Master’s in Public Health

Master’s in Public Health (MPH)

General information

Master’s in Public Health

2 years
Courses: 20
Total credits: 47
Academic hours: 2.196


Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 18h00 to 21h00, and eventually on Saturday with timetable to be defined
The program includes field work, the schedule of which will be defined at a later date (may include weekends)

Registration: $1.182
Tuition: $11.818

Start of classes:
August 2019

Dates of entrance examination:
12 January, 16 February, 16 March, 13 April, 11 May of 2019


The Master’s in Public Health at USFQ seeks the improvement of health conditions in diverse population groups throughout the country by means of implementing a demanding and multidisciplinary postgraduate formation program. The program uses diverse learning techniques and methodologies to effectively combine theoretical, practical, and research approaches to public health.

The Master’s in Public Health at USFQ is relevant if you are thinking of:

  • Advancing your career as a manager or technical-political decision maker in fields related to health or intersectoral action that concern population groups and collectives
  • Taking informed decisions towards designing and planning programs, projects, and policies, through the integration of health promotion and disease prevention approaches; the use of epidemiology and statistics in public health; an understanding of concepts and methods used in health economics; and, the application of guidelines concerning development of public policies and management of services and systems
  • Strengthening your proactive leadership skills and developing a critical perspective of public health as fundamentally aimed at the management of programs, projects, services, networks, and systems

The Master’s in Public Health at USFQ emphasizes:

  • A learning model based on competencies through which the student is able to establish interaction between disciplines for the analysis of health events approached in an integrated and integral manner.
  • Application of participatory approaches, centered on empowering the student during his or her learning process. Towards this end, students will be exposed to classroom environments focused on critical reflection, constructive dialogue, and learning on the basis of problem-solving.
  • Classroom learning will be combined with field work, during which students can experience the practical aspects of solving public health problems through interaction with diverse actors on the ground.
  • The learning process is supported by information and communication technologies, with extensive use of existing virtual networks and platforms, allowing students to interact in diverse settings.
  • The teaching staff combines full- and part-time professors (holding postgraduate degrees) that represent ample work experience in research, management, and leadership of programs and projects in public health, as well as vast on the ground knowledge and experience with regards to national public health issues, and are engaged in collaborative endeavors at an international level.

Candidate profile:

Candidates to the Master’s in Public Health at USFQ are highly motivated, pledged to team work, and committed to improving the health of collectives, and have vocation for public service and social development, all for the sake of contributing to the enhancement of health and life conditions in the general population.

Professionals joining the program must have at least two years of work experience in fields related to public health. They must be willing to participate in a demanding program that requires dedication and effort in order to augment their knowledge and acquire relevant skills and competencies. Their attitude and discipline predisposes them to be proactive and flexible towards new learning experiences and group dynamics that improve teamwork and human interaction.

Program contacts:

For further information:

Fadya Orozco Terán, PhD
Program Director
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1133

Grace Luna
Administrative Assistant
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1851 or (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1526

Santiago Tapia
Postgraduate Coordinator – Admissions
Office: G-100
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1824

Occupational field

An MPH graduate from USFQ has the competencies necessary to perform duties in public institutions that work on matters related to health, social development and inclusion, environmental quality, and housing, among others, including decentralized instances such as municipalities, as well as in international organisms and non-governmental organizations. They can additionally practice as individual consultants who advise civil society groups in Ecuador and abroad.


Upon successfully concluding the Master’s in Public Health program, a professional will have developed and reinforced:

  • Understanding of determinants and factors related to the social production of health in diverse populations, with special emphasis on the Ecuadorian context.
  • Knowledge necessary for the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs and projects conducted under the health promotion and disease avoidance approaches, with emphasis on intersectoral work
  • Skills for investigating and using scientific evidence to gain in-depth knowledge of the health-disease status in collectives, and determine possibilities for corresponding intervention
  • Abilities necessary for conducting work with culturally diverse populations, such as promoting participation and solidarity, and advocating for the rights to health, equity, and universality.
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives required for team work, as well as sectoral and intersectoral action, in complex organizational processes that respond to the need for public efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Leadership capabilities necessary to plead for fulfillment of the rights to health and equity before different audiences.


Basic requirements:

  • University degree from a nationally accredited university, duly registered with SENESCYT, in one of the following disciplines:
  • Health and wellbeing: nursing and obstetrics; odontology; nutrition and dietetics; pharmaceutics; therapy, rehabilitation, and health treatment; child assistance and youth services. Social and behavioral sciences: psychology; sociology; anthropology; economics; local development; social management and development; gender and development; geography. Protection services: industrial health and safety, risk and disaster management.
  • Biological sciences: biology and microbiology. Other fields that may apply: journalism, communication, education, ecology, and veterinary medicine.
  • Demonstrate sufficiency in English equivalent to Level A2 in the Common European Framework
  • Copy of national identity card or passport.
  • Degree certificate with final grade.
  • Official grade transcript.
  • Printed SENESCYT registration of degree.
  • Approve the USFQ postgraduate entrance examination. Please refer to the postgraduate admissions process at USFQ:

Program-specific requirements:

  • Candidates who have been successfully approved after initial application must enter a final selection process that includes:
  • A personal interview with the Program Director, in order to assess attitude, interest, professional ambitions, and potential contributions of the program to those ambitions.
  • A letter of intent explaining candidate’s motivation to study public health, addressed to the Program Director.
  • Take and pass a specific knowledge exam which will assess oral and written comprehension skills, as well as critical writing and reading abilities with regards to academically generated evidence concerning public health
  • Updated curriculum vitae

Funding and scholarships

  • Amount of investment
  • The program has a total cost of 13.000 USD. Payment is structured on the basis of academic periods, which amount to six. The cost of the MPH is divided into six equal installments, to be paid at the start of each program module.
  • Payment can be made by credit card or in cash, directly at the Treasury.
  • Payment for programs can be made using different options, as mentioned in the following link:


In accordance with the Postgraduate Scholarship Regulations of the program, two ethnic diversity scholarships of 50% of the program cost will be awarded per cohort. These scholarships will be given to students from ethnic minorities that in light of their annual income cannot cover the cost of the program. Selection of candidates for scholarships will take into account the highest scores in the following criteria: a) undergraduate grade point average; b) score in the USFQ entrance examination; c) consideration of the personal interview for program admission; d) letters of recommendation and professional ambitions; e) justification of annual income and dependents.


Juan Chuchuca, Director First Level of Attention, Public Health Ministry

Ecuador requires spaces for professional formation that reclaim the fundamental values upon which education in fields related to health were based, where health is viewed from social, political, economic, and cultural perspectives, leaving aside for a moment the biological point of view of undergraduate programs. The Master’s in Public Health became during my studies that space for discussion between students and teachers, allowing me to direct my vocation towards service, while strengthening my decision-taking skills, as well as my capabilities for generating plans and actions aimed at the wellbeing of the population.

Karina Pisco, Administrator of the Zoosanitary Management Center "URBANIMAL". (Integrated Management of Urban Fauna Project, Municipality of Quito)

It is gratifying to be able to talk about my passage through the Master’s in Public Health at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. I can say from the start that it surpassed my expectation in every way. The quality of the professors, the human warmth of all the personnel and my classmates, the involvement with communities in the field, are all part of the great life experience that was this program. I leave loaded with tools that will serve me to continue growing as a professional and as a person, to serve others through a far wider vision of what health actually entails. I leave satisfied, as I have been able to link, just as I wished, my career in public health with many on-going projects that would not have been possible without the knowledge I acquired here. Many thanks!

Daniel Lopes-Cevallos: Professor of Ethnic Studies and International Health, Oregon State University

During the Master’s in Public Health I became aware of concepts such as “social determinants of health” or “health promotion schools” or “community health”, which allowed me to understand health-disease processes not just from individual or interpersonal perspectives, but also from communal and public policy points of view. The master’s thesis awoke my interest in research, and it just so happened that one of mentors, Fernando Ortega, had completed his PhD. He motivated me to apply for a doctorate so as to become a researcher. And that is the path that I find myself in today.