Master of International Health

Program Description

International health is a field focusing on public health across regional or national boundaries. It seeks to (a) understand health problems in a global context; (b) compare factors that affect the health of people in resource-poor and transitional economies around the world; and (c) develop means of disease reduction and health protection and promotion for these populations.

Prospective Students

The program is designed for:

  • Medical and other professionals working in the field of health and development like nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied medical professions, social work and related fields;
  • Entering and mid-career health professionals who are looking for graduate-level education and training that will prepare them for supervisory work in government health departments, local and international non-government organizations engaged in health and development work;
  • Those who would like to pursue an academic career in international health; and
  • Students with international and cross-cultural interests as they may apply their knowledge in an appropriate area of international health studies, while also developing a particular area of expertise.

Program Goals

The program aims to develop international health professionals who are able to:

  • Design health programs that address significant global health problems and issues (e.g. pandemics, industrial accidents, disasters, health effects of environmental change) that are informed by a critical understanding of the global political, economic, environmental, and cultural systems and how these relate to health and development;
  • Implement services that work in a global context for health promotion and development in accordance with international and local policies, directions, and ethical standards.
  • Evaluate health development programs and strategies across different settings, both local and international, whether rural or urban, especially in middle- and low-resource countries;
  • Engage in effective collaboration with important international organizations as well as non government organizations for the improvement of health, taking into account the interplay of political, economic, environmental, and cultural factors in different development settings especially in middle- and low-resource countries; and
  • Contribute to the continuously evolving discipline of international health through research generation.

Admission Policies

The admission to the Master of International Health (MIH) is through the Diploma in International Health (DIH) program. A student who has completed the unit requirements (24 units) for the Diploma program may opt to proceed to the Master’s Program by taking up additional 12 units (one core course, one major course, and six units of thesis) upon complying with the admission requirements for MIH and passing the Qualifying Exam. 

Program Policies

To stay in the program, a student must pass all courses and must not incur a grade of “5.0” in any of the courses taken. The retention policy of the UPOU will be observed and followed for this program.


The Master’s program consists of six units of thesis and 30 units of course work: four core courses (12 units), four major courses (12 units) in more focused health areas, and two cognate courses (6 units). (24 units of the course work are earned from the Diploma program)

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
IH201* International Health and Development Introduction to health, social, cultural, and economic development issues 3 units
IH202* Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Overview of emergence, epidemiology and control of common diseases that have global impact 3 units
IH203* International Health Laws and Regulations Overview of international health laws and regulations 3 units
IH204 Health Research Methods Principles of and methods in the design, ethical implementation, and utilization of health research. Prerequisite: IH 202 3 units

*DIH Courses

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
Health Promotion (HP) Track
IH211* Health Promotion Theory Introduction to theories, models, and principles of health promotion 3 units
IH212* Health Promotion Practice Health promotion practice with regard to priority public health conditions and global health priorities 3 units
IH213* Health Promotion for Equity and Sustainable Development Application of health promotion concepts and principles in addressing problems of global health, equity, and sustainable development 3 units
IH214 Health Promotion Leadership and Management Principles and styles of leadership, and management skills in health promotion 3 units
Health Service Development (HSD) Track
IH221* Health Service Development and Management Overview of frameworks and models for health systems development and management 3 units
IH222* Healthcare Policy and Governance Analysis of governance and policy frameworks for improving population health 3 units
IH223* Human Resource Management in Health Analysis of key issues in health human resource management 3 units
IH224 Health Financing Development of health financing systems and institutions in resource-poor settings 3 units

*DIH Courses

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
IH231* Health Information Systems Management and organization of health-related information for improved healthcare delivery 3 units
IH243* Health Emergency Management Health emergency management with emphasis on an all-hazards approach, a risk management framework, and strategies for the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery in emergencies and disasters 3 units

*DIH Courses

Course Code Course Title Course Description Number of Units
IH300 Thesis The thesis has an internship component that provides an invaluable opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed through coursework to an organizational or agency setting. Students are expected to develop a research related to the organizational setting. 6 units

Program of Study

Students are expected to take the courses in the following sequence.

Year First Semester Number of Units Second Semester Number of Units
1 IH 201 3 units IH 211 (HP) / IH 221(HSD) 3 units
IH 202 3 units IH 231 3 units
2 IH 212 (HP) / IH 224 (HSD) 3 units IH 213 (HP) / IH 222 (HSD) 3 units
IH 203 3 units IH 243 3 units
3* IH 204 3 units IH 300 (Thesis) 3 units
IH 214 (HP) / IH 223 (HSD) 3 units

*Following the completion of DIH

For admission related details, please visit UPOU website.

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