Master of Public Health at BRAC JPG School of Public Health

Posted by Maria Codina on April 9, 2019 at 4:20 pm

BRAC James P Grant (JPG) School of Public Health was founded in 2004 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to address the unmet public health challenges in the Developing World. The School was co-founded by BRAC, icddr,b and BRAC University in recognition of the fact thatDeveloping Country public health needs require immersive, community-based teaching and learning to provide locally innovated research and sustainable solutions.

Drawing from Bangladesh’s remarkable public health achievements, BRAC Health’s nationwide services, icddr,b and BRAC  nternational’s programmes in South Asia and Africa, the School offers unparalleled real-life, community-centric teaching and learning experiences on critical and emerging global public health challenges. BRAC JPG School of Public Health employs an interdisciplinary integration of Education, Training, Research and Advocacy to effectively address diverse health realities affecting disadvantaged communities.


Experiential Community immersive learning

The locus of BRAC JPG School of Public Health’s MPH is its Experiential Community-Immersive teaching through rigorous urban and rural fieldwork. By embedding learners directly in the multi-faceted aspects of developing country environments and health service delivery, students practically investigate and comprehend critical public health realities of disadvantaged communities. The School employs holistic approaches to understanding health in its physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions. Promoting better health outcomes beyond simply eliminating disease and sickness is integral to BRAC JPG School of Public Health’s orientation of public health.

Throughout the year, students undertake collaborative projects in a wide-range of public health settings including informal  ettlements, BRAC Health programmes, icddr,b hospital, NGO clinics and government health services; to develop on-the ground conceptions of community health and pluralistic health systems. This unparalleled teaching framework enables students to systematically develop the values, vision and community-centered ethos required for sustainable public health impact.


Global Public health Faculty and Practitioners 

Facilitating this real-world contextual learning are the BRAC JPG School of Public Health’s reputed global and national professors grounded in critical public health research, practice and programmes. Students gain insightful practical knowledge and know-how from both faculty engaged in applied public health research informing health programmes and policy; and leading public health practitioners with extensive experience in strategising, designing and operationalising programmes.
In addition, visiting faculty working cross-sectorally in health within the fields of law, business, media, governance, education, etc provide a comprehensive understanding of the complexities affecting health services. Alongside the core curriculum, the School draws on diverse faculty specializations and developing world health priorities as global and community health, ethics, applied anthropology, urban poverty, qualitative methods, health programme management, monitoring and evaluation and implementation science.

Innovative Public Health Learning Methodologies

Communities within urban and rural environments; public health stakeholders and institutions; health and development practitioners and researchers; together form the foundational learning praxis for students throughout the year. All the learning methodologies are integrated with this cutting-edge pedagogic model for students to intellectually process and analyze public health realities unfolding in real-time.

Our explicit learner-focused approach goes beyond the ‘detached observer’, bounded classroom environment, to compel students to experientially place themselves within the communities alongside the multiple stakeholders and services. Through such unique learning methodologies students directly encounter the health needs, poverty, service quality and management, health crises, shortcomings and successful interventions embodying modern public health.
BRAC JPG School of Public Health thereby inspires students’ innate capacities and potential for authentic engagement, stimulates critical academic reflection and repeatedly challenges students to gain holistic perspectives. Thus allowing them to creatively  conceptualize, design and simulate implementable solutions to various public health problems.


Admission Criteria 

  • 2 – 3 years of professional Public Health Experience Preferred
  • Bachelor and/or Master degree(s) in Health Sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, including Allied  Health Sciences)
  • Bachelor and/or Master degree(s) in Social Sciences (Anthropology, Public Health, Food and Nutrition, Sociology, Psychology or any other Social Sciences Discipline)
  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • Proficiency in oral and written English and basic Mathematics
  • Basic Computer skills including Microsoft Office and Data Analysis Software

Application Process

Please provide the following documents/items:

  • Scanned copy of all academic papers: O Level, A Level/Secondary School Certificate, Higher
  • Secondary Certificate, Bachelors and/or Masters degree (if any)
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Scanned copy of passport or National ID
  • Electronic signature
  • Passport size photograph

Statement of purpose

Describe your professional interests and goals in pursuing a career in Public Health and how the BRAC
JPG School of Public Health MPH will contribute to achieving them (not to exceed 600 words)

Recommendation: A Professional or Academic Letter of Recommendation

Application deadline: 1st July, 2019

Tuition and scholarship

  •  Tuition for 1-year international MPH Programme: US$ 20,000 ONLY
  • WHO TDR Scholarships
  • Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Scholarships
  • BRAC University Scholarships
  • Additional limited waivers available based on academic merit and financial need for candidates from
    low and middle income countries (
    (Applicants sponsored by UN organisations, bilateral/multilateral organisations are required to pay
    full tuition fees)


BRAC JPGSPH offers accommodations for international students with the following amenities:

  • Secure accommodation at BRAC facility
  • WiFi facilities
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transport to/from School
  • Accommodation Fee: USD 9,000

Visa support

BRAC JPG School of Public Health will provide Letters of Support for the visa process as needed for
international students.

Tuition provides all of the following in the MPH programme

  • All Course Fees and Course related materials (Books, Articles, Lecture Notes) for 16 Courses
  • 55 days of experiential Community Fieldwork in different Rural and Urban settings (including safe,
    secure accommodations, all transport costs and all meals)
  • 36 partners and onsite field learning to Government and Non-government health facilities, hospitals,
    international organisations and agencies, private sector partners
  • ACCESS to FREE online resource materials journals, reports – HINARI with up to 13,500 journals and
    60,000 e books, MyAthens, EBSCO, Cochrane etc.
  • Access to State-of-the-Art Facilities: Tele-Video Conference room, Computer lab with 40 computers for
    all MPH students, 26 BRAC Learning Residential Centers for field learning
  • Library resources
  • MPH Dissertation/ Summative Learning Project (SLP) – all costs covered from mentoring faculty,
    fieldwork costs and thesis publication etc.

Apply now

More information can be found here. 


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