Doctorate of Philosophy
The studies offered through the Akamai University Master of Public Health (MPH) Program can help students prepare for numerous career fields including health research, public health administration, health safety management, occupational
and industrial hygiene, environmental health, hospital administration, disease prevention and control, international health, public health policy, community health education, and life sciences.
It is assumed that students applying to this program have a background in the physical or
biological sciences and are familiar with standard theories and practices associated with
scientific investigation. It is also assumed that students seeking admissions to this program will
have demonstrated professional experience and expertise in health studies with some
professional or academic experience in either laboratory or field research or applied issues.
Students in the Master of Public Health Program will complete a minimum of 40 credits above
the baccalaureate level including the comprehensive examinations and thesis project. The
coursework requirements include the Core studies in the major, a major concentration, and
research preparation coursework. MPH students complete a comprehensive examination at the
conclusion of the academic coursework; they prepare a formal thesis proposal, complete the
thesis project, and prepare the manuscript for faculty review. Master's students also complete an
oral review of the thesis project at the conclusion of the physical manuscript review. The
program requirements are summarized as follows:
• Core Elements of the Academic Major (18 credits minimum)
• Major Concentration (9 credits minimum)
• Research Preparation (3 credits)
• EXM 880: Comprehensive Examination (2 credits)
• RES 885: Thesis Proposal (2 credits)
• RES 890: Thesis Project (4 credits)
• EXM 895: Oral Review of Thesis (2 credits)
Participants complete a major concentration comprised of nine credits of specialized studies
selected from one the following fields of inquiry:
Public Health Administration
Healthcare Safety Management
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Integral Health Studies
Health Policy and Management
Management Information Systems for
Healthcare Facilities Management
Disease Prevention and Control
Applied Health Science
Community Health Education
Akamai is internationally accredited by the International Distance Education Accreditation League (IDEAL), a member of the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA), a recognized network of accrediting bodies in the Philippines. IDEAL is a full institutional member of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN), an important agency recognized by UNESCO as a regional leader in the developing and serving the needs of quality assurance agencies in higher education. The Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in USA lists APQN as a quality network of accrediting agencies with full validity in accrediting institutions of higher education across the Asia and Pacific Region.
International Student Requirements:
Akamai University is an English language university. All submissions and communications, written or verbal, from students to the faculty or the administration of the University should be in the English language and of scholarly standard. This policy applies to course papers, project reports and other course submissions, student portfolios, comprehensive examinations, final projects, and oral reviews.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate proficiency in written and verbal English language communication skills according to American collegiate standards. A sample of scholarly or professional writing and a telephone communication with a member of the Akamai University faculty are both required elements of the admission process. International students with English as a second language or if prior college study was with non-English language colleges, applicants are required to submit a record of a recent TOEFL examination with acceptable skill levels.