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P-4 Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

P-4 Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

It is a four semester programme spread over two academic years. A normal semester will have 16 weeks of which 8 weeks will be classroom instructions followed by 2 weeks of evaluation, which includes study leave, examination and assignment preparation and submission. As per the University Grants Commission (UGC) norm, the programme will follow credit system. Each credit is 15 instructional hours. Normally a course has 2 credits involving 30 instructional hours.

At the end of the evaluation of theory courses, the student is required to undergo an internship of 6 weeks for each semester for the first 3 semester. Each week of internship is 1 credit. So, the student is required to earn 6 credits from internship for each semester for the first 3 semesters. The student is expected to complete all the theory courses by the end of the third semester. In the fourth semester the student will undergo internship of 8 weeks and earn 8 credits. In addition, the student will complete his/her research project by the end of fourth semester, which will carry 10 credits. The student will also spend time on job placement activities in the final semester.

P-4 Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

  • Course: 1 Introduction to Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • Course: 2 Research Methodology (2 credits)
  • Course: 3 Introduction to Statistics (2 credits)
  • Course 4 & 5: Epidemiology of Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases (4 credits)
  • Course: 6 Public Health Management (2 credits)
  • Course: 7 Health Policy Formulation and Implementation (2 credit)
  • Course: 8 Public Health Surveillance and Information Systems (2 credits)
  • Course: 9 Public Health financing (2 credits)
  • Course: 10 Population Dynamics and Health (2 credits)
  • Course: 11 Ethics and Public Health Principles and practice (2 credits)
  • Course: 12 Health Education and Communication (2 credits)
  • Course: 13 Public Health Legislation (2 credits)
  • Course: 14 Current issues in health policies (2 credits)
  • Course: 15 Gender and Public Health (2 credits)
Evaluation of Theory Courses:

P-4 Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

For theory courses, the class teacher has the freedom to decide on the type of evaluation with certain common guidelines. A theory course has 60% classroom examination and the remaining 40% may be evaluated through assignment, seminar and class room discussion. For classroom examination, the faculty member is expected hold a classroom examination of one hour per credit. For example, if the course has 2 credits, the duration of the examination would be 2 hours.

Internship

1st Internship:- During 1 st semester (6 credits) – the students will be placed in a rural community for 6 weeks. He/she will study the socio-economic fabric and cultural and traditional fabric of the community. The student shall identify the major health issues of the community and do an epidemiological analysis to find out the causes that may lie in the community and family.

2nd Internship:- During 2nd semester (6 credits) – the students will be placed in an urban poor community for 6 weeks. He/she will study the socio-economic fabric and cultural and traditional fabric of the community. The student shall identify the major health issues of the community and do an epidemiological analysis

3rd Internship:- During 3rd semester (6 credits) the student will be placed in the district health system for 6 weeks. He/she will critically study all the preventive and promotive health care activities in the sub-centre, primary health centre, community health centre and district hospital.

4th Internship:- During 4 th semester (8 credits), the student will be placed in one of the local bodies (panchayat union, municipality or municipal corporation) for 8 weeks to critically analyse the public health activities like water supply, sanitation, food safety, environment and so on.

The student will be continuously documenting his/her observation and produce an internship journal at the end of each internship, which will be evaluated by the supervising faculty member for 75%. His/her field supervisor will evaluate for 25% based on his/her involvement in the field.

Method of Evaluation: Evaluation of journal, supervisors field visits, supervisors conference with the student and feedback from the field supervisor.
Research Project

Undertaking research includes selection of a topic, selecting the research design, planning and implementation of the research project, analysis of the results and presentation of the work as a written dissertation. It can be either epidemiological study or qualitative research or operations research or any other study design. Students will be encouraged to publish their research in suitable medium.

By the end of the first semester, the students will start identifying a research topic and will be assigned a guide. The student will submit the final research report approved by the guide at the end of the final semester.

Method of Evaluation





Dissertation is to be completed over four semesters and total 10 credits are also distributed over all four semesters as follows:

  • 1st and 2nd Semester: 2 credits for selection of a topic, review of literature and selecting the research design.
  • 3rd Semester: 2 credits for planning and implementation of the research project including data collection.
  • 4th Semester: 6 credits for data processing and analysis of the results, and presentation of the work as a written dissertation.

Minimum Qualification for P-4 Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Dental, AYUSH, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, Other allied Health Sciences, Engineering, Vetenary Sciences or Agriculture.
Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees.


"Those who have appeared for the final examination and awaiting for the results are also eligible to apply for the programme."