Goal of the Program 

The MSc.PH program will produce competent public health graduates with advanced knowledge and practical skills to design and implement strategic public health solutions at national and global levels, conduct public health research, and train people in their respective fields of expertise.

This course is based on wide-range of pedagogical approaches including problem based learning, didactic lectures, journal clubs, online learning, seminars, workshops, etc. The students will benefit from the existing rural community-based health programs of Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University Hospital; on-going research activities; and extensive national and international collaborative partnerships.

Objectives of the Program

MSc.PH in Epidemiology

Upon satisfactory completion of the MSc.PH in Epidemiology, graduates will be able to:

  • Use existing data to provide background to determine priorities and formulate public health investigations,
  • Create and/or use existing measurement instruments in collection of data to determine public health status and priorities and to evaluate interventions,
  • Create aims and objectives to address gaps in public health knowledge and programs,
  • Select appropriate study designs for interventions and investigations, considering their advantages and limitations,
  • Identify risk or preventive factors that may contribute to outcomes and incorporate them into preventive strategy,
  • Use software applications to collect, manage and analyse data to reveal associations and predict public health problems or solutions,
  • Interpret results of an epidemiologic study, including the relation to findings from other epidemiologic studies, the potential biological and/or social mechanisms, the limitations of the study, and the public health implications,
  • Critically review the scientific literature, synthesize the findings across studies, and make appropriate public health recommendations based on current knowledge,
  • Write a clear description of the rationale, methods, results and interpretation of an epidemiologic investigation,
  • Apply epidemiologic skills in public health settings, specifically in the formulation or application of public health programs or policies. 

MSc.PH in Global health

Upon satisfactory completion of the MSc. PH in Global Health graduates will be able to:

  • Perform evidence based health promotion and disease prevention projects, management, administration, implementation through team work and participation;
  • Analyse the most common causes of morbidity and mortality globally, both communicable and non-communicable, among new-borns, children, adolescents, men and women and apply this knowledge in design, implementation or evaluation of health services or programs;
  • Utilize the data from major components of health information systems (e.g. surveillance, national registries, surveys and administrative data) in planning, implementing and monitoring disease status and health programs;
  • Use quantitative and/or qualitative skills to assess effectiveness of health interventions in national and global setting;
  • Supervise health personnel to assist local development organizations that are concerned with global health;
  • Analyse important global health problems, inequity, and contribution to address the challenges including capacity building of research and education;
  • Incorporate rigorous epidemiologic study designs in program evaluation and implementation science in resource-poor settings;
  • Analyse how historical, political, and economic factors are shaping, maintaining and reforming health and health care systems; and
  • Apply scientific methods to plan, scale up and/or evaluate intervention and to improve determinants of health and health systems. 

Total Seat: 10

Course Duration

The two and half years program will be divided into five semesters including fifth semester will be compulsory internship.

Course Structure

Subjects in M.Sc. Public Health (Epidemiology) 

[* electives] 

First Semester

  1. Basic Concept in Public Health I
  2. Basic Concept in Public Health II
  3. Epidemiology I
  4. Biostatistics I
  5. Epidemiology II
  6. Biostatistics II
  7. Health Education and Health Promotion
  8. Recent Advances in Public Health
  9. Data Analysis and Statistical Software Usages

Second Semester

  1. Introduction to Research Methodology
  2. Proposal Writing and Scientific Communication
  3. Social, Behaviour, Population Science and Ethics in Health
  4. Health System and Public Health Planning (National and International)
  5. Qualitative Research Method
  6. Environmental and Occupational Health
  7. Community-orientated Health Practice
  8. Communicable Diseases*
  9. Non-communicable Diseases*
  10. Maternal, Child and Geriatric Health*
  11. Gender and Equity Issues in public health*
  12. Monitoring and Evaluation in Public health*
  13. Mental Health Issues in Public health*
  14. Literature Search and Management

Third Semester

  1. Advanced Epidemiology
  2. Advanced Biostatistics
  3. Systematic Review and Meta Analyses
  4. Epidemiology Seminars
  5. Independent Study
  6. Practicum

Fourth Semester

  1. Thesis

Fifth Semester

  1. Internship (6 months)

Subjects in M.Sc. Public Health (Global Health)

[* electives] 

First Semester

  1. Basic Concept in Public Health I
  2. Basic Concept in Public Health II
  3. Epidemiology I
  4. Biostatistics I
  5. Epidemiology II
  6. Biostatistics II
  7. Health Education and Health Promotion
  8. Recent Advances in Public Health
  9. Data Analysis and Statistical Software Usages

Second Semester

  1. Introduction to Research Methodology
  2. Proposal Writing and Scientific Communication
  3. Social, Behaviour, Population Science and Ethics in Health
  4. Health System and Public Health Planning (National and International)
  5. Qualitative Research Method
  6. Environmental and Occupational Health
  7. Community-orientated Health Practice
  8. Communicable Diseases*
  9. Non-communicable Diseases*
  10. Maternal, Child and Geriatric Health*
  11. Gender and Equity issues in Public Health*
  12. Monitoring and Evaluation in Public Health*
  13. Mental Health Issues in Public Health*
  14. Literature Search and Management

Third Semester

  1. Introduction to Global Health
  2. Implementation Science in Global Health
  3. Leadership and Health Management
  4. Health Policy
  5. Health Financing and Economic Evaluation
  6. Global Health Seminar
  7. Independent Study
  8. Project Management Practicum

Fourth Semester

Fourth Semester

Thesis 

Fifth Semester

Internship (6 months)

Eligibility Criteria

  • The eligible applicants will be any individual who has completed a minimum of three years’ Bachelor degree in public health or nursing or physiotherapy or laboratory science or optometry or imaging technology or pharmacy or human biology or MBBS/BDS or equivalent health sciences degree with minimum of 50% score.
  • Three years’ Bachelor Degree holders must have at least three years’ of work experience; and four years’ Bachelor Degree holders must have at least one year of work experience.
  • The work experience must be in health-related area.
  • Registered in respective professional council.

Selection Process

  • The selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of entrance examination and counselling.
  • To get admission at programme, candidates should secure at least 50% score in the entrance test.
  • The curriculum of entrance examination will focus on basic concepts of public health (40%); epidemiology (20%) and  global health (20%); and aptitude (20%). Duration of entrance will be 2 hours (100 MCQs).

Course Fee 2019

Admission fee:                      NRs.    162,000  at admission

First Year tuition fee:            NRs.    3,43,000 at admission

Second year tuition fee:       NRs.    5,00,000  by the beginning of second year

Total                                       NRs.   10,05,000

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