Community and Public Health

Contributing to health improvements and system building by upgrading and strengthening the conceptual, methodological and practical capacity of Palestinian health professionals and improving public health practice.

MPH admits students from a range of disciplines, with physicians, dentists, veterinarians, nurses and midwives studying side by side with other health professionals, nutritionists, engineers, economists, school teachers, and students who have science and social science Bachelor’s degrees. This ensures that team work and inter-sectoral collaboration is instilled in students early on, and as part of the teaching process. This is also compatible with the principle that public health must be practiced inside and outside health services, including in school, community and the wider society.

 

  • Enable students to approach health-related problems with an appreciation of the broad determinants of health, including the social, political, and economic determinants in addition to the biomedical ones.
  • Provide students with a foundation of concepts necessary for rational, efficient, effective, and ethical practice of public health, which is relevant to the needs and aspirations of the Palestinian community.
  • Equip students with the analytical and technical skills necessary for identification of health-related problems, design of appropriate interventions, monitoring, and evaluation of practices.
  • Enable students to approach health conditions and services with the notion of inter-sectoral cooperation as an essential component of system-building.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic public health concepts.
  • Identify the main components of a health-promoting environment.
  • Define the roles of main actors in public health practice.
  • Illustrate knowledge of basic management functions.
  • Utilize and critique public health literature.
  • Interpret public health information and research results.
  • Analyze community and population health and health care systems and policies.
  • Analyze the biomedical (biological, physical) and non-biomedical (social, economic, and political) determinants of a health.
  • Apply epidemiological principles in managing public health issues and select suitable study designs.
  • Conduct basic data collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Effectively communicate health information to stakeholders.
  • Apply ethical principles in research and practice.
  • Cite evidence on various public health issues.

Different health providers employ more than 70% of the program graduates. Our MPH qualifies student to work and get promoted in the following institutions:

  • Various ministries.
  • Local NGOs.
  • International NGOs.
  • UNRWA, WHO, UNIICEF …etc.
  • Universities and research institutions.
  • Private sector.
Program Requirements

The Master in Public Health is awarded upon successful completion of at least 36 credit hours divided as follows:

 

Compulsory Courses: (16 credit hours)

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

HLTH623

Classical Epidemiology

 

HLTH627

Communication and Training Skills I

 

HLTH6301 

Social Epidemiology

 

HLTH632

Health Planning and Management

 

HLTH633 

Research Methods and Data Collection

 

HLTH634

Health Statistics

 

Note: All students are required to complete HLTH633 within the first 15 credits of their registration in the program.
 
2.  Elective courses: (14 credit hours)

Course No.

Course Title 

Prerequisite(s) 

HLTH622

Management of Resources in the Health System

 

HLTH6201

Principles of Primary Health Care

HLTH6301

HLTH625

Advanced Classical and Social Epidemiology

HLTH623

HLTH626

Family Health

 

HLTH628

Introduction to Environmental Health

 

HLTH629

Communication and Training Skills II

HLTH627

HLTH635

Health Policy and Planning

HLTH632 or instructor’s approval

HLTH636

International Health Systems

 

HLTH637

A Public Health Approach to Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases

 

HLTH721 

Health and Society

HLTH631 or concurrent

HLTH722

Gender and Health

HLTH631 or concurrent

HLTH723

Special Topics

 

HLTH724

Health Financing Policies

HLTH733

HLTH733

Health Economics

BUSA636

HLTH734 

Selected Topics

 

HLTH735

Population and Development

 

 
3. Successful completion of one of the following tracks (6 credit hours)

Track 

Track Title 

Track Number 

Prerequisite(s) 

Track A 

Thesis 

HLTH860

Complete no less than 15 credit hours from the program, including HLTH633.

Track B 

Seminars 

HLTH830

HLTH831

 

4. Passing the Comprehensive Oral Exam.