Executive Masters in Public Health

Institute of Public Health

Programme Category Postgraduate

Programme Description

Nigeria’s health statistics is one of the poorest in the world, as reflected, among others, in the high maternal mortality ratio, high rate of child mortality, and low disability adjusted life expectancy. To address the country’s multifaceted challenges in the health field, there is an urgent need to develop appropriately skilled health professionals. While a number of regular (full time) Master of Public Health (MPH) degree has been developed in the country to partially address the issue of human resources development in the public health field, there has been a particularly poor response from Nigerian institutions to meet the need of the large number of health personnel who cannot afford to leave their employment and other professional engagements to undertake full time studies. This executive programme is designed to meet this challenge, and to provide high-quality and practice-focused professional education, which shall lead to the award of Master of Public Health (MPH). 
Programme Objectives
  • The overall objective of the Executive MPH degree programme is to produce broadly competent Public health professionals who are equipped with relevant knowledge and skills to critically analyse public health challenges and propose as well as implements policies and programmes that would lead to reduction in disease burden and improvement in health and well being of individuals, households and communities.
    At the end of the course, the candidate should be able to function effectively in institution of higher learning, research and service positions in government and no-governmental organizations involved in public health programmes in Nigeria and other countries.
  • The programme is designed to to help professional workers in the field of public health understand the Epidemiologic principles and its application to analysis of health situation of defined communities.
  • It also helps them in planning and implementation of health services within the framework of Community-Oriented primary care.
  • Helps in Management of health services delivery organizations.
  •  Design implementation and evaluation of community-based programmes.
  • To promote implementation and evaluation of community-based programmes.
  • To encourage Public Health practice, including health promotion and control of diseases, Research methodology and analysis, Policy analysis and formulation
Admission Requirements
  • The MPH Programme is open to graduates of medicine and other health-related disciplines, and who are currently engaged in active public health practice. Candidates with at least a basic professional degree in Medicine or Dentistry of Obafemi Awolowo University or any other recognised University, with at least 3 years of experience in health care programmes are eligible to apply. Other graduates of Health Sciences such as Nursing, Biochemistry, Physiology and other health-related disciplines including Human Nutrition, Demography, Health Education, Environmental Health and Biostatistics from a recognised university with minimum of second class lower and with at least 4 years of post-qualification practical experience in the health field are also eligible to apply. 
  • Candidates from more diverse background, who possess a first degree, good working experience and track record in health-related activities, and evidences of appropriate post-graduate education/professional training in any area of public health speciality (such as postgraduate diploma in public health) would also be considered on individual merit. Candidates may be interviewed to determine their eligibility into admission into the programme and the appropriate area of specialisation. All Applicants are expected to have a minimum of 2nd Class Lower, alongside with other requirements, as stipulated by OAU Postgraduate College.

Duration
The duration shall be four semesters. The study period shall consist  of a combination of periodic in-class exposure and weekend  contacts (494 contact hours).
Mode of Study
Every candidate of executive MPH degree must pursue a full-time course of study for a minimum period of 4 semesters and a maximum of 6 six semesters based on a period of periodic in-class periods and weekend contacts. The course is designed as a combination of short resident (in-school) periods, periodic (weekends) contacts, and use of electronic materials. Reading materials, lecture notes and other relevant materials will be available in print and electronic form.

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