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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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The Faculty of Allied Health Sciences under Sri Devaraj UrsAcademy of Higher Education & Research offers Masters of Public Health programme. This two year postgraduate programme is interdisciplinary in nature and comprises of class room based teaching, field work, health survey, dissertation, laboratory based teaching, computer based learning and internship.
What is public health?
Unlike Medicine which is mainly concerned with treatment of disease in sick individuals, Public health is the art and science of preventing disease, promoting health and maintaining health of population. The health of people is not only determined on health care services but also on human behavior, nutrition, physical and biological environment, social and economic conditions, genes, etc. Hence the science of public health is interdisciplinary in nature and involves the study of various disciplines such as epidemiology, biostatistics, demography, medicine, microbiology, nutrition, biochemistry, genetics, social and behavioral sciences and management sciences.
Public Health personnel typically are involved in assessing the health status of population and in planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes to improve the people’s health. They study disease epidemics and take measure to control them. They work at administrative and managerial levels in health organizations of Government, Private, NGO’s and International agencies like WHO, UNICEF, etc. They are also employed in health research agencies and in academic institutions of public health.
To prepare professionals in the field of Public Health who can plan, monitor, implement and evaluate need based health care services to the communitywhich is based on sound scientific principles. The public health professional should be able to manage health systems and health programmesin public, private and voluntary sectors and in International agencies.