Master in Public Health

Overview

The Master of public Health (MPH) degree is the most widely recognized professional credentials for leadership in public health. Based on the extensive experience in teaching, research and development, the North South University in academic collaboration with leading USA Universities and International organizations offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) International Program for medical and non-medical health professionals. The program emphasizes on the development skills and competency in management, research and communications of health programs.

The program has following areas of specializations:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Reproductive and Child Health
  • Public Health Management
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Behavioral Science and Health Communications
  • Dental Public Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Communicable Diseases, HIV/AIDS, Cancer and Heart Diseases

 

Objectives of the Program 

The objective of the MPH International Program is to provide health professionals with the skills and competencies needed today for providing high standard public health care in order to improve the health status and quality of life in developing countries. 

Special Features of MPH International Program

  • All Public Health Faculty members are highly educated & trained in North American accredited internationally reputed Universities
  • Internship in International Organizations USAID, ICDDRB, Save the Children, FHI, UNAIDS, UNFPA & WHO for career development opportunities
  • USAID competitive fellowship opportunity for MPH fellows of NSU
  • Dissertation grants opportunity from John’s Hopkins University, Water Aid & Cares
  • 50% tuition waiver for candidate with highest score in admission test and those with 3.80 CGPA in their undergraduate degree from North South University
  • Financial assistance up to 75% & Part-time job opportunity for deserving MPH students
  • Course waiver & Credit transfer based on academic background and experience
  • Friday and Evening classes only

Course Curriculum



Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

To earn an MPH degree, all students must satisfactorily com­plete at least 51 credits of coursework. At least 51 credits of coursework are required for the MPH degree include core courses; specific area or track required courses, and some electives or optional courses.

Pre-requisite and Fundamental Courses:

For the students who are eligible but weak in English, Computer literacy, and non-oriented with the medical terminology are required to enroll in these subjects offered by the department (see the course structure model).

Core Courses (Total 18 credits: to be completed by 2 semesters): Considering the global standard of public health learning in the internationally reputed universities, the core curriculum required for all MPH can­didates is comprised of courses in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Research Methodology, Environmental Health, Health Information, Education and Communication and Public Health Management. These courses provide a common body of knowledge in basic concepts in public health and practice, and are required of all candidates for the MPH degree regardless of previous training, professional interests ca­reer objectives, or program concentration. All core courses are offered at least twice a year following the principles of adult learning and education process, from simple to complex manner. By successfully complet­ing a waiver examination in a core area, a student may be per­mitted to substitute a course in the same or another area.

After completing the study of the core subjects (18 credits), an MPH Fellow will have a proven skill in public health research, public health program management and Communication.

Area of concentration (Credits varies as per requirement of the track or area): These courses provide a series of educational experiences focusing on specific public health areas and offer students opportunities to concentrate on particular issues, skills, interests, or career goals. All candidates for the MPH degree are expected to select one of the major area or track and to follow the prescribed program of study within that area.  Students must apply for an area of concentration they would like to pursue after completion of the first semester or at the beginning of the study. Each of these areas of concen­tration has specific educational objectives, requirements, and methods of study. For an overview, see “Area of Concentration.”

Double major: A student can have a double major or two areas of concentration, if s/he had completed the required courses for one concentration and intend to take the required courses of another concentration. In such a case, the total credit will be more than the required 51 credits.

Elective or optional Courses: Elective or optional courses may be selected from within a student’s area of concentration or in a related field, and from courses offered within the programme or the department. Most elective credits are earned in formal courses; some may be earned on a tutorial (independent study) basis. The choice of electives is made with the approval of the department.

Practicum (Practical Experience) [Total credit 3 hours: to be completed within a semester]: All MPH degree candidates must meet a practical experience requirement equivalent in time and effort to a minimum of one academic term. The practicum provides educational opportunities that are different from, and supplementary to, the more academic aspects of the program. The focus, content, approach, and timing of the practicum vary with the major courses and with the particular needs of each student. For example, it may take the form of field or agency observations; placement in an administrative, research, or clinical setting; participation in ongoing research or program activities; or independent study. It may be completed before or after the final term of academic work, or be integrated into the academic program. Students must consult with the course in-charges or practicum advisor to assure satisfying the requirement. A guideline is available in the Department for the practicum course.

Dissertation (Total 10 credits hours: to be completed by one exclusive semester): All MPH students the student will conduct a field research in their chosen public health field and will write a masters level dissertation. Planning for this work will be initiated during the elective period along with a faculty advisor. Fieldwork can be done in Bangladesh or in home country for international students. Synopsis of Research Topic must be approved by Dissertation committee of the MPH programme before commencing the research work. A complete dissertation guideline is available in the department for the students.

EXAMINATIONS:

In general, the courses are evaluated by a series of examinations or tests. As per NSU’s standard rule, there will be two midterms and one final examination. Usually, the each of the midterms contains 20% and the final exam contains 40% of the grades. The rest 20% is distributed among class attendances, homework, quizzes, etc. The respective course teacher will determine the distribution of marks and the type of examinations he/she wants to take depending on the specific need of the subject.

GRADES

Letter grades indicating the quality of course work completed is described elsewhere in this catalogue. MPH program has a MINIMUM PASSING SCORE OF CGPA 3.0

Transfer Students:

Transfer MPH Students (those with previous University/Institution credits) are expected to have at least 2.5 CGPA in all credits earned within previous two years. Course catalogue/prospectus and the official transcripts from the previously attended University/institution must be furnished with an application to the Dean of the Department of Life Sciences (MPH Program).

For MPH Program, a student may apply for transfer/waiver of maximum 31 credits (out of 51). All earned credits must have CGPA 2.5 or more which were earned within previous two years.

Applications will be scrutinized/ examined by the Department for relevancy of the contents, credits and grades applied for transfer/waiver.

Duration of the MPH Program

The duration of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) program with dissertation will be of 12 to 36 months. However, there will be provision for experienced students to accelerate the six months allocated to dissertation and to have the final internship waived, thus completing the full course in one calendar year. Each of the short course electives will carry two university credits, enabling non-full time students to accumulate credits towards a diploma or degree. A series of short courses will be offered on the core subjects in the beginning year of the program. These courses will be awarded credit that could then be applied toward the requirements for the MPH degree, for candidates accepted into the degree program.

 

Distribution of Courses:

Total credit hours:  51           Duration: 1 year to 3 years                    Semesters: 3-6

Course contents:

The Program offers 6 core courses and several elective/optional courses in the curriculum. The university encourages most of the core courses to be completed in the first two semesters. There is arrangement for flexible options as per need of the respective learner.

Sl. No.

Type of Courses

 

Number of Courses

Credit Hours

Duration

01.

    Core Courses

:

6

18

2 semesters

02.

    Required/Track courses

:

3

9

2-3 semesters

03.

    Elective /Optional  
    Courses/ Directed studies

:

4

11

2-3 semesters

04.

    Dissertation

:

1

10

Final semester

05.

    Practicum/Internship/

:

1

3

    Prior to final  
    semester

 

Total

 

15

51

 



Core Courses: 18 credit hours (Compulsory for all students):

Course Code

Course Title

Total Credits

Duration

 PBH 642

 Epidemiology I

3

1 semester

 PBH 611

 Biostatistics I

3

1 semester

 PBH 663

 Public Health Information, Education and 
 Communication (PHIEC)

3

1 semester

 PBH 631

 Environmental Health

3

1 semester

 PBH 712

 Research Methodology

3

1 semester

 PBH 701

 Health Service Management

3

1 semester

 

Total

18

 


Students have to choose one of the Major areas of concentration/Track. Each area requires completion of specified credit hours as described in the next pages. The University determines the courses required for specific Area of concentrations. MPH Electives require a minimum enrolment of 10 students

 

TRACK-WISE DISTRIBUTION OF COURSES

 

Total Courses for EPIDEMIOLOGY

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 742

 Epidemiology II

3

 PBH 711

 Data management and analysis

3

 PBH 842

 Clinical Epidemiology

3

 

 Elective courses (PBH714, PBH 665, PBH 741, and other 
 approved electives)

9

 PBH 705

 Directed studies in Public Health

2

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805 & 
 806

 Dissertation

10

 

Total

51


Total Courses for HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 704

 Principles and Functions of Hospital Management

3

 PBH 653

 Health Economics and Financing

3

 PBH 706

 Human Resource Development and Management (HRD & HRM)

3

 

 Elective Course(s) (e.g., PBH 705, PBH 678, 708 and other 
 approved electives)

11

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805 & 
 806

 Dissertation

10

 

Total

51

 

Total Courses for HEALTH MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 678

 Health Policy, Planning and Law

3

 PBH 706

 Human Resource Development and Management (HRD & HRM)

3

 PBH 653

 Health Economics and Financing

3

 

 Elective Course(s) (e.g., PBH 705, PBH 665, 707, 708 and 
 other approved electives)

11

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805 & 
 806

 Dissertation 

10

 

Total

51

 

Total Courses for ENVIRONMENTAL and OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 731

 Occupational Health 

3

 PBH 732

 Environmental Toxicology

3

 PBH 733

 Environmental Risk assessment and management

3

 

 Elective courses (PBH 665, PBH 741, PBH 705, and other 
 approved electives.)

9

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805 & 
 806

 Dissertation

10

 

Total

51

 

Total Courses for REPRODUCTIVE and CHILD HEALTH (RCH)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 671

 Reproductive Health

3

 PBH 672

 Maternal and Child Health

3

 PBH 771

 Adolescent Health

3

 

 Elective Courses (e.g. PBH 705, PBH 741, PBH 702, PBH 665, 
 PBH 681, and other approved electives.)

11

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805

 Dissertation

10

 

Total

51

 

Total Courses for HIV/AIDS and INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

Core public health courses

18

 PBH 741

 Public Health Aspects of HIV/AIDS/STDs

3

 PBH 643

 Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases

3

 PBH 745

 HIV/AIDS Interventions and Community Care

3

 

 Elective Courses (e.g., PBH 744, 665, PBH 705, and other 
 approved electives)

11

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805

 Dissertation

10

 

Total

51

 

Total Courses for PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 681

 Public Health Nutrition

3

 PBH 781

 Clinical Nutrition

3

 PBH 782

 Public Health aspects of Nutritional deficiency

3

 

 Elective Courses (e.g. PBH 705, PBH 665)

11

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805

 Dissertation

10

 

 Total

51

 

Total Courses for BIOSTATISTICS

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 711

 Data management and analysis

3

 PBH 742

 Epidemiology II

3

 PBH 714

 Application of computer software in Public Health

3

 

 Elective courses (PBH 665, PBH 741, PBH 809, PBH 705)

11

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805

 Dissertation

10

 

Total

51


Total Courses for PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION, EDUCATION AND BCC

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 665

 Behaviour Change Communication

3

 PBH 661

 Health Behaviour and Education  

3

 PBH 663

 Public Health education, Information and Communication

3

 

 Elective courses (e.g. PBH 705, PBH 662, PBH 671, PBH 681)

11

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805

 Dissertation

10

 

Total

51

 

Total Courses for POPULATION AND DEMOGRAPHY

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 711

 Data management and analysis

3

 PBH 702

 Population and Demography

3

 PBH 715

 Application of Computer and Software in Public Health

3

 

 Elective courses (e.g., PBH 809, PBH 708, PBH 671, PBH 703, 
 PBH 705)

11

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805

 Dissertation

10

 

Total

51

 

Total Courses for PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

 

 Core public health courses

18

 PBH 645

 Public Health Aspects & Epidemiology of Orodental Diseases

3

 PBH 748

 Orodental Hygiene

3

 

 Elective courses (e.g. PBH 665, PBH 705)

14

 PBH 605

 Practicum or internship

3

 PBH 805

 Dissertation

10

 

Total

51

 

 

List of Courses

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

 PBH101

 Introduction to Public Health (GED Course for Undergraduate
 students)

 

 PBH102

 Personal Health (GED Course for Undergraduate students)

 

 PBH 601

 Introduction to Public Health and Medical Terminology*

2

 PBH 602

 Masters Level Seminar

3

 PBH 605

 Practicum or Internship

3

 PBH 607

 Fundamentals of Emergency Management

3

 PBH 609

 International Health

3

 PBH 611

 Fundamentals of Biostatistics

3

 PBH 621

 Health Services Ethics, Laws, Policies and Regulations

3

 PBH 622

 Health Service Resources Management

3

 PBH 623

 Managing People and Organizations in Health care

3

 PBH 624

 Managing Corporate Communications

3

 PBH 625

 Organization Analysis for Health Service Improvement

3

 PBH 630

 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety

3

 PBH 631

 Environmental Health

3

 PBH 642

 Fundamentals of Epidemiology

3

 PBH 643

 Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases

3

 PBH 644

 Epidemiology of Non Communicable Diseases

3

 PBH 645

 Public Health aspects and Epidemiology of Orodental Diseases

3

 PBH 653

 Health Economics and Financing

3

 PBH 661

 Health Behaviour and Education

3

 PBH 662

 Health Education and Health Promotion

3

 PBH 663

 Public Health Information, Education & Communication (PHIEC)

3

 PBH 664

 Behavioral Aspects of Health and Illness

3

 PBH 665

 Behavior Change Communication (BCC)

3

 PBH 671

 Reproductive Health

 

 PBH 672

 Maternal and Child Health

3

 PBH 675

 Population and Demography

3

 PBH 678

 Health Policy and Planning

3

 PBH 681

 Public Health Nutrition

3

 PBH 701

 Health Administration and Management

3

 PBH 703

 Public Health Problems and Community Diagnosis

3

 PBH 704

 Hospital Management

3

 PBH 705

 Directed studies in Public Health

2

 PBH 706

 Human Resource Development and Management (HRD & HRM) for 
 Health Services

3

 PBH 707

 Operation Management & Leadership Development

3

 PBH 708

 Total Quality Management and Clinical Governance

3

 PBH 711

 Data Management and analysis  

3

 PBH 712

 Research Methodology

3

 PBH 713

 Research Methodology II

3

 PBH 714

 Application of Computer Software in Public Health

3

 PBH 715

 Information Technology in Disaster Management

3

 PBH 716

 Health Informatics and e-Governance

3

 PBH 721

 Financial Management of Health Service Organizations

3

 PBH 722

 Health Services Research 

3

 PBH 723

 Strategic Management in Health programs

3

 PBH 724

 Health Services Planning and Development

3

 PBH 731

 Occupational Health  

3

 PBH 732

 Environmental Toxicology

3

 PBH 733

 Environmental risk assessment and management

3

 PBH 734

 Hazard and Disaster Management

3

 PBH 735

 Industrial Hygiene and hazard management

3

 PBH 736

 Disaster Risk Analysis and Management

3

 PBH 737

 Environmental risk and health impact

3

 PBH 741

 Public Health Aspects of HIV/ AIDS/STDs

3

 PBH 742

 Epidemiology II

3

 PBH 743

 Tropical Medicine

3

 PBH 744

 Communicable Disease Control

3

 PBH 745

 Non-communicable disease control

3

 PBH 746

 Epidemiology of Accidents and Injury

3

 PBH 747

 HIV/AIDS Interventions and Community Care

3

 PBH 748

 Orodental Hygiene

3

 PBH 761

 Mental Health

3

 PBH 771

 Adolescent Health

3

 PBH 772

 Contemporary Issues in Reproductive Health Management

3

 PBH 781

 Clinical Nutrition

3

 PBH 782

 Public Health aspects of Nutritional deficiency

3

 PBH 802

 Health Rights, Welfare and Ethics-social context

3

 PBH 803

 Principles and Functions of Hospital Management

3

 PBH 805

 Dissertation Proposal and presentation

5

 PBH 806

 Final dissertation and defense

5

 PBH 841

 Principles of Microbiology, Parasitology and Medical Entomology

3

 PBH 842

 Clinical Epidemiology

3

Course Description

 

Course Code

Course Title and Description

Credits

PBH 601

Introduction to Public Health and Medical Terminology*

2

 

The development of a vocabulary used in medicine and public health by acquiring skills to pronounce, define, and spell terms. Students will analyze and interpret medical reports related to specific body systems.

 

PBH 602

Masters Level Seminar

3

 

This course includes Critical evaluation of selected papers on the students’ field of interest from published literature.  The students will review and discuss these papers in consideration of composition, study design, and validity of analysis. Editorial review and disposition of manuscripts. The course is graded on the basis of class participation, paper presentation, review comments and a final assignment.

 

PBH 605

Practicum or internship

3

 

Students will be attached to some organization for practical works as soon as the first semester is over. They are expected to prepare a critical report on the basis of their respective field experience and observation. The students will work either in a health-care setting, in a development agency or at home, as chosen or available, in consultation with the faculty members of NSU.

 

PBH 607

Fundamentals of Emergency Management

3

 

This course will compare the roles and responsibilities of key local, State, and Federal personnel in dealing with localized emergency incidents, describe the reporting requirements related to damage assessments conducted at various stages of an emergency, different measures that can be incorporated into the recovery planning process;  List the various types of Public Assistance and Individual Assistance available following an emergency; Describe the special needs of victims and relief workers and identify appropriate sources of assistance; and Describe the role of international relief organizations

 

PBH 609

International Health

3

 

This course has been designed so that students will be familiar with international health problems both communicable and non-communicable. Students will be able to communicate and work effectively and at an appropriate level of sophistication with a variety of community groups whose social background may differ widely. This course is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of public health in the international health and hygienic issues. Exploration of the concepts for global public health services, skill development to set as a public health professional to work with common society peoples and special skills or practice areas on current issues related to this field are the course materials here. The course also includes study of principles and methods of health care problems and programs in different countries, roles and responsibility of the public health professional in that particular country. Survey methods and epidemiological analysis of the international health or hygienic events and needs, study of principles and methods of epidemic control, family health, school health, demography, environmental sanitation, and public health policy aspects are also reviewed. The program focuses on community health and primary health care systems of the developed and developing world.

 

 

PBH 611

Fundamentals of Biostatistics

3

 

Statistics and its application. Variables and Attributes. Classification and tabulation of data. Populations and samples. Frequency distributions. Graphical presentation of data. Describing and summarizing data: statistical averages & measures of dispersion; Probability and probability distributions. Hypothesis testing: concepts, types, p-value. Test of significance: parametric tests (t-test, One way ANOVA, multiple comparison tests (Bonferoni, Duncan, Dunnet, Tukey), repeated measure ANOVA; Non-parametric tests: Mann-whiteney, Wilcoxon rank test, Kruskal-Wallis test, multiple comparison tests (Tukey), Friedman's test. Regression (simple linear & nonparametric regression) and correlation (simple & rank correlation), Chi-square & odds ratio, Sampling techniques and calculations

 

PBH 621

Health Services Ethics, Laws, Policies and Regulations

3

 

This course explores how law can both promote and impede the public’s health. It describes the legal concepts that underlie the public health system and frame public health policy. The course focuses on the legal foundations of the public health care laws to gain a better understanding of governmental policies in providing for the collective health of its citizenry. It explains and clarifies the role of law in public health practice, administration, and enforcement. Lectures and readings will cover the basics of the development and implementation of laws covering relevant statutes and regulations for public health and describe the policy-making role for the Ministry of Health and Family welfare. Legal and ethical issues in the delivery of health care are presented. Special attention is given to confidentiality, privileged communications, informed consent, the elements of and defenses against malpractice, legal and practical issues commonly encountered by medical assistants, end-of-life and beginning-of-life legal and ethical issues, and ethical issues faced by health-care practitioners.

 

PBH 622

Health Service Resources Management

3

 

The course will incorporate the importance of the organization’s overall financial health, increasing influence of the purchasers of health care services, Implications for the managerial role in clinics and hospitals, Understanding the economic vital signs of the organization, importance of capital structure, liquidity and profitability as revealed by the key financial statements of the organization, Differences between non-profit and for-profit health care delivery systems, Communicating financial information within organization, Using the Balanced Scorecard to set goals and incorporate non-financial measures that supplement traditional financial data, Linking long-term strategies with short-term actions and The interrelationship between financial statements, the strategic plan and the operating budget.

 

PBH 623

Managing People and Organizations in Health care

3

 

This course emphasizes visionary leadership and management of diverse health care professionals in complex organizational structures. Individual leadership talents in handling various organizational challenges, such as leading organization change, building strong culture, developing effective teams, resolving conflicts, implementing effective motivational systems, and nurturing a learning organization are investigated. The course Examines human behavior in organizations and its implications for management decisions and actions.  Explores the theory and practice of working with and managing people. Topics include motivation, learning, group dynamics, leadership, communication, organizational structure and culture. We will be integrating conceptual knowledge about managing people in organizations with opportunities to develop practical skills that will help you as an employee and/or manager. Teamwork will let the students practice and evaluate their effectiveness at problem solving, managing, and working in teams.    

 

PBH 624

Managing Corporate Communications

3

 

The class will discuss about the State Of The Art In Corporate Communications to Find out about the environment in which corporate communications operate today, Updates of latest international research on use of measurement in organizations, Employer and client needs in communication, Employer and client satisfaction in using measurement; Review the barriers that prevent successful measurement in PR and Corporate Communications; How to overcome these barriers – the keys to success, The Four Models Of PR & Corporate Communications, and various Tools, Techniques & Methodologies For Measuring Corporate Communication. The course will consist of Practical Exercise and Case Studies On Corporate Communication Programs.

 

PBH 625

Organization Analysis for Health Service Improvement

3

 

To acquire the skills needed to analyze and interpret dynamic environments, formulate health services strategies and to develop organizational capabilities in line with the country’s requirements. Particular attention will be given to the leadership and change management skills needed to implement the previously formulated strategies and adapt new effective strategies. The Topics will include  environmental analysis (consumers, competition, other stakeholders); analysis of organization capabilities; strategy formulation; design of organizational capabilities; strategy and capability implementation; and change management

 

PBH 630

Fundamentals of Occupational Safety

3

 

Basic principles of safety and loss control; emphasis on prevention of losses of people, property, and products in work place. Developing competence in human-factors engineering, fire prevention, physical and behavioural science, product safety, and science of accident prevention.

 

PBH 631

Environmental Health

3

 

Key concepts of Environmental Health and health problems, Water, sanitation and Hygiene. With diarrhoeal and Infectious diseases, Air and water pollution, Various threats to environment and occupational health hazards. It will concentrate on the study of the effect on human health of the physical, biologic and chemical factors in the external environment.  Topics covered will include approaches to control the major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries. Students will learn where to obtain publicly available population data on health-related events from a variety of surveillance activities and special surveys. The course also covers the major areas in the study of the occurrence of disease and determinants of disease within the occupational and industrial environments. The effect of Air pollution including indoor air pollution, Water pollution and Soil pollution and their effect on human Health will also be discussed. This course puts emphasis on the methodological, biological and practical issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological studies in the occupational and industrial environments.

 

PBH 642

Fundamentals of Epidemiology

3

 

Basic concepts of epidemiology, principles, aims and importance of epidemiology in public health, and various epidemiological designs (descriptive, analytic and applied epidemiology); Measurement of disease burden of community (Measures of disease frequency: Incidence, Prevalence; Measures of association: RR/ OR, Measures of potential Impact etc) Epidemiological Triads, Infectious and non-infectious disease Epidemiology, Sources of epidemiological data and their uses in public health etc. Details of  Epidemiological design, analytical and observational studies, Epidemiological Association and causation, Relation between epidemiology and other public health areas, Other related fields.

 

PBH 643

Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS

3

 

Infectious disease epidemiology monitors the occurrence of infectious diseases and develops strategies for preventing and controlling disease.  In addition to knowing basic epidemiologic methods, infectious disease epidemiologists need to be familiar with the features of important infectious diseases as well as laboratory techniques for the identification and quantification of infectious agents.  This course is designed to provide an introduction to infectious disease epidemiology.  It will focus on the etiology, distribution, determinants, prevention and control of infectious diseases of major public health importance. 

 

PBH 644

Epidemiology of Non Communicable Diseases

3

 

This class will review the epidemiology of chronic diseases like Cancer, heart diseases, neuralgic, metabolic disorders, etc. and their control measures.  The students are introduced to the application of epidemiologic methods for the study of cancer, injury, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, sensory, GI, and others. Consideration of traditional intervention programs and alternative intervention strategies is stressed. The course is so designed that students can ensure access of all populations to appropriate and cost-effective care, including health promotion and disease prevention services, and evaluation of the effectiveness of that care.

 

PBH 645

Public Health aspects and Epidemiology of Orodental Diseases

3

 

This course provides a study of oral health and the prevention of oral disease in the community. Emphasis is on assessment of community groups and dental health needs, planning, implementation, and evaluation of community programs. The purpose or goal of this course is to introduce the  dental student: to the information relative to the pattern of dental diseases in populations; to familiarize students with the main problems of dental diseases, in populations; to illustrate how the logic of epidemiology was and is used in developing methods of controlling and preventing dental diseases; to review the rational basis of current methods or practices of preventing and controlling dental disease; to provide students with valuable information that can be used in communicating with the patients. This course is designed to convey a basic understanding of the various preventive implications involved in routine dental care as envisioned within various sectors of the community.

 

PBH 653

Health Economics and Financing

3

 

This course will provide an overview of qualitative and quantitative decision making with a dominant focus on quantitative techniques for decision-making using clinical and economic end points and their role in clinical strategies of health care and health policy. Topics include competition in health care, cost-effectiveness or benefit analysis, cost measurement and control. Demand model, economics and public health overview, input-output model and measurement of activities of daily living (ADL), burden of disease measurements (YPLL, DALY, QALY etc.) are discussed in this course with practical assignments. The program also deals with managed care concept, pharmaco-economics, definition of primary health care and nationalization, privatization and rationing of health care including screening, measurement theory, quality of life measurements and stress measurement. Taxation in public health and economics of vector controls are also discussed.

 

PBH 661

Health Behaviour and Education

3

 

Knowledge of sociology and psychology will help students to understand public health practice and peoples’ reaction to good health and ill health. Studies in stress, culture and human development will provide students with an understanding of people, society and human relations not only of the client but also of the public health professional-client/professional interactions. Application of the behavioural and social sciences to improving health outcomes includes measurement of behaviour change, theoretical notions behind changing health behaviours, and review of specific examples where lifestyle and behaviour changes have been targeted.

 

PBH 662

Health Education and Health Promotion

3

 

This course outlines main approaches commonly taken to health promotion, indicating the key strengths and weaknesses of each approaches. The course also focuses on theories and principles, which underline health promotion and health education. The elements of diverse but complementary procedures for health promotion will be explored and discussed. Key concepts, Clarity, meaning, definition, and objectives of public health, Public health practices, issues and problems in Bangladesh and in the regions, Health education and communication in centralized vs. decentralized structures,  Role of medias and messages in public health, Several behaviour change psychosocial theories and models.

 

PBH 663

Public Health Information, Education & Communication (PHIEC)

3

 

This course is designed to provide skills in planning and developing health education interventions for behaviour change at the individual, family or social network levels of practice. Emphasis is placed on applying program design principles to the development of educational interventions. It is structured in a lecture-discussion format. Given its skill development focus, the course includes weekly homework assignments and the development of a health education program plan.

 

PBH 664

Behavioral Aspects of Health and Illness

3

 

This course will explore the social and cultural aspect  of health and illness in different societies.  The class will examine the Social marketing of Public Health services, Role of folk doctors and health practitioners in curing illness; Several behavior change psychosocial health belief models and Communication Theories and Other related issues in health behaviour. It will discuss on the behavioural aspects of different population that influence their health status and critically review the possible methods of modification.

 

 

PBH 665

Behavior Change Communication (BCC)

3

 

This course deals with the theory and principles of behaviour change communication. Application of behaviour change communication to specific health problems. Communication processes in the health context. Planning, strategies and management of behaviour change communication (BCC) programs, both in Bangladesh and internationally. The course will also include sessions on evaluation of health communication programs. This course covers the underlying concepts, principles, historical development, theory, and current practice of health promotion. It is organized around an ecological framework, with class sessions focusing on theory and practice at the individual, group, community, organization, and policy levels. The focus of learning is not so much on “how to do” health promotion, as on “how to think” about the conceptual, ideological, and political issues which underlie health promotion practice

 

PBH 671

Reproductive Health

3

 

The course also covers conceptual and theoretical issues of reproductive health. At the end of the course the student will be able to identify the health needs of mothers and children of the country in general and prioritize the identified health needs for planning, organizing and managing Reproductive health programs in order to provide effective promotive, preventive and essential curative care to the women and children of the country. The students will be able to design and conduct research studies relevant to the field of MCH/RH, assisted reproduction and other related areas, and describe how the results can be applied in improving Public Health. Reproductive Health and it’s various components, safe motherhood, family planning, infertility, adolescent care, prevention and control of RTI, HIV/AIDS, STD, neonatal care, maternal nutrition, Child Health, male involvement in RH Programs will be discussed.

 

PBH 672

Maternal and Child Health

3

 

The following areas will be covered: MCH in the global perspectives, prenatal care, risk behaviour in pregnancy, breastfeeding, and maternal and infant mortality, violence, abuse and neglect of women and children. This is an interactive course in which we will consider, develop, challenge, and evaluate ideas and views across the scientific, clinical, economic, political, and ethical/legal aspects of each issue. Critical thinking is essential. Each student's views and attitudes are an integral part of the course and each student is expected to engage actively in each class.

 

PBH 675

Population and Demography

3

 

This course introduces issues to familiarise students with the fundamentals of demography and demographic literature, along with some basic knowledge of population theories. Demography analyzes population structures and population dynamics. Populations are structured by age composition, family and household patterns, occupational breakdown, genetic variation, distribution of educational, social, economic, and health status, etc. Population dynamics are determined by age-specific rates of fertility, marriage, migration, morbidity, mortality, and other transitions. Demographers are interested in the extrinsic causes and consequences of population structures and dynamics. Topics will include Davis-Blake theory of fertility determinants, ideational theory of fertility control, theoretical framework of population analysis, demographic transition theory, concept and measurement of rates, ratios and risk, Bongaarts proximate determinants of fertility model, use of demographic and health survey data and other data source, and Urbanization and Migration.

 

PBH 678

Health Policy and Planning

3

 

Basic concept of policy, plans, program and project of their applications,

Need for using population data and other data. For policy planning etc.

This course encompasses criteria and planning principles for institutional and community personal health care services. Rationale and methods used in developing short and long range plans. The role of the individual health facility, inter-hospital affiliations, city and government health agencies, and professional organizations in the community planning process. This course examines the issues pertinent to the role of the planning and marketing functions in a health organization. Principles of planning, the relationship between health planning and the development of a marketing plan, and action planning are explored as a means to provide coordination in meeting health needs and providing health services.

 

PBH 681

Public Health Nutrition

3

 

The course guides learners to clearly understand scientific principles of nutrition, basic nutritional needs for different age or clinical group settings, the sources of food, methods of food preservation, proper preparation and cooking to provide with maximum nutrition support to human body. After completion of this course learners will be able to define and discuss nutrition sciences, characteristics of different food components, dietary sources, assessment of nutritional state problems and solution with planning of advice regarding healthy good consumption habits. The course guides the students to identify risks of nutrition related problems and suggest appropriate interventions, work independently as public health nutrition specialists, describe and analyze the food and nutrition system in a community. The course is so designed to focus primarily on the major national and international public health nutrition issues including the current concepts to deal with the nutrition problems of Bangladesh in particular and of other developing countries.

 

PBH 701

Health Administration and Management

3

 

The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge regarding all the major public health disciplines including Principles of public policy formulation, ethical functions, public health Laws and administration, Health economics, Medical audit and Disaster management, which student will acquire during subsequent study unit. The evaluation of changes in the health care delivery system, either through programs specifically implemented to achieve such changes or through changes in health care delivery/financing policies are discussed in this course. The primary designs-before/after, concurrent/retrospective control, interrupted time-series and their strengths and limitations are also contents of this course. Students enrolled in the program acquire a sound background in health data systems, organizational theory, computer systems in health care, health information systems analysis, management theory and application, quality assurance theory and application, finance and legal issues.

 

PBH 703

Public Health Problems and Community Diagnosis

3

 

This course deals with the aspects of diagnosis of Community Health Problem. The class will identify disease prevalence, prepare disease profile, identify Community leaders and opinion makers in resolving community health problems. It critically reviews the community Participation and involvement in Health Care System in context of different countries. The course evaluates and recommends updated forms of Public Health work-approach to solve public health problems, Critique on available health services in the Community and disseminates the possible solutions on How to build Community Consensus for Public Health Problems solution. The students will be equipped with knowledge of working in the community as a leader of social change in the health aspects of the country.

 

 

 

PBH 704

Hospital Management

3

 

The course will be introduced to the students with the basic concepts of hospital management focusing on total quality management of hospital and health-care services. The course includes hospital manpower, logistic and resource planning and management, hospital need assessment for resources, manpower, services based on demand-supply index,  procurement, human motivation, health counselling, hospital service networking and coordination, leadership development, decision-making, service quality control, and crisis management. The course will also include supervision, monitoring and performance appraisal.

 

PBH 705

Directed studies in Public Health

2

 

Each matriculate has to present studies of relevant case preferably related to their dissertation. This will be organized into a 30-minute presentation with a background and significance. Methods, results, ethical aspects and public health/research implications will also be covered. Students must obtain approval of their thesis committee prior to presenting. An independent study of the professional problems in MPH both in theoretical and practical aspects, in order to gather information for analysis and discussion is also encouraged. Ideas will be exchanged to obtain prescriptions to permit personal and professional development.

 

PBH 706

Human Resource Development and Management (HRD & HRM) for Health Services

3

 

The course will focus on introduction to health manpower planning, production, utilization including human resource management for health. This course is about human resource practice. It is intended to provide a basic overview and foundation for managing for success. Effective human resource management is a priority strategic objective of successful organizations. When organizations don’t achieve high performance results, the problem often can be attributed to mismanagement or “under-management” of human resources. Successful health services administrators and public service managers are knowledgeable about HR trends and implications and are equipped to engage them strategically.

 

PBH 707

Operation Management & Leadership Development

3

 

The course will introduce to the students with the basic concepts of operational management and leadership development. Particular emphasise will be given to applied concepts, functions, principles and strategies of management focusing planning, organizing, staffing, leading, monitoring and evaluating the management performances. Special emphasise will be given to leadership and situational development, decision-making, crisis and conflict management, logistic and time-resource management, financial and personal management.

 

PBH 708

Total Quality Management and Clinical Governance

3

 

The course will introduce the MPH Students with the concepts of total quality management consisting of quality planning, quality preparation, quality production. This course is designed to introduce the student to principals of clinical quality management and performance improvement in the health-care industry. Focus is on standards and implementation of quality programs and principals and concepts of performance improvement. The course also covers additional areas such as utilization management, risk management, and tools and techniques used in performance improvement and quality management.

This course focuses on the effects of sophisticated quality and health outcome measures as used by individuals, employers and insurers to compare the results of various providers. The course will cover the forces of the smarter external customers and internal pressures to justify costs, continuous quality improvement, risk management, and changes demanding creative health care marketing techniques. Course content will include JCAHO an NCQA accreditation standards and processes, life safety and fire code requirements, and handling of biohazards such as blood borne pathogens.

 

PBH 711

Data Management and analysis

3

 

The course introduces students with advanced biostatistics required in public health. Modern multivariate analyses, based on the concept of generalized linear models, regression analysis including classical regression (linear) logistic, Poisson, and proportional hazards models are discussed in this course in details with illustrations. Categorical data analysis, clinical trials including design, conduct, and data analysis of clinical trials, emphasizing practical use of methods, nested designs for superiority, non-inferiority, clinical equivalence and bioequivalence trials will also be discussed. Other topics include role of clinical trials in drug approval process, meta-analysis, and management of clinical trial data. Survival analysis is also taught in this course. Course emphasizes underlying similarity of these methods, choice of the right method for specific problems, common aspects of model construction, testing linearity and other assumptions, and modifications needed for clustered data.

This course will use computer software like SPSS, Excel, Epi-Info, GIS, etc.

 

PBH 712

Research Methodology

3

 

Study of this course provides a guide for quantitative and qualitative research strategies aiming at developing learner’s understanding and critical awareness about the research process. It promotes public health professionals to develop ability to critique research issues, general principles and concepts in public health research with emphasis on critical appraisal of issues. At the end of the course the learners will be able to gain awareness about the historical global perspective, define and discuss research terminology, identify research components and attain skill to critically analyse published public health Research materials. The learners will also be able to understand the statistical processes for applying findings to public health practice identify measurement scales for interpreting data and gain an understanding of the current status of public health research. Presents issue in the responsible conduct of research, including ethics, data management, research fraud, academic misconduct, and conflict of interest.

 

PBH 713

Research Methodology II

3

 

This is an advanced course of research Methodology. The course covers institutional guidelines regarding research in human subjects. Topics include vulnerable populations in research, confidentiality, the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Provides the student with the basic concepts and methodologies needed to undertake evaluation research. Major applications of evaluation research are covered: program planning, monitoring, impact and efficiency assessment. Students will design an evaluation study based on intervention projects being undertaken by School of Health sciences faculty or projects of special interest to the students.

 

 

PBH 714

Application of Computer Software in Public Health

3

 

This class will teach the students the use of different statistical packages in data processing and management, and also use of the internet for public health use. After completion of the course the learners will be able to understand basics about hardware and software in a computer. Application programs available and needed for public health purpose will be included in time. Windows (MS-word, Excel, Power point), SPSS, Epi-Info will be taught. Essential education regarding networking components, Internet browsing, usage of E-mail and other utility programs will be included in the list of instructions.

 

PBH 715

Information Technology in Disaster Management

3

 

This course is aimed to provide the learners with the skills of various aspects use of information technology is disaster risk assessment and management. The course will include topics on role of IT in disaster management, needs of IT for the managers and the people, use of IT in reducing disaster loss, conceptual flow of disaster-related information,

 

PBH 716

Health Informatics and e-Governance

3

 

National governments of most of the countries have started to create the environment and infrastructure for promoting healthcare delivery systems through an electronic mode to their citizens. However, reports the experiences with e-health as chaotic and unmanageable. The purpose of this course is to provide the students with comprehensive inter-organizational systems that are currently available for helping e-health development. A four-stage framework and three main e-public health information system are discussed. These will provide the health managers to build skills on the multi-perspective transformation within traditional healthcare structures and functions as they make transitions to e-health through each stage, barriers and challenges for each stage accompany these descriptions.

 

PBH 721

Financial Management of Health Service Organizations

3

 

This course provides a basic knowledge of the concepts and techniques used in health services managerial finance. These concepts include financial statement analysis, time value of money, capital investment analysis, capital financing, break-even analysis, operational budgeting, accountability and control. This course teaches students how to apply financial management techniques to decision making for health care providers, financial management functions and organizations, financial statement analysis, working capital management, present value analysis, capital budgeting, cost of capital, variance analysis, financing techniques, and financial analysis case studies.

 

PBH 722

Health Services Research 

3

 

This course introduces students to critical issues in health organization, financing and policy which constitute the core of health services research topics. Students are prompted to consider the importance of the interrelationships between these issues and to apply critical thinking to the research. A variety of research methods and perspectives are presented to give students a flavor of the richness of this field. Specific topics include research areas of access and equity issues, evaluating health care quality and medical outcomes, health insurance and managed care effects on patient and physician behavior, and the evaluation of health care technologies and innovations. The course emphasizes the applied usefulness of research for policy making and organizational planning.

 

PBH 723

Strategic Management in Health programs

3

 

This course fosters the ability to make administrative decisions based on sound management and policy principles, methods and analytical techniques with emphasis on improving the quality of care given to patients while providing satisfying and rewarding work experiences to all members of the organization staff, from the top level managers to the direct-care, frontline workers. The course accommodates working professionals seeking to further their professional training and health managers to further develop their skills.

 

PBH 724

Health Services Planning and Development

3

 

The course focuses on various planning approaches, styles and theories, considered from a corporate decision-making perspective within the unique governance structures of health service organizations. Issues covered in the course include strategic planning and resource allocation within integrated health systems. Students will participate in an environmental analysis that explores national health care delivery policy, unique financing structures such as third party payment systems, and open versus regulated markets. They also will look at the development of comprehensive marketing plans.

 

PBH 731

Occupational Health

3

 

This course provides students with a comprehensive idea about different aspects of microorganisms, parasites and insects that are important for the health of the community. Public health professionals will find the elements of this course comfortable while working in their day-to-day life and in practical work area after completion of it. This offers students a general introduction, public health importance and recent advances in Microbiology, introduction to medical Parasitology, common parasitic diseases of public health importance in Bangladesh and their interventions. Identification, biology, bionomics, ecology and public health importance and control of vectors, their general principles, methods and practical issues are also discussed.

 

PBH 732

Environmental Toxicology

3

 

The course introduces students with the foundations of how environmental pollutants affect biological health. A discussion of major environmental pollutants, their sources, interactions with atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic systems, exposure of people, animals and other biota, and their dose-response relationships.  Some of the physical and chemical changes induced in the environment by pollutants, contaminant fate and transport, and bioremediation are also discussed. Topics include source and exposure routes of pollutants, basics of quantitative toxicology, and effects of exposure, risk perception, and environmental regulations as they relate to toxicology.

 

PBH 733

Environmental risk assessment and management

3

 

The course will cover topics relating to characterizing source areas, linking fate and transport mechanisms, evaluating exposure pathways and applying toxicology data to evaluate environmental risk in a variety of differing contexts. This course will provide students with knowledge related to (1) the broad field of environmental risk assessment, (2) the important processes that affect the risk associated with a chemical or radionuclide, (3) general steps involved in the risk assessment process, including statistical characterization of observed data, and (4) several tools that can be used in defining environmental risks, particularly as related to human health. Students should also develop an appreciation for the limitations and associated uncertainties associated with environmental risk assessment.

 

PBH 734

Hazzard and Disaster Management

3

 

This course is designed to provide opportunities for learning of skills that can be applied to all hazards. Initially the focus will be on "natural" hazards - hazards related to the behaviour of natural systems affecting people and facilities. The students will be able to contribute constructively to the practice and development of hazard and disaster management procedures with potential to take a leading role in due course. Environmental problems both regional and global caused by pollution, destruction of human habitats and biodiversity and the failure to use natural resources in a sustainable manner require multi disciplinary approaches for better understanding and successful solution. The course will provide training in many of these approaches so that students gain an overview appropriate for managing environmental issues vis-à-vis sustainable use of natural resources and be capable of identifying appropriate and specialized solutions needed to address particular problems.

 

PBH 735

Industrial Hygiene and hazard management

3

 

Chemical, physical and other hazards and stresses found in the work environment.  Recognizing potential hazards by understanding industrial processes, toxicity of environmental contaminants and occupational disease processes. Students will gain knowledge of the OSHA and EPA regulations related to health and safety issues and will learn about personal safety equipment and techniques, administrative controls, and hazardous waste sampling. Step-by-Step analysis of case reports covering occupational health problems in representative industrial situations.

 

PBH 736

Disaster Risk Analysis and Management

3

 

Using the rubric of risk analysis the course engages its participants to consider the risk of natural, biological, chemical or other disasters. Course participants will also gain an understanding of the process of developing actionable intelligence that can be used by the public health, medical and public safety communities to reduce risk and enhance the security planning, prevention, response, mitigation and recovery process.

 

PBH 737

Environmental risk and health impact

3

 

Examines emerging public health challenges posed by incidents involving chemicals, radiation and biological agents.  Students are provided with the opportunity to undertake guided research on current topics in the field and discuss their findings with graduate students and faculty members.

 

PBH 741

Public Health Aspects of HIV/ AIDS/STDs

3

 

This course provides an overview of the theories and behavioural interventions used to reduce risk of HIV transmission and examines their impact in a variety of populations. Current research findings of these major theoretical models in various “at risk” populations will be critiqued. This course is designed to assist the student in planning and implementing HIV prevention programs. Course content is delivered through lectures, group discussion, and assigned readings.

 

PBH 742

Epidemiology II

3

 

This course is designed to provide practical skills on various epidemiological design namely, Descriptive, Analytic and Experimental studies. Important epidemiological issues like, Random errors, Bias, Confounding and effect modifications, screening tests, investigation of epidemics, epidemic surveillance ,causal inference interpretation and critical appraisal of epidemiological methods. Emphasis will be given on practical epidemiological data management techniques and interpretation of the epidemiological findings .Learners will develop proven skills in minimizing various epidemiological errors (Systematic errors and Random errors, Confounding Bias etc.) and dealing with interactions and effect modification effect. Also develop clear concept on sensitivity and specificity, validity and reliability of the diagnostic test. Finally students have to develop epidemiological study project with practical data to exercise data management, interpretation and report preparation of the study including presentation under the guidelines of the course teacher.

 

PBH 743

Tropical Medicine

3

 

At the end of this course learners will be oriented about health and hygienic conditions in the tropical countries. The course will reveal very neatly the disease cycles, disease pattern, morbidity and mortality profiles in tropical zones. Disease agent’s types or variation, host defence criteria or factors related to host of the tropical diseases will be discussed in this course. Pathogenesis, disease propagation mode, vector patterns, and reservoir status of the particular disease will be discussed particularly in the real environment settings. Assignment on case studies about propagation, harbouring, and disease manifestations will be encouraged. This is a really cost effective course for those who prefers to work clinically or for researchers in the tropical zones to have a practical idea about the disease spectrum very peculiar to this particular zone. 

 

PBH 744

Communicable Disease Control

3

 

This course will include topics in infectious diseases and conditions of public health importance including epidemiology, surveillance activities to monitor disease activity, and methods of prevention and control. Important diseases in both the industrialized and developing world will be considered and may include some of the instructor’s favourites as well as those of interest to enrolled students e.g. HIV, TB, malaria, measles, influenza, and RSV. Students will explore the characteristics of a range of specific disease agents, compare their impact on populations, practice approaches used to investigate disease outbreaks, and examine local and global efforts to monitor, control and /or eradicate selected infectious diseases. They will assess and monitor communicable diseases affecting the community and also the populations at risk. Formulating public policies, in collaboration with community and government leaders, designed to solve identified local and national infectious and non-infectious health pr

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