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Institute to train students in health management

Institute to train students  in health management

PESHAWAR: The Prime Institute of Public Health (PIPH) is introducing Master’s of Public Health programme to give practical training to the students and enable them to effectively run administrative positions in health institutions.

The curriculum for the one-year course has been designed in view of findings of a nationwide survey of the academic public health programmes in Pakistan, PIPH director Dr Saeed Anwar told Dawn.

He said that the programme was aimed at producing graduates who could tackle issues in the health management and policy-related matters efficiently. He said that a total of 24 MPH-awarding institutions in Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore were surveyed last year and it was found that most of them didn’t offer opportunities of field work to graduates because of which they lacked proper skills when they took up administrative jobs.

“We reviewed the health management programmes of the institutions and identified the gaps,” he said and added that their MPH course would be offering theoretical as well as practical training to the graduates.

The PIPH is a project of the Prime Foundation, which also runs the Peshawar Medical College and Prime Teaching Hospital. It will induct 30 candidates in the first batch who besides classroom work will also be required to work on management posts during the course, he said.

They will be deployed at the maternal and child, immunisation and mental health projects in the province to prepare them for future assignments.

“Education, research and on-job training is important for public health experts and we will disseminate the data among stakeholders after completion of the report to inform the government officials, NGOs and academic faculty about the key skills needed in recent public health graduates for success,” he said.

Dr Anwar claimed that the MPH programme would provide significant field exposure to students in the form of internships modeled after American public health programme to enable the graduates to serve inside and outside Pakistan. He said that the students would be sent to the UN agencies for internship.

“We delayed the launch of MPH programme because we wanted to first ascertain weaknesses in such programmes offered by other institutions and include the areas in our courses which were found lacking,” said the PIPH director.

Published in Dawn, September 21st , 2015

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