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BPH

BPH is a 4 years’ course, which proposes a professional public health specialist. A BPH-Student bears a responsibility of providing leadership to the community and to the middle grassroots level health workers. BPH course aims to provide advance knowledge and practical skills in primary health care to those who have qualified the certificate level programs in medicine, nursing, health sciences & also to other related professionals.


BPH PROGRAMME

The study of public health stems from the need to educate and keep healthy large groups of people in a way that individualized medicine cannot. Individuals with a degree in public health will focus on the 4 P's of public health during their education: Prevention, Promotion, Protection, and Population-based

The BPH program at CMCTH is designed to prepare scholar-practitioners with knowledge and skills in the core concepts of public health including health behavior, research and statistics in health, environmental health, epidemiology, and health administration, as well as in the planning, evaluation, organization, and conduct of community and public health services.  The planned course of study adopts an interdisciplinary focus and includes the development of tailored skills through the successful completion of theoretical and  experiential learning. 

The degree will prepare students who are interested in pursuing health-related careers in health promotion, program delivery; health communication, community organization, and behavior change for entry-level to mid-level positions in service and research in health departments, public health agencies, community-based organizations, outreach education programs, hospitals, private health organizations, and corporate wellness settings.  The BPH program is designed to appeal to students with interests in “population” rather than “individual” health.

GOALS OF THE BPH PROGRAMME:

The goals of the BPH Programme are to train graduates to evaluate and analyse the challenges confronting public health and the provision of health services today; engage in policy debates about global and international health; and respond to the challenge of the widening health inequalities that exist within and between communities and indeed countries.

 

A Bachelor's in Public Health is an undergraduate degree that provides an individual with the skills needed to enter into a wide variety of fields within public health. The overall purpose of BPH Programme is to prepare competent and responsible public health graduates needed for the country to respond to the health needs of people.  The aim of this BPH programme is to provide students with a broad knowledge of the theories and methods of public health as well as skills in working with the health problems of the communities in which they work. Public Health graduates will have a wide range of working scope in public & private sectors, as well as in service & academic sectors. The graduates with BPH degree can serve as public health  officer or in other positions at national, regional, district and community level in the government; in national and international non governmental organizations. Public health graduates can also work in teaching and research institutions.

COMPETENCIES TO BE ACHIEVED BY BPH GRADUATES:

  1. Explain relevance of basic health sciences in public health;
  2. Appreciate behavioural, socio-cultural, economic and other dimensions of health & diseases;
  3. Analyze health systems from public health perspective- effectiveness, efficiency, equity & justice;
  4. Manage-plan,implement, monitor & evaluate health systems, programmes & services;
  5. Train & manage human resources for health;
  6. Conduct health research for evidence based decision making process in public health;
  7. Demonstrate leadership to organize and mobilize communities to address health problems.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR BPH PROGRAMME:

  1. Candidate should have completed 10+2 or intermediate of science or equivalent course with English, Biology, Physics and Chemistry as major subjects securing at least 50 per cent mark in aggregate from a recognized college.
  2. Candidate (both Nepalese and foreign nationals) must have passed the entrance exam set by Institute of Medicine (IoM) of the same year candidate is seeking admission in. Candidate should not go through any other entrance examination set by CMC itself.

DURATION OF THE BPH COURSE:

Bachelor in Public Health is a four academic year programme which includes six months practicum in the final year.

 

 

 

 

 

BPH COURSE DETAILS:

YEAR - FIRST

Paper

Course title

TEACHING/LEARNING METHODS

I

Basic Health Science – I

Didactic lectures, group demonstration/practical discussion in class room setting, OPD, ward, laboratory, and field exposure

 

a. Anatomy

b. Physiology

c. Biochemistry

d. Pathology

e. Pharmacology & toxicology

II

Basic Health Science – II

Didactic lectures, group work, discussion in class room setting
Laboratory demonstration classes, Hands on exercise
Observation visit to different organizations related to environmental issues

 

a. Microbiology

 

b. Entomology &Rodentology

 

c. First Aid

III

Biostatistics

Class lectures, practical problem solving sessions, Review of Journal articles on use of statistical methods

IV

Population studies & Informatics

Class room teaching with the use of overhead projector, LCD and group discussion, practical problem solving sessions

 

a. Population studies

 

b. Informatics

V

Food and Nutrition

Classroom lectures
Group work and presentation

Concurrent field visits to observe nutrition rehabilitation centers and pediatric hospitals

Concurrent field visits to study nutrition projects run by various organizations

VI

Environmental Health

Didactic lectures, group work, discussion in classroom setting. Laboratory demonstration classes, Hands on exercise


Observation visit to different organizations related to environmental issues

VII

Public Health & Primary Health Care

Teaching learning methods of this course include didactic lectures, seminar, group work, and discussion in classroom setting.

Observation visit of health institutions and facilities: Hospital, PHCC, HP, SHP, urban health clinics, to learn about the DOTS clinics, Fertility care services, Maternal and child health clinics and relevant organizations, Different Divisions of Department of Health Services, UN Agencies


 

YEAR - SECOND

Paper

Course title

TEACHING/LEARNING METHODS

VIII

Family Health – I

Class room lecture, Group work, discussion and presentation, Observation

Practical: Observation of different contraceptive methods, Observation of counseling for family planning, Observation at EPI clinics, Analysis of the secondary data from FP clinics, ANC

IX

Health Promotion & Health Education - I

The teaching learning activities will be continued around mini lecture, group work and discussion, field visit, seminar and report writing. The instructional materials will be

Usual classroom materials: chalk board, flip chart, overhead projector, power point presentations Flexible classroom for lecture and group work

Governmental and non-governmental organization having on - going health education programme

Computers with multi-media soft wares Sample of evaluation reports

X

Epidemiology – I

Lectures, group discussion, interaction, presentations, critical review of article and library study

XI

Community Health Diagnosis

 

 

Theory

Theory lectures, discussions, presentations by the students and integrated teaching.

 

Residential field

Students will be placed in the community for the period of 30 days in small groups.

XII

Environmental Health & Occupational Health - II

Teaching learning methods of this course includes didactic lectures, group work, and discussion in the class room setting.
 Laboratory demonstration classes will be held along with hands on exercise. Educational tour will be organized to visit different organizations related to environmental issues

XIII

Medical Sociology & Anthropology

Teaching learning methods of this course include didactic lectures, seminar, group work, presentations review papers discussion in classroom setting.

XIV

Public Health Administration & Management - I

Didactic lectures, seminar, group work, and presentations review papers discussion in classroom setting.

 

 


 

YEAR - THREE

Paper

Course title

TEACHING/LEARNING METHODS

XV

Family Health – II

Class room lecture, Group work, discussion and presentation, Observation

XVI

Health Promotion & Health Education - II

Mini lecture, group work and discussion, field visit, seminar and report writing.

XVII

Epidemiology – II

Lectures, group discussions, library study assignments, home Assignments, and field trips.

XVIII

Health Economics and Health Financing

Didactic lectures, seminar, group work, discussion in class room setting, observation visit of relevant institutions and organizations

XIX

District Health Field Practice

Workshop, Seminar, Group discussion, Field work

XX

School and Community Health

Didactic lectures, seminar, group work, discussion in class room setting, observation visit of relevant institutions and organizations

XXI

Public Health Administration & Management - II

Didactic lectures, seminar, group work, discussion in class room setting, observation visit of relevant institutions and organizations

 

YEAR – FOURTH

Paper

Course title

TEACHING/LEARNING METHODS

XXII

Public Health Research Methodology and Public Health Project Planning and Development

·         Lecture and group work method will be adapted to develop knowledge and skill on project planning and development

·         During Practicum-the students apply the principles of project planning, development and implementation to real world health problems; and - evaluate health projects using standardized indicators.

XXIII

Individual Health Research (Field based Practicum)

 

XXIV

Health System Management and International Health

·    Didactic lecture: mainly on the basic concepts, principles and theories 


·    Presentations and seminars: mainly on the events and issues of debate and 
diverse opinions

·    Participation in different academic events like guest lectures, national workshops /seminars


·         Self-learning: mainly on the issues, where further explanations are desired and materials are easily available for reading.

XXV

Comprehensive Public Health Practicum

 

 

 

EXAMINATIONS:

Three Internal Assessments in each year.

University Exams:

Board Exams which includes Theory, Practicum & Viva Voce as per TU/IOM Rules

 

FIELD PROGRAMMES IN BPH:

In BPH Program, there are two community field programmes  named Community Health Diagnosis in second year and District Health Field in the third year.

Community Health Diagnosis(CHD):

This is a four weeks field program - one-week orientation and three weeks field posting in a rural municipality (Gaun Palika). Orientation is conducted at the college, during which faculty members of School of Public Health and Department of Community Medicine orient the students about purposes and process of the CHD. Then students are sent to the rural municipality (Gaun Palika) where they collect data, analyze the data  and present the findings to community members and leaders. They also find out the health related problems, prioritize them and select one of the problems for micro health project (MHP). At the end of 3rd week they do final presentation in community and present the conclusion of their field activities and acknowledge their facilitation. At the end of field, students present the findings at CMC and submit the report to the School of Public Health and Department of Community Medicine. 

 

As a result of CHD, students acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for working in different rural and peri-urban communities, learn from real-life situations, apply their Epidemiology, Biostatistics and other health sciences’ knowledge, and gain necessary skills for their future work as public health professionals.

 

District health system management (DHSM) field program

This is a 9 weeks field program- one-week orientation and 8 weeks field posting in district health organization (district public health office, NGOs, INGOs and hospital). Orientation is conducted at the college, during which faculty members of School of Public Health and Department of Community Medicine orient the students about purposes and process of the DHSM field.  Then students are sent to the district health organization (district public health office, NGOs, INGOs and hospital). During the field posting, they perform following activities:

  1. Prepare District Health Management Profile
  2. Critical Appraisal of Health Management
  3. Develop, implement and evaluate a mini action project
  4. Organize a seminar to present the activities 1-3 findings

At the end of field, students present the findings and submit the report to the department.

As a result of DHSM, students acquire management knowledge and skills.