Programme

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1. MSc Programme
The epidemiology course includes epidemiologic concepts and methods, study designs, disease prevention and control, statistical approaches for analyzing health and disease states and outcomes, and design and implementation of health-related research.
The clinical epidemiology course focuses on training students on the use of best available evidence to improve clinical practice thereby improving health outcomes of individual patients and their communities.
The Health Systems Policy and Management course covers concepts such as how health care is financed, structured, provided and used; how health policies are prioritized, organised and executed; and how and why health systems do or do not produce positive health outcomes and broader social goals. It equips candidates with methodological skills in analysing health policies and systems.
The occupational and environmental health course is focused on the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of diseases related to environmental and occupational exposures, and a good understanding of the interaction between the environment and health, and provides a broad-based training in public health with a focus on protecting individuals, workers, households and communities.
The Health Promotion and Communication course examines individual attributes and behaviours, the social norms that influence these, the wider distribution of rights, responsibilities and resources within societies that are the ‘upstream’ influences on these factors, and their effect on health of households and communities. The programme covers the use of theory and methods for understanding the determinants of health and illness.
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The Bioethic course is to provide candidates with the skills essential to serve as effective watchdogs of biomedical practice and research within and outside Nigeria. The programme provides advanced training for professionals, academics, and other interested individuals in health care, law, the humanities, and public policy who wish to become prepared for teaching, research, policy development, and clinical consultation work related to bioethics.

2. DrPH Programme:
The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) is an advanced research-focused, professional degree for candidates that intend to undertake high-level research in their professional practice career in public health and healthcare generally and for current and future health systems’ managers and leaders. This degree leads to a career in high-level administration, teaching, research or practice, where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required. The DrPH program further develops in its candidates all competencies included in MPH programmes, with increased emphasis on research and evidence translation, high-level skills in problem-solving and the application of public health concepts.

3. PhD Programme:
The PhD programme is an advanced research degree for candidates that intend to undertake high-level research career in public health and healthcare systems generally. This degree leads to a career in specialist teaching, where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required. The PhD program further develops in its candidates all competencies included in MSc programmes, with increased emphasis on theoretical and methodological concepts, in-depth literature reviews, research and evidence translation
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

1. MSc Programmes
Applicants for the Epidemiology stream must hold a degree in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary medicine from a recognized university or have a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (second class lower) on a 5-point scale in the biological and health related sciences, and statistics.
Applicants for the clinical epidemiology must hold a degree in Medicine, Nursing or Pharmacy from a recognized university with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (second class lower) on a 5-point scale where applicable.
Applicants for the Health System Policy and Management stream must hold any of the following basic entry requirements: postgraduate diploma with credit in health economics, management, policy or in a related field plus a first degree from a recognized University with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (second class lower) or a degree in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy or a first degree from University of Nigeria or another recognized University in Business/Health Management/Administration, public administration with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (second class lower) on a 5-point scale.
Applicants for the Occupational and Environmental stream must have obtained a first degree from a recognized University with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (second class lower) on a 5-point scale in Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine and Surgery [MBBS], or in the biological and health related sciences from the University of Nigeria or any other University approved by senate.
Applicants for the Health Promotion and Communication stream must have obtained a first degree from a recognized University with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (second class lower) on a 5-point scale in Nursing, Social Sciences, Biological sciences, Health education, Medicine and Surgery [MBBS] and other courses allied to medicine from the University of Nigeria or any other University approved by senate.
Applicants for the Bioethics programme would have completed a first degree in any course of their choice from a recognized university with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 (second class lower) on a 5-point scale. And would have fulfilled the university of Nigeria minimum requirement for the pursuit of a postgraduate programme.

2. DrPH Programmes
Candidates who apply for the programme must meet the required basic academic criteria for postgraduate programmes in the university. A critical requirement is that the student would have completed the MPH programme with a second-class upper division as required by the University or possesses a professional Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, or West African Postgraduate Medical College in Public Health/Community Health as recognized by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria
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3. PhD Programmes
Candidates who apply for the programme must meet the required basic academic criteria for postgraduate programmes in the university. The candidate would have obtained an appropriate MSc in a field relevant to the area of interest with the grades specified by the School of Postgraduate Studies of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka or possesses a professional Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, or West African Postgraduate Medical College as recognized by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria

MODE OF STUDY

For the MSc programmes, these shall be executed by course work to be examined in written papers together with research work to be presented in a project report where course work predominates over research and constitutes not less than 75% of the total units.
For the doctoral programmes, these shall be by research and coursework where research predominates over the coursework. The programme requires a relevant doctoral research thesis, which will have to be presented with an accompanying specified number of publications targeted for peer-reviewed journals

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The programmes are appropriate for individuals interested in careers in public health practice, medical research, and community medicine, epidemiological field studies, drug manufacturing enterprises, development agencies, government or other non-governmental organizations, development and analysis of public health policy and planning at the local, state, federal, and international level. Graduates can take up roles in local and international institutions involved in prevention, investigation and control of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, pharmaceutical companies where they translate their research into evidence and practice. They can also work as managers of health programmes in the Private and Public sectors of the economy, including industries, State and Federal Ministries of Health, The programme offers an excellent preparation for students who may wish to take on a PhD programme.
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