Masters of Public Health

 

Curriculum of
Master in Public Health (MPH)

INTRODUCTION

Master in Public Health is a graduate level program that provides graduate and professional students, with foundational knowledge of public health’s historical contributions; the ethical bases; key terms and concepts; system organization; and the social, behavioral, environmental, and biological factors that contribute to specific individual and community health outcomes through interactive learning strategies and the application and integration of concepts to understand and prevent current public health problems and those facing public health in the 21st century. This program will help the students:

  • Understand how historical events and threats to public health have influenced the evolution of public health.
  • Utilize public health concepts and use data to prevent and address population based health outcomes.
  • Engage others in dialogue to identify solutions for public health issues.
  • Compare public health to other countries to realize the global nature of the public health issues. 

Program Objectives

A. Prepare students to contribute to the health of the community through disease prevention and amelioration and health promotion activities.

B. Prepare students to develop specialization skills in one or more public health areas including:

  • Developing working knowledge of the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation to effectively identify and track threats to public health as well as strategies to enhance community health.
  • Implementing cutting edge community health education and intervention programs.
  • Developing public health policy, evaluating its impact on community health, and acquiring leadership skills in public health administration.
  • Developing and using appropriate statistical methods to effectively evaluate public health threats and/or strategies to enhance the health of the community.
  • Conducting risk assessments of various pathogens threatening the health of specific communities.

C. Provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary learning, which can be incorporated into disease prevention/amelioration and health promotion activities.  

COURSES

Courses offered and designed in this program are in such a manner that they will:

  • Justify a definition of public health that captures the unique characteristics of the field in terms of its history, core values, functions, and philosophy.
  • Demonstrate understanding of key public health concepts, processes, methods, and data that are essential in understanding a public health problem and the approaches essential to public health practice.
  • Describe how biological, environmental, social, economic, behavioral, cultural, and other factors that impact human health, influence the global and societal burden of disease, and contribute to health disparities as well as specific individual and community health outcomes.
  • Communicate and value the legal and ethical bases for public health and the respectful engagement with people of different cultures and socioeconomic structures.
  • Demonstrate and value the contributions of the different public health disciplines and other disciplines and stakeholders in working collaboratively with diverse communities, constituencies (e.g. researchers, practitioners, agencies and organizations) to advance public health goals. 

DURATION OF THE PROGRAM

The MPH Program is a flexible one in terms of time. A student must complete the degree from 1 year and 6 months to 4 years, like for fulltime students it is 1 and half years and for part time students within 4 years. 

ACADEMIC YEAR DUAL SEMESTER

English calendar year is the academic year for this Program and the academic year is divided into two semesters as under:

            Spring Semester:         January to June

            Fall Semester  :            July to December

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

a. Candidates must earn required number of credits by successfully completing all foundation, core and elective courses.

b. Candidates must accumulate a minimum CGPA of C or 2.50 on a scale of 4.00 with no ‘F’ grade in any course.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The minimum requirements for admission to MPH program are:

Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) or equivalent professional degree in Alternate Medicine, Dentistry or Doctor of Medicine (MD) from any recognized national and international university with at least two years of practical exposure in the professional field; the Doctor must be registered with Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council/ National Registration Authority or

Four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a grade point average of 2.5 or more on a scale of 4.0 in Pharmacy, Botany, Zoology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Psychology, Veterinary Science, Fisheries, Microbiology, Genetics, Social Sciences, Anthropology and Economics or

Three-year bachelor's degree with honors, with at least a second class in Social Sciences, Anthropology and Psychology or

Master’s degree in a health-related subject or in any social science and science subjects with an experience of working in health-related fields or

B Sc. degree with diploma in medical related subject after SSC such as 4 years diploma in Pharmacy, B Sc. in Nursing, B Sc. in Physiotherapy, B Sc in Health technology or

A two years graduation (Post Basic) in nursing from any recognized university after having duly completed four years registered nursing course from government recognized institutes.

Students other than medical graduate are required to appear in a written Examination to prove their understanding about human health and diseases. They may require taking additional preparatory courses even after qualifying the test. The non-medical candidate must qualify both in written admission test and viva.

OVERVIEW OF MPH PROGRAM

Outline of the MPH Course Curriculum

Sl. No. Types of Courses Number of Courses Total Credits Total Credit Hours
1 Core Courses 7 28 630
2 Elective Courses 4 16 360
3 Major Courses 3 12 270
4 Dissertation 1 10 300
5 Practicum/ Internship 1 4 120
Total 16 70 1680

CORE COURSES (7 Courses of 28 Credits)

The following are the core courses and the students have to register in all the courses:

Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 501 Introduction to Public Health 4 90
2 MPH 502 Public Health Administration and Management 4 90
3 MPH 503 Epidemiology I 4 90
4 MPH 504 Biostatistics I 4 90
5 MPH 505 Introduction to Environmental Health 4 90
6 MPH 506 Research Methodology 4 90
7 MPH 507 Public Health Information, Education and Communication 4 90
Total 28 630

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

Major Areas of MPH Program

A  Epidemiology
B  Biostatistics
C  Reproductive and Child Health
D  Public Health Management
E  Environmental Health
F  Climate Change and Disaster Management
G  Health Systems Management
H  Health Economics and Health Care Financing
I  Hospital Management
J  Public Health Nutrition

Elective Courses (16 credits from 4 courses): Students have to choose any four courses of the followings

Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 539  Demography & Population dynamics 4 90
2 MPH-542  Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health Programs 4 90
3 MPH-537  Epidemiology of Accident & injuries 4 90
4 MPH 510  Clinical Epidemiology 4 90
5 MPH 509  Statistical Methods of Epidemiology 4 90
6 MPH-540  Health Services Ethics, Laws, Policies and Regulations 4 90
7 MPH 541  Health Education & Health Promotion 4 90
8 MPH 541  Health Economics & Health Care Financing 4 90
9 MPH 545  Global Health 4 90
10 MPH 546  Disability studies 4 90
Total 16 360

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course


Courses of Major Areas (12 Credits from 3 courses, Students choose only one Major Area)

Prerequisite: Core Courses

a. Epidemiology
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 508  Epidemiology II 4 90
2 MPH 538  Epidemiology of Communicable diseases 4 90
3 MPH 536  Epidemiology of Non-communicable diseases 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

b. Bio Statistics
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 511  Biostatistics II 4 90
2 MPH 512  Data Management and Analysis 4 90
3 MPH 513  Application of Computer Software in Public Health 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

c. Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 514  Maternal and Child Health 4 90
2 MPH 515  Sexual and Reproductive Health 4 90
3 MPH 516  Public Health Aspects of Maternal and Child Nutrition 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

d. Public Health Management
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 517  Health Service and Resource Management 4 90
2 MPH 518  Health Information Technology 4 90
3 MPH 519  Managing Corporate Communications 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

e. Environmental Health
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 520  Environmental Health and Occupation 4 90
2 MPH 521  Environmental Toxicology 4 90
3 MPH 522  Environmental Risk Assessment and Management 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

f. Climate Change and Disaster Management
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 523  Concepts of Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Management 4 90
2 MPH 524  Resilience and Risk in a Changing Climate 4 90
3 MPH 525  Industrial Hazard Risk Management 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

g. Health Systems Management
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 526  Health Management Information Systems 4 90
2 MPH 527  Health Informatics and e-Governance 4 90
3 MPH 528  Health Services Planning and Development 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

h. Health Economics and Health Care Financing
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 529  Financial Management of Health Service Organizations 4 90
2 MPH 530  Health Service and Resource Management 4 90
3 MPH 531  Strategy and Policy in Health Economics and Financing 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

i. Hospital Management
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 532  Hospital Management 4 90
2 MPH 533  Hospital Resources Planning and Management 4 90
3 MPH 534  Human Resource Development and Management 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course

j. Public Health Nutrition
Sl. No. Course Code Course Title Credit Credit Hours
1 MPH 535  Public Health Nutrition 4 90
2 MPH 543  Public Health Aspects of Nutritional Deficiency 4 90
3 MPH 544  Clinical Nutrition 4 90
Total 12 270

**2 credits from theory (30 hours) + 2 credits from practical (60 hours) = 90 credit hours from each course