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MSc. IN PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE

  1. INTRODUCTION

The Master of Science (MSc.) degree programme in Public Health Science is a widely recognized professional credential for leadership in public health science. The programme lays emphasis on active, student –directed learning, problem solving and the acquisition of skills essential to the practice of public health science. The curriculum is organized around a guiding framework, which first provides students with a conceptual overview of the diverse profession of public health science and team-oriented approach to professional practice as well as a practicum (hands-on-training). This curriculum gives the student a general knowledge of the core competencies, rather than a specific field of specialization in public health science. It emphasizes on basic public health sciences, essential managerial and analytical skills including public health policy and planning, epidemiological investigations, primary health, health systems analysis and research, maternal and child health, environmental health,  public health nutrition, social medicine, biostatistics, healthcare financing, global health, disease control, and effective communication and leadership. Elective courses are available and a supervised dissertation. The dissertation integrates public health knowledge, skills and methods in a professionally and individually relevant practice context.

 

    1. NAME OF THE PROGRAMME: Master of Science (MSc) in Public Health Science

 

    1. PROGRAMME CODE:
    2. PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME:

The philosophy is to develop highly skilled manpower for teaching, research and professional services for the public, private and international organizations in the field of Health Sciences, through the flexibility of open and distance learning in providing cost effective advanced public health studies.

    1. PROGRAMME AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

 

      1. Aims

The Masters (MSc) Degree programme in Public Health Science is aimed at:

  1. Providing interested individuals with the necessary competencies and skills to function effectively as teachers, researchers and professionals in the health and medically related industry. This is with the view of providing students with the scientific knowledge and skills required to enhance their performance as members of the healthcare team in their various specialties and disciplines.

 

  1. Acquisition of teaching, research and professional skills for imparting knowledge and service delivery in Nigeria and internationally.

 

  1. Producing graduates who are capable of applying scientific knowledge and principles to solve human and environmental health problems.

 

  1. To produce scientists who are socially responsible and mindful of accepted norms and ethics.

 

      1. Objectives

At the end of the programme, students should be able to:

 

  1. Solve health–related problems within the financial, socio-cultural, environmental and political framework of Nigeria and its surrounding regions;
  2. Design, conduct, analyze and interpret results of relevant studies, projects and programmes;

 

  1. Plan, manage, monitor and evaluate interventions in public health science;

 

  1. Communicate public health science messages to diverse audience effectively; and

 

  1. Advocate sound public health policies and practices.

 

    1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

1.    All candidates must fulfill the matriculation requirements as stipulated by the programme of the university and as specified by the undergraduate BMAS.

 

  1. Candidates must possess bachelor’s degree from a recognized university and must obtain a minimum of second class lower division in their fields or related disciplines.

 

  1. Candidates with a basic professional degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Environmental Health, Health Education, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Zoology, Environmental Biology, Physiotherapy, Anatomy, Physiology and Optometry.

 

  1. Candidates with HND or other equivalent qualifications e.g. AIMLS, could be considered for admission provided they have obtained a postgraduate diploma at credit level in related disciplines.

 

  1. On completion of the MSc. programme, candidates who obtained weighted score of 60% and above are eligible to proceed to the PhD programme in Public Health. Candidates who obtained a weighted score between 55% and 59% would be eligible for the M. Phil/Ph.D programme. However, candidates who obtained weighted score between 50% and 55% shall be eligible to proceed to M. Phil programme in Public Health.

1.6 METHOD OF INSTRUCTION:

The method of instruction is by the open and distance learning (ODL) mode, which involves the use of a range of multi-media facilities to bridge the “distance” between the instructor and the students. The major medium of instruction for the programme is Print. Each course has a study material which students are expected to study prior to their being examined. A course guide is also provided to give the students an overview of the course.

1.7 LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English is the language of instruction in this programme.

 

    1. METHODS OF ASSESSMENT:

 

  1. Tutor Marked Assignments:

 

As part of the evaluation mechanism, each course would be provided with four (3) TMAs which would be used for the continuous assessment for a course. The three would also be used for the practical courses. To qualify to sit for examination therefore, each student must turn in at least three TMAs for each course which will constitute 30% of course assessment for the MSc programme.

 

ii)       End of Semester Examination

Except otherwise stated, each course will culminate in an end of semester examination. The examination will constitute 70% of the total score. The pass mark for the final examination is 50%.    

 

 

 

1.9 REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

To be awarded a Master’s (MSc.) degree in Public Health Science, candidate must pass a minimum of Forty eight (48) credit units out of 50 units including all compulsory courses, along with other specifications and finally submitting an acceptable dissertation after a successful defence before the approved panel of Examiners.

 1.9.1 DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

 i)       The duration of programme shall be a minimum period of four (4) semesters and a maximum of six (6) semesters.

  1. For extension beyond the specified maximum period, a special permission of the Board of Postgraduate School shall be required on the recommendation of the department.

2.0 PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

2.1 Outline Programme Proposal (OPP)

Year 1:  First   Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

PHS 801

Introduction to Public Health &

2

C

 

Primary Health Care

 

 

PHS 803

Principles of Epidemiology

2

C

PHS 805

Research Methods in Public Health

3

C

GST 807

The Good Study Guide

2

C

PHS 807

Environmental Health

2

C

PHS 809

Social Medicine

2

C

PHS 811

Principle of Health Planning and Management (Health Policy/ Planning)

2

C

PHS 813

Biostatistics and Application

3

C

PHS 815

Health Care Financing

2

C

PHS 817

Occupational Health and Safety

2

c

 

 

Total Credits Compulsory

22

C

 

Total Credits (Elective)

2

E

 

Total Credit Units

24

 

List of Elective Course from which Students can choose

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

PHS 819

Health Promotion and Education

2

E

PHS 821

School Health Programme

2

E

 

 

Year 1:  Second Semester      

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

PHS 802

Introduction to Public Health Nutrition

2

C

PHS 804

Maternal and Child Health

2

C

PHS 810

Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Public Health

2

C

PHS 812

Global Health

2

C

PHS 818

Public Health Microbiology, Parasitology and Entomology

2

C

 

 

Total Credits Compulsory

10

C

 

Total Credits (Elective)

2

E

 

Total Credit Units

12

 

List of Elective Course from which Students can choose

Course Code

Course Title

 Credit Units

Status

PHS 820

Introduction to Stress Management and Coping Measures

2

E

PHS 839

Psychological Foundation of Health Behaviour and Change

         2

E

 

 

Year 11:  First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

PHS 825

Seminar

4

C

PHS 823

Practicum

4

C

PHS 824

Dissertation

6

C

       
 

Total Credits Units

14

C

 

SUMMARY OF OUTLINE PROGRAMME PROPOSAL (OPP)

Year I                         First Semester

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

1

PHS 801

Introduction to Public Health & Primary Health Care

2

C

2

PHS 803

Principles of Epidemiology

2

C

3

PHS 805

Research Methods in Public Health

3

C

4

GST 807

The Good Study Guide

2

C

5

PHS 807

Environmental Health

2

C

6

PHS 809

Social Medicine

2

C

7

PHS 811

Principle of Health Planning and Management (Health Policy/ Planning)

2

C

8

PHS 813

Biostatistics and Application

3

C

9

PHS 815

Health Care Financing

2

C

10

PHS 817

Occupational Health and Safety

2

C

 

 

TOTAL

22

 

11

+

Elective

+2

E

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

24

 

 

 

 

List of Elective Courses from which Students can choose

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

11

PHS 819

Health Promotion and Education

2

E

12

PHS 821

School Health Programme

2

E

 

 

Year I                         Second Semester

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

1

PHS 802

Introduction to Public Health Nutrition

2

C

2

PHS 804

Maternal and Child Health

2

C

3

PHS 810

Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Public Health

2

C

4

PHS 812

Global Health

2

C

5

PHS 818

Public Health Microbiology, Parasitology and Entomology

2

C

 

 

TOTAL

10

 

6

+

Elective

+2

E

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

12

 

 

List of Elective Courses from which Students can choose

 

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

7

PHS 820

Introduction to Stress Management and Coping Measures in Public Health

2

E

8

PHS 839

Psychological Foundation of Health Behaviour and Change

2

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year II           First Semester

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

1

PHS 825

Seminar

4

C

2

PHS 823

Practicum

4

C

3

PHS 899

Dissertation (Thesis)

6

C

 

 

TOTAL

14

 

 

GRAND TOTAL                                   =                             50 CREDIT UNITS

 

 

2.1.1 Degree Rule

To be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Public Health, a candidate must pass a minimum of 48 credit units out of 50.

 

2.2    Detailed Programme Proposal (DPP)

PHS 801: Introduction to Public Health and Primary Healthcare (2 Credit Units)

Definition of public health science in a historical perspective.This course briefly reviews the issues of health from various periods of recorded history. The main emphasis would be historical development and growth of modern public health with the various approaches and concepts. Recent developments in public health and its future directions; Problem-solving methodology applied to public health such as defining the problem, measuring the magnitude of the problem,   developing a conceptual framework for understanding the key determinants, identifying and developing strategies (policies and interventions),  setting priorities and recommending intervention or policies, implementing interventions or policies and evaluation plan, developing a communication strategy.

 

Further, students would be acquainted with the development of Primary Health Care and the National Health Policy of Nigeria. How public health evolved in Nigeria, including the new health order that emphasizes fullest attainment of heath for all members of the community and the reduction of the gap existing between the health status of developing and developed countries. Reference will be made to Nigeria’s health policy goals.

 

PHS 802:  Public Health Nutrition (2 Credit Units)

Fundamental elements of human nutrition under normal conditions, nutrition during growth and health, nutritional requirements of neonates and infants 0-6 months, nutrition requirements of infants 6-12 months, nutrition requirements of children 1-5 years, nutrition requirements of children 5-12 years, nutrition requirements during physiological stress, nutrition requirements of adolescents, nutrition requirements during pregnancy, nutrition requirements during lactation,  household food safety; assessment of growth and nutritional status of children: through field techniques,  anthropometry,  using growth charts as primary health care tool; nutritional prescription for children, nutritional  prescription  of  the  mothers  during  normal  health,  pregnancy  and lactation; human milk and its importance; malnutrition: classification, causes, risk factors and their assessment, management, clinical assessment of malnutrition; protein energy malnutrition: marasmus, kwashiorkor; micronutrient deficiencies; nutrition during special circumstances (disaster, wars, terrorism); establishing a lactation management clinic; health education in nutrition; monitoring and evaluation of nutrition intervention programmes.

 

PHS 803: Principles of Epidemiology (2 Credit Units)

Definition of epidemiology and the importance of epidemiology; describe the role of epidemiology as a quantitative approach to address problems in public health; describe and apply the basic principles and methods of epidemiology including: disease measures, association and causation, bias, confounding and effect modification and susceptibility; interpret descriptive epidemiologic results in order to develop hypotheses of possible risk factors of a disease; develop a foundation for designing valid and efficient epidemiologic studies to address public health problems including: understanding the strengths and limitations of descriptive, observational and experimental studies; become a critical reader of epidemiologic literature by analyzing the appropriateness of study design, quality of data, methodological strategies and interpretation of results.

 

 

PHS 804: Maternal and Child Health (2 Credit Units)

Basic concepts and landmark events related to reproductive health and its evolution:  introduction to the course providing historical background of maternal and child health, life course perspectives, ICPD, post ICPD, Beijing+10, Safe Motherhood and Continuum of Care; reproductive behavior in Nigeria; contraception as a preconceptional health intervention; abortion as a public health issue; antenatal and obstetrical care models; Determinants of maternal mortality: measurement of maternal mortality ratio and rates,. obstetrical care (EOC, EMCOR, BOC), unmet obstetrical need, delays in obstetrical care provision, integrated approach to newborn care; maternal and child health needs of special populations: issues of adolescents and young adults, needs of and issues for men, role of males in Safe Motherhood; diseases of public health importance in maternal health, e.g., cancers of  reproductive tract, cancers of breast, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS; health systems issues, e.g. access to services at various levels, role of the district health system in reproductive health, role of the tertiary care hospital in reproductive health, primary  health  care  and  reproductive  health  including  community  based interventions; cross cutting themes, e.g., research, monitoring and evaluation, quality of care, evidence-based reproductive health interventions, quality of care,  integrated approach to provision of reproductive health services; beyond numbers: determinants of maternal mortality; socio-economics of reproductive health care; data sources in reproductive health: websites, reports, surveys and publications focusing on maternal and child health, MCH programmes at the district level by UNFPA, MIS in reproductive health.

 

 

PHS 805:  Research Methods in Public Health (3 Credit Units)

Definition of research; research overview; types of research; tools of research; research process; definition/meaning of research concepts such as theory, hypotheses, scope, variables, sample, sampling, and their types; qualitative and quantitative research methods; research topics; formulation of research topics; research design; research objectives; statement of problem; justification of study; literature review; theoretical framework; research methodology; research design, sample design; frame and size; concept of reliability and validity; meaning and definition of data; types of data; importance of data collection; problems of data collection; data analysis and interpretation; recommendation/suggestions; definition of research proposal; basic features of research proposal; problems to investigate; importance of problems; objectives; process; results; expected result beneficiaries.

 

PHS 807: Environmental Health (2 Credit Units)

Determine the environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community; characterize the acute and chronic human effects of major environmental hazards such as air pollution, metals, organic pollutants, microbial contamination of drinking water and food; analyze sources, pathways and routes of exposure to these environmental hazards; determine the populations with high risk of exposure; assess the factors that can modify the overall impact of environmental hazards on a population (e.g., age, genetic polymorphisms, nutritional and disease states); apply risk assessment and risk management concepts to develop effective guidelines and policies to mitigate and manage environmental hazards and improve health outcomes. Major focus would be on water supply, sanitation; industrial and solid waste management, vector control, atmospheric pollution control and tropical housing.

 

 

PHS 809: Social Medicine in Public Health (2 Credit Units)

Society and health; an introduction to history, politics and public health; theories of disease distribution and health inequities; compare social, developmental and behavioural theories of health, health behaviour and illness, and analyze their applicability to different  types of health problems; formulate social and behavioural change interventions based on these theories that are appropriate and responsive to the social and cultural context; develop programme and policy implementation skills, including communication, advocacy and engaging the media; principles of social and behavioural research; identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits for social and behavioural health interventions. Highlight the nature and characteristic of stress, its biology, the biochemical basis and the effects such as impairment of human immune system, memory, emotional intelligence, creativity, innovation, work performance organizational productivity and human health; introduction to child health;  public health perspective; assessing newborn health: the neonatal survival;  assessment  of  child  health  using  different  tools  in  epidemiology,  biostatistics  and paediatrics, the programmatic issues in the contextual framework of child.

 

 

PHS 810: Advanced Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Basis of Drugs and Therapeutics in Public Health Practice ( 2 credit units)

A number of disease conditions are attributable to pharmaceuticals and chemical substances which are not properly used. In dealing with these public health issues, the professional need to be well acquainted with the basic principles of pharmacology which should provide the public health professional with a good understanding of the characteristics and dynamics of drug actions within the body. This course will bring the knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics into focus as important mechanism of drug actions and therapeutic adverse effects are studied in sufficient substance abuse, drug interaction and toxicology so emerging public health problems such as improper use of therapeutic substance can be well managed. Other issues related to pharmaceuticals and phytochemicals would be discussed such as evidence-based pharmacotherapeutics.

 

PHS 811: Principles of Planning and Management (Health Policy and Planning) (2 Credit Units)

Introduction to health policy and planning, what and why? Policy perspectives: macro policy, micro level; a comparison between macro and micro level policies; impact of other National Policies on Health System; devolution plan: past to resent; health sector reforms; role of stakeholders and stakeholder analysis; policy versus planning; role of international commitments on health policies (MDGs); research and policy; National Policies and their implications and National Health Outcomes: sustainability issues; health sector performance as a determinant of National Health Policy; evidence-based policy making; advocacy; policy and politics; leadership and policy.

PHS 812: Global Health (2 Credit Units)

Fundamentals of global health, introduction to economics, health sector reform: a worldwide perspectives; the political economy of global health; introduction to quality management for monitoring and evaluation; programme monitoring and evaluation methods; financial management and control; introduction to global healthcare delivery; financing and delivery of healthcare in developing countries; global health politics and policy; HIV/AIDS in the global community; economic demography and global health; addressing global health disparities; essential skills in global health; health services administration: leadership and management in global health; laboratory technologies in low-resource settings including innovative application; interdisciplinary topics in global health;  climate change, social justice, and health; case studies in tropical diseases; global health in Nigeria; practicum.

 

 

PHS 813: Biostatistics and Application (3 Credit Units)

This course is a component of public health science that provides an introduction to the fundamental methods of collecting, organizing and presenting data. It is also the study of central tendency and variation, sampling, t tests, chi-squared tests, simple and multiple regressions, confidence intervals, correlations and making statistical inferences. Demonstrate the roles biostatistics plays in the discipline of public health; interpret graphical and descriptive techniques commonly used to summarize public health data; describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions; apply common statistical methods for estimation and inference and use them to appropriately according to underlying assumptions and type of study design; interpret the results of statistical analyses to provide evidence within the context of public health, healthcare, biomedical , clinical, and population- based studies and research; develop basic skills for utilizing computing software for performing data analyses This is a basis for quantitative analysis of situations in the community.

 

 

. PHS 815: Healthcare Financing (2 Credits Units)

Basic economic concepts and tools.Definitions: economics, macro & microeconomics, economic systems,   goals of an economic system,  efficiency (technical, allocative), equity; demand & supply, price, market forces, price equilibrium, types of goods, public, private, externalities, opportunity cost, production theory,  markets, competition, perfect, oligopoly, monopoly; health & economic development:  GNP, GDP;  inflation,  health & economic indicators;  cost concepts: unit cost analysis (step down approach) , costing for intervention package for health care; economic analysis of health sector projects:  cost benefit, cost utility,  cost effectiveness;  summary measures for health,  average and marginal cost analysis; health care financing: overview of health care Financing concepts in developing countries,  equity and financial fairness/health care financing for poor,  economic  development  and  resource  allocation:  out  of  pocket  vs.  government: development- non development; health sector reforms:  social health insurance,  private health insurance , community financing,  user fees,  provider payment method, health insurance implementation in Nigeria, health insurance & religion, national health accounts; health and markets: application of market concepts to health, why health is a case of market failure,  government and health care, managed care, globalization of health;  the international health market: providers, purchasers, pharmaceuticals;  priority setting in developing countries; international resource flows: developing countries &  health;

 

 

PHS 817: Occupational Health and Safety (2 Credit Units)

Workplace and health; scope of occupational health and safety;  occupational health issues in low-income countries;  industrial hygiene; anticipation; recognition; evaluation; control; clinical occupational and environmental health; legal and regulatory issues; labour laws; occupational diseases; occupational hygiene; principles of toxicology.

 

PHS 818: Public Health Microbiology, Parasitology and Entomology (2 credit Units-)

This course will expose students to basic principles and origins of microbiology and also provide basic knowledge of immunology and serology. It will include the nature of microorganisms, disease, resistance and laboratory testing. The course will give basic information on Parasitism and intimately interacting population of organism, consisting of their hosts and their importance in public health. This course will include the accounts of essential information on arthropods of medical importance which are of great significance in Public Health.

 

 

 

PHS 825: Public Health Seminars (4 Credit Units)

Public Health Practice Seminar involves workshops and seminars designed to help prepare students for practicum and the work place. Students register Public Health Practice Seminars in the first semester of year II in the programme.

 

 

PHS 823: Practicum (4 Credit Units)

The goal of the practicum is to provide a structured and supervised opportunity for the student to apply the theories, principles, knowledge and skills of public health and health promotion, as learned in the classroom, in a practice setting. The practice experience occurs in a carefully-selected health services organization approved by the MPH Programme Coordinator and is supervised by   faculty and an immediate supervisor/mentor. This takes into account the transition from education to professional practice. The objectives of the practicum (on-the-job assignment) are to:

 

  1. Provide a practice setting for the student’s application and integration of the core public health knowledge.

 

  1. Prepare the student with inter-disciplinary skills and competencies, including leadership, communication, professionalism, cultural proficiency, program planning and assessment and systems thinking. Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to create and communicate mutually-established project goals and objectives; demonstrate the ability to give, solicit, and receive oral and written information; prepare relevant, integrated, and comprehensive written project report(s); use various communication methods and media to complete project activities; demonstrate the ability to manage time and prioritize work; display professionalism, sensitivity, and tact in an organizational/community setting; interact productively with supervisors, colleagues, and community stakeholders; plan, manage, and monitor a project plan in order to meet established goals and deadlines; prepare  a  written  proposal  for  project  approval  from  internal  and  external sources; identify, collect, and analyze data for a practical public health issue or concern; assess the roles and responsibilities within a public health organization; describe the interactions and inter-dependencies among various public health organizations; demonstrate  and  integrate  knowledge  of  core  public  health  concepts  into  a practice setting; and evaluate methods of instruction and learning.

 

         

 PHS 899 Dissertation (6 Credit Units)

The dissertation requires students to undertake a research project relating to a public health area of their choice, which is submitted as a 15,000 word dissertation. Students are allocated a supervisor and supported via a series of scheduled workshops designed to support them in preparing their research protocols; this is a compulsory stage of the dissertation planning process. Students can opt to undertake primary research using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches, or they can undertake research using secondary data, for example using systematic review methodology, qualitative synthesis or discourse analysis. All student research protocols are risk assessed and required to undergo ethical scrutiny and approval. The student is advised to select a topic for research consistent with his/her professional requirements while going through the course on Research Methods in Public Health. In the beginning of fourth semester, the student will be guided to complete the research tools and complete the proposal in light of the training during the class work.

 

Students are advised to plan ahead for each step.    The  proposal  formulated  has  to  be critically appraised by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Health Sciences 3 weeks of the fourth semester which is before the student is allowed to start with the data collection. The committee can suggest changes which will be communicated to the student at the time of critical appraisal. 

 

The students will carry out data collection, data analysis, interpretation and presentation of the results leading to conclusions from the study under the dissertation writing guidelines during the third session.

 

 

ELECTIVE (TO TAKE 2 OUT 4, ONE ELECTIVE IN EACH SEMESTER)

         PHS 819: Health Promotion and Education. (2 Credit Units Elective)

This course will examine the scope of health promotion as a global social progress agenda for micro-level change in quality of life of community members. It will explore concepts of health and quality of life measures, models of health promotion research, practice, planning, and evaluation of health intervention programmes in the community. The course will attempt to contextualize in the Primary Health Care Scheme; a brief review of basic neurophysiology of the central nervous system; the theories of individual behaviour and highlights the relationships between the various psychological variables, which form the basis of personality and on which lifestyles, and health practices are hinged; specific health behavioural actions. Specific examples are cited so that the students will acquire a good understanding of behavioural mode-based intervention strategies. This course will also provide opportunity for students to examine the role of human behaviour at the individual, group, community and organizational levels in the ecology of health and diseases. Further, the students will become acquainted with types of change and apply behavioural theories/models to the diagnosis of health-related behaviours at particularly individual level change; application of media/communication theories and strategies. These are to be perceived as the processes evolving from individual perception, language habits, behaviour during interpersonal and social interaction, modern media strategies and communication.

 

PHS 820: Introduction to Stress and Coping Measures (2 Credit Units- Elective)

PHS 820 – Introduction to Stress and Coping Measures in Public Health is a 2 Units elective Course. Stress is the greatest assault system, health, cognitive, emotional, psychological and behavioral integrity. The course systematically highlights the nature and characteristics of stress: definitions of public health and stress, types and effects of stress and classification and characteristics of stress; effects of stress: stress and human immune system, stress and human memory, stress and emotional intelligence; stress and coping strategies in public health: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), nutrition as coping strategy, relaxation and exercise techniques as coping strategy.

PHS 821: School Health Services. (2 Credit Units-Elective)

A discussion of topical issues and concepts in school health will feature in relation to school population functions and responsibilities of all stake holder in the delivery of school health programme and services to concerned individuals who are ill at school. Recognition of children’s health problems, treatment or referral protocol to the appropriate authority and an analysis of interrelationships in the overall school of Health programme and services delivery. Emphasis would be placed on the health promoting school concept.

 

PHS 839: Psychological Foundation of Health Behaviour (2 Credit Units –Elective)

PHS839 – Psychological Foundation of Health Behaviour and Change is a 2 Units elective Course. Behaviour is said to be very important in health and disease. This course views behavior and any situation that generates behavior as key to understanding health and disease. Students will be exposed to the foundation of psychology and behavior, determination of human behavior and models/theories of psychology; psychological foundation of health and illness behavior change: overview and theories to understand health and illness behavior, behavioral change process and theories, role of behavior in the aetiology of health and illness: unhealthy behaviors and beliefs: role and psychological intervention for illness behaviour, the role of psychology in predicting unhealthy behaviors and changing beliefs and behavior in preventing illness onset.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. LIST OF ACADEMIC STAFFAVAILABLE FOR THE PROGRAMME

NAME

RANK

QUALIFICATIONS

Prof. Shehu Usman  Adamu

Professor

PhD.

Prof.  Chidiogo Grace Okoli

Professor

 PhD.

Prof. Jane-Frances O. Agbu

Professor

PhD.

Dr. Ndie Elkanah

Associate Professor

PhD.

Dr. Gideon Okoroiwu

Senior Lecturer

PhD.

Dr. Florence Uchendu

Senior Lecturer

PhD.

Dr. Samuel Azubuike

Lecturer I

PhD.

Dr. Ihuoma  Ubosi

Lecturer II

 PhD.

Dr. Eseroghene C. Adegor

Lecturer II

 PhD.

Dr. George Ani

Lecturer II

MSc., PhD. in view

 

 

4.       STATUS OF COURSE MATERIALS FOR THE PROGRAMME

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

PHS 801

Introduction to Public Health &

2

Available/Online

 

Primary Health Care

 

 

PHS 802

Introduction to Public Health Nutrition

2

Available/Online

PHS 803

Principles of Epidemiology

2

Available/Online

PHS 804

Maternal and child Health

2

Available/Online

GST 807

The Good Study Guide

2

Available/Online

PHS 805

Research Methods in Public Health

3

Available/Online

PHS 817

Occupational Health

2

Available/Online

PHS 810

Pharmacology and Therapeutic in Public Health

2

Available/Online

PHS 819

Health Promotion and Education

2

Available/Online

PHS 813

Biostatistics

2

Available/Online

PHS 820

Introduction to Stress Management and Copying Measures

2

Available/Online

PHS 839

Psychological Foundation of Health Behaviour and change

2

Available/Online

PHS 807

Environmental Health

3

Available/Online

PHS 809

Social Medicine

2

Available/Online

PHS 815

Healthcare Financing & Human Resources

2

Available/Online

PHS 821

School Health

2

Available/Online

PHS 811

Health Policy and Planning

2

Available/Online

PHS 812

Global Health

2

Available/Online