Comparison of training models for master of public health between China and other countries

Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi. 2021 Dec 10;42(12):2208-2213. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.cn112338-20200830-01108.


With the accelerating globalization and the implementation of “Belt and Road” initiative proposed by our government, communication and exchanges between China and foreign countries have become more and more frequent than before, and much more international students have chosen to study in China’s universities as candidates of master of public health (MPH). However, because China only launched the MPH program in recent years, with the training models being highly similar to the program of master of science in China but quite different from those of main international MPH programs, hindering China’s MPH program to become an international one. This paper systematically evaluated existing training models of MPH programs both at home and abroad through literature review and identified major differences and deficiencies of China’s MPH program compared to those from other countries: (1) requirement for medical background only; (2) comparatively longer period to complete the program; (3) incomplete curriculum; (4) overemphasizing scientific research competencies but somewhat neglecting practical abilities; and (5) limited career choices, and put forward some suggestions to improve the MPH program of China, including removing requirement for medical background only, shortening the period of MPH program, improving the curriculum of MPH program, and enhancing the training of practical abilities.

PMID:34954988 | DOI:10.3760/cma.j.cn112338-20200830-01108

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