This programme equips learners with knowledge, skills and competences in disease prevention, health health promotion and health protection especially in developing countries whether there is a double burden of highly preventable infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, etc.) and non-infectious chronic diseases (mainly cardio-vascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer). In order to overcome the current and emerging health challenges, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends radical changes in the way that health systems are oriented, and advocates for an orientation towards a public health approach. This entails re-orienting national health policies and strategies towards disease prevention, health promotion and health protection as opposed to curative care only.
Programme objectives/learning outcomes
At the end of the training, graduates of BScPH should be able to:
1. Diagnose and investigate community health problems
2. Design and manage health education and health promotion programmes
3. Design, implement, monitor and evaluate any disease prevention/control programme
4. Provide professional preventive health services
5. Mobilise and sensitise the general public on national and international policies and strategies for improved health and well-being for all.
6. Design, conduct, analyse and interpret results of Public Health research in order to initiate evidence-based interventions
The programme is open to Ugandans and Non-Ugandans who fulfil the admission requirements.
To join this programme the student must have:
• Uganda ordinary level Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent and Uganda Advanced level Certificate of Education (UACE) with at least 2 principal passes in sciences (one of which must be biology) passed at the same sitting or its equivalent
• OR a higher education certificate in biological or physical sciences
• OR a diploma or its equivalent from a recognized tertiary institution in health sciences, nursing, clinical medicine, veterinary medicine and other allied health courses
• OR passed a mature age entry exam with at least 50% and is aged 25 years or above
Programme duration: 3-years full time
Programme mode of delivery
The programme is full-time on campus. Training involves lectures and field work in selected practicum sites