The intensive curriculum of MPH emphasizes on basic public health sciences, essential managerial and analytical skills including project planning and evaluation, healthcare financing, epidemiological investigations, health systems analysis and research, reproductive and child health, environmental and occupational health, disease control, and effective communication and leadership. It adopts a discipline-based methodology based on core competencies. The 24-month curriculum is organized around a guiding framework, which first provides students with a conceptual overview of the diverse profession of public health and team-oriented approach to professional practice as well as a 3-month capstone (hands-on-training).
The courses are taught in a concurrent manner to build upon and integrate with each other. The first session curriculum provides exposure to the basics of public health disciplines. The second session curriculum provides advanced applied training in key methodological and programmatic disciplines which continues into the third session, along with electives and a supervised dissertation. The dissertation integrates public health knowledge, skills, and methods in a professionally and individually relevant practice context. Elective courses are offered only during the third session if minimally eight participants enroll for a course. Meanwhile the students will start writing their research proposal for Dissertation to be taken up in fourth session. New credited courses will be subsequently introduced on a need-and-demand basis in the coming years. Students are encouraged to take part in the institutional research wherein a Field Area will provide an opportunity for supervised, mentored practical experiences while addressing the health needs of Pakistan and its surrounding region.
In the fourth session students proceed to their respective workplaces/attachments and give a practical demonstration of skills that they learnt in the first three sessions. It is the stage of manifesting what students have learnt in more than a year’s program. The immediate supervisor’s/mentor’s appraisal at the end of the session will be graded.
GOAL OF MPH PROGRAM
To impart high quality postgraduate public health training to the students by utilizing education, research, and organized community service to enhance health in populations.
OBJECTIVES OF MPH PROGRAM
- To impact community based research; mission oriented training of general public health, hospital management and general health care service, communication skills and learning techniques and family health.
- To solve health related problems within the financial, socio-cultural, environmental and political framework of Pakistan and its surrounding region.
- To design studies/projects/programs/ regarding health related community problems; then to conduct, analyze and interpret their results for the benefits of all concerns.
- To initiate, plan, manage, monitor and evaluate intervention in the field of public health and community medicine.
- To develop communication skills of the students so that they can communicate effectively with the professionals as well as the community.
- To advocate sound public health policies and practices to provide comprehensive health care services.
- To prepare the students to bring knowledge and practical skills in the field of research.
These objectives are fully covered in the curriculum of this MPH course and augmented by experienced/professional faculty.