenges
  3. Public Health Systems and Public Health Policies
  4. Ethical, Cultural and Behavioural Aspects of Health
  5. Final Dissertation/Thesis

JLI will handle all the administrative and transfer requirements on your behalf.

How much time will this take?

It takes an additional 6 to 8 months to complete these and is a great way to earn a 2nd master's degree if you wish to.

Will it cost extra?

Yes, there is an additional fee for this pathway. Please check our online fee calculator for the exact amount.

Can I take up the dual degree later?

Yes, you can opt for the dual degree pathway later, even after your JLI master's degree completion. It is not required to opt for it right from the start.

Who is this pathway recommended for?

If you are someone who wants to earn two degrees in relatively less time and in a cost-efficient way then you should consider this option. Also, if you are someone who wants to use the master's degree for higher education programs such as a Ph.D. it is highly recommended to opt for this pathway.

How to apply for this pathway?

You will see an option to select the dual degree pathway during the application process for your chosen MPH program.

So, which degrees exactly will I receive upon completion of the dual pathway?

Use the toggle switch below for an explanation:

Single Degree
Dual Degree

From James Lind Institute:

Advanced Diploma in Public Health Management (Upon completion of 1st 42 credits)

&

Your chosen Master of Public Health Management Degree

From International Telematic University, Uninettuno, Rome, Italy:

M.Sc in Public Health Management

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From James Lind Institute:

Advanced Diploma in Public Health Management (Upon completion of 1st 42 credits)

&

Your chosen Master of Public Health Management Degree

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Career Opportunities

The job market for infectious disease-related jobs continues to grow at a much higher rate than the market average. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), infectious disease specialists will see their job prospects increase by 24% in the next 10 years.

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Career Opportunities

Outcomes:

The ‘MPH in Infectious Diseases’ upholds the mission of James Lind Institute for bridging the skills-need gap in public health and clinical research. An infectious disease specialization offers public health professionals a variety of rewarding career options. Infectious disease training and skills make you well suited to a variety of roles in public health.

The program provides a focussed understanding of communicable diseases and strengthens your skills for developing policies and strategies for their treatment, surveillance and control. The MPH infectious disease program at JLI will help provide a trained workforce for the public health systems.

Apart from public health practice, students who successfully complete this program will also be able to explore careers in the fields of academics & training, community education, consulting, patient advocacy, policy development, hospital infection control, and NGO operations to name a few.

Job Outlook:

Excellent

Career Opportunities:

The job market for infectious disease-related jobs continues to grow at a much higher rate than the market average. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), infectious disease specialists will see their job prospects increase by 24% in the next 10 years.

Program FAQ's

This program can be completed in about 1.5 to 2 years. It is fully self-paced, so you can increase your pace or go slow based on your time availability.

The primary mode of learning is via pre-recorded lectures, videos, reading materials etc. A few live guest lectures are scheduled during the program however they are optional to attend. Whenever such sessions are scheduled they are planned in a way that is convenient for most of our students. If you are unable to attend, a reccorded version will be provided.

You will be able to interact with the faculty via the personal messaging facility available in your study account, discussion forum, or via emails. A short phone call can also be scheduled if necessary.

A discussion group is available for the program. You can post your questions in the group and other students may respond.

Generally, you do not need to purchase any books. All the resources that you need will be made available by the faculty in your account. If you do wish to have text books, then the faculty can recommend to you some, and you may purchase them on your own,

Each unit within each course will be followed by a short multiple-choice question test. Once you pass, the next unit will activate for you to study. You can take these tests as many times as you need to.

In addition, you will be required to submit assignments for each course. Assignments are like essay or paper writing, usually of 1000 – 1500 words. Guidelines on how to write them will be available in your account.

You can save the pdf study notes that will be provided for each unit. Videos and other multimedia content cannot be downloaded.

Once you are nearning the completion of your coursework, you will work with your mentor to finalize a topic. You will then work on your dissertation under the guidance of your mentor and submit it once complete. The word count required is a minimum of 15000 words. You may be required to defend the dissertation as per the applicable academic policies.

No, our degree does not mention that the program was conducted online.

A virtual graduation ceremony may be conducted for which you will be invited to join via video-conferencing. After this the completion documents are sent to your postal address by courier.

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