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MPH Programme to Commence at Manipal

The curriculum has been developed in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (US), and the National Institutes of Health (US)

Manipal University, Manipal

Manipal University, which has recently established a department of Public Health, is starting a Masters in Public Health (MPH) course from September, this year. The programme has been devised to cater to increasing demand for MPH graduates in national and international NGOs, public and private sector organisations and in the field of research. MPH programme intends to bridge the gaps in international public health research and training.

The MPH degree programme will have five core subjects: biostatistics; epidemiology; health sciences; health administration; and social and behavioral sciences. Students with a Bachelor's degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, life sciences, or allied health Sciences from a recognised university are eligible to apply for the course.

Says Dr Ramachandra Kamath, Co-ordinator, Department of Public Health, Manipal University, "Plans are on the anvil to introduce MPH courses in environmental and occupational health, international health, and maternal and child health as the programme continues to expand. This programme is targeted at healthcare professionals, administrators in Governmental and non-Governmental organisations, academicians, physicians, as well as other professionals with health-related backgrounds."

The curriculum has been developed in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, and the National Institutes of Health, USA. "It meets the requirements of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH)," adds Dr Kamath.

The one-year course is structured into four semesters of 25 credit hours each. "Three semesters will be course-based, and the fourth semester will be research-based. The courses will include lectures, self-directed learning, problem-based learning (PBL), practical sessions (computer labs and field projects), and seminars. Students will be assessed in terms of written and practical examinations, viva voce, assignments, and research projects," adds Dr Kamath.

"The MPH degree will broaden the scope of employment opportunities for health professionals. Qualified MPH graduates will play key roles in international organisations, state and central public health departments, national and international research organisations, and academic institutions," adds Dr Kamath.

EH News Bureau


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