MASTER OF PUBIC HEALTH (MPH)
Improvement in health system performance can be facilitated only by training adequate number of management professionals including public health specialists, policy analysis; health care administrates and drug management specialists. Many countries are exploring and implementing these multi disciplinary public health training programmes. To stimulate public health care programmes in the entire country, the division attracts graduates and post graduates from various disciplines. The course is structured to focus on the acquisition of knowledge and skills applicable to a career in public health, health education and development for catalyzing the ‘health for all revolution’. The programs impart specialized skills and promote conceptual and analytical understanding of management within the unique circumstances prevailing in the health system in India.
Notification for admission to the MPH programme is made along with other academic programmes of CPAS during the month of April/May. The eligibility criterion for MPH is Medical graduation (MBBS, BDS, BHMS, BAMS, BUMS, BSMS), BVSc, BSc Nursing, BSc MLT, BSc MRT, B Pharm, and BPT. Selection will be through entrance examination conducted by a government agency. The course is affiliated to Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS).
CAREER / EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The master programme in public health enable candidate to assume middle and senior level managerial responsibilities in a wide range of organizations including hospital with community health activity, governmental and semi governmental health agencies and various community health project funded by regional and international agencies. Job positions include that of Epidemiologist, project officer, media officer, technical officer, managers, public health specialist, consultants, resource persons etc. Apart from these association with various local administrative bodies in health policy formulation, planning and implementation of participatory health programmes etc, enable the students to take up full time job responsibilities in this area after completing the course. The first batches of students who have already passed out are suitably placed in reputed organizations in India and abroad.
The course is of two years duration. At the end of each year the students have to undertake project placements in reputed hospitals, health organizations or community and reports have to submit for viva-voce. Seminars, assignments, reports of field work and health system visits, critical analysis of current socio-economic and managerial developments and changes are all parts of the course. The students have to appear for internal assessments and university examinations along with viva-voce. The curriculum is so designed as to make the students dynamic, adaptable, practical and flexible. To equip the students the proficient and lively theory classes are equally supplemented with various practical applications and group activities.