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MS in Public Health

The Institute of Medicine has vary important role to play in supporting the HMG to provide primary health care (PHC) along with the national health policy. This can be done by developing human resources for health who are community oriented and have problem solving skills. In addition, the goal is to provide public health specialists with an ability to comprehend existing and emerging public health problem in the country, to plan and manage the health services efficiently and effectively, to provide leadership and expert counseling on health and to conduct social, demographic, clinical, and biomedical research.

The course is designed to enable multidisciplinary health professionals to upgrade their competency, especially in achieving PHC goals. After completion of he course, graduates are expected to take up the role of leaders, essentially as generalists with preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and management abilities.

Objectives of MPH Programme:

  • To prepare public health specialists with a n ability to comprehend existing and emerging public health problems.
  • To plan and manage the programme alternative to solve them optimally,
  • To intensity PHC activities at all levels.
  • To provide leadership in health related education, service and research.

Specific Objective:

After the completion of the course the public health professionals will be able to cope with:

  • Promotion of public awareness and initiatives towards healthier living through organization of health promotion and disease prevention activities;
  • Management of medical health services particularly as public ehalth manager in rural and urban areas;
  • Leadership in health and related fields;
  • Inter-and intra-sectoral co-ordination in health;
  • Initiation of community health development programmes;
  • Competency based health manpower development at district, zonal, regional and national levels and different universities;
  • Identification and training of health workers and volunteers;
  • Their own different roles as community health and PHC practitioners with balanced academic and vocational attributes;
  • Monitoring, supervision and evaluation of health promotion, disease prevention, health care and rehabilitaton programmes;
  • Conduction of epidemiological, clinical, biomedical, social, behavioural, and education research and operations research and systems analysis;
  • Role as expert, advisor or counselor in health services, education and research;
  • Planning and management of health aspects of natural and man made disasters and;
  • Pursuing further advanced studies.

Eligibility Criteria:

The following are basic minimum requirements for the admission into the course:

  1. MBBS or equivalent first medical degree or Bachelor in Public Health or B.Sc. Nursing, Bachelor in Nursing (BN), or a Bachelor degree in Health Science including human biology, pharmacy and veterinary medical sciences recognized by Tribhuvan University or Bachelor degree in biological (B.Sc.) or social sciences (B.A., B.Ed.) with at least three years working experience in government or NGO, INGOs in the capacity of Public Health Officer, Programme Officer, Health Manager or Officer in-Charge in Public health field or five years experience in academic institutions working as Instructor or Research Assistant.
  2. Appear in the entrance examination designed for the course (Defaulted student after having passed entrance examination will have to take up subsequent entrance examination if she/he would decide to join again).
  3. All those requrements or criteria set by Tribhuvan university and /or Institute of Medicine for a degree of Post Graduate Course.
  4. Fifty percent of the Seats will be reserved for candidates of Department of Health Services, Ministry of health. However, they have to pass the entrance examination and meet the admission criteria to be include in the merit list.

Duration:

The duration of the course will be of one academic year.

Commencement of the Course:

The course will begin from the second of Baishak (mid April) each year. The final examination will be held in the month of Chaitra (mid March).

Student Evaluation:

Students’ evaluation will be done throughout the course with continuous modular assessment. This will consist of internal assessments having a weight of 20%. The students will sit for the comprehensive examination at the end of their one-year course. There will be final examination of nine compulsory theory papers (paper I to IX) each carrying 100 marks. The qualifying marks for the theory courses will be 50% in each subject including electives, and for dissertation it will 60%. To appear in the examination 90% attendance is required in each semester.
The marking on thesis will be 20% including preparation, methodology and development, implementation and data analysis. Thirty percent would be on experts evaluation of the thesis presented and fifty percent or orals.
Theoretical examination will consist of long essay, short essay and multiple choice questions, practical and oral questions would be valued according to performance, interpretation and presentation. Each examiner in the practical and oral papers will mark the papers separately and the marks will be averaged at the end.
Re-examination:

A student must pass all the examinations (Papers I to IX) and fulfill the requirement for the dissertation (Paper X), She/he should do research work under the guidance of designated supervisor (S) and write the dissertation as per format prescribed by T.U. and successfully defend his research work to be able to receive the MPH degree. All students have to appear for the qualifying examination after meeting the requirement of all subjects and successfully defending his research work. If a student is unable to do so, she/he will have to resit the examination with the forthcoming batch.

Course Structure:

Modules of the Course
Paper I Epidemiology
Paper II Biostatistics and computer Application
Paper III Environmental Health and Disease Control
Paper IV Medical Sociology, Anthropology and Population Studentes
Paper V Family Health
Paper VI Health Promotion and health education.
Paper VII International Health and Primary Health Care
Paper VIII Research Methods in Health Sciences
Paper IX Health Systems management
Paper X Dissertation

Course Outline:

Public health curriculum will consist of 10 papers, each carrying 100 marks-Public Health Papers I to IV will be taught in the first semester (3 months duration), Public Health Paper V to VII will be taught during the second semester (3 months duration). Public Health Paper IX is Health Systems Management and Public Health Paper X is dissertation. Research Proposal development will start during the second semester. Data collection, analysis and report writing will be carried out during 3rd and 4th semesters. T/L activities will include lecture, seminar Presentation, proposal development for writing dissertation, data collection (field research), data analysis and writing report.

Programme Coordinator: Mr. R. P. Pathak, Associate Professor Community Heatlh & FH