Institute of Public Health and Social Sciences

Khyber Medical University Peshawar

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Program

Track II –. Introduction to KMU-MPH (NCD) Program

Learning Objectives of MPH (NCD) Program

On completion of this program students should be able to;

  1. Define the scope of non-communicable diseases epidemiology and appreciate the changing importance of non-communicable diseases as a major public health burden in different parts of the world.
  2. Explain  the rationale for a life-course approach to the etiology of non communicable diseases
  3. Explain how functional genetic variant associations with common chronic diseases can provide robust estimates of the effects of environmental exposures on these diseases.
  4. Explain  the concept of screening for disease control and how it can be used as a tool in public health
  5. Describe the role of infectious agents in the etiology of non communicable diseases.
  6. Apply the theoretical knowledge gained through the course to developing NCD prevention and control strategies.
  7. Analyze the burden of NCD globally and at a national level in terms of the magnitude of the problem (economic burden, social burden and future impact).
  8. Assess the social, political, environmental, cultural and economic factors contributing to the burden of NCDs in low and middle-income countries

 

MPH(NCD) Program Organization and Structure

Program Duration

The duration of MPH (NCD) Program will be of two years. Every year the program will be offer in the month of February.

Each semester will be of 18 weeks duration that will be arranged as follows:

Week 1 – Week 8:                Teaching and training

Week 9:                                   Mid-term Exam

Week 10 – Week17:             Teaching and Training

Week 18:                                 Final Exam

 

Credit Hours

The MPH(NCD) Program has 60 credit hours. A total of 54 credit hours are accumulated in three semesters and the fourth (final) encompassing six credit hours of thesis. Each module in 1-3 semesters will be of three (03) credit hours each culminating in a total of 18 credit hours. The fourth (final) semester encompassing thesis work will be of six (06) credit hours. One credit hour is defined as one hour of contact teaching in a class room setting in a week for 16 weeks in a semester. A three credit hour course translates to three hours of teaching in a class room setting per week in a semester.

 

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction for all courses in the MPH program will be English.

 

Instructional Strategies

The instructional strategies will include lectures, group discussions, tutorials, seminars, problem based learning, self study, field work etc.

 

Semester Wise Distribution of Courses

The distribution of the courses in the four semesters is given in the following tables.

Year 1

Semester 1

S No

Codes

Courses

Credit Hours

1

MPH 501

Epidemiology – Introduction to theory and practice

03

2

MPH 502

Statistical Methods in Public Health

03

3

MPH 503

Communicable Disease Control

03

4

MPH 506

Technical Report Writing & Basic Communication Skills

03

5

MPH 505

Computer Applications in Public Health

03

6

MPH 504

Health Education and Promotion

03

7

MPH 508

Field visit

01

8

MPH 507

Graduate Seminar

01

Total

20

 

Year 1

Semester 2

S No

Codes

Courses

Credit Hours

1

MPH 510

Epidemiology – Application of theory & practice

03

2

MPH 512

Nutrition

03

3

MPH 509

Public Health Management and Policy

03

4

MPH 511

Occupational Health & Environmental Hazards

03

5

MPH 513

Health Economics

03

6

MPH 508

Field visit

01

7

MPH 507

Graduate Seminar

01

Total

17

 

Year 2

Semester 3

S No

Codes

Courses

Credit Hours

1

NCD 531

Epidemiology of NCDs

03

2

NCD 532

Economics of NCDs

03

3

NCD 534

Key NCDs

03

4

MPH 518

Research & Ethics

03

5

MPH 514

Project Management

03

6

MPH 508

Field visit

01

7

MPH 507

Graduate Seminar

01

Total

17

 

Year 2

Semester 4

S No

Codes

Course

Credit Hours

1

MPH 601

MPH Thesis

06

Total

06

Total

60