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Specialized Master in Public Health Methodology

Specialized Master in Public Health Methodology

This formation is taught in english.

The 2020-2021 programme is subject to change. It is provided for information purposes only.

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  • Programme title
    Specialized Master in Public Health Methodology
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • School of Public Health
    • Université Catholique de Louvain
    • Université de Mons
  • Degree type
    Advanced masters
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Health/Public Health
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
  • Theoretical programme duration
    1 year
  • Campus
    Other campus/Erasme
  • Category / Topic
    Health - Public Health
  • Jury President
  • Jury Secretary


General information

Degree type

Masters spécialisés

Theoretical programme duration

1 year

Learning language(s)


Schedule type



Other campus/Erasme

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Health - Public Health

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)

Student support

Due to the size of the class, we are able to offer a close supervision. The students can be in continuous interaction with both the academic and administrative staff. The students which come from different contexts may face very different challenges. Therefore, individual and close tutelage can facilitate a dynamic learning. Basic aid may be available : in case of problems with computers for example, remedial sessions with student assistants can be arranged. It is also asked to the teachers to implement regular self-assessment devices so that learners can compare themselves to matter and objectify their limits in order to rectify the situation before the formal evaluations. Finally, through the collaborative climate established in the teachings, the barriers experienced by some learners could be lifted by the learners more comfortable in the concerned matter.


This programme is intended for public health professionals and health managers, who work at different levels of the health system. The main goal is to provide a large degree of autonomy in the use of public health methods to achieve the overall objective: “ensure methodological approaches and public health decision- making, consistent with the needs of people, communities and individuals.” This specialized master thus highlights the methodologies for analysing and investigating major health issues, especially in middle- and low-income countries, including a global health approach.

The programme consists in lectures, practical exercises as well as in-group and individual assignments and presentations.
At the end of the programme, the Master's thesis consists in producing an individual work which will be an integration of the several methods and concepts viewed during the year (biostatistics, epidemiology, public health systems…). It will be based on preexisting databases. A PhD project may also be prepared for the thesis evaluation with the support of teachers.

This training aims to strengthen the link between academic research and applied topics such as public health programmes and health systems management. It gives graduates knowledge and skills to undertake public health research as well as to provide leadership and technical support in public health programmes and policies, particularly in middle- and low-income countries.

Some lectures are given by invited experts, especially from middle- and low-income countries. Opportunities are also given to follow on one hand, local conferences and seminars (annual seminar of the Belgian Platform for International Health - Be-cause Health) and on the other hand, French classes.

Access conditions


This 60 credits (ECTS) programme, which covers different methodological aspects, is composed of a compulsory part (50 ECTS) and an optional part (10 to 20 ECTS among the 20 ECTS proposed).
For more information : https://esp.ulb.be/fr/les-etudes/english-teaching

What's next ?

Graduates enter careers in national and local public health policy and planning, academic and operational research, advisory roles for governments and international agencies.
This one-year Master enables health professionals to specialize and to master the tools necessary for the understanding of diseases and of their determinants (epidemiology and biostatistics), organization and policy, systems and health services management along with the development of social approaches to health. Transversal skills will be developed such as research methodology, scientific writing and capitalization of public health actions.