Advanced PG Diploma in Public Health Research

Key Facts

Duration
6 - 8 Mths
Max. Duration
24 Months
Mode
Online
CREDITS
32 ECTS

Overview

Public health is a discipline that helps to prevent and cast away the dreadful outbreak of diseases and to establish a healthy state of communities across the many nations. Public health professionals come from varied educational backgrounds and differ in the kind of public health related work they engage in. They are involved in areas such as health education, medical services, environmental health, epidemiology, nutrition, women and child health, laboratory practice of public health among many others. There are three significant aims of public health as described by various regulatory authorities. These aims are:

  • To protect, promote and improvise public health, above and beyond insignificant boundaries.
  • To protect means to analyze and measure the benefits and risks associated with any therapeutic medicine.
  • To promote means to educate the people about the benefits in association with a product or device.
  • To improvise means to encourage and to help researchers to develop new therapies that have the potential to diagnose or cure prevalent diseases. 

Various effective programs in public health are the need of the hour in many regions across the globe such as the countries in the Middle East and the African continent.

Some vital aspects of the public health function are to monitor, identify and prioritize the public health issues of communities, to formulate health policies for individuals that run the risk of contracting a certain disease, identifying national health issues, and working towards providing access to immediate health facilities to the community. A public health program caters to provide the necessary knowledge and skills that create the foundation for a career in public health as a professional in the field or for serving in an academic set-up.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

The program is comprised of 12 modules that can be completed in about 6 to 8 months. For a detailed list of modules covered in this program, please refer to the curriculum.

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Curriculum

MODULE 01: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTHCARE
MODULE 02: COMMUNITY MEDICINE
MODULE 03: EPIDEMIOLOGY
MODULE 04: BIOSTATISTICS
MODULE 05: RESEARCH METHODS
MODULE 06: HEALTH PLANNING & HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT
MODULE 07: HEALTH ECONOMICS
MODULE 08: NUTRITION
MODULE 09: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
MODULE 10: MENTAL HEALTH
MODULE 11: SOCIAL SCIENCES
MODULE 12: HEALTH & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

TOTAL CREDITS: 32

What is a credit?

A credit represents the amount of effort that is required to complete the program. Each module credit is equal to approximately 20 hours of study including lecture, tutorial, projects, assignment, field work etc. as may be applicable.

The curriculum for the public health course – Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Research (APDPHR) is comprehensive and has been developed and evaluated by experienced public health professionals making it suitable for new graduates who want to make a career in public health as well as professionals already working in healthcare / public health sector.

How You Will Study

This program is conducted fully online.

Once you are enrolled you will be provided a username and password to login to our e-Campus. All the courses that you are supposed to study will be available in your account. You can log in and complete your courses at any time of your convenience. Study materials are provided in the form of lectures, reading materials, additional videos, research papers, and so on. The faculty can be contacted for any assistance when required. All tests and assignment submissions also take place via the e-Campus. For more information please refer to the online learning section of the website.

Important Dates

Next Start Date: 15 Dec 2022
Application Deadline: 13 Dec 2022

Assessments

  • Multiple Choice Questions

    Each lesson that you study online will be followed by a multiple choice question test. These usually comprise of 15 to 20 questions and can be attempted multiple times if needed. Pass percentage is 60%. The next unit in the sequence only unlocks once you have passed the test.

  • Project Work

    Each module is followed by a project or an assignment. This is like writing an essay in 1000 to 1500 words. The project topic and the guidelines to be followed will be available in your account.

Academic Support

As a student you can interact online with the faculty members and fellow students to network and to discuss important topics via your e-Campus. The faculty can be contacted via personal messaging, emails, or phone, if required.

Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance via our “Student Success Team”.

In addition, soon after enrolment, each participant registered in this course is provided with a mentor who is an experienced professional from the clinical research industry. The mentor can be contacted at any time via email for career guidance.

Eligibility Requirements

The minimum eligibility criteria for this program would include either of the following:

– Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc
– Any degree in Medicine such as MBBS, BDS, BPT, etc
– Any degree in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences
– Any degree in Chemistry / Biostatistics / Bioinformatics
– Any degree in Nursing / Allied Health.
– Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses are also eligible to apply.

If you lack the above mentioned educational prerequisite you may still be eligible to apply upon recommendation of your supervisor if you have some prior work experience in this field. Please contact our admission representatives / counsellor to discuss your case.

Document Requirements
  • A passport size photo (head and shoulders only)
  • Copy of identity proof e.g. a copy of passport or any other government-issued identity card
  • Copy of bachelor’s degree or equivalent (degree/higher national diploma etc.)
  • Copy of academic transcripts/marks sheets from the bachelor’s degree
Language Requirements

This program is taught in English. Therefore, you should be comfortable in using English as a language of communication (reading, writing and speaking).

No proof is required.

 

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Career Opportunities

Public Health professionals have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to improving the health communities. People trained in public health can explore career opportunities with non government organizations (NGOs), consulting firms, healthcare associations, hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices, mental health organizations, public health departments, rehabilitation centres, skilled nursing facilities, universities and research institutions etc.

More Insight

"Public health significantly caters to serve those people who live in remote areas that lack basic amenities to health facilities and improve quality of life. There are several populations left unattended based on discrimination of race & color without any access to proper health-care. There is a dire need for public health professionals especially in developing regions such as Africa, South America and the Indian Sub Continent. For organizations, that work tirelessly towards improving lives in developing countries it is important to hire people with training in public health. "

Program FAQ's

This program can be completed in about 12 months. It is fully self-paced, so you can increase your pace or go slow based on your time availability.

The primary mode of learning is via pre-recorded lectures, videos, reading materials etc. A few live guest lectures are scheduled during the program however they are optional to attend. Whenever such sessions are scheduled they are planned in a way that is convenient for most of our students. If you are unable to attend, a reccorded version will be provided.

You will be able to interact with the faculty via the personal messaging facility available in your study account, discussion forum, or via emails. A short phone call can also be scheduled if necessary.

A discussion group is available for the program. You can post your questions in the group and other students may respond.

Generally, you do not need to purchase any books. All the resources that you need will be made available by the faculty in your account. If you do wish to have text books, then the faculty can recommend to you some, and you may purchase them on your own,

Each unit within each course will be followed by a short multiple-choice question test. Once you pass, the next unit will activate for you to study. You can take these tests as many times as you need to.

In addition, you will be required to submit assignments for each course. Assignments are like essay or paper writing, usually of 1000 – 1500 words. Guidelines on how to write them will be available in your account.

You can save the pdf study notes that will be provided for each unit. Videos and other multimedia content cannot be downloaded.

No, our degree does not mention that the program was conducted online.

At this time any graduation ceremony is not conducted for short duration programs like this one. Completion documents are sent to you by post or courier.

We recommend that you invest 10 to 15 hours per week in order to be able to complete within the prescribed program duration.

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