Hyderabad: The Union health ministry has prepared a new model course curriculum for the Masters in Public Health (MPH) course to develop analytical and assessment skills of students.
The course is designed to be a two-year full-time programme including internship and dissertation. The course will help in the candidates in collecting and interpreting information in areas of policy planning, communication, advocacy and evaluation of public health data and financial planning, leadership and management skills for running public health programs in the country. UGC has instructed all the affiliated colleges and institutes to adopt the curriculum.
The curriculum guidelines are the result of deliberations between public health experts of India and the UK, which has been going on since 2015. The course will comprise 15 core modules and several electives. Four elective streams comprising five modules each have been suggested in addition to 15 core modules. A candidate will need to pass the core modules, and five elective modules to complete the programme.
The course provides for a two-month internship at government or non-government public health organisations or programme management units. The internship is worth two credits and this will be a 10-credit course.
The dissertation will be evaluated by an internal examiner (60 per cent weightage) and an external examiner (40 per cent weightage) including a viva-voice....