Master of Public Health (MPH)

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Overview

Despite significant achievements over the years, public health challenges continue to daunt governments and health authorities, both in India and elsewhere. Over the years, the lifespan of people has risen. Leading killers such as malaria, polio, and measles have been controlled. We have seen a reduction in the deaths of women and children all over the world. 

However, non-communicable diseases such as cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes, and cancers, mental health issues continue to affect populations and India is no exception. In addition, epidemic outbreaks such as SARS, Ebola, and more recently the novel corona (Covid-19) that quickly progress into global pandemics have huge implications for socio-economic development and the progress of the nations. 

If these challenges are not effectively tackled with the right scientific temperament and public health approaches, these challenges have the potential to halt or even reverse the progress of the nations by several decades. Developing and strengthening public health care at national, state, and local levels is critical for any country and this is well recognised by the Government of India as is seen in its investment of resources and energy in this direction over the last 15 years.

Our University hopes to build a competent and compassionate public health workforce by offering postgraduate and doctoral training programs in public health. 

Our MPH program has been developed in consultation with eminent global health and public health experts while drawing learning and experience from other successful courses both within the country and outside. Graduates will be offered exposure to many disciplines that contribute to public health, such as health care, behavioral and social sciences, epidemiology, statistics, management, communication, environment, nutrition, ethics, and public policy. 

Courses will be particularly relevant for those who seek to respond to public health challenges through developing and scaling up innovations in health care delivery, research and knowledge generation, and health administration. The courses will train students to become dedicated, competent, and ethical public health researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who can meet society’s need to prevent and ameliorate local, national, and global public health problems.

Objective

  • Provide students with a multi-disciplinary experience across a whole range of public health competencies, areas, and programs. 
  • Prepare students to apply basic public health sciences, including epidemiology, health and policy administration, behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, and environmental and occupational public health, to the prevention of illness and injury.
  • Train students to develop contemporary ideas to influence program organisation and management, problem-solving, and critical thinking in the public health domain.
  • Promote qualities of leadership, effective management, and ethical principles while functioning as a workforce in the public health domain. 
  • Prepare students to plan evidence-based public health programs and policies for addressing public health challenges. 
  • Prepare students to conduct evaluation and research related to public health programs and policies. 
  • Provide field exposure to the common public health problems of the country while drawing lessons from the global health best practices to solve challenges.

Highlights

  • International Competitions

    The student can also earn 1 — 3 credits by participating in the international competitions like technical presentation/​conference/​publications in journals, etc. and winning awards. In that case, they can be exempted from one of the elective courses of the Programme. 

  • Dissertation

    Students select a topic for Dissertation based on the contemporary health issue and undertake the research. The Dissertation requires primary data collection from health facilities/​participants and preparation of a thesis at the Master’s level and its defense. Students are also required to obtain Institutional Human Ethics Committee (IHEC) approval prior to primary data collection involving human subjects. In addition, students are required to present a paper based on their research findings at a national or international conference, and are encouraged to submit their manuscript for peer review publication in impact factor/UGC-CARE listed journals. 

  • Group Project

    As part of the Group Project course, students will undertake a project of public health relevance in a group. Each group shall consist of up to five students. The purpose of this course is to develop a business plan/​undertake a community-based or health-facility survey, develop an mHealth app, organize a health promotion campaign/​create an original documentary of public health relevance, etc. The students are required to analyze and validate the benefits of proposed group activity through appropriate research or project methodology.

  • Internship

    As part of the Internship course, students will be placed in different public health/​health organizations such as (sub-centers, Primary Health Centers, Community Health Care centers, District Hospitals, First Referral Units, Outreach Centers in rural and urban areas, NGOs and reputed health organizations).

  • Attendance, Assessment and Grading

    A student is required to obtain a minimum of 75% attendance to be eligible to write the examination. Less than 75% attendance is considered to FAIL; such a student is required to follow the same procedure as that of a failed student.

    A course assessment will have two components:

    Component – 1: Continuous evaluation- 50%

    Component ‑2: Semester End Examination (SEE)-50%

    A student is required to score a minimum of an overall of 40% (inclusive of components 1 and 2) for successful completion of a course and earning the credits.

  • Students from diverse backgrounds bring a richness of perspectives and ideas which facilitate learning. 
  • We adopt innovative peer-driven and peer-centered learning methods as part of our pedagogy.
  • Students are trained by experienced faculty from various disciplines such as Community Medicine, Public Health Dentistry, Public health Nursing, Clinical side, Social work, Engineering and Technology, Integrative Medicine, Management, etc. 
  • All RUAS faculty have excellent engagement with eminent global health platforms of the University of Illinois, U.S.A, and University of Manitoba, Canada, bringing their global health expertise to the teaching.
  • Excellent networking opportunities through industrial visits, conferences, symposium, workshops, and internships 
  • Strong collaborations with health organizations, policy centers, medical settings, public health centers, and hospitals
  • Competency-based and research-driven curriculum 
  • Rich immersion to the field programs and challenges in public health so that students appreciate the issues, connect with the community and identify innovative solutions as part of student internship. 
  • Fosters a strong sense of social justice, ethics, and leadership during the program 

  • We offer accommodation in student hostels on our campus and even offer third-party off-campus hotels where necessary to ensure students can focus on what matters the most. 
  • Our on-campus facilities include WiFi at any time of the day, 24/7.
  • From a host of eateries and laundry facilities, we ensure that students have access to all facilities
  • We encourage students to participate in co-curricular activities on campus which include sports and cultural events, both at a university level and a faculty level

Structure

Study Domains

  • CC

    Core Courses

    It comprises of Food Processing, Packaging, Enzyme technology, Fermentation Technology, Millet Processing Technology, Post-Harvest Technology of Cereals & Pulses, Fruits and Vegetable Processing Technology, Baking and Confectionery Technology, Food Chemistry, Nutraceuticals and Food Quality Analysis.

  • CC

    Core Courses

    Include the courses that provides an overview into the aspects of Food Science and Technology

  • CC

    Compulsory course

    Includes courses in Research Methodology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Biochemistry, Enzymes in food processing, Baking and confectionery.

  • MC

    Mandatory Courses

    Students are required to participate in national /international seminars and present papers at conferences and workshops. They are required to publish research papers in reputed journals

  • EC

    Elective Courses

    A deep dive into the core domain of Stem Cell Biology, Synthetic Biology, Genomics Proteomics, Downstream Processing, and Drug Designing

Course Progression

Credit Definition

  1. For theory classes: 1 credit is equivalent to 15 contact hours per semester or 1 hour per week for a 15 week semester. 
  2. For laboratory/​fieldwork/​workshops/​project work and allied activities: 1 credit is equivalent to 30 contact hours. Per semester or 2 hours per week for a 15 week semester. 
  3. For Tutorial classes: 1 credit is equivalent to 15 contact hours per semester or 1 hour per week for a 15 week semester

Course Credits
Principles and Practices of Public Health

19MPH501A Theory Practicals

3
Public Health Systems and Health Policy

19MPH502A Theory Practicals

4
Epidemiology

19MPH503A Theory Practicals

4
Healthcare Management and Leadership – I

19MPH504A Theory

3
Demography and Population Sciences

19MPH505A Theory

2
Biostatistics

19MPH506A Theory Practicals

3
Ethics in Public Health

19MPH507A Theory

2

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits
Public Health Priorities in India- I

19MPH508A Theory Practicals

4
Public Health Priorities in India-II

19MPH509A Theory Practicals

3
Technology in Public Health

19MPH510A Theory Practicals

3
Health Behaviour and Health Promotion

19MPH511A Theory Practicals

3
Programme Planning and Evaluation

19MPH512A Theory Practicals

3
Healthcare Management and Leadership – II

19MPH513A Theory Practicals

4

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits
Health Economics

19MPH514A Theory

2
Elective Course -1

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Elective Course -2

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Elective Course -3

19MPH5XXA Theory

3
Global Health

19MPH515A Theory

2
Research Methodology in Public Health

19MPH516A Theory Practicals

4
Environment and Health

19MPH517A Theory Practicals

2
Group Project

19MPH598A Practicals

3

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits
Internship

19MPH598A Practicals

3
Elective Course -3

19MPH5XXA Theory

3
Dissertation

19MPH600A Practicals

6

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits
Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Advanced Analysis of Qualitative Data

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Advanced Biostatistics in Health Sciences

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Health Insurance

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Health Programme Design, Planning, Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Social Marketing and Public Health

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Evidence-based Healthcare

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Nutritional Epidemiology

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Health Inequity

19MPH5XXA Theory

2
Quality Improvement and Management in Public Health

19MPH5XXA Theory

2

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Two elective courses (EC‑1 & EC‑2) may be chosen from the following list. The third elective (EC‑3) of equivalent credit (i.e.3 Credits) may be opted for by students either from UGC-Massive Online Open Courses, SWAYAM portal/​Coursera or from any Faculty of RUAS offering open electives.

Details

Key Skill Development

  • Ability to use appropriate data and statistical methods for problem identification and resolutions and for program planning, implementation, and evaluation
  • Ability to apply conceptual frameworks to under policy processes in healthcare
  • Ability to apply quality assurances and improve techniques in the delivery of healthcare
  • Ability to formulate context appropriate policies and design programs to address public health challenges effectively
  • Ability to analyse the quality of research findings and assess the applicability to a particular health policy
  • Ability to conduct situational analysis and develop action plans, including evaluation for identified public health issues
  • Ability to translate research knowledge for evidence-based policymaking
  • Ability to be an effective member of a multidisciplinary health team
  • Ability to practice professional excellence, scientific attitude, and scholarship
  • Ability to demonstrate social accountability and responsibility
  • Government health care
  • Private health care
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Academia
  • Research enterprises
  • Donor agencies.
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Public Health Management Analyst
  • Health communication Specialist
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Research Scientist
  • Health Resource Professional
  • Professor/​Lecturer
  • Senior Technical Specialist – Public health 
  • Environmental health specialist 
  • Social Worker Cum Counsellor 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • Public Health Advisor

Career Opportunities

Depending upon the competency level, qualification, work experience, and attitudes, plenty of opportunities are possible at the local, state, national, regional and global levels. Job opportunities in public health range across the public to private sector: 

  • Government health care
  • Private health care
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Academia
  • Research enterprises
  • Donor agencies.

Here are some common roles that a public health professional can potentially become: 

  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Public Health Management Analyst
  • Health communication Specialist
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Research Scientist
  • Health Resource Professional
  • Professor/​Lecturer
  • Senior Technical Specialist – Public health 
  • Environmental health specialist 
  • Social Worker Cum Counsellor 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • Public Health Advisor

Admissions

Eligibility

Must have completed Bachelor’s degree (MBBS, BDS, B.Sc., (Nursing), BHMS or BAMS, BYNS, BPT) in any Health Science discipline from a recognized University and also respective council/​postgraduate degree holder with M.Sc (Nutrition), M.Sc Nursing, Master of Social Work and M.A Sociology.

Application Process

Students seeking admission need to go through the following process:

  1. Sending in
    • Statement of purpose
    • Writing sample
  2. Participating in group discussions
  3. Appearing for a Personal Interview

Fees & Scholarships

Rs 1,18,550 per annum for Indian nationals 

Eligibility

  • A pass in Bachelor’s degree in any Health Science discipline from a recognized University and also respective council/​Postgraduate degree holder with M.Sc (Nutrition), M.Sc Nursing, Master of Social Work and M.A Sociology.
  • Provided the respective Councils also give temporary registration or concerned regulatory bodies.
  • The candidate should obtain an equivalence certificate from AIU. Candidates should have proficiency in English.

Application Process

Students seeking admission need to go through the following process:

  1. Sending in
    • Statement of purpose
    • Writing sample
  2. Participating in group discussions
  3. Appearing for a Personal Interview 

Fees & Scholarships

NRI/ Foreign Students:

  • USD 3000 + Other Fee Rs.38,550 per annum

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Mr. S L Narasimhan
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