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GANDHARA UNIVERSITY

KABIR INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
MPH (DEGREE) COURSE STRUCTURE

(2016-2018)

 

 

                                                                                                                                PROF DR NUZHAT HUMA

                                                                                                                                MBBS; MCPS; DPH; FCPS

                                                                                                                                Dean, Kabir Institute of Public Health

 


KABIR INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Mission

As an institution of higher learning, the Kabir Institute of Public Health (KIPH) provides teaching, research, and a service programme that prepares students to address the public health needs particularly of KPK in a setup that will develop academic excellence in teaching and research, academic freedom, leadership and service to society.

 Vision

The KIPH aspires to become a centre of excellence in public health training, policy formulation and applied research that is nationally and internationally accepted.

Objectives

The objectives of KIPH are to:

  • Produce competent, committed and skilled public health professionals.
  • Discover and disseminate new knowledge in the field of public health.
  • Assist in the translation of the knowledge into sound evidence-based policies and practices.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme
The Master in Public Health (MPH) offered by the KIPH is a twenty four months post-graduate degree programme. It is designed to prepare students to address the broad vision of Public Health which is defined as:
Enhancing Health in Human Population(s) through organized community effort, utilizing Education, Research and Community Services

Objectives of the MPH Programme

The graduates of the MPH programme will be prepared to:

  • Solve health-related problems within the financial, socio-cultural, environmental and political framework of Pakistan and its surrounding region.
  • Design, conduct, analyse and interpret the results of relevant studies, projects and programmes.
  • Initiate, plan, manage, monitor and evaluate interventions in the field of public health.
  • Communicate public health messages to diverse audience effectively.
  • Advocate sound public health policies and practices.

Available facilities at Kabir Institute of Public Health

  • Offices for the faculty                          
  • Lecture Theatres                                   
  • Conference/Seminar Hall                       
  • Public Health Museum/ Departmental Library
  • Central Library
  • Digital Library/Research Lab
  • Public Health Laboratory
  • Multimedia for the Lectures and Seminars
  • Overhead Projector/Slide Projector
  • Wireless Internet

MPH (Degree) Programme Duration and Credits

The MPH degree programme will be of twenty four (24) months duration, comprising four semesters. The first three semesters will be dedicated to course work, while in the fourth semester the students will complete their research dissertation supervised by one of the faculty members. During the first three semesters, students will be expected to attend all classes at the KIPH.
The total programme consists of 60 credits. According to PMCD Rules “3” Credit Hours be Completed for Each Major Subject. 6 credit hours will be dedicated to Research/Dissertation writing during final semester.
English will be the medium of instruction and examinations.

Semester-wise distribution

Semester -1                                Credit Hour 18

    • Basic Epidemiology                                                                             3
    • Introduction to Public Health/Primary Health Care and its applications      1
    • Basic Biostatistics                                                                                3
    • Communicable and non-communicable disease control                           3
    • Child Health and Preventive Paediatrics/Demography                              3                     
    • Computer application in public health                                                     1
    • Community Nutrition (Basic & Applied)                                                   3
    • Social & Behavioral Sciences                                                                 1

Semester-2                                             Credit Hours 18

  • Applied Epidemiology                                                                                 3
  • Environmental Health/Occupational Health/ Disaster Management                  3
  • Health Management & Information System                                                   3                     
  • Applied Biostatistics/Computer Skills                                                           3
  • Health Education & Promotion                                                                     3
  • Field Visits                                                                                                 3

Semester – 3                                          Credit Hours 18

  • Health Planning                                                                                     3
  • Administration & Management                                                                3
  • Communication Skills                                                                            3
  • Reproductive Health/MCH                                                                      3
  • Health System Analysis/policy                                                               3         
  • Research methodology and report writing                                               3

Semester – 4                                          Credit Hours 06

  •   Dissertation Writing

 

Objectives for Semester - I

Basic Epidemiology                                                                                         Credit Hours-3

The objective is to introduce the subject and its basic principles. The student will be to understand principles of screening, measures of disease frequency and study designs and interpretation of data in a scientific manner.

Introduction to Public Health/Primary Health Care & its applications               Credit Hours-1
This aim is to enable the students to use this information in the evaluation of current public health issues, and analyze a public health problem and evaluate interventions and policy alternatives using the problem-solving methodology. The students would also know about different methods of health education and promotion and components of PHC in Pakistan.
Basic Biostatistics/ Computer applications in public health                                          Credit Hours-4

It will cover the basic statistical methods to enable the students to use them in such disciplines as Epidemiology, medical demography, health planning and management and other areas of public health importance

Child Health and Preventive Paediatrics/Demography                                      Credit Hours-4

This course will improve and strengthen the knowledge and skills of students in the field of child health including social problems. The students will understand the basic concepts and principles of essential programme areas of child health, the role of governmental, private and international health agencies, research methods, policy formulation and programme evaluation in child health

Communicable and Non-communicable Disease Control                                 Credit Hours-2

The aim of this course is to familiarize the students with the epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases in developing countries and their impact in endemic areas. It will mainly cover epidemiology of infectious diseases, some common non-communicable diseases, investigation of outbreaks, medical entomology, efficacy of vaccines, diagnostic laboratory techniques and control measures for selected communicable diseases.
Community Nutrition & Health                                                                          Credit Hours-3
This will familiarize the students with the fundamentals of nutrition. The assessment of nutritional status, effects on growth and common nutrition problems will be discussed in greater detail. More over they will get an opportunity learn about the nutritional care of the mother, infant and young children.

Behavioural and social Sciences                                                                      Credit Hour-1

The main objective is to focus on psychological impacts of social, cultural, ecological, political and economic factors and their mutual interaction that influences the occurrence of disease and its management at individual and community level.

Objectives for Semester - 2

Applied Epidemiology                                                                                                 Credit Hours-3
The aim is to consolidate the knowledge and skills which the students have acquired in basic epidemiology, biostatistics, and computer applications in public health course and application of epidemiological methods in the field.
Environmental Health/Occupational Health/Disaster control                             Credit Hours-3
The aim is to learn about concepts, principles, and applications of the main natural and social science disciplines that form the basis of environmental health and describes how these disciplines and their practitioners interact in the environmental health paradigm. Other issues that will be covered include occupational epidemiology, industrial hygiene and the mechanism for delivery of occupational health services as well as disaster control and management.
Health System Management & Information System                                          Credit Hours-3
It will focus on issues such as health management information, quality assurance, and financial management, maintenance and repair, and personnel management.
Applied Biostatistics and computer skills                                                        Credit Hours-3
The aim is to emphasize on development of practical skills in Biostatistics rather than on its mathematical basis. The student would thus acquire the ability to make appropriate tabulations and graphic displays of data, select and conduct appropriate methods of statistical inference and interpret the results of analyses through use of computers.

Health Education, Promotion & its applications                                               Credit Hours-3
This is an important intervention to change behaviours and attitudes of people to deal with largely preventable health problems. The objective is to enable the students to input their efforts in the form of proper planning, implementation and evaluation of Health Promotion programmes and projects. It will reorient the students to turn them into health promotion specialists and communicators.
Field Visits                                                                                                       Credit Hours-3
The aim is to take the students to various places of public health importance so that they will know about their existing facilities; problems faced by the working personnels and give their recommendation with public health point of view. 

 

Objectives for Semester - 3                                                                                     Credit Hours 18

Health Planning                                                                                               Credit Hours-3
The overall aim is to provide the students a knowledge, how to analyze, develop and improve health policies. It will also give concepts of Primary Health Care, its components, policies and strategies. Emphasis will be given on the tools and techniques of operational planning, whereas strategic planning is dealt with in the elective course on health policy.
Administration & Management                                                             Credit Hours-3
The aim is to enhance the skills of students in hospital management to improve the quality of services being provided in hospitals. They will know about the essential components of a hospital system, the role of hospitals in relation to a primary health care system and the fundamental principles of management of hospitals with respect to financial, physical and personnel resource management.

Communication Skills                                                                                      Credit Hours-3
In this course the students will be given training to develop how to communicate at different forums.
Reproductive Health/MCH                                                                                 Credit Hours-3
The goal is develop skills, knowledge and principles to design and manage effective community-based reproductive health programmes at the national, provincial and district levels.
Health System Analysis/Policy                                                             Credit Hours-3
The objective is to make the students familiar with the research methodology used to assess the health care delivery system in particular and use of computer to input and analyze the data.
Research Methodology and report writing                                                        Credit Hours-3
The students will develop a research proposal, do a literature review and provide the essential background, make statements for objectives, carry out data collection, apply statistical methods and computer skills to conduct data analysis, and finally, present their findings and research projects in the final semester

Objectives for Semester- 4                                                          Credit Hours-06

Final Dissertation writing and presentation

During this period the student will finalize research project of her/his own choice in an area of public health in close collaboration with a faculty advisor, and formally present their findings in the form of a dissertation.

Method of Evaluation

The students will be evaluated during each course on the basis of:

  • Internal assessment which is a mix of the class tests, attendance, assignments, class participation, interactive discussions, presentations and MID TERM TESTS depending on the course outline (Internal assessment);
  • Summative assessment based on the end of semester examination papers. Summative assessments comprised of theory papers will be held at the end of first three semesters. At the end of Final semester, the students will be examined in the Dissertation work.

The Dissertation work will be assessed through a viva voce examination on the basis of a structured format covering the quality of the research work performed in the field, data generation, analysis and presentation of results, discussion and conclusions presented in written form.
Fifty percent marks shall be reserved for the internal assessment and fifty percent for the semester tests in first three semesters. In the final semester, 400 marks are reserved for dissertation while 100 marks are allocated for the field visits.
The distribution of marks for internal assessment will be as follows:

    • Assignments, class participation, interactive discussions, attendance etc                  20%
    • Class tests and presentations                                                                                  30%
    • Mid-term tests                                                                                                         50%

Candidates obtaining less than 50% in any of the examinations will be deemed to have failed in that paper/semester of the MPH. However, a student accumulating more than two failures at any stage shall cease to be a student of the University.

 

 

The distribution of marks for each examination is as follows:
Semester I (Credit hours 18)


Papers

Subject/Course

Marks

 

 

Paper

Internal Assessment

Total Marks

Passing Marks

5

  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Basic Biostatistics+ Computer Applications in Public Health
  • Child health and community paediatrics/Demography
  • Community Nutrition+Social and Behavioural Sciences in Public Health
  • Communicable and non communicable disease control+ Introduction to Public Health, PHC and its applications

500

500

1000

500

 

Total Marks (Semester I)

500

500

1000

500

Semester II (Credit hours 18)

Papers

Subject/Course

Marks

 

 

Paper

Internal  Assessment

Total Marks

Passing Marks

5

  • Applied Epidemiology
  • Applied Biostatistics and computer skills
  • Environmental/Occ. health
  • Disaster management
  • Health education and promotion
  • Health Management and information system
  • Field Visits

500

 

 

 

100

500

 

 

 

 

1100

550

 

Total Marks (Semester II)

600

500

1100

550

                                                          Semester III (Credit hours 18)


Papers

Subject/Course

Marks

 

 

Paper

Internal  Assessment

Total Marks

Passing
Marks

6

  • Health planning
  • Hospital administration and management
  • Reproductive health/MCH
  • Health system research
  • Research methodology and report writing
  • Communication skills
  • Health system analysis/Policy

600

 

 

 

600

 

 

 

1200

600

 

Total Marks (Semester III)

600

600

1200

600

                                                          Semester IV (Credit hours 06)

Paper

Subject/Course

Marks

 

 

Script

Viva

Total Marks

Passing Marks

 

Dissertation writing

200

200

400

200

Final Evaluation

 

Semester I
Papers

Semester II
Papers

Semester III
Papers

Internal Assessment (Semester
I + II + III)

Research
Dissertation/
Viva Voce

Field visits

Total Marks

Passing Marks

Total
Marks

500

600

600

1600

400

 

3700

2220

Candidates passing all the semester examinations shall be declared to have passed the MPH programme and shall be awarded the Degree.
The final evaluation of the students will be as per the existing HEC/University Regulations. The minimum passing marks in each of the subjects will be 50%; however the overall cumulative minimum marks required for passing the MPH programme will be 60% (Above “C” Grade)

Grading of course work is as under:

Marks

Grade

Points

 

85% and above

A+

4

80-84

A

3.7

75-79

B+

3.3

70-74

B

3

65-69

B-

2.7

61-64

C+

2.3

55-60

C

2

50-54

D

1

Less than 50

F

0

 

                                                       Academic Calendar for MPH Programme 2016-2018

Semester I

Area                                                                                                                                 Dates

Classes                                                                                                 21/10/2016 to 11/3/2017
Semester break                                                                                         12/3/2017 to 4/4/2017
Exams                                                                                                      5/4/2017 to 18/4/2017
                                                                                       Semester II

Classes                                                                                                   19/4/2017 to 23/9/2017
Semester break and exams                                                                    24/9/2017 to 18/10/2017

Semester III

Classes                                                                                                   19/10/2017 to 9/3/2018
Semester break                                                                                         10/3/2018 to 2/4/2018
Exams                                                                                                      3/4/2018 to 16/4/2018

Semester IV

Submission of research topic and synopsis                                                17/4/2018 to 7/5/2018
Field work and Dissertation writing                                                               8/5/2018 to 3/9/2018
Discussion, corrections and approval                                                         4/9/2018 to 13/9/2018
Submission of Dissertation (Hard binding)                                                14/9/2018 to 20/9/2018
Preparatory break                                                                                    21/9/2018 to 3/10/2018
Exam (Viva voce)                                                                                     4/10/2018 to9/10/2018
Result                                                                                                                       15/10/2018

Admission Criteria and Procedure

The Kabir Institute of Public Health will abide by strict merit-based criteria to select students for the MPH programme..

Eligibility Criteria

 Basic Qualifications

The candidate should possess one of the following qualifications or an equivalent degree from a recognized university or accrediting body.

  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery)
  • BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm-D) recognized by Pharmacy Council
  • BSc  Nursing (Recognized by Nursing Council)
  • BS Paramedics, BS Human Nutrition, BS Physiotherapy
  • DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Master's Degree in a relevant subject such as Anthropology, Business Adminstration, Human Nutrition, Microblogy, Physiology, Socialogy and Zoology.

Experience
The candidate should preferably have one year of full-time work experience (in the case of medical doctors) in public health-related fields in either the private sector or the public sector, including the armed forces, such as:

  • Primary health care settings (public, private or semi-private);
  • Recognized training and research institutions, such as departments of community medicine/school of nursing;
  • Public health related vertical programmes, planning, and management at the federal and provincial level.

Application Procedures

Applications must be made on the prescribed original application form.
A non-refundable application fee of Rs. 1000/– will have to be paid. Payment must be made via bank draft, pay order or cash.

Completed applications should enclose the following:

      • Domicile certificate
      • Attested photocopy of Matriculation certificate
      • Attested photocopy of Intermediate certificate
      • Final degree certificate, along with transcripts
      • Attested photocopy of identity card
      • 3 passport-sized photographs
      • Professional resume (preferably one page)
      • Attested photocopies of experience certificate(s)
      • Permission from the parent department in case government/semi-government service

Admissions Procedures

Screening Test

Pakistani applicants who fulfill the eligibility criteria will be required to take a screening examination. This examination tests basic public health knowledge, basic English and mathematical skills, and logical thinking.
Following the screening examination, successful applicants will be short-listed and called for interview.

Final Selection

The final selection shall be done on the basis of the following distribution of marks:


Criteria

Weightage

Previous academic record score*

10%

Previous public health experience score, scored as follows out of the total:

  • 1-3 years
  • More than 3 years

10%

5%
10%

Screening examination score

50%

Interview score

30%

Total score

100%

 

Board of Studies

  • Prof Dr Nuzhat Huma
    Dean, KIPH, Peshawar
  • Prof Dr Bushra Iftikhar
    Head, Dept. of Community Medicine,
    Khyber Medical College, Peshawar
  • Dr Babar Ahad
    KIPH, Peshawar
  • Dr Yasir Mehmood
    KIPH, Peshawar
  • Dr Nighat Musa
  • Dr Farhana Jabeen Shah 

     
Examination Committee

  • Prof Dr Nuzhat Huma
    Dean, KIPH, Peshawar
  • Prof. Dr Muhammad Zahir Shah
    Head Department of Community Medicine                                                   
    Women Medical College, Abbottabad
  • Prof Bushra Iftikhar
    Head Deptt. of Community Medicine,
    Khyber Medical College, Peshawar
  • Dr Babar Ahad
    KIPH, Peshawar
  • Dr Yasir Mehmood
    KIPH, Peshawar