This course aims to enable students to understand health and the determinants of health and disease, from the perspective of the population. It provides learners with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills across a broad spectrum of public health practice to promote, protect, and restore health through collective action, preparing them to play leadership roles in promoting global public health through improved practice, policy-making, system response and research. The course is set within the geo-political context of the Southern African Development Community, but addresses contemporary strategic, operational and academic issues in public health at national, regional and international level.
After completing the course a student should be able to:
- Understand the principles of ethical and professional public health practice.
- Possess the core knowledge and skills, such as epidemiology and biostatistics to undertake public health practice.
- Undertake an assessment of the population’s health and well-being and its surveillance.
- Assess the evidence of effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services.
- Understand the principles of policy development and implementation
- Understand the need for strategic leadership and collaborative working for health.
- Understand the underlying factors for Health Improvement.
- Understand the importance of Health Protection and control of communicable disease.
- Monitor and assess health and the determinants of health.
- Monitor the quality of health services.
- Interpret intelligence about health outcomes.
A Bachelor’s degree with at least a second class honours in life sciences in the following topic areas from a recognised university by the Open University of Mauritius:
- Veterinary medicine
- Environmental sciences
Candidates must have a good mastery of the English language. The Open University of Mauritius may consider prior learning and prior experiential learning for admission to this program.