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.
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 the programme, the applicant must hold a diploma or its equivalent from a recognized tertiary institution in Health Sciences, Nursing, Clinical Medicine, Veterinary medicine and other allied health courses
3-years full time or distance learning semester-based study programme
Programme mode of delivery
The programme is run on distance learning modular basis following the university semester system. Students have two face-face sessions every semester. The first session at the beginning of the semester ( 2weeks) is for introducing the modules to the learners and the last session at the end of the semester (3weeks) is for giving feedback, discussion of activities and assignments in the modules and sitting for end of semester exams.