Apply now----Master of Science in Institute of Community Health Care: Now recruiting 4 international students.

Master of Science in Institute of Community Health Care:

Now recruiting 4 international students. 



        The Master of Science in Community Health Care is offered by National Yang-Ming University’s Institute of Community Health Care within the School of Nursing, the top-ranked nursing program in Asia.

        MSc Community Health Care is a two-year program that prepares English-speaking students to become effective professionals in the science and practice of community health. It was the first community health program established by a nursing program in Taiwan. Students ground their training in theories of individual and community health, develop professional competence in evidence-based practice, conduct research related to community health, and explore the realities of community-based practice through two practicum experiences. Graduates are well-positioned to gain employment or advance in their careers as community nurses, community health professionals, health care administrators, or community development specialists focused on health.

        National Yang-Ming University (NYMU) and its School of Nursing, which is home to the Institute, are recognized as among the best institutions in Asia for preparing health care professionals. The NYMU ranked 149 globally in Life Sciences and Medicine in QS 2017, with the School of Nursing ranked in the 51-100 tier for the nursing field. This is in part why leading universities around the globe have forged ongoing relationships with NYMU(click me) and the School.(click me) Equally important, the University, School and Institute are established and trusted partners with local communities and health care facilities. This ensures that students in the MSc Community Health Care program are able to gain access to systems and settings where health care is designed and delivered.

        Taiwan is an ideal setting for students to develop into community health professionals. Its national health insurance program and network of primary-to-tertiary health facilities extend affordable, accessible care to all residents and citizens. Students are able to learn first-hand the complexities of designing and managing a universal health care system, observe and participate in care delivery at the local level, and develop their own insights for improving and translating practices from Taiwan’s approach to health care to other settings.



        Students complete 30 credit hours across required and elective courses taught in English that include 324 hours of community-based practica (see appendix for complete list and the detailed program of study). All students are supervised in an individual research project that results in a written master’s thesis.

        In the program’s first year, students develop core competencies and knowledge through a sequence of foundational courses, including health and nursing theory, community health assessment, case management, epidemiology, and biostatistics. In addition, they are assigned to two internships with English-speaking supervision at a local community health setting: one focused on community health assessment, the other on case management.

        During the second year, students primarily are engaged in the design and implementation of a supervised research project. Students work with an institute faculty member and a thesis committee drawn from faculty in- and outside of the institute. The thesis results in a publishable study, which the student defends by oral exam.

        The program allows students to take six credit hours of elective courses. Numerous options are available in English through the University’s International Health Program (IHP), which is a joint program led by faculty from with different schools and institutes (see appendix). IHP-affiliated faculty from across NYMU’s many outstanding schools offer all-English courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and statistical modeling, bioinformatics, environmental health, health policy, social and behavioral aspects of health, international and global health, infection and immunity, and traditional Chinese medicine. Students may also take courses in Chinese language.


Approach to Teaching and Learning

The program is expressly designed to provide students with an intensive experience in and beyond the classroom. Each cohort is limited in number to enable full-time faculty members to work directly with every student. This ensures that students have the academic support they need from day one to be successful. A dedicated program staff member gives students access to administrative assistance throughout their time as well.

All courses are taught face-to-face, delivered in seminar format, and are generally team-taught giving students the opportunity to learn from each other and multiple faculty members. The Institute’s faculty has a rich international background, and includes full-time members from Taiwan and the United States. They have lived, studied and worked outside of Taiwan, and will teach and work with students in English. More information about the Institute faculty is available(click me).

The MSc in Community Health Care guides students in learning to use the principles of community development to address health inequities and promote individual and public health. Program graduates are prepared to:

  • Engage in evidence-based practice and research
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Promote culturally-appropriate care
  • Lead community health initiatives
  • Conduct and use policy analysis
  • Plan and manage resources
  • Design and lead action-oriented health plans
  • Create stronger communities


Support for International Students

National Yang-Ming University is one of Taiwan’s leading institutions, and its School of Nursing and Institute of Community Health Care are singularly focused on offering students exceptional learning opportunities that prepare them for challenging and rewarding careers in community health. Students have access to an array of supports and events through the University’s Office of International Affairs.(click me) For example, new international students are invited to pair with a Taiwanese “buddy” student to help them acclimate to NYMU and Taiwan. International students also are able to take any course offered in English at the University regardless of their academic program, giving them diverse options for learning.

The MSc in Community Health Care program offers students a high quality professional education at an affordable price (tuition per semester: 31,180 NTD; USD≅ 29.5 NTD). Dormitory options are available. Scholarship funding is available for qualified students, including:


Application Requirements

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing or a related field (e.g., social work, public health, medical technology, sport management, nutrition, elder care) from an accredited institution in their country.

Applicants must apply through the University’s online system.(click me) Applications for 2019 fall admission are due by March 31, 2019.

Applicants must submit their online registration, personal statement, study and research plan, two letters of recommendation, official copy of the highest-level diploma/ certificate, one original copy of transcript(s) issued by the institution, verification of English proficiency, and a financial statement. More details about these materials are available in the Prospectus for International Students (pg. 32).(click me)

Enrollment is limited to 15 domestic students and 4 international students.



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Program of Study

The MSc in Community Health Care program requires two years of full-time enrollment to complete. The academic year runs on a semester basis: September to mid-January, and mid-February to June. New cohorts are admitted to the program each September. A total of 30 credit hours are needed to complete the program. These are distributed across required, elective and thesis courses.

Required Courses

Required courses total 18 credit hours in the program and include:

  • Theory of Health and Nursing (3 credits)
  • Research methods: Principles of Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (2 credits).
  • Community Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • Case management (2 credits)
  • Practicum courses
    • Practicum in Community Health Assessment (3 credits)
    • Practicum in Case Management (3 credits)
  • Academic Research Ethics (0 credits)

Elective Courses

Students take 6 credit hours of elective courses through the International Health Program. Please note that the International Health Program is a joint program including faculties from various Schools of the University. Several nursing faculties also join in the International Health Program. Options include:

  • Principles of epidemiology
  • Data analysis in environmental health
  • Biostatistical modelling and data analysis
  • Seminar on International Health
  • Environmental change and social effects of pollution
  • Introduction to environmental and occupational epidemiology
  • Health services research
  • Health economics
  • Medicine, ethics and law
  • Comparative health care systems
  • Global health challenges: Obesity, metabolism and diabetes mellitus
  • Social and cultural aspects of health
  • Gender and body
  • Healthy cities and health promoting policy
  • Tobacco control and health promotion
  • Public mental health
  • Health care organization
  • Qualitative research
  • Social welfare policies
  • Social justice and human rights
  • Measuring health in populations
  • Health development for displaced populations
  • Health crisis management
  • NGOs and international agencies: response to global health challenges
  • Public health leadership
  • Health behavior promotion
  • Vector biology
  • Immunobiology
  • Introduction to tropical Medicine
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of parasitic infections
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Medical informatics
  • Chinese language

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Students complete a written, publishable thesis in 6 credit hours during the second year.