bachelor of public health

1.0 Programme Description

The Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) will provide a three-year full time; day, evening and weekend program of intensive study for students wishing to earn a Bachelor of Public Health degree from Cavendish University Uganda.

The Bachelor of Public Health is a multidisciplinary, flexible degree that provides students with the opportunity to learn key principles in public health, and health programmes and policy leading to a wide range of careers in a Health field. It also provides a pathway to postgraduate public health and environmental programmes as well as to honors and postgraduate studies in public health. Students study the broad range of public health concerns, including individual disease prevention and injury/harm reduction behaviors, distribution and development of disease through epidemiological assessment and community program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Students learn to use educational interventions to provide health information, gain experience in assessing the needs of target populations, clarify program goals and objectives, and develop strategies to motivate and involve their clients/patients in educational interventions. Public Health Majors typically work in voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, corporate worksites, community health organizations, family planning clinics, and managed care facilities, to name a few.

The curriculum in Public Health, which is accredited by the Uganda Allied Health Professionals on recommendations of the National Council of Higher Education, encompasses a variety of disciplines in the preparation of general public health practitioners, environmental health, policy advocates, program managers and maternal child officers

The program requires six credit hours of field practice or internship within a Public health setting, either governmental or non-governmental centers. Internships will be typically taken in the last semester of study. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to these sites.

2.0 Programme objectives

The course has the following objectives:

  • To equip students with managerial skills For public health services
  • To train professionals who can advocate for health services , policies and laws in the community
  • To equip students with knowledge and skills of identifying Health problems in the Community and design sustainable strategies for addressing them.
  • To provide students with knowledge and skills of addressing public health challenges in disaster and emergence situations.
  • To promote sharing of knowledge and experience among students from different areas and nations on public health issues and solutions using evidence based learning

3.0 Programme learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program, they will be able:

  • Explain the core principles of public health and their relationship to the health status of groups, communities, and populations at the local community, nationals, state and international levels.
  • Describe behavioral and non-behavioral variables contributing to morbidity and mortality.
  • Explain the Scientific methods for measuring Disease occurrence and other Health outcomes.
  • Describe procedures for conducting disease surveillance, epidemic investigation and control
  • Demonstrate skills and competences in assessing Community Health Needs
  • Interpret the basic Public Health Laws and explain appropriate ways of sensitizing them to the Community
  • Employ a variety of strategies to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate health promotion programs
  • Identify appropriate strategies and tactics of influencing people‚Äôs behaviors and practices towards good Health.
  • Evaluate the progress and outcomes of prevention programs in meeting stated goals and objectives and established standards
  • Design and manage Public Health interventions in Disaster and emergence situations
  • Calculate demographic measures ,interpret population trends and their influence on Public Health in general
  • To apply computer skills in their learning process and health information management
  • To communicate effectively on Health matters

4.0 Programme structures

year one

semester one
course code Module Name
BPH 111 Foundations of Public Health
BJC 110 Communication Skills
BIT 110 Introduction to Information Communication and Technology
BPH 112 Health and Health behavior
EHS 112 Principles of Epidemiology
BPH 113 Human Biology
semester two
course code Module Name
BPH 121 First Aid and emergency Rescue
EHS 121 Biostatistics
EHS 123 Communicable and non-communicable diseases
BPH 122 Public Health Microbiology and disease surveillance
BPH 123 Health Counseling and guidance

year two

semester one
course code Module Name
BPH 211 Public Health Nutrition
BPH 212 Principles of Environmental Health
BPH 213 Community organization and socio mobilization
EHS 214 Principles of Demography and Population Dynamics
BPH 214 NGO Management
semester two
course code Module Name
BPH 221 Principles of Health Education and advocacy
EHS 223 Occupational Health & Safety
RSC22 1 Research Methodology
BPH 223 Basic Public Health Laws and code of Practice

year three

semester one
course code Module Name
BPH 311 Community Health practice
BPH 312 Field Training
BPH 313 Family and Reproductive Health
EHS 313 Health Monitoring and Evaluation
BPH 314 Social Marketing for Health
semester two
course code Module Name
BPH 321 Health Economics and Financing
EHS 322 Health Policy planning and management
BPH 322 Project planning and management
RSC 322 Research project
BPH 323 Health Informatics
BPH 324 Mental Health