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BS (Public Health)

 

Introduction

Public health deals with core concepts of disease prevention, propagation and control. A functional health system not just manages diseases upon presentation but also aims to reduce disease burden through preventive and promotive activities leading to regular adjustments of policies. To achieve latter, itís vital to generate scholarly knowledge through education and Research and its dissemination to communities. A healthy population is a pre-requisite for economic prosperity through improved health and poverty risk reduction. By investing an additional $1 on health per capita, about three times dividend is estimated to be reaped. Therefore, public health offers tools to set goals as well as trade-offs needed to achieve those goals efficiently.

Pakistan continues to suffer from large burden of different diseases owing mainly to resource constraints and lower population literacy rate. A substantial number of injuries as well as deaths occur each year which could be prevented. The capacity to collect and utilize health-related data is also limited. Furthermore, there exists enormous variation in its geography, culture and health practices. With increasing population, itís imperative that greater importance be given to various aspects of health prevention along with curative health care services through hospitals.

Compared to regional countries, progress on national and international health goals has been slower. The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) currently stands at 62 per thousand while Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) is estimated 46 per thousand live births. The Maternal Mortality Rate of 170/100,000 is still higher in comparison with Iran, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Data also indicate higher prevalence of major birth defects, malnutrition, and ?- Thalassemia, but antenatal care and/or screening is available to very few. Moreover, cultural practices like consanguinity also exist. Across the country, Primary Health Care (PHC) is provided through a network of Basic Health Units (BHUs), Rural Health Centers (RHCs), Dispensaries, and First Aid posts. Further improvements in PHC delivery could prevent diseases and engage communities in health promotion thus saving valuable resources while improving overall health. This, in turn, could help make substantial progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Analyses of existing workforce indicate the need to train an estimated 5000 public health professionals annually to address chronic shortage. It is needed to achieve optimum outputs through the system while producing scholarly research in this vital discipline. Therefore, Department of Public Health at University of Health Sciences, Lahore is offering Post-Graduate Programs in various public health disciplines.

Goal

The B.S. Public Health programme aims to improve the health status of the population, which is to be achieved by providing professionals with a high quality of undergraduate training programme in public health sciences.

Objectives:

1. Produce competent, committed and skilled public health professionals.

2. Provide foundation for choosing a relevant Track in Public Health in future.

3. Prepare skilled workforce in public health auxiliary and support services

4. Prepare leadership in public health.

5. Develop, administer and evaluate health policies and programmes.

6. Participate directly in efforts to improve the health of the community using community-based and health systemsí assessment of preventive services.

7. Conduct basic and applied research relevant to the description, studying risk factors and interventions for the promoting health and resolution of health problems in the human populations.

Career Opportunities

Public health Degrees open doors beyond just the commonly assumed government career path. There are actually a wide variety of settings in which public health graduates may work, as with any degree program. Some of those settings are:

1. Epidemiologist
2. Health Planner
3. Health Economist
4. Health Promotional Programs Coordinator
5. Health Informatics Specialist
6. Public Health Project Manager
7. Healthcare Administrator
8. Health and Safety Engineer
9. Public Health Educator
10. Management Policy Advisor
11. Public Health Lawyer
12. Industrial Hygienist
13. Environmentalist
14. Public Health Professor
15. NGO Programme Officer
16. Mental Health Researcher
17. Behavioral Scientist
18. Health Communications Specialist
19. Public Health Consultant
20. Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Number of Seats

Number of Seats = 40

Category = All Open Merit Seats

Structure of the Program

The normal duration of a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) programme is four (04) years. Each academic year consists of two semesters. The program will be offered at Jinnah Campus of the university at Kala Shah Kaku.

There shall be two semesters in an academic year Ė Fall semester and Spring Semester. Each semester shall be of 18 weeks for teaching and one week for Mid-Semester Examinations. Final Examination shall be conducted by the University at the end of each semester. Schedule (date sheet) of final examinations shall be issued by the Controller of Examinations, University of Health Sciences, Lahore.

Sr.

Categories

No. of Courses

Credit Hours

1.

Compulsory Courses

09

28

2.

General Courses

07

21

3.

Discipline Specified Courses

07

31

4.

Major Courses (including research project/internship)

15

45

5.

Elective within the major

04

12

Total

42

137

Scheme of Studies

Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester

PH I-C01

English 1

3

PH I-CO5

Pakistan Studies

2

PH I-C07

Mathematics

3

PH I-G01

Life Sciences Biology

3

PH I-G02

Sociology of Health & Disease

3

PH I-C09

Basic Computer Literacy

3

Second Semester

PH II-C02

English 2

3

PH II-C06

Ethics/Islamic Studies

2

PH II-C08

Basic Statistics

3

PH II-G03

Principles of Psychology

3

PH II-G04

Medical Anthropology

3

PH II-D01

Personal Hygiene

3

Third Semester

PH III-C03

English 3

3

PH III-C09

Basic Computer Skills

3

PH III-G05

Population Dynamics

3

PH III-G06

Primary Health Care

3

PH III-D02

Concept of Health & Disease

3

Fourth Semester

PH IV-C04

English 4

3

PH IV-G07

Professional Ethics

3

PH IV-D03

Basic Epidemiology

3

PH IV-D04

Basic Biostatistics

3

PH IV-D05

Health Promotion, Advocacy & Social Mobilization

3

Fifth Semester

PH V-D06

Community Nutrition

3

PH V-D07

Community Pediatrics

3

PH V-M01

Fundamental Principles of Infectious Diseases

3

PH V-M02

Communicable Disease Epidemiology

3

PH V-M03

Non-Communicable Disease

3

Sixth Semester

PH VI-D08

Reproductive Health

3

PH VI-D09

Environmental & Occupational Health

4

PH VI-M04

Health Policy & Management

3

PH VI-M05

Health Planning

3

PH VI-M06

District Health Management

3

PH VI-M12

Health Professional Education

3

Seventh Semester

PH VII-D10

Mental Health

3

PH VII-M07

Applied Epidemiology

3

PH VII-M08

Research Methodology

4

PH VII-E00

Elective 1

3

PH VII-E00

Elective 2

3

PH VII-M15

Research Project

4

Eight Semester

PH VIII-M09

Microbiology

3

PH VIII-M10

Entomology

3

PH VIII-M11

Parasitology

3

PH VIII-E00

Elective 3

3

PH VIII-E00

Elective 4

3

PH VIII-M15

Research Project

4

Electives

Prison Health

3

International Health

3

Health Economics

3

Health Financing

3

Health Inventory Management

3

Disaster Management

3

Quality Management in Health Care\

3

School Health

3

Health Information System

3

Health Project Management

3

Art and Public Health

3

Community Dentistry

3

Community Psychiatry

3

Community Nursing

3

Food Safety

3

Health Marketing

3

Addiction and Social Rehabilitation

3

Nuclear Medicine

3

Sports Medicine

3

Adolescent and Sexual Health

3

Risk Management

3

Geriatrics

3

FEE STRUCTURE

Sr. No.

Particular

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd Semester

4th Semester

5th Semester

6th Semester

7th Semester

8th Semester

1.

Admission Fee (Non-Refundable

Rs.10,000/-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2.

Tuition Fee

Rs.50,000/-

Rs.50,000/-

Rs.50,000/-

Rs.50,000/-

Rs.50,000/-

Rs.50,000/-

Rs.50,000/-

Rs.50,000/-

3.

Registration Fee

Rs.1500/-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

4.

Mid-Term Examination Fee

Rs.1000/-

Rs.1000/-

Rs.1000/-

Rs.1000/-

Rs.1000/-

Rs.1000/-

Rs.1000/-

Rs.1000/-

5.

Final Examination Fee

Rs.4500/-

Rs.4500/-

Rs.4500/-

Rs.4500/-

Rs.4500/-

Rs.4500/-

Rs.4500/-

Rs.4500/-

6.

Security (Refundable)

Rs.5000/-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

7.

Miscellaneous

Rs.5000/-

Rs.5000/-

Rs.5000/-

Rs.5000/-

Rs.5000/-

Rs.5000/-

Rs.5000/-

Rs.5000/-

Total

Rs.77,000/-

Rs.60,500/-

Rs.60,500/-

Rs.60,500/-

Rs.60,500/-

Rs.60,500/-

Rs.60,500/-

Rs.60,500/-