The PhD Programme is based on thesis with research but candidates in the Department of Community Health may
based on requirement by the department or academic supervisors be required to take some courses. These
courses are often related to research methodology, study designs, biostatistics, core public courses or courses on
content area related to their research work. When required to take courses, the coursework should be taken in the early part of the PhD programme (over the first 4
Between the second and the fourth semester, candidates must prepare their research proposal and must present their proposal at the Department Research Committee for endorsement of its suitability, breadth and depth, and potential contribution to new knowledge and public health practice.
Following that, candidates must submit their PhD research proposal at the Faculty (University) Research and Ethics Committee for approval prior to embarking on their field work (for data collection). Throughout the period of enrolment, candidates must meet and confer with their academic supervisor(s), and must satisfactorily perform their research work (at all research stages).
In the event that candidates collect their data outside Malaysia, the academic supervisor or an external field supervisor will be appointed to supervise and endorse the data collection conducted by the candidates.
By the sixth to the twelfth semesters, candidates are required to complete their thesis, submit and defend the thesis at the department and university level. To graduate from the programme, candidates need to satisfactorily complete all coursework (if required), present proposal, implement proposed study, submit thesis and present/ published at least two articles related to their specialization in a peer reviewed journal before the degree can be awarded.