Ministry of Healthand Ghana Health Services have considered healthcare as a critical sector affecting Ghanaian economy. The Government’s vision is to obtain a healthy population and contribute to the universal health coverage thereby improving Ghanaian health status.
Public Health Services in Ghana
The Ministry of Health in Ghana is involved in building healthcare facilities or hospitals and medical education system to improve the health of the population by delivering quality public health services and managing healthcare industry. The objective is to improve health delivery by implementation of approved national policies in the country; provide comprehensive health services and manage accessible healthcare at sub-district, district and regional levels in accordance with approved policies; prudently manage healthcare resources available and increase access to available quality health services. The main function is to develop appropriate strategies and guidelines to achieve national policy objectives or goals; management of the overall health resources; promote healthy lifestyle and habits among people; establish effective disease surveillance, control and prevention; promote in-service training and education and other activities related to promotion and protection of public health.
Courses and Training in Public health
There are various Undergraduate, Postgraduate or Short courses available in field of public health provided in classrooms, online or distance education. These courses enhance timely, efficient, reliable, effective and quality public health service delivery by public health functionaries. The mandate of public health training program is to provide training opportunities in development of better professionals; provide specialized monitoring services or laboratory diagnosis and conduct research on important Public Health problems.
Master of Science in Public Health Management(MPH)program in collaboration with the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, Rome, Italy (UTIU) is conducted by James Lind Institute (JLI). This program of 1 to 1.5 years provides Advance PG Diploma from JLI followed by master degree in public health from UTIU. It is adual online degree program with an Advanced PG Diploma in Tropical Medicine; Public Health Research; Healthcare and Hospital Management; Surveillance and Immunization; etc. following which the student progresses to masters degree. In the online MPH program, the University along with Institute initiates the transfer process. The module includes various specialisation topics and submission of Dissertation or Thesis. MPH program is designed to improve quality of life through preventive measures, ongoing education and delivery of quality health services. This science-intensive program helps develop the managerial and communication skills needed to solve organizational public health problems and understand the factors influencing social policies. During MPH degree students are trained to deal with emerging disease issues, environmental or epidemiology concerns and healthcare reform.
Job Opportunities in Public Health – Ghana
The diverse careers of public health includes position of Licensed or Registered nurses; Emergency medical technicians and paramedics; Medical and health service managers; Health and safety professionals; Medical or clinical laboratory technicians or microbiologists; Statisticians or survey researchers; Epidemiologists; Social and community service managers; Emergency management professionals; Dieticians and nutritionists; Health educators; Occupational health and safety technicians; Occupational therapy assistants and Community health workers.
Online Course in Public Health
James Lind Institute (JLI) provides an online Masters in Public Health (MPH) that can provide diverse career opportunities in public health.
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