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International Students

Degree Entry semester Admission quota Open for early review
Bachelor First semester (September entry) 2 Yes
Application requirements
Language of instruction Program taught in Chinese  
Language proficiency Both Chinese and English proficiency certificate/proof required
-- Not required for applicants whose native language is Chinese (self statement needed)
-- Not required for applicants whose previous degree is taught in Chinese (proof required)
-- Not required for applicants whose previous degree is majoring in Chinese (proof required)
-- Not required for applicants from English-speaking countries
-- Not required for applicants whose previous degree is from English-speaking countries
-- Not required for applicants whose previous degree is entirely taught in English (proof required)
Application documents
  • Highest degree's graduation certificate [Detail]
  • Highest degree's full transcript of records (including explanation of grading system) [Detail]
  • Receipt of the application fee payment
  • Declaration and Authorization Form
  • Financial statement [Detail]
  • Passport (if applicable)
  • Taiwan Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) (if applicable)
  • Photograph [Detail]
Documents required by department
  • Language proficiency certificate (please refer to the "Language proficiency")
  • Recommendation letter x 2
  • Autobiography in Chinese or English. (Including your background, motivations and study plan etc.)
Interview / Oral exam No
Written exam No
Additional notes No
Department info

The Department of Public Health (DPH) at National Taiwan University was founded in 1972 as the pioneer of its kind in Taiwan. Unlike the developmental process commonly seen in other departments in which an undergraduate program is first formed and then a graduate program eventually follows, the DPH was set-up two decades after the Graduate Institute of Public Health, which was established in 1951 by renaming and reorganizing the Institute of Tropical Medicine, founded during the Japanese Colonial Period. In essence, the department and the institute were deemed a two-in-one organization in the first two decades after the inception of the DPH. In 1993, the DPH and two other institutes were separated from the College of Medicine to become the first College of Public Health (CPH) in the nation, with a matrix organizational structure of One College-One Department-Multiple Institutes.

Initially, faculty members of the CPH were appointed separately to either the department or to one of the institutes. In 2005, as a way of encouraging all faculty members of the CPH to participate in undergraduate instruction, the college adopted the policy of “merging the college with the department”, inaugurating a new epoch in DPH development. Under this policy, the CPH is now in charge of making the overall plans for the DPH and the DPH chairman, in turn, serves also as the vice dean and is responsible for coordinating and carrying out DPH instruction and administration policies. An immediate benefit of this new policy was that all faculty members of the CPH were able to contribute to DPH teaching and student affairs by implementing a “two-phase mentor” system. The DPH also made use of the “joint appointment” to enlist all faculty members of the CPH in the running of the department. After the new system had been in place for three years, a further commingling of “discipline-division” was introduced into the system beginning in 2008. Based on disciplines, the whole college has been reorganized into three divisions: the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine; the Division of Health Policy and Medical Organization Management; and the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health. Each faculty member belongs to the Division which encompasses his or her specialized track and can be elected as representative of the Division to participate in the running of DPH affairs. In 2010, the six institutes of the CPH were consolidated into four, and the main affiliation of all faculty members was moved to the DPH with each faculty member being assigned an adjunct appointment in the institute of their specialty. By reforming the organization and expanding the faculty, the DPH will continue to devote itself to improving basic education in public health for the new era.    As the new institute of CPH, Institute of Health Behaviors and Community Sciences, was founded, the Division of Health Policy and Medical Organization Management has been renamed to the Division of Health Policy & Management and Health Behaviors & Community Sciences in 2015.

Departmental aims:

‧To cultivate students with the requisite knowledge and skills of a public health professional.

‧ To guide ambitious people into pursuing a career in a public health related area.

Educational objectives:

‧To cultivate professionals in public health with expert knowledge, practical ability, and a global perspective, so as to promote health for all.

Core values:





The DPH has cultivated numerous talented experts in public health since its inception. Our alumni are widely distributed throughout various circles. They contribute abundantly in the areas of health administration, environmental health organization, and public health education in research institutes, non-profit organizations and the commercial R&D departments of various industries, where they hold positions as professional staff members, research experts, instructors and managers. At the DPH, we continuously perform self-evaluation and strive to strengthen our contribution to worldwide public health, both through research and by providing quality teaching that prepares our students to be talented experts versed in public health theory and practice.

Curriculum planning

A minimum of 128 credits of coursework is required to qualify for a B.S. degree in public health. The Department of Public Health offers a constellation of diverse courses from Science to Art. We employ both teachers who specialize in relevant professional fields and also adjunct teachers who work for governmental health departments or environmental protection departments so that students will be trained well from theory into practice. Junior students select a major area of study in accordance with their preference, with choices including Health Policy & Management, Environmental & Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Preventive Medicine, and Global Health. Students in the third year are also obliged to practice at health agencies and businesses related to public health. This enables students not only to apply theory to practice but also to develop their communication skills with a wide range of people.

Graduate credits required for students enrolling after the 2014 academic year (128 total credits):

1. General Courses (15)

2. Cross-disciplinary General Education (12)

3. Basic Natural Sciences (12-14) :                                                              
Calculus (General Mathematics) B (6), General Zoology B or General Biology (3)/(4)【Any One of the Two】,  General Physics B (3) or General Chemistry C and Lab (4)【Any One of the Two】

4. Basic Social Sciences (3) :                                                                           
Economics A (3) or Sociology D (3) or Psychology C (3)【Any One of the Three】

5. Basic Medical Sciences (11) 
Anatomy (3), Physiology (4), Microbiology and Immunology (2) + Lab (2)

6. Basic Public Health (27):
Introduction to Public Health (2), Introduction to Medical Statistics I (3), Introduction to Medical Statistics II (3), Epidemiology (3), Case Study in Epidemiology (2), Fundamentals of Environmental Health (2), Laws and Regulations in Medicine and Health (2), Health Promotion and Health Education (2), Occupational Health (2), Principles of Public Health Administration (2), Field Practice in Public Health (4)

7. Disciplinary Field Required Courses (Any One of the Six)

   (1)Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Preventive Medicine – major in Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine (20)

   (2)Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Preventive Medicine – major in Biostatistics (16)

   (3)Health Policy & Management (28)

   (4)Environmental & Occupational Health – major in Environmental Health (24)

   (5)Environmental & Occupational Health – major in Occupational Health (26)

   (6)Global Health (29-44)

8. Elective Courses (5-36)

Future map

Most DPH graduates pursue a career as one of the following types of health care professional:

1. Governmental Official

Some graduates of DPH take certification tests for Health Administration or Health Technology as they choose to take up public service work. Because students in Environmental and Occupational Health are closer to the field, they often also take certification tests for Environmental Examination, Environmental Protection Administration, Environmental Protection Technology, and Occupational Safety.

Some students sign contracts with specific institutions for jobs. The institutions that make contracts with students include the Department of Health, the Environmental Protection Administration, the Centers for Diseases Control, and county or municipal departments of health.

*Graduates from DPH can also get professional engineering qualification through professional engineer tests to become industrial safety engineers, industrial & mine safety & health engineers, or occupational safety & health administrators.

2. Statistical Consultant

Some graduates serve as statisticians in the Center for Drug Evaluation in Taiwan. Many graduates also work for medical management consulting company, hospital, pharmaceutical companies, and biotechnology companies. Some of our students are employed in related domains around the world.

3. Actuary

Many graduates from DPH work in various, insurance companies. These companies require additional learning and procurement of licenses.

4. University Faculty Member

You can find many graduates from the DPH working as a teacher or a lecturer in departments related to public health in universities such as National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, Taipei Medical University, National Yang-Ming University, China Medical University, Chung Shan Medical University, National Defense Medical Center, as well as Fu Jen Catholic University. Some of our graduates also work in foreign universities such as Harvard University, North Carolina State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Nebraska, Tulane University, etc.

5. International Organization Staff Member (INGOs, NPOs, etc.)

Many graduates work for Non-Government International or Non-Profit Organizations that focus on public health issues. Some organizations include Luke International Norway (LIN), Good Shepherd Social Welfare Services, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

6. CRO Researcher (Contract Research Organization)

Some of our DPH graduates are in charge of preclinical tests for new drugs in pharmaceutical companies.

7. Media Professional

A number of graduates are journalists of medical- and health-related media or editors of health care magazines.

8. Medical and Healthcare System Administrator

Administrative, executive, information and management affairs in public or private medical institutions, long-term care providers, the health industry and the World Health Organization (WHO) are also job choices for our graduates.

9. Professional in an Industry such as Environmental and Occupational Health

Our graduates may work as risk assessment managers, health management professionals, or food examination analysts. Among them, a few work as consultants for industrial safety and health projects, and risk assessment planners in semiconductor industry.

Website http://dph.ntu.edu.tw

Administration Staff

  • Name :

    Ms. Ya-Ting Chan

  • Telephone :

    +886 (0)2 3366 8012

  • Fax :

    +886 (0)2 2391 1308

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