1.What is public health?

Public Health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals.” – Prof. CEA Winslow.Please go through the questions in this FAQ section to learn more and find out where you fit in public health.

2.Is my educational background appropriate for the programmes offered?

Both Graduate and Postgraduate programmes in our school are interdisciplinary in nature. We encourage students with degrees in science, social sciences and interdisciplinary degrees

3.Is it exclusively for science stream students?

Our current students are from various backgrounds like health sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary degrees.

4.What programmes are offered by the DYPatil School of Public Health (DYPSPH)?

  • DYPSPH offers an array of courses and programmes for individuals having a keen interest in public health, public policy, and environment and sustainability.
  • We offertwo-yearMaster’s programmes in public health (MPH – Master of Public Health) and public policy (MPP – Master of Public Policy).
  • Bachelor’s programmes in public health (BPH – Bachelor of Public Health) and environment and sustainability (BSc Environment and Sustainability).
  • Our doctoral degree programmes include Ph.D. in Public Health and an integrated MPH-Ph.D. programme of five years.
  • In addition, we offer an Executive Master of Public Health (E-MPH) programme for Working Professionals.

5.What are some of the place’s past graduates of the MPH programme have found employment?

Many of our alumni are currently working at state or national public health organizations, departments, non-profit organizations, health insurance companies, hospitals, and consulting firms. Others continue their research and education and pursue doctorate degrees. The MPH degree offers a range of impactful career avenues. Some of the organizations employing our graduates include, NITI Ayog, ICMR, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), National Health Mission (NHM), Doctors for You, Lokmanya Medical Research centre (LMRC), MedicoverHospitals, ACTREC, and Public Health Department Govt. of Maharashtra. Here are some job roles/opportunities available to MPH graduates:

  • Epidemiologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Infection Control Specialist
  • Public Health Educator
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Global Health Specialist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Community Health Worker.
  • Health Services Researcher
  • Disaster Response Coordinator
  • Public Health Project Manager
  • Non-profit Organization Director
  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Health Communications Specialist

5.How long does it take students to complete the MPH / Executive MPH / BPH / MPP / BSC programme?

Students enrolled in the MPH / Executive MPH / MPP programme usually take 4 semesters or 2 years to complete their degree. Students enrolled in the BPH / BSc programme usually take 8 semesters or 4 years to complete their degree. The time it takes to complete the programme can be influenced by the track you select.

We follow the multiple entry and exit points in the academic programmes designed by UGC (NEP 2020). In our bachelor’s degree programme (BPH and BSc in Environment and Sustainability),a certificate will be awarded when a student exits at the end of year 1 or after two semesters. At the end of the 2nd year, if a student exits, a diploma shall be awarded. On successful completion of three years, a relevant degree shall be awarded (BPH / BSc in Environment and Sustainability).On the successful completion of the fourth year, a student shall be awarded a Degree (Honours). For postgraduate programmes, students who exit after the first year shall be awarded the Post-Graduate Diploma.On successful completion of two years, the relevant degree shall be awarded (MPH / MPP)

6.Is this an industry-relevant degree programme?

Yes, all our programmes are designed by understanding the current trends, technologies, and practices in the industry. The programmes are designed to be relevant to the workplace, with many opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to practice. One such opportunity is our internship program, where you will gain practical experience in relevant public health organisations. We offer a range of internship placements across the country.

7.What financial assistance and scholarships are available from the university?

There are many options to explore; detailed information about financial aid and scholarship policy is available at https://dypatil.edu/schools/financial-aid-scholarship-policy

8.Will I have an advisor?

Yes, Students in the bachelor’s and master’s programmes have faculty  mentors. Those in Ph.D. programmes are supervised by their thesis supervisors.

9.What will be the instructional approach / teaching learning methods for the MPH and other programmes?

MPH is an 80 credits 24-month full time programme spread across 4 semesters. Pedagogy for each module has been meticulously planned with emphasis on experiential learning through interactive class discussions, internships, field assignments, and research projects. The school infrastructure has been thoughtfully designed to promote interaction and team work. The teaching methods for other programmes include lectures, workshops, group projects, online modules, or a combination of approaches, tailored to the subject matter and the needs of the learners.

10.Can I have a full-time or part-time job while I am enrolled in your program?

If you are a working professional seeking an MPH programme tailored to your needs, our Executive MPH programme is crafted specifically for individuals like you. While enrolled in our Executive MPH programme, you are welcome to pursue either full-time or part-time employment. The programme runs in a hybrid mode clubbing online and offline classes with proctored exams.

11.As an international student, am I eligible for admission?

Yes, DY Patil School of Public Health values diversity, and our students come from various countries and diverse social backgrounds.

12.Do students have opportunities to pursue internships, fellowships, and other professional experiences?

Yes, in addition to the practical/field practice hours required under various courses, students participate in an internship program designed to provide hands-on experience in their respective fields. Fellowship, internship and volunteering opportunities are advertised to students throughout the year. Such programmes allow students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world settings, gain valuable skills, and establish professional connections.

13.Do I need to completetheinternship/capstone project in Navi Mumbai

No, the internship and capstone project can be done at an approved organization or place keeping in mind the ethics mandate prescribed by the Institutional Ethics Committee.

14.I am thinking about applying to the Ph.D. programme in Public Health. Where can I find more information?

Candidates with a postgraduate degree with a strong interest  in public health are eligible to apply. For information on the Ph.D. programme at DYPU School of Public Health, please visithttps://publichealth.dypatil.edu/phd/or contact: +91 9820197743

15.Does MPH programme require NEET score?

No, NEET is not a required entrance exam for admission to MPH programmes.

16.Are international medical graduates eligible to apply for the MPH programme?

Yes, foreign medical graduates who have not yet qualified the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMG exam)are eligible to apply for MPH programme.

 17.Are deferrals granted?

Deferrals are granted for special situations and rare circumstances

18.What are the various student driven activities at the school?

Students have the unique opportunity to be part of various student driven activities. These include student clubs, professional development events, hackathons, field trips, observing health days, editing a quarterly newsletter, cultural and sports fest. These provide students a chance to explore new topics, showcase leadership skills, be culturally sensitive and gain new skills.

19.What are the criteria for admission and selection?

The admission criteria for our degree programmes typically include academic qualification, work experience, and an entrance test and interview, depending on the program you are applying for. For example, prospective candidates for BPH programme must have successfully completed the 10+2 or an equivalent examination in any stream from a recognized board with a minimum aggregate of 50%. For the Executive MPH programme, in addition to abachelor’s degree, relevant work experience is also required. The Ph.D. programme requires applicants to undergo an entrance test and interview. For detailed eligibility criteria and further information, please visit the web page of the respective programme under the “programms” tab on the home page. For Admission-related queries, please contact admission.office@dypatil.edu / adminmanager.soph@dypatil.edu/ +91 9820197743
Please go through the questions in this FAQ section to learn more and find out where you fit in public health.