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
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
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