Who should apply?
The course is designed at the 'train the trainers' level. In university terms, this would be for graduates who want a Masters level education, but we do not have strict entry requirements. We would expect potential students to either have a first degree or to have professional experience to enable them to cope with this level of study.
The course is designed to help with capacity building in developing countries. Those eligible for admission, provided they meet the academic entry criteria, are in the following categories:
- Those working in Low- to Middle-Income countries (LMICs)
- Those living and working in High-income countries (HICs) are welcome to apply; we currently accept a small number of HIC students on each course as a trial; we expect that their participation will enrich the discussion, and enable them to study and exchange with a global student group. The fees for HIC students are higher in order to subsidise our provision for LMIC students.
Note: LMICs are a standard definition, used by WHO and the World Bank
Students will be expected to do more than just learn facts – they will be expected to discuss, synthesise across a number of sources of information, apply critical reasoning to information, and demonstrate an evidence-based approach. The course is designed to help people with the practice of Public Health. You will see that each part of the modules starts with the competences you are expected to acquire. Competences are knowledge plus skills, and we expect students to be able to apply their learning to their professional activities.
The nature of the Peoples-uni differs from a traditional university in a number of ways. We are using freely available material from the Internet (Open Source), and this together with volunteer tutors and other supporters, allows us to keep it all low cost. In the spirit of this, we hope that students will also provide input. As well as contributing actively to the Discussion Forums in the course, we hope that you will give something back, by providing examples and resources of your own for us to use in the future, and by joining in as tutors yourselves once you have completed the course. We also hope that you will pass your learning on to others – you are free to use any material from the course for your own future teaching.