Master of Public Health (MPH)

To encourage   a multi disciplinary approach to the problems of public health and to train professionals who will be better able to cope with the continuing process of change and who will act as leaders in initiating and developing these changes.

To provide MPH level training  to physicians (e.g.RMOs, DMOs), senior nurses and allied health professionals in Tanzania and other countries, to enable them to implement action orientated intervention programmes, particularly in disease control.

Objectives

  • To enable students to acquire basic skillsover the wide range of disciplines in public health, to appreciate the contributions made by the different disciplines and to develop the ability to work with multidisciplinary teams.
  • To equip students with management skills to enable them to cope with change and to act as leaders for this change.
  • To develop an understanding of factors affecting health, delivery of health care, and formation of health policy.
  • To enable students  carry out critical evaluation of published material and to develop the ability to interpret and apply this information in the context of public health practice.
  • To enable students to carry out  critical  evaluation of published material and to develop ability to interpret and apply this information in the context of public health practice.

 Curriculum overview

The curriculum at KCMU College contains three sections:

  • Course work (modules)
  • Research project preparation
  • Dissertation write up

The course is composed of 15 modules with a total of 48 credits. The modules are grouped into three clusters of related topics. Two modules “Refugee health and disaster management” will run concurrently with “Disability and occupational health” as optional modules

Master of Public health Modules

Modules

Cluster 1 Assessment of community health needs

CHN 101   Introduction to public health including determinants of health

CHN 102  Epidemiology

CHN 103  Biostatistics

CHN 104  Research methodology

Cluster 2 Public health policy and determinants of illness/health and evaluation

PDE 101  Sociology of health and illness

PDE 102  Health promotion and non-communicable diseases.

PDE 103  Health policy planning and information system

PDE 104  Health economics and health care financing

PDE 105  Evaluation of health projects

Cluster 3: Special Public Health Issues

SPI 101  Reproductive and family health

SPI 102  Communicable disease control (including epidemics)

SPI 103  Environmental  health

SPI 104  Leadership, management and teaching methodology

SPI 105  Law, ethics and public health

SPI 106    Refugee health and disaster management/Disability and occupational health (optional)

 Methods of instruction: 

All modules will be taught using a set of methods such as lectures, seminars/tutorials, group work and case studies.

During the overall one year programme, there will be 30 weeks of teaching and project preparation and 15 weeks for data collection, data analysis and dissertation write up.

Th e project and dissertation will be devised and undertaken on an individual basis, to fit in with on-going programmes of research in KCMUCo and the surrounding communities or in line with the priorities of the students’ working environment.

Degree award

A  candidate who fulfils the above conditions shall be awarded the degree of Master of Public Health (MPH) of Tumaini University Makumira, KCMU College.