Bachelor in Public Health

Affiliated to Purbanchal University

Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)

Entry Requirement : I.Sc./10+2 from biology group with minimum second division

Total Intake: 40

 

Background and Goal

Access to quality education, health care service quality food, shelter and social security with the provision of all the necessary services have, become the essential needs of the common people in the developed countries whereas these needs have become the exclusive privileges of the wealthy and affluent class in most of the developing countries.

Nepal faces a major challenge in providing high quality basic health care services to its population. One of the most limiting factors in meeting this challenge is the severe lack of health workers at various levels ranging from junior, medium to higher levels. A large number of junior and medium level public health workers are needed to deliver the basic health service to the people at various levels (community, district, regional and national). The present rate of production of public health workers at various levels relative to the need of the country is not enough that it may take more than many decades to meet the present demand of the country.

Realizing this desire need of health professionals in public health sector, GoN has encouraged private sector to invest in public health education to produce quality manpower to meet national needs. In this context, the Purbanchal University has initiated bachelor programs in health sciences with the goal of contributing to the improvement of public health service of the country through the production of quality human resources in health sciences needed by the country. Purbanchal University is a multi faculty innovative University involved in the production of high quality human resources in various disciplines of sciences. Therefore, developing curriculum with revision in four years semester system academic course in bachelor of public health (BPH) is certainly an innovative step in producing qualified graduates in health sector for coming days by focusing on primary health care [PHC] approach.

 

Purpose of the Program

The bachelor of public health program (BPH) aims to prepare professional public health specialists with the highest technical and managerial competence in district level health programs including problem  identification, planning, implementing, training, health education and research. Such specialists can serve n various types of positions at national, regional, zonal, district or local levels. They will be needed in various kinds of Governmental or non-Governmental health agencies, hospital, schools and institutions.  The special responsibilities, of bachelor level public health professional are; working with school teachers to administer health education services, preparing health workers in public health fields and to carry out the responsibilities designed for the district public health officer.

Carrier Opportunity

In many parts of the world scientists are investing themselves introducing public health interventions that can deal with the lifestyle. However, Nepal is facing three fold burdens of diseases (communicable, lifestyle related and poverty). In order to cope with this complex situation, development of public health graduates has become inescapable. Very few number of public health workers are working within Nepal or in the other countries. In general, a BPH graduates can choose following are to build the career:

  • University (Education and Research)
  • Health Organization
  • Nepal Government -Public Health Sector
  • Private Health Sector
  • Health Center
  • Research sector
  • Different NGOs & INGOs

Objectives of the program

The objective of bachelor of public health [BPH] program is to produce competent graduates with advanced knowledge and practical skill necessary to deliver high quality health services needed for the country. Specifically, the program entails the following objectives;

  • Provide advanced knowledge and practical skill to health sciences graduates and with biology
  • Develop required skill in designing, analyzing and evaluating applied public health science research and management.
  • Equip public health specialists with communication and group organization skill for promoting community participation in health and development activities ultimately leading to the individual and community self-reliance in health service and improvement in health status of people.
  • Enable public health professionals to deal with existing realities in district public health management issues, concern and problems.
  • Foster positives attitudes in health professionals and encourage them to provide more accessible and equitable primary health care services for disadvantage groups and communities.
  • Develop the leadership capabilities of public health professionals in the management of primary health care and district level public health programs.
  • Enhance vocational competence of public health professionals through advanced education in health strategies. Health promotion and health programming.

Competencies to be achieved by the Public Health Graduates

It is envisaged that the professional public health specialists graduated from Purbanchal University should acquire knowledge, skill and attitudes which will enable them to carry out the following activities.

  • View primary Health care in its totality with respect to biological. environmental, socio-economic and cultural factors .and
  • Be able to identify and implement promotive, preventive and curative components of public health programs.
  • Determine existing community health problems by use of epidemiological investigation and prioritize the problems.
  • Apply problem-solving and community participation approach in planning, managing and evaluating programs designed to deal with priority public health problems in appropriate ways to achieve optimum impact from public health programs
  • Demonstrate attitudes, which reflect acceptance of, and respect for the important roles of colleagues, sub-ordinate staff and community members such attitudes is expected to enable them to ;
    • Provide direction for smooth functioning of a public health team
    • Train, supervise and support existing public health staff.
    • Arrange for intersect oral co-ordination and cooperation
    • Raise awareness among community citizens concerning the existing public health problems.
    • Organize health actions which will address these problems especially bearing in mind the needs of disadvantaged groups and communities.

In view of the above considerations, it is quite evident that a tremendous responsibility has to be borne by a professional public health specialist in order to provide; leadership to the community, to middle level and grass roots health workers in order to bring about health for all.

 Duration of the program

The course has been designed for four academic years (Eight Semester) concentrating in general public health courses. There will be concurrent and residential fieldwork during the academic years.

 Course Structure

  • The program follows the credit system. Each course is assigned a certain number of credits depending generally upon its lecture, tutorial and practical work hours in a week. In theory subjects, one lecture per week is assigned one credit as a general rule.
  • One credit hours of theory is equivalent to 16 hours lecture and one credit hour of practical is equivalent to 32 hours practical.

Course Coding

Each course is identified by initial letter of the course title followed by three digit number and credit hours after decimal i.e. BPH 101.1-AP for Anatomy and Physiology, PSD 101.1-AP for Practical Skill Development and TPP 102.1-IPH for Introduction to Public health and similarly.

 Academic Schedule

The academic session consists of two semesters per year. Generally the Fall Semester (September-February) starts in September and the Spring Semester (March-August) begins in February, however it may differ slightly in any particular year.

Usually, new academic year starts from September in each year.  Notice for Application for entrance examination is published (National Newspaper) by Purbanchal University tentatively in July – August in each year. Applicant should submit the Application form in particular PU affiliated College.  Entrance exam is conducted by the University itself. Candidates will be selected for admission on the basis of merit or from obtained mark within descending order.

 Normal and Maximum Duration of Stay in the University

The normal duration for completing the BPH course is four years. If a student is unable to complete the course within two years from final examination of last semester, the University registration is cancelled.

 Teaching and Learning Methods

Participatory teaching and learning methods will be employed to facilitate innovative learning [acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitude]. The choice of the methods largely depends on the nature of the subject matter and the situation nevertheless the following methods will be emphasized and adopted.

  • Lectures using overhead projector, multimedia and white boards,
  • Learning process through Groups discussion, interaction, brain storming, observation
  • Reading assignment,
  • Field study, analysis and group presentation
  • Directed study and seminar.
  • Teaching approach- Participatory base andragogy with appreciative approach

 Teaching and Learning Setting

A participatory teaching and learning environment is created. The concerned teacher will facilitate and motivate the students for participatory learning through group discussion and interaction. The use of modern information technology will be emphasized and students will be directed and encouraged to develop their analytical capacity for the acquisition. Processing, interpretation and presentation of the knowledge acquired.

 Medium of Teaching and Examination

The medium of instruction and examination for BPH program will be English.

Admission Criteria

The candidates should have proficiency certificate level in general medicine or any other recognized certificate level courses in health sciences, or intermediate science certificate or 10+2 with biology and a pass the entrance examination as taken by University.

 Admission Procedure

  • A notice inviting application for admission will be publicly announced.
  • The application forms are provided, on request, after the payment of the prescribed University fee.
  • The eligible candidates are publically informed to take the entrance examination
  • The college may also take interview with pass list candidates for final selection for admission
  • College will provide the time duration of admission
  • (Noe: All students must submit their all certificates and credentials from SLC to intermediate level including their citizenship

 Evaluation

There will be final examination at the end of each consecutive semester. This will carry 80% marks in final examination and 20% marks will carry by internal assessment. A student has to get minimum 50% mark in theory and 60% marks in practical separately to pass the subject.

Internal assessment will not be taken for practical subject (PSD, FHE and TPP)

Attendance

The students must attend every lecture, tutorial, seminar and practical classes. However, to accommodate for sickness and other contingencies, the attendance requirement shall be a minimum of 80% of the classes in any particular subject, otherwise she shall not be allowed to take the final examination in that subject. If a student is continuously absent in the class for more than four weeks without notifying the authorities, his/her name will be removed from the school roll.

Grading system

The grades (marks) awarded to student in a course is based on his/her consolidated performance in internal and final examinations. The letter grade in any particular subject is an indication of a student’s relative performance in the course the pattern of grading will be as follows

Grading system for BPH (Purbanchal University)

Letter as Grade Secure Marks in % GPA score Division equivalence Grade point description
A >80 4 Destinction Excellent
A- 76-79 First Division Very Good
B+ 71-75 3.7
B 66-70 3.3
B 61-65 3 Second Division Good
C+ 56-60 2.7
C 51-55 2.3 Third Division Satisfactory
C 50 2 Marginal
F <50 Fail Fail

The student’s final grade will be calculated on cumulative grade point average (CGPA)

 

Curriculum Structure

 FIRST YEAR: FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title Nature of subject Credit hour Teaching Hour FM PM
T P T P T P
BPH 101.1-AP Anatomy and Physiology Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 101.2-PFAS Pathophysiology, First Aid and Safety Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 101.3-BI Biochemistry and Immunology Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 101.4-MPBV Microbiology, Parasitology, Bacteriology & Virology Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 101.5-MER Medical Entomology and Rodentology Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 101.6-PE Professional English Theory 3 48 100 50
PSD 101.1-AP Practical Skill Development

(Anatomy and Physiology)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 101.2-PFAS Practical Skill Development

(Pathophysiology, First Aid and Safety)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 101.3-BI Practical Skill Development

(Biochemistry and Immunology)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 101.4-MPBV Practical Skill Development (Microbiology, Parasitology, Bacteriology & Virology) Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 101.5-MER Practical Skill Development (Medical Entomology and Rodentology) Practical 1 32 50 30
Total 18 5 288 160 850 450

 FIRST YEAR: SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title Nature of subject Credit hour Teaching Hour FM PM
T P T P T P
BPH 102.1-IPH Introduction to Public Health Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 102.2-BE Basic Epidemiology Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 102.3-BFN Basic Food and Nutrition Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 102.4-BCA Biostatistics and Computer Application Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 102.5-PPT Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Toxicology Theory 3 48 100 50
TPP 102.1-IPH Term Paper Presentation

(Introduction to Public Health)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 102.2-BE Practical Skill Development

(Basic Epidemiology)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 102.3-PPT Term Paper Presentation

(Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 102.4-BFN Practical Skill Development

(Basic Food and Nutrition)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 102.5-BCA Practical Skill Development

(Biostatistics and Computer Application)

Practical 1 32 50 30
Total 15 5 240 160 750 400

 SECOND YEAR: THIRD SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title Nature of subject Credit hour Teaching Hour FM PM
T P T P T P
BPH 203.1-EHE Environmental Health and Ecosystem Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 203.2-FHMCH Family Health, Maternal and Child Health Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 203.3-PSFP Population Studies and Family Planning Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 203.4-FHE Fundamentals of Health Education Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 203.5-PHCIH Primary Health Care and International Health Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 203.6-CHOD Community Health Organization and Development Theory 3 48 100 50
PSD 203.1-EHE Practical Skill Development

(Environmental Health and Ecosystem)

Practical 1 32 50 30
FHE 203.2-FHMCH Family Health Exercise

(Family Health, Maternal and Child Health)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 203.3-PSFP Term Paper Preparation

(Population Studies and Family Planning)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 203.4-PHCIH Term Paper Preparation

(Primary Health Care and International Health)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 203.5-CHOD Term Paper

(Community Health Organization and Development)

Practical 1 32 50 30
Total 18 5 288 160 850 450

 SECOND YEAR: FOURTH SEMESTER

 Course Code

Course Title Nature of subject Credit hour Teaching Hour FM PM
T P T P T P
BPH 204.1-MSA Medical Sociology and Anthropology Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 204.2-AEOH Applied Environmental and Occupational Health Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 204.3-AE Applied Epidemiology Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 204.4-AB Applied Biostatistics Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 204.5-APHN Applied Public Health Nutrition Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 204.6-SHOH School Health and Oral Health Theory 3 48 100 50
TPP 204.1-MSA Term Paper Preparation

(Medical Sociology and Anthropology)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 204.2-AEOH Practical Skill Development

(Applied Environmental and Occupational Health)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 204.3-AE Term Paper Preparation

(Applied Epidemiology)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 204.4-APHN Term Paper Preparation

(Applied Public Health Nutrition)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 204.5-SHOH Practical Skill development

(School Health and Oral Health)

Practical 1 32 50 30
Total 18 5 288 160 850 450

 THIRD YEAR: FIFTH SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title Nature of subject Credit hour Teaching Hour FM PM
T P T P T P
BPH 305.1-RHG Reproductive Health and Gender Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 305.2-CE Clinical Epidemiology Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 305.3-AHE Applied Health Education Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 305.4-MHBS Mental Health and Behavioral Science Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 305.5-CHD Community Health Diagnosis Theory 3 48 100 50
TPP 305.1-RHG Term Paper Preparation

(Reproductive Health and Gender)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 305.2-AHE Practical Skill Development

(Applied Health Education)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 305.3-CHD Practical Skill Development

(Community Health Diagnosis)

Practical 5 160 100 60
Total 15 7 240 224 700 370

 THIRD YEAR: SIX SEMESTERS

Course Code Course Title Nature of subject Credit hour Teaching Hour FM PM
T P T P T P
BPH 306.1-HSMN Health Service Management in Nepal Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 306.2-PHAM Public Health Administration and Management Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 306.3-BCCH Biodiversity, Climate Change and Health Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 306.4-TCD Training & Curriculum Development Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 306.5-HEHF Health Economics and Health Financing Theory 3 48 100 50
PSD 306.1-HSMN Practical Skill Development

(Health Service Management in Nepal)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 306.2-PHAM Term Paper Preparation

(Public Health Administration and Management)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 306.3-TCD Practical Skill Development

(Training & Curriculum Development)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 306.4-HEHF Term Paper Preparation

(Health Economics and Health Financing)

Practical 1 32 50 30
Total 15 4 240 128 700 370

FOURTH YEAR: SEVENTH SEMESTER

Course Code Course Title Nature of subject Credit hour Teaching Hour FM PM
T P T P T P
BPH 407.1-PHR Public Health Research Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 407.2-UHPHEDM Urban Health, Public Health Engineering and Disaster Management Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 407.3- LMSA Logistic Management and Software Application Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 407.4-PHESH P Public Health Ethics, Social Health and Professionalism Theory 3 48 100 50
PSD 407.1-PHR Practical Skill Development

(Public Health Research)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 407.2-UHPHEDM Term Paper Preparation

(Urban Health, Public Health Engineering and Disaster Management)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 407.3-PHESHP Term Paper Preparation

(Public Health Ethics, Social Health and Professionalism)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 407.4-CPHMFP Practical Skill Development

(Comprehensive Public Health Management Field Practice)

Practical 5 160 100 60
Total 12 8 192 256 650 350

 FOURTH: EIGHT SEMESTERS

Course Code Course Title Nature of subject Credit hour Teaching Hour FM PM
T P T P T P
BPH 408.1-NHPP National Health Policy and Plan Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 408.2-HRH Human Resource for Health Theory 3 48 100 50
BPH 408.3-PM Project Management Theory 3 48 100 50
TPP 408.1-NHPP Term Paper Preparation

(National Health Policy and Plan)

Practical 1 32 50 30
TPP 408.2-HRH Term Paper Preparation

(Human Resource for Health)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 408.3-PM Practical Skill Development

(Project Management)

Practical 1 32 50 30
PSD 408.4-PHRR Practical Skill Development

(Public Health Research Report)

Practical 6 192 200 120
Total 9 9 144 288 650 360