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School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University


As a Centre of excellence for graduate training, Makerere University School of Public Health offers a PhD in Public Health by research as a three-year programme with enrolment possible at any time during the year. The PhD programme prepares students for careers in research, university teaching in graduate programs, policy analysis and development, and high-level public health positions.

The School boasts of highly qualified and dedicated faculty who supervise PhD Students assigned to any of the four departments: Disease Control and Environmental Health; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Policy, Planning and Management; and Community Health and Behavioural Sciences.

The School has facilities to support PhD training including a well-equipped library, computer facilities and reliable internet access. During the PhD, students have opportunities to attend cross-cutting courses to build their knowledge and skills in different areas of interest including research methodology, philosophy and quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques among others. The School also has an instituted PhD Forum, which brings together all students for peer mentorship and support during the PhD journey.

Application requirements

A master's degree in a relevant field is required for consideration of admission to the PhD programme. Additionally, the following documents are required:

  • Complete application form online.
  • Three (3) reference letters.
  • Five (5) page PhD research concept.
  • Passport size photograph.
  • Certified copies of academic documents (Masters and bachelors from awarding university).
  • Advanced level and Ordinary level slips.
  • Application fee receipt.

Further details about the application and admission process are available on the Makerere University website.