Department of Public Health


The Department of Public of Health at the Faculty of Health Science was founded in 2013 to produce public health professionals who can tackle the health problems facing the Somali population and world at large.

 The multiple and complex factors that affect the health and wellbeing of communities require a new generation of public health professionals to utilize the robust Public Health strategies to positively change individual health behaviours, motivate organizational/health system changes, initiate pragmatic health policy actions, as well as encourage robust socio-economic empowerment programs to improve health outcome. With the recent refocus on Primary Health Care (PHC) as the key to reducing the global disease burden and improving the general health conditions of the people, particularly in developing countries, our public health programme provides students the opportunity to examine environmental issues, access to health care services, health policies, and social and contextual determinants of health and wellbeing.

Mission statement

The mission of the Department of Public Health is to provide high quality, relevant education for the health and social work professions; to conduct research to improve the health of individuals and Communities and the equity, efficiency and quality of human health services; and to facilitate the attainment of these goals through professional activities and community service”.

  1. To graduate the professional health cadre, that is well equipped with basic capabilities & skills to enable him/her to practice the task & duties of Public Health Officer in the field of Public Health.
  2. To contribute in preparing Principles & Standards of Public Health for the promotion of community health.
  3.  To provide scientific & technical counseling that concerned with the construction of new development projects to assess the environmental impact that may be expected from the project to protect health of the communities.
  4.  To prepare & promote the Programmes of continuing education in all fields of Public Health.
  5.  To meet the demand of the community for qualified health cadre in all fields of Public Health especially in the field of Epidemiology & Endemic diseases.
  6. To carry out basic & applied scientific research pertaining with health & environment and to be utilized for the benefits of the communities.
  7. To assess the health status of the community & to write reports & recommendations that helps in maintaining & promoting health & preventing communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  8. To create references with internal and external comparable collages to acquire knowledge & experiences through cultural and academic exchange (students & staff).

 

Educational programme:

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

This is a four years program which is designed to promote an understanding of health and disease based on public health principles. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students to work in public and private institutions to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities.

Objectives

 The candidate who successfully completes the years of education in the School of Public Health will be able to:

  1. Describe the key features of the historical development of public health as a domain of specialized knowledge and public policy.
  2.  Explain the concept of population health.
  3.  Describe various conceptualizations of health and health status across populations, including people with disabilities, those with low socio-economic status and ethnic minorities.
  4. Discuss the basic principles of epidemiology, including rates, risk factors, disease determinants, and causation.
  5.  Explain the impact of behavior on health and be able to identify a method(s) for altering behavior at the individual and community levels.
  6. Explain what it means to foster a healthy society both locally and globally.
  7.  Utilize the frameworks for accessing and evaluating the quality of health information on the web and in the mass media and be able to apply that information to a local public health situation.
  8. Describe the impact and control of environmental factors on health.
  9.  Outline the concepts of prevention, detection and control of infectious and chronic diseases.
  10. Utilize public health concepts to examine a local public health issue.
  11. Explain the relative role of institutions in shaping health outcome.

 

Program Duration

It is a four year program (8 semesters).The programme is comprised of a group of courses and activities essential for specialization in the field of public health. The duration of the study in each semester is 16 weeks including the registration and examination periods. The programme encompassed a set of courses planned according to the set objectives, credit hours, contents, resources & graded in an orderly and in sequence manner. The course implies theory, field training as well as practical. The theoretical content include the basic concepts and principles in any discipline The practical content implies a group of practical and applications to improve the capabilities & skills of the students. Field training content implies a group of tasks & duties of Public Health Officer to be performed by the students in different places of future work under the supervision of school staff and expert public health inspectors.

The Programme adopts a system that aims to build on the existing competencies of an undergraduate student and to enhance the general skills. A student graduating from the school of Public Health is expected  to obtain the following graduate attributes: have a body of knowledge that enables him/her to practice as an entry-level practitioner, be able to work in a team and communicate effectively with a range of people in a variety of settings, have a sense of enquiry and be committed to life-long learning & have an understanding of ethical and social responsibilities. After the students have successfully completed the prescribed four academic years the graduate will be awarded degree of B.Sc. in public health

 

Entry Requirements 

  • Admission into the undergraduate programme requires the minimum university entry requirement of SCSE B+.
  • Payment of Registration fee :
  • Four photos (Passport Size) 
  • UNISO Entry Examination (if applicable )

 

 Duration 

  • Four years Full time
  • 16 weeks per semester

 

B.S. in Public Health-Four-Year Academic Plan

YEAR I - SEMESTER I                         PUBLIC HEALTH

 Code

 Course Title                                                                                           L                       

    P

Credit 

Hrs

PH 1101

  Introduction to Public Health

 

 

48

PH 1102

 Human Environment

 

 

3

PH 1103

 Anatomy  and physiology I

 

 

3

PH 1104

 Medical terminology I

 

 

3

PH 1105

 Chemistry

 

 

3

PH 1106

 Arabic

 

 

1.5

PH 1107

English

 

 

1.5

 

YEAR I - SEMESTER II                         PUBLIC HEALTH

 Code

 Course Title                                                                                             L                   

    P

 C. Hrs

PH 1201 

  Biochemistry

 

 

3

PH 1202

 Sociology

 

 

3

PH 1203 

Basic microbiology and bacteriology

 

 

3

PH 1204 

 Anatomy and physiology II

 

 

3

PH 1205 

 Water and sanitation

 

 

3

PH 1206 

 General statistics

 

 

3

PH 1207

Waste Management

 

 

3

PH1208

 Medical terminology II

 

 

 

PH 1209

English

 

 

1.5

PH 1210

Islamic studies

 

 

1.5

 

YEAR 2 - SEMESTER I                         PUBLIC HEALTH

 Code

 Course Title                                                                                             L                    

    P

 C. Hrs

PH 2101 

  Primary health care

 

 

3

PH 2102

 Health education and promotion

 

 

3

PH 2103 

 Building technology

 

 

3

PH 2104 

 Biostatistics and demography

 

 

3

PH 2105 

  Parasitology and entomology

 

 

3

PH 2106

 Principles of Disease Control

 

 

3

PH 2107

 Computer applications

 

 

3

PH2108

Field training I

 

4

 

 

YEAR 2 - SEMESTER II                         PUBLIC HEALTH

 Code

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