Outcome standards


1. Training program: Master of Public Health

2. Institution issued the degree: Hanoi School of Public Health

3. Institution delivered the program: Hanoi School of Public Health

4. Institution accredited the training program: Ministry of Education and Training.

5. Degree title: Master of Public Health

6. Major: Public Health

7. Admission requirement:

  • Academic requirements:
    • Holders of a university degree in health science or Holders of a university degree in health science at good grade and above can apply after university graduation.
    • Holders of a university degree in health science or a relevant university degree (in medicine or health sciences) at average grade and lower should have at least 1year experience in health sectors to be eligible for admission.
    • Holder of any other university should have at least 1 year’ experience in health sectors to be eligible for admission.
  • Good health for study
  • Entrance examination:
    • Statistic Mathematics
    • Epidemiology – Environmental Health
    • English

8. Course program:



First semester

Second semester

Core course

Core course

Field Work (3 credits)

Philosophy (4 credits)

English (2 credits)

Information Search and Presentation Skills (3 credits)

Epidemiology (2 credits)

Health statistics (3 credits)

Health management (3 credits)

Environmental Health (2 credits)

 Health Education and Promotion (2 credits)

Qualitative research method (2 credits)

Quantitative research method (2 credits)

Conducting in 2 months in group of 2 – 3 students/group

Output: a research proposal or an a literature review

Elective course

(Select minimum courses that equal to 10 credits in the list below)

Thesis (9 credits)

Each student should conduct a research in 8 months

Rehabilitation (2 credits)

Occupational health (2 credits)

Global health (2 credits)

Health Policy (2 credits)

Injury prevention (2 credits)

Mixed method in health research (2 credits)

Social marketing (2 credits)

Human resource management (2 credits)

Population and Development (2 credits)

Nutrition/Food Hygiene and Safety (2 credits)

Maternal and child health care (2 credits)

HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control (2 credits)

Health policy communication (2 credits)

Health Economics and Health Financing (2 credits)

Project Management (2 credits)

Advanced methods in Epidemiology – Biostatistics (4 credits)

Health care information system (2 credits)

9. Training duration: Minimum 18 months and maximum 36 months since admitted

 10. Supportive environment for participants:

  • Library with numerous of books
  • Room for self-learning always be available
  • Free internet access for learning
  • Dormitory is available for students outside of Hanoi
  • Playground for volleyball and basketball


11. Program objectives:

Upon completion of the Master of Public Health degree program, participants are able to apply basic public health knowledge and have the ability to:

  1. Conduct a research to identify health issues and to provide sound evidence for management and policy making
  2. Plan and manage and public health programs and interventions
  3. Demonstrate capacity to engage, mobilize and create partnership with communities in diverse social and cultural situations to address public health issues
  4. Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of public health intervention
  5. Analyse, interpret, formulate and advocate for evidence-based health policy.
  6. Effectively communicate on public health issues and interventions included contextual and cultural appropriateness.
  7. Demonstrate capacity for sustainable continuing life-long learning and professional development

12. Learning outcomes:

  1. Collecting health information, indicators in the community and the region to identify health priority problems
  2. Designing and conducting surveys, scientific researches relevant to the practical needs.
  3. Analysing, interpreting, and communicating the existing evidence to managers, policy makers and communities
  4. Reporting and advising on prioritized health problem with evidence to the superiors and the authorities at different levels.
  5. Proposing solutions, and in collaboration with sectors, organizations, and community, addressing prioritized health issues.
  6. Developing, monitoring and evaluating the solutions in addressing prioritized health issues with consideration of input, process and outcomes.
  7. Participating in health information management, health resource management (human resource management, financial management, etc.)
  8. Engaging and maintaining partnership with different stakeholders to address health issues
  9. Mobilizing communities in different activities to prioritized to address public health issues.
  10. Guiding and monitoring health services and conducting Primary Health Care activities
  11. Demonstrating professional judgment and ethical standards in addressing a wide range of health issues and quality assurance of health services.
  12. Contributing to formulation, implementation of health policy and strategies on public health
  13. Mobilizing different stakeholders in formulation, implementation of health policy and strategies on public health including legislation and regulation
  14. Participating in implementing and evaluating of public health policies
  15. Engaging, mobilizing and creating partnership with communities in diverse social and cultural situations.
  16. Communicating on prioritized health issues, interventions, and health promotion message to different targeted audiences.
  17. Leading and participating in effective team effort in emergency situation.
  18. Leading and governing health services based on knowledge of the scope, role and functions of different components of health system and other social sectors.
  19. Applying updated appropriate information technology and computer skills in to the works
  20. Demonstrating the ability to self-learn as well as to encourage and to influence colleagues in learning and continuous professional development

13. Teaching, learning and assessment methods:

  • Active teaching and learning methods, which include lecturing, focus group discussion, scenario – based learning/problem based learning, individual work, groups work were combined to equip basic knowledge and skills, including soft skills (group work, decision making, solving problem)
  • Student assessment consist of two elements using various methods:
    • Compulsory/selective course: formative assessment and formative assessment as final exams (written tests, oral exams, oral and poster presentations, written reports, group assignments, etc.).
    • Thesis document and final examination (oral presentation and defense of the proposal and thesis before national juries, at the end of the year)


14. The MPH program is of 47 credits which consists of:

  • Generic courses (6 credits -13%): Philosophy and English. Philosophy orients participants on independent, logical, and critical thinking. English enables participant updated world’s scientific knowledge. This courses are to reach learning outcomes number 19, 20
  • Basic courses (7 credits – 15%) which enable participant to acquire basic knowledge and skills on public health research. This courses are to reach learning outcomes number 1,2,3,5,6,7, 11,14,19,20
  • Specialized courses:
    • The compulsory courses include 12 credits (25,5%) and this component enable to acquire the core competencies of public health which are epidemiology, biostatics, health management, environmental health and health promotion & education. The component is to reach learning outcomes number 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20
    • The elective courses include differences areas of public health issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention, rehabilitation, nutrition and food safety, etc., and this enable to support the students more comprehensive knowledge and skills public health core competencies. Students are required to select at least 10 credits (21%) in total. The component is to reach learning outcomes number 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20.
  • Fieldwork and thesis (12 compulsory credits- 25,5%): enable participant to transfer acquired basics public health knowledge and skills to identify prioritized health issues, develop a research proposal and conducting a public health research; transferring research results to public health actions. The research proposal and thesis will be defended before national juries. This courses are to reach competency outcomes number 1,2,3,5,6,9,11,12, 14,15,17, 19,20


15. Assessment regulation

a. Assessment grading scale:

  • The 10-point grading scale is used for periodical and end-of-course assessment. Transcript of components using the 10-point grading scale and rounded to be one decimal.
  • The 4-point letter grading scale is used as official scale (A, B, C, D) for semester grading and accumulated average grading. Table convert the 10-point grading scale to the 4-point latter grading scale:

Assessment grading scale


10-point grading scale

(Component scoring)

The 4-point letter grading scale

(Official scale)

Letter scoring

Number scoring

Satisfied *

8.5 – 10



7.0 – 8.4



5.5 – 6.9



4.0 – 5.4




< 4.0




(* For thesis, participant must reach the score at least 5 to be satisfied)

b. Course assessment:

Course assessment method (number of periodical assessments, assessment methods (for periodical assignments, diligent assessment, and final course assignments) is presented in the course’s detail plan. Assessment components is usually in one of the list below:

  • Assessment for general, core course and specific course:
    • Periodical assignments: assessing knowledge and skills of participant for each credit;
    • Diligent assessment: assessing level of attending lecturing hours and actively participating in the class;
    • Final course assignments: assessing knowledge and skills of participants after completed the course.
    • Average course assessment is included all three components above. Participant must have average course assessment at least 4/10 to be satisfied.
  • Fieldwork assessment: included scoring for research topic and a research proposal defence. Each component must be at least 5/10 to be satisfied.
  • Thesis process assessment include scoring for research topic supervision, research proposal defence, data collection supervision, thesis writing (each component must be at least 5/10 to be satisfied)
  • Thesis defence must be at least 5/10 to be satisfied and not accumulated in final score.

c. Conditions for graduation:

  • Complete 47 credits, including graduation thesis
  • Demonstrate English proficiency by submitting certificate which equivalent to B1 scale (Common European Framework of Reference for Language)