Public health professionals today are faced with both old and new public health challenges. The challenges include infectious disease such as influenza and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, chronic disease epidemics ranging from heart disease to cancer to obesity, the health of our increasingly elderly population, high-risk behaviours such as smoking and substance abuse that endangers health, safety of our water and out food, as well as the threats of natural and manmade disasters including bioterrorism. The IMU MScPH (ODL) programme prepares the student to face these challenges through multidisciplinary approaches that apply the latest scientific knowledge, common sense and teamwork to solve important health problems. Students in the programme will obtain a population-based perspective on health besides curriculum focused on the core disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, management sciences and environmental, biological, behavioural and social factors that influence the health of population and community.
This course is aimed at both medically and non-medically qualified people, those from local and international students including those in primary or secondary care, nursing and professions related to medicine, health promotion, health care research, health management and anyone wishing to develop a career in public health. An innovative work based approach centres the programme within the practice and specific areas of interest appropriate to the level of experience and skill of the students. The course is dedicated to create an effective ‘community of inquiry’ to foster group learning and support. The course develops practical and critical public health skills, underpinned by a sound understanding of associated theories.