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Introduction


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 regular adjustments of policies. To achieve latter, it’s vital to generate scholarly knowledge and its dissemination to communities. A healthy population is a pre-requisite for economic prosperity. 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, it’s 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 β- 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 5000 public health professionals annually to address chronic shortage. It’s 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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Public Health at University of Health Sciences, Lahore, is to contribute towards the improvement of health status of human population. The Department through its research and development program strives to acquire and disseminate knowledge regarding health promotion, control of communicable and non-communicable diseases and understanding health systems.

This will be brought about through education and research for the scientific development of health policies, translation of policies into feasible action plans and executing such plans.

1.2 Vision Statement

The Department envisages becoming an academic center of excellence in public health teaching and training, capacity building and policy advice. It will strive to acquire methods to propagate knowledge that will become a benchmark in Public Health Education both nationally and internationally.

1.3 Departmental Goal

The Departmental goal is to improve the health of the population through enhancing human resource development and improving the health-related policy through research and practices.

1.4 Departmental Objectives

The objectives of the Department are to:

  1. Produce competent, committed and skilled public health professionals.
  2. Assist in the translation of the knowledge into sound evidence-based policies and practices.
  3. Prepare leadership in public health.
  4. Develop, administer and evaluate health policies and programmes.
  5. Participate directly in efforts to improve the health of the community using community-based and health systems’ assessment of preventive/curative services.
  6. Conduct basic and applied research relevant to the description, risk factors and interventions for the resolution of health problems in the human populations.

These objectives will be appreciated through developing values such as a merit-based system, transparency, assuring quality through a team network and providing sustainable departmental infrastructure.

Academic Programs

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The graduates of the MPH programme are prepared to:

  • Solve health-related problems within the financial, socio-cultural, environmental and political framework of Pakistan and its surrounding region.
  • Design, conduct, analyze and interpret the results of relevant studies, projects and programmes.
  • Plan, manage, monitor and evaluate interventions in the field of public health.
  • Communicate public health messages to diverse audience effectively.
  • Advocate sound public health policies and practices.
Master of Health Economics and Health Management (MHE&HM)

The graduates of the MHE&M programme are prepared to:

  • Take on leadership roles in health system planning and management;
  • Use statistics and econometric methods to solve health system related planning and management problems within the financial, socio-cultural, environmental and political framework of Pakistan and the region;
  • Understand the burden of disease; measure and calculate health outcomes; differentiate between methods of economic evaluation; and practice use of economic evaluation.
  • Manage resources for attaining efficiency, equity and sustainability;
  • Make decisions based on evidence;
  • Analyze policy alternatives, balancing financial and socio-economic imperatives;
  • Demonstrate the ideas and thinking of economics, justify the use of economic analysis in health care, and incorporate health economic analysis in their day to day work;
  • Evaluate different approaches to priority setting in health care;
  • Appraise the role of health insurance and different health financing systems to communicate and advocate policies effectively.
Master of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The graduates of this programme are prepared to:

  • Advance the science of epidemiology and biostatistics by developing new methods and applications
  • Use epidemiologic and statistical methods to investigate the etiology of disease in human populations
  • Use epidemiologic and statistical methods to evaluate health care delivery
  • Develop methodology for translating epidemiologic research findings into clinical medicine
  • Design, conduct, analyze approaches for applying the findings of epidemiologic research in the formulation of public policy and to participate in formulating and evaluating the effects of such policy.
Master of Reproductive & Child Health (MRCH)

The graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Identify and solve the maternal & child health issues within the financial, socio-cultural, environmental and political framework of Pakistan and its surrounding region.
  • Design, conduct, analyze and interpret the results of relevant studies, projects and program.
  • Plan, manage, monitor and evaluate relevant interventions in the field of public health.
  • Advocate sound public health policies and practices to highlight the preventable causes of maternal and child morbidity as well as mortality.
Master of Health Promotion and Education (MHP&E)

The graduates of the MHP&E programme are prepared to:

  • Solve health-related problems within the financial, socio-cultural, environmental and political framework using the tools available for promoting health among the general populations.
  • Initiate, plan, manage, monitor and evaluate interventions following the principles of Health Promotion.
  • Communicate public health messages to diverse audience effectively.
  • Advocate sound public health policies and practices.

 

PhD in Public Health

The post-graduates of the PhD (Public Health) programme are prepared to:

  • Apply appropriate epidemiological research designs
  • Apply advanced statistical analysis methods for health studies
  • Prepare data structures and measurement methods for health research
  • Biological, behavioral and social theory applied to the understanding and prevention of contemporary threats to health and well-being
  • Assimilate the history, philosophy, and ethical principles of epidemiology into current research
  • Develop grant proposals and manage research projects
  • Write scientific papers for publication in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and communicate research results to scientists, policy makers, and the public
  • Compete successfully for research and teaching positions in academic institutions, and federal or state agencies

Faculty


Prof. Dr. Shakila Zaman
  • Head of Public Health Department, UHS
  • M.B.B.S, MCPS, Diploma in Epidemiology (UK), Intensive course in Biostatistics (UK)
  • PhD (Epidemiology and Clinical Immunology) University of Göteborg, Göteborg, Sweden.
  • Awarded Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Health from Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences.


Dr. Muhammad Yaqoob
  • Associate Professor
  • MBBS, MCPS (Pediatrics), PhD (Population Genetics)


Dr. Shehnoor Azhar
  • Assistant Professor
  • BDS, MPH


Dr. Yaseen Abdullah
  • Lecturer (Public Health)
  • MPH, Pharm. D, RPh


Imran Hameed Khaliq
  • Lecturer (Health Economics)
  • MS Economics (Health)


Khadija Asim
  • Program Coordinator / Lecturer (Nutrition)
  • MSc. Food and Nutrition, Masters in Public Health Nutrition (UK)

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