Master of Public Health

Mission

To develop effective public health policy makers, leaders, and practitioners through an advanced, interdisciplinary education, practice, research and service to advance the public’s health, especially rural and underserved communities.

Vision

To be a leading, recognized program in developing public health policy makers, leaders, and practitioners who will lead their organizations, communities, state, and nation with ethics, integrity, gender equity and the practice of public health’s core competencies, policy development and quality service.

Admission

July of each year.

Admission Requirements

  • This follows the Admission requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies and approved by the University Academic
  • Specific requirements the applicant should hold an honours Bachelor Degree from AUW or an equivalent degree from another recognized institution in relevant health or medical sciences, behavioral or social sciences or other fields related to public

Degree requirements

 

Requirement

Total cr.

Core courses

20

Concentration courses

15

Elective courses

6

Practicum

3

Thesis

6

 

 

Semester One

11 credits

Module code Module Title

Credits

PHLT 701      Introduction to Public Health and Health Systems

2

PHLT 702      Ethics in Public Health

2

PHLT 703      Social Sciences in Public Health

2

PHLT 704      Environmental and Occupational Health

3

PHLT 705      Gender and Health

2

 

Semester Two

15 credits

Module code Module Title

Credits

PHLT 706      Epidemiology and Biostatistics

4

PHLT 707      Research Methods in Health

3

PHLT 708      Health Promotion and Education

2

PHLT 709      Public Health During Emergency

2

PHLT 710      Global Health

2

PHLT 711      Communicable And Non-Communicable Diseases

2

PHLT 712      Demographic Methods In Public Health

2

PHLT 713      Leadership In Public Health

2

 

Semester Three

Module code                           Module Title                                                                                            Credits

Concentration: Health Policy Management and planning

PHLT 720      Service Delivery and Quality in Health Systems

3

PHLT 721      Health Information System

2

PHLT 722      Medicines and other Health Technologies

2

PHLT 723      Human Resources for Health/ Workforce

2

PHLT 724      Health Economics and Finance

3

PHLT 725      Health Governance, Policy and Management

3

Concentration: Reproductive Health

PHLT 726      Fundamentals of Reproductive Health

3

PHLT 727      Emerging Issues in Reproductive Health

1

PHLT 728      Management of Reproductive Health Programs

2

PHLT 729      Epidemiology in Reproductive Health

3

PHLT 730      Communication Skills for Behavioral Change

2

PHLT 731      Reproductive Health during Emergencies

2

PHLT 732      Reproductive Health Services Policy and Planning

2

   

Semester Four

 credits

Module code Module Title

Credits

PHLT 733     Practicum in Public Health

3

PHLT 799      Thesis

6

 

Modules Description

 

PHLT 701               Introduction to Public Health and Health Systems                    2 cr.

This module is designed to familiarize students with the basic concepts concerning the organization of public health and medical care systems with reference to Sudan, definitions of health and illness and future trends that could impact the health of populations.

 PHLT 702                Ethics in Public Health                                                                      2 cr.

This module explores the “application” of ethics to a broad range of contemporary public health issues that are pertinent to the public health practitioner and policymaker. It discusses the often-conflicting values and ethical dilemmas raised by current public health knowledge and its applications.

 PHLT 703               Social  Sciences  in Public Health                                                     2 cr.

This module applies sociological principles to medicine, health, illness, and health care. It provides insights generated by a framework to situate medicine, health, illness, and health care in a variety of institutional domains: economic markets, politics, science, religion, and culture, broadly construed.

 PHLT 704               Environmental  and Occupational Health                                       3 cr.

This module highlights the history of environmental health, the continuum from exposure to disease and occupational health hazards. It also focuses on legal and regulatory issues in the provision of occupational health services and methods for work place health improvement.

 PHLT 705               Gender and Health                                                                                2 cr.

This module focuses on women and men health status using different perspectives such as rights, gender and social determinants of health. It applies an analytical framework based on needs, status, problems, policies and interventions for solutions and improvements. It also delves into varied forms of gender-ascribed behaviors.

 PHLT 706               Epidemiology and Biostatistics                                                          4 cr.

This module introduces students to basic concepts in statistics and epidemiology and the analysis and presentation of public health data. Sources of routine data and their interpretation will be discussed. The course will provide students with the basic tools needed to manage, analyze and interpret information and statistics.

 PHLT 707               Research  Methods in Health                                                              3 cr.

This module is concerned with the design and conduct of research for obtaining information about health in the population and health settings including health-related behavior, experiences, attitudes and opinions. Ethical issues and practice in the conduct of health research are also discussed.

 PHLT 708               Health Promotion and Education                                                        2 cr.

This module provides an overview of concepts and principles of health education and health promotion and the contribution of psychological theories, principles, and techniques in the prevention of health-related problems. It will also provide students with up to date innovation and development at international level.

PHLT 709               Public  Health during Emergency                                                         2 cr.

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of common public health problems in humanitarian emergencies. This is to enable them to adopt an evidence-based and reasoned approach to the critical assessment and management of the problems and to develop and evaluate strategies for their prevention and control.

 PHLT 710               Global Health                                                                                           2 cr.

The module describes the principles of global health addressing the most critical issues in global health and emphasizes the possible solutions. Major players in global health as well as various models of health systems will be discussed. Students will learn the impact of globalization, population dynamics, environmental changes and emerging global public health issues.

 PHLT 711               Communicable  and Non-Communicable Diseases                         2 cr.

This module explores the nature, prevention, control, and treatment of communicable, chronic, degenerative, and idiopathic human diseases that are most common. Students will acquire the knowledge of the broad package of strategies for controlling diseases, from primary prevention, health promotion, and health legislation to screening for early detection, treatment and rehabilitation.

 PHLT 712               Demographic  Methods in Health                                                        2 cr.

This module provides basic competencies in demographic methods and understanding of the strengths and limitations of population-level data and analyses. The module discusses theories of demographic transition and their application in population changes in developing countries, with specific application to Sudan. The module will emphasize hands-on and applied analysis of existing data sources.

 PHLT 713               Leadership  in Public Health                                                                  2 cr.

The module covers concepts and theories of leadership, present leadership challenges from public health practice and discover personal leadership attributes. Emphasis is on the application of the course material to real life public health problems and issues in the development of public health careers. Special topics may include futures research, systems thinking, sustainable development and visionary leadership.

 PHLT 720               Service Delivery and Quality in Health Systems                             3 cr.

This module provides the key components of health services delivery as well as its system, core inputs, process and outcomes. Indicators of Map-Health Service will also be presented to enable students to formulate a health service delivery system in different levels of health care. The module also covers health care quality improvement strategies and techniques to enhance customer satisfaction and reduce costs. The course will be taught as two-thirds for health services delivery and one-third for quality in health.

 PHLT 721               Health Information System                                                                  2 cr.

This module helps students to recognize and assess the role of Information Systems within healthcare, particularly from a management and strategic perspective. This module addresses key themes in healthcare information systems as they aim to provide the necessary infrastructure needed to manage and produce relevant, timely, accurate and valid information to support the healthcare organization and its users.

PHLT 722               Medicines  and  other Health Technologies                                        2 cr.

The module provides students with the WHO’s essential medicines list to compare it with the national list through visits to primary and secondary health care institutions. The impact of use of medicines on public health, the regulations, the process, policies, and the institutions responsible for regulation in Sudan will be discussed.

 PHLT 723               Human Resources for Health / Workforce                                         2 cr.

The module covers the key concepts and components of the management system of Human Resources for Health. Students will acquire the skills of designing and analyzing different frameworks, apply HRH projection techniques to Sudan Health System context, perform job analysis and develop job descriptions for the employees in different health organizations. The process of recruitment, selection of staff, supervision, mentoring, coaching, training as well as evaluation will also be addressed.

 PHLT 724               Health  Economics and Finance                                                             3 cr

This module demonstrates how basic economic concepts, principles, and theories can be used to think about and clarify various health care issues. The course will also highlight the issues of financing health services through examining the different modes of finance such as general system of taxation, user fees, and health insurance.

 PHLT 725               Health Governance, Policy  and Management                                  3 cr.

The module provides the students with the components of management, principles and characteristics of organizations to adopt the operational model of Leadership and Governance in health sector. Different analysis skills, plan-types and planning cycle of strategic plan, policy analysis and policy cycle will be presented with practical illustrations from domestic and international settings.

 PHLT 726               Fundamentals  of Reproductive Health                                              3 cr.

This module covers males and females reproductive health across the life cycle and provides substantive knowledge in major areas of reproductive and sexual health. This module aims to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities to analyze, understand and capture the links between gender and reproductive health and the implications of gender inequality on reproductive health of various groups.

 PHLT 727               Emerging  Issues  in Reproductive Health                                          1 cr.

The module mainly depends on the student’s search and participation in the reproductive health field. It will focus on pertinent issues related to reproductive health, including maternal and neonatal health, as priority issues on the global health agenda. It addresses other emerging reproductive health problems and appropriate interventions and best practices to deal with them.

 PHLT 728               Management of Reproductive  Health Programs                              2 cr.

This module familiarizes the students with current strategies for the implementation and delivery of reproductive health programs. It highlights the major demographic and epidemiological data relevant to the development of programs, planning process and program cycle. It covers the different management functions essential to sustain and implement successful reproductive health programs using regional and global examples.

 PHLT 729               Epidemiology  in Reproductive Health                                                  3 cr.

The module emphasizes reproductive health issues affecting women and infants from the pre-conception to post-natal periods, as well as adolescent and adulthood. Relevant methodological, clinical, policy and programmatic issues will be presented with practical illustrations from domestic and international settings to enable students to design a reproductive health epidemiology study, discuss relevant methodological issues and apply data to improve reproductive health programs and policy.

 PHLT 730               Communication  Skills  for Behavioral Change                                    2 cr.

This module is designed to facilitate the student’s development of the communication skills necessary to interact effectively with families and clients. The student will learn and practice basic communication and interpersonal skills that are necessary in providing competent, effective behavioral changes for mothers in the community.

 PHLT 731               Reproductive  Health during Emergencies                                           2 cr.

This module covers the technical and management principles that are the basis of planning, implementing, and evaluating Reproductive Health programs for acutely affected populations in emergency setting. It includes sessions on assessment, epidemiology of major RH problems, surveillance, and program management in the context of an international relief operation.

 PHLT 732               Reproductive  Health Services  Policy and Planning                          2 cr.

This module provides an introduction to the evidence based policy formulation and planning processes within the reproductive health care system. The module will give emphasis to the policy formulation process, influencing policy and factors affecting reproductive health plans including health providers. The strategy of the course is to improve analytical and practical approaches to problem analysis, decision-making, policy, planning and monitoring.

 PHLT 733               Practicum  in Public Health                                                                      3 cr.

The practicum is designed to provide an opportunity for the students to synthesize, integrate, and apply practical skills, learned through the modules to demonstrate mastery of the public health competencies. The practicum implementation process consists of three phases: Practicum Proposal, Practicum, and Practicum Evaluation Activities. Prerequisite: Passed both core and concentration modules

 PHLT 799                Thesis                                                                                                           6 cr.

Under the supervision of a faculty staff, the student will identify a thesis topic in public health area, develop the research strategies, design, data collection tool and analysis techniques and present a research proposal following specific guidelines and regulations.