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Frequently Asked Questions

A. General Information

1. Is the Master of Public Health (MPH) programme available via distance learning?

No, it is conducted only on-campus.

2. When will classes for the MPH programme commence?

The MPH programme commences in August together with the new NUS Academic Year. Classes will begin in the 2nd week of the Semester, after Orientation Week.

3.  Does the school have any requirements on the academic background of a candidate?

We welcome both medically and non-medically qualified applicants who meet our minimum requirements to apply. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not mean automatic entry into the programme.

4. May I pursue the MPH programme while studying for another programme?

Unless granted approval by the University, students are not allowed to concurrently be a candidate for more than one degree or register as a candidate of NUS, another University or Institute.

5. Is there a quota for medically qualified versus non-medically qualified students?

Currently, we do not set any quota for medically trained versus non-medically trained applicants.

6. Is there any Graduate Diploma being offered with the same MPH programme if I do not want to do the whole master or will I be allowed to do specific modules independently and receive a certification for this?

Yes, we offer the Graduate Diploma in Applied Epidemiology. Some modules may be offered as short courses and these are open to members of the public. Cross-faculty students are required to apply through their home faculty if they wish to read MPH modules, subject to approval.

7. Other than the Master of Public Health, does the School offer any other administrative graduate degree for healthcare administrators?

Our school offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, which are both graduate research programmes.

8. Can I work part-time while studying for my MPH?

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students may apply to work on a part-time basis during the period of their candidature under the NUS Student Work Scheme (NSWS).

9. Would it be possible to visit NUS and meet with you in person in the near future?

Yes, we will be most happy to meet with you! For other education-related enquiries, you may get in touch with us at

B. Eligibility & Qualifications

1. How do I know if I qualify for the MPH programme?

The minimum requirements for admissions are available here. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not imply automatic admission into the programme.

2. As a fresh graduate, am I eligible to apply for the MPH programme?

All applicants are required to have minimum 2 years of relevant working experience. However, medically qualified applicants will only need to have completed one year of housemanship (applicable to Singapore-trained doctors only), AND one year of experience in public health, health administration, occupational and environmental health or have entered clinical specialty training. Alternatively, the medically qualified applicants should have enrolled in the preventive medicine residency programme.

3. Does my medical degree (for medically qualified international applicants) need to be recognised by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) to be eligible for the MPH programme?

Your medical degree need not be recognised by SMC to be eligible for the MPH programme. However, it must be recognised by your respective country’s medical council in order to be considered as a medically qualified applicant.

4. As a non-medically qualified candidate, is it necessary for my degree to be in a health-related discipline?

The first degree need not be in a health-related discipline as long as you have public health-related work experience. Although the University generally requires second class honors for entry into a Masters’ programme, the committee will take into account various factors, such as referee reports, in deciding whether or not an applicant qualifies for admission.

5. What constitutes "public health experience"?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of populations (from small villages to entire countries) through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health is primarily concerned with preventing problems from happening or re-occurring through implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, and conducting research.

Due to the breadth of public health work, a variety of work experiences come under the umbrella of "public health experience".

Typical places of work include:

i. National Ministries of Health

ii. Healthcare Institutions

iii. Public Health Laboratories

iv. R&D Divisions within pharmaceutical companies

v. Occupational and safety departments within the petroleum and chemical industry

vi. Non-governmental organizations involved in medical and humanitarian work

Typical areas of work include:

Health education: for example, developing a community-wide prevention program

vii. Health policy

viii. Mathematics and modeling: for example, using modeling to predict the spread of a novel influenza virus

ix. Health Administration: using aspects of business and management to improve functionality within a healthcare institution

x. Environmental health

C. Standardised Test Scores

1. What are the minimum scores required for TOEFL and IELTS?

For TOEFL, the minimum score required is 580 (paper-based test) and 237 (computer-based test). For IELTS, a minimum score of 6.0 is required.

2. Can I apply for the programme if my TOEFL or IELTS score does not meet the requirement?

The programme requires students to have a minimum standard of English in order to understand with the lectures, written assessments and oral presentations. Please retake the test to attain the minimum requirement and apply for the next admission.

3. Is TOEFL / IELTS required if the medium of instruction of my undergraduate or graduate studies is English?

Test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be submitted for all international applicants except those whose undergraduate or graduate degrees are from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

4. Instead of IELTS or TOEFL scores, can the applicant submit a certificate of English proficiency certified by the employer?

Currently, the University only accepts TOEFL or IELTS.

5. Is GRE required?

No, it is not a requirement.

D. Scholarships and Financial Aid

1. What are the scholarships being offered?

The list of scholarships is available here.

2. How do I apply for the scholarships that I am eligible for?

At the point of application, prospective candidates should indicate if they wish to be considered for these scholarships. Please note that the application does not guarantee an award of the scholarship.

3. Is there any other financial aid available besides the scholarships mentioned?

You may apply for financial assistance from the various foundations and international agencies in your country. We would be pleased to confirm your MPH application status if requested. Local banks also offer a tuition loan to students under the NUS Tuition Fee Loan Scheme.

4. If I am an International applicant, can I apply for the NUS Tuition Fee Loan?

Yes. Please note maximum amount of loan available to international applicants, subject to approval by the bank, is 90% of the tuition fees payable by Singapore Citizens.

5. What is the age limit for application to the various scholarships?

There is no age limit. Scholarships are offered on competitive basis.

E. Full- or Part-time Programmes

1. What is the duration of study for the MPH Programme?

The MPH programme is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, and the candidature period will depend on whether the applicants are medically or non-medically qualified. Please refer to our Curriculum section for candidature periods.

2. Will I be able to take a leave of absence while in the midst of my MPH studies?

Students may be granted a leave of absence from the University, with a maximum of one year leave of absence to be excluded from the count against their maximum candidature. Students should seek approval from their academic supervisor and programme director in writing prior to applying for a leave of absence.

3. If I am enrolled as a part-time student, will I be able to switch to a full-time course at a later date and vice versa?

You would need to send your request in writing for consideration, which is subject to approval.

F. Application Procedures

1. What is the application procedure?

Please refer to our Admission section to find out how you can apply for the MPH programme.

Interested candidates should submit all required documents to the School before the stipulated deadline. Once a candidate is shortlisted, they may be required to go for an interview. This may be a face-to-face interview in the candidate’s home country or a telephone interview.

2. Where can I get the MPH programme application form?

The application form can be accessed from our website here once the application period is open.

3. Can I use an application form from a previous year?

No, you are required to use the latest application form.

4. I am still waiting for some documents (e.g. reference letters) to reach me and may miss the application deadline. What can I do?

You may send in the application form and the available materials before the deadline and furnish the rest later, before the application deadline. We strongly encourage candidates to send us complete applications.

5. I missed this year’s application. Can I still apply for it? Can you notify me when the application for the next intake is opened?

We regret that we are unable to process late applications. Please email us at and we will notify you when the next intake for applications opens.

6. How and when can I know the outcome of my application?

The outcome of the applications for AY2017/2018 will be announced around April 2017.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via e-mail or post.

G. Application Fees

1. Is there a need to pay for the application fee when applying for a scholarship or grant?

Yes, all candidates are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of SGD 20.00 for online application.

Only applications accompanied by the relevant application fees will be considered. Please send your proof of payment together with your application package. Please note that an application without the application fee payment or with insufficient application fee amount will not be processed.

2. How do I make payment for the application fee?

Local students may make payment via:

  • Credit/Debit Card – Online payment is preferred
  • Cheque – Complete the Application Fee form and submit it together with your cheque made payable to ‘National University of Singapore’. Please write your name, mailing address and programme applied for on the reverse side of the cheque
  • NETS – Complete the Application Fee form and make payment by NETS at the Student Service Centre (Level 1, Yusof Ishak House)
  • Cash – Cash payment can be made in person at the Master of Public Health office

International students may make payment via:

  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Bank Draft – Complete the Application Fee form and submit it together with a bank draft (drawn on a bank in Singapore in Singapore dollars) made payable to ‘National University of Singapore’. Please write your name, mailing address and programme applied for on the reverse side of the bank draft

If you are unable to obtain a bank draft in Singapore dollars, you may submit a bank draft in US dollars of USD 18.50 (for SGD20) or USD 37 (for SGD40) respectively. The amount in USD includes a bank charge incurred by the University to process the bank draft. Please note that payment by telegraphic transfer will not be accepted.

H. Applying for a Bank Draft

1. What is a bank draft?

A bank draft is a cheque drawn on a bank and is used when the recipient resides in another country. It is sometimes also called a demand draft.

2. How do I get a bank draft?

The procedure varies from one country to another. In most countries, you will be able to arrange for a bank draft from an established bank.

3.  Who should I make the bank draft payable to?

It should be made payable to “National University of Singapore”.

4. Do I have to complete any forms when purchasing a bank draft?

Yes, banks will usually require you to complete a form to provide details of the bank draft.

Please indicate in the form: amount payable and currency, payee (National University of Singapore), and address of payee (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Tahir Foundation Building, #10-01 12 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117549)

5. Will there be a transaction charge imposed by the bank?

Yes, the bank will usually charge an administrative fee. This fee is to be borne by the applicant.

6. Do I need to write anything on the reverse of the bank draft?

Yes, please indicate clearly on the reverse of the bank draft, your name, country of origin and MPH Programme.

7. If I am in Singapore but do not operate a bank account with cheque book facilities, how can I make payment of application fees?

Yes, please see the above Modes of Payment for Local Students.

I. Other Information

1. Is the NUS MPH degree recognized internationally?

Students are required to inquire with the respective organisation/s they are applying to if they recognise the NUS MPH.

2. (For International Students) If I am a medical doctor in my home country, will obtaining the NUS MPH allow me to practice in Singapore?

No. The NUS MPH will not allow you to practice in Singapore if you are unable to register your medical degree with the Singapore Medical Council (SMC). Please approach SMC directly if you have queries about registration of your medical degree.

3. What are the career placements for MPH graduates?

Career opportunities vary for each graduate as it will depend on the area of interest of individual graduates. The NUS Centre for Future-ready Graduates provides Career Services to our graduates.

4. Are there any research positions available in the department/ university?

The School posts vacancies for research positions on our Career page  as well as on various job portals.

5. I wish to know more about the NUS MBA program with specialization in Healthcare Management.

Please contact the NUS MBA Administration Office at If you have any other queries, please get in touch with us at

6. What is the typical living expenses in Singapore?

You may refer to the following sites for expected cost of living in Singapore –

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