The MSc in Public Health aims to prepare students from a wide range of professions to become leaders in public health. Given the fact that the health of communities is the concern of a wide group of professionals, that health is related to a variety of factors, and that good health is a right, not a privilege, this MSc programme in Public Health will equip students with the understanding that public health is a priority in Uganda today. This programme will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their existing skills and competencies so that the health profile of the communities with which they work can be raised significantly. By bringing the theories and principles of public health to bear on their work, programme participants will be able to contribute significantly to realizing the aims of the Uganda HSSP III. This programme can include a Community Health specialization.
On completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Inform, educate, and empower communities about health issues and engage critically with current public health issues and debates;
- Think in a critical, reflective way and to take effective action in addressing priority public health problems and provide strategic direction to the development of health policies and services;
- Design, develop and implement community empowerment projects with specific leadership capacity to mobilize community participation with regard to health problems
- Evaluate health services and programmes, and institute changes required to improve their functioning Conceptualise, plan and conduct advanced research in Public health
- Critically evaluate published studies on public health problems
- Collaborate with other health professionals on public health issues providing consultancy services where appropriate.
Some of the courses units taught include; Foundations of Public Health; Biostatistics;Epidemiology;Primary Healthcare & Health Promotion; Public Health Nutrition; Health Economics; Health Sciences Research; Environmental and Occupational Health; Financial and Material Resources Management and Leadership & Change in Public Health among others.
To be admitted for a postgraduate course, one must hold a relevant Bachelors degree in health science, medicine and surgery, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, and any other related health and natural sciences.
Prospective Postgraduate students with a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities including; Social work and Social Administration, Development Studies, Mass Communication, Law, Information Communication & Technology and Business Administration among others also qualify for admission. However, for such students need at least 2-years experience in implementing health care projects both in the Public and Private sector including Non-Governmental Organisations & Civil Society.
Prospective Master's students will be admitted only if they pass the Examination for Graduate Admission (EGA) of International Health Sciences University. All postgraduate students must follow the prescribed courses as stipulated in the curriculum.
After consultation with his/her dean, permission must be sought from the Faculty by any student intending to take a course outside the faculty curriculum. Permission will be granted if it is judged that the extra course will not affect adversely the student's performance in the prescribed courses and examinations.