The faculty organises programmes leading to master’s degrees, i.e. ‘orphan’ master’s degree not preceded by a bachelor’s degree in public health. This allows for recruiting students from a range of educational backgrounds who hold either bachelor’s or master’s degrees, therefore fostering a diversity of student experiences in the faculty.
As with students, faculty professors come from various academic disciplines: medicine, nursing, sociology, economics, biomedical sciences and, of course, public health. Such variety promotes a multidisciplinary approach to public health.
Professors work closely with university hospitals and the Institute of Health and Society and other UCLouvain institutes. They emphasise a pedagogic approach adapted to a diverse student body, including adult learners and students employed full- or parttime.
The common thread of faculty programmes is building students’ capacity to promote health for all. Health is not just the absence of disease; health is also a high quality of life, long life expectancy, social participation, and a resource for realising individual and group aspirations. Promoting health for all means, on the one hand, being able to assess health and its determinants, and, on the other hand, being able to plan, implement and manage interventions (projects, programmes, health services) designed to maintain or improve health. Thus faculty courses aim to impart the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for measuring health and for planning and managing relevant health interventions and services.
The master’s degree in public health offers a wide range of job prospects in Belgium, Europe and abroad: healthcare networks coordinator, case manager, hospital executive, care quality project leader, research and development data analyst, health promoter and educator, patient social rehabilitation assistant, and higher education professor.