at RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC – formerly Penang Medical College (PMC))

N/720/7/0090 (PA 7199) 11/20

Public health problems are increasingly global and require global solutions. With freer movement of people and human and animal foodstuffs, infectious diseases and contaminated products can rapidly become widely disseminated.

Public Health has never been more important, as we seek to prevent disease and ensure citizens have long and healthy lives.

Public health is about looking after the health of individuals and the population as distinct from dealing directly with the consequences of illness and treating sick individuals. The emphasis is on the prevention of disease and tackling the factors that contribute to illness such as environmental and behavioural factors.

The 1-year, full-time postgraduate degree by University College Dublin (UCD) & RUMC is aimed at those planning to pursue careers locally or internationally and contains modules and research projects focused particularly on public health issues.

Students are jointly registered with UCD and RUMC.

  • The MSc in Public Health conducted at RUMC in Penang is a UCD programme recognised and awarded by the National University of Ireland (NUI)
  • Accredited by Malaysian Qualifying Agency (MQA) and Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE)
  • Accredited as a level 9 award on the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland (NFQ) and is compliant with European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The Programme

  • Offers multi-disciplinary training and development in Public Health
  • Emphasises the knowledge and tools to analyse the factors that influence public health in an international environment
  • Offers study and experience field work within the same country
  • Supervisors are chosen based on your research area of choice. You may also choose your own research supervisor/s.

Click here to download the brochure: MSc in Public Health_E-Brochure 2018

E-mail: postgraduate@rcsiucd.edu.my   or Call: +6 (04) 217 1999   Enquiry Form



Intake: September every year

Duration: 1 year (with dissertation)

Conferment: November


Bachelor’s Degree with minimum cGPA of 2.50

English Language Proficiency


Course Content/Modules
Biostatistics I

Fundamentals of Epidemiology

Applied Research Methods & Data Management

Biostatistics I

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Chronic Disease Epidemiology (incl. Social Determinants of Health)

One Health

International Health (I and II)

Principles of Management, Health Economics & Health Policy

Environmental Science & Health

Health Promotion

Family Health

Biostatistics II

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Occupational Health for Public Health Professionals


Students develop knowledge of:

  • factors influencing health status
  • epidemiological skills of study design and analysis
  • skills to assess the health status of populations
  • critical appraisal and problem-solving attribute
  • ability to work as team members in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health policy
  • capacity to integrate a range of disciplines effectively
  • understanding of organisation and financing of health services and their impact on international population health


Malaysian: RM 40,000 only       International: €9,000

Scholarships & Loans

Students may apply for:

  1. Malaysia Ministry of Health (subject to availability from MOH) – for MOH employees only
  2. Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Withdrawals – http://www.kwsp.gov.my/portal/en/web/kwsp/home
  3. South East Asia nationals offer holders may apply for South East Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN) scholarships in mid-July. 2018 applications are now closed. 


Submit Applications Online 

Closing Date: end August

International students are advised to apply early as visa processes can be long. Late applicants may be considered should space still be available and still viable for admissions and visa processing (where applicable) to be completed by commencement in September.


20 students


  • positions in their country’s public health service
  • internationally with Global Agencies (WHO, FAO, OHUN)
  • NGOs involved in health improvement initiatives
  • Entry qualification for US CDC Epidemiology Investigation Service and similar Field Epidemiology programmes
  • Research and/or academic public health careers – DrPH or PhD

E-mail: postgraduate@rcsiucd.edu.my   or Call: +6 (04) 217 1999  Enquiry Form