Masters degree in public health (MPH) is good to develop leadership and communication skills needed to address complex public health issues; gain multidisciplinary global perspective required to influence public health programs and policies; acquire the specialized expertise required to eliminate disparities in undeserved communities; utilize systematic approaches to design and develop programs that address emerging public health challenges and breakthroughs.
Lesothos Public Health Scenario
The challenges facing Lesothos healthcare delivery are underscored by the stranglehold of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The hospital and community based clinics have been struggling with human resource shortages, poor management practices, aging infrastructure of the facilities, increasing costs of health services and decreasing service quality. These challenges call for extra vigilance by custodians of health and rededication of professional duties. This vigilance demands sharing of information and knowledge, integration and coordination of efforts and activities pertaining to patient care team of all health professionals.
Emerging middle income country of Lesotho in southern Africa aims to achieve good quality of healthcare and equitable access to health services within a context of high levels of maternal mortality and high rates of HIV and TB prevalence. The Government of Lesotho have partnered with non-government organisations and private consortium for better delivery of healthcare services. The Ministry have addressed new developments for declining health indicators with a corresponding strategic plan to improve access to quality health and social welfare services.
Online Public Health Degree (Online MPH)
Distance or online learning is a mode of study that provides access to learning when the students, educators and source of information are separated by time and distance. Both material and interaction at a distance allows students to study most or all of a course without attending campus based institution. These programmes include online training tools and system to produce a virtual classroom. The tuition fees for distance learning vary with institution and programme that allows the student reduce expenses related to accommodation and transportation. Distance learning is also a great solution for employed individuals seeking further education.
A dual online MPHdegree program of 1 to 1.5 years is available at James Lind Institute (JLI) conducted in collaboration with the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, Italy (UTIU). MPH degree holders are prepared to develop communication skills for the purpose of conveying intervention and prevention strategies to improve health outcomes among diverse populations; understanding bio statistical data or software, research methods and the epidemiological approach that impact the study patterns of disability, injury and disease; evaluation of environmental, biological, legal, and regulatory factors affecting the communities health; observing the major behavioural, social and cultural factors that affect the populations health; monitor, access and evaluate available public health data; analyzing essential systems, services, public policies and associated challenges that impact the health of communities; demonstrating skills, ethics and professionalism needed for leadership and decision making in public health; application of health management systems to public health agencies, policies, programs and issues; implementation and evaluation of program design principles to improve the population health; inducing professional and ethical commitment to public health research and practice; addressing critical public health challenges and policy issues in the country.
Dynamic MPH programme is tailored for full time working professionals and new graduates seeking position ofHealth officer; Occupational health and safety specialist; Environmental health specialist; Disease investigator; Public health educator; Public health information officer; Public health analyst; Public health policy coordinator; Public health emergency preparedness and response coordinator; Global health professional; Research analyst; Health policy advisor; Epidemiologist and Community health worker.