The Department of Public Health is in the College of Health Sciences, within the Madonna University, Elele Campus, Rivers State.
PHILOSOPHY, OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF THE PROGRAMME
The Philosophy of the department of Public Health, Madonna University takes its cue from the broad Philosophy of the Faculty of Health Sciences in the country. First, the department is one with the believe of the Faculty that optimal public health education can be achieved in an institution of higher learning that provides a foundation for general education in the various sciences.
To this end the department aims to provide sound scientific and professional basis for the production of Public Health personnel capable of working in any of the three levels of primary health services. The department would provide such training as would equip Public Health Personnel render public health services. It will, too, produce Public Health experts who would satisfy internationally recognizable standard and who would under- take further training towards specialization. Finally, the department aims to produce Public health personnel with sufficient management ability to play leadership role in health care delivery.
The objectives of the programme are to provide a first degree for public health practitioners in Nigeria.
To produce professionals with sufficient skills who will practice in Nigeria.
To produce professionals who will be eligible to pursue postgraduate programmes and research leading to award of PGD, MPH and PhD degrees.
To understand the health needs and health problems of the individuals and particular sections of the population and formulate health education programme to avert the condition.
To discuss the urgent need of health in 21st century which has witnessed an unprecedented increase in crime wave due to drug addiction other factors such as prostitution, over population, environmental pollution and the call for health for all. All support the necessarily for health for all. All support the necessarily for health education as fundamental tool for handling most of these man-made problems.
To expose students to health idea which enhance the promotion of physical, social and psychological health which he ought to pursue all through his life.
To provide a definite plane for the acquisition of public health skill, this enables an individual to make intelligent decisions in matters concerning his health and that of the community as a whole.
SCOPE OF THE PROGRAMME
The core courses are designed to give students exposure into the main areas which is environment, nutrition, maternal & child health & family planning, occupational health, emotional health, mental health, epidemiological, health care delivery system and organization, health economic, dental and population health and development.
Students are required to take compulsory ancillary course in chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, computer science, pharmacy and anatomy to broaden their knowledge and also for better understanding of their field of study. After completing their third year of studies, public health internship scheme.
This enable experiences relates to what there have been thought in class and also helps to prepare them for their future career. Public health graduates from Madonna university are suited for careers in health occupational health , microbiology ,tropical medicine; behavioural sciences , public health dentistry, public health nutrition ,public health nursing ,maternal and child health ,public health ,social work, population and for dynamics , and health statistics and for specialized post graduate training.
DURATION OF COURSE
Academic programme of Public Health offers Three or Four year Programme
leading to the award of Bachelor of Science in Public Health. The
Admission is by entrance examination (JME) or by direct entry. Students
by entrance examination run a Four year programme while those admitted
by direct entry run a three year degree programme.
UNIVERSITY MATRICULATION CANDIDATES
Students applying to read the four year programme for award of the Bachelor of Science degree must satisfy the minimum university matriculation requirements. Such students must also have at least five credit level passes in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology at G.C.E. O levels or its equivalents in not more than two sittings.
Direct Entry Candidates
Students for direct entry admission into a three year programme, are to have five credit level passes as required above and a minimum of two passes at G.C.E A level in not more than two sittings in any of the science subjects. Registered Nurses or those with NCE in Health/Physical Education, Science Education, Nutrition, Home Economics, OND, ND, HND and Diploma in public health may also apply for direct entry admission. To graduate and for the award of the B.Sc (Hons) degree in public Health students must have completed and passed the prescribed courses and electives totaling 166 credit units.
Successful students in the Bachelor of Science degree examination in Public Health are well equipped to work as:-
1. Health Educator:
Teaches various classes in health and conveying health topics e.g. consumer health, family health, sex education etc. counsels student in solution to health problems, planning, design, implementation and evaluation of programme. Job opportunities found in schools, hospitals, private agencies, industries, media, university, lecturing, health advertising, community programme, health research and consultancy.
2. Public Health Educator:
Educates' public on causes and prevention of diseases as well as health problems. Also helps to plan and develop health programmes to meet community needs. Job opportunities found in hospital, government agencies and voluntary health agencies, primary health care.
3. School Counselors:
Health lecturers help student's selects course of study. Counsel student's with health and adjustment problems. Job opportunities are found in schools, colleges and Universities.
4. Food Inspector:
Inspect firms that produce and store goods, examining evidence of anything that could make a product unhealthy. Discuss findings with manager. Prepare a written report. Gathers evidence to be used in court if legal action is necessary. Job opportunities found within health agencies, food and drug administration, food making factories.
Educate people about nutrition feeding and health maintenance. Counsels people on nutritional needs e.g pregnant women, ageing people, high school athletes and those who have limited money for food. Job opportunities found in public health department, hospitals, food processing industries, research laboratory, university lecturing.
6. Social Work:
Providing activities that group of people of the same age can do together and providing counseling services that help people understand themselves better. Helping individuals and families solve social problems. Job opportunities found within hospitals, social welfare agencies, schools, prisons, refugee campus.
Conduct general medical diagnoses and prescribes medicine. Take off point for all medical professions before specialization in surgery. Gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, dermatology, etc
8. Public Health Nursing:
Visiting people's home with specified health problems, helping people learn to care for family members who are ill. Advise families about nutritional and child care. Job opportunities found within hospitals, private clinics, voluntary health agencies and industries.
9. Rehabilitation Counselor:
Helping drug addicts plan rehabilitation programmes for themselves or finding a home or job that matches their interest, liaises between addicts and medical professionals. Job opportunities found in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation centres.
10. Epidemiologist/Medical Detectives
Investigate disease out breaks, specializes in the study of distribution of infections or contagious diseases. Job opportunities found within research institutes and teaching in the universities, hospital and ministries of health
11. Pollution Control Technician
Collect samples and runs tests according to prescribed methods and records data. He uses spectrophotometer, photometer and other laboratory equipment. Job opportunities found in environmental protection agencies, industries.
12. Waste Water Treatment Operator:
Testing samples of water in laboratory waste water treatment plants. Control equipment that moves sewage through various processes. Job opportunities found in sewage treatment, water boards.
13. Medial Record Officers:
File patient case notes and locate them when needed. Assist in compiling data for research studies. Their jobs opportunities are found within hospitals and clinics.
14. Dental Hygienist:
Cleans people's teeth, removing calculus, Recording patients' medical and dental histories, X-Ray films and instructs patients on how to brush their teeth. They usually work under the supervision of dentists. Job opportunities found in schools, industries, hospitals, dental clinics and to be self employed
15. Health and Safety Educator
He supervises safety operation in the company, safety of the employees, Plans, develops, implements and administers programmes for accident, injury and illness prevention. Job opportunities are found in fire brigade, industries, insurance, teaching of occupational health and safety education in industries.
16. Beauty Operators
Cutting, straightening, waving and dyeing hair. Manicuring and pedicuring. Clean equipment, sterilize instruments. Cosmetologist/Beauticians, Hairdressers, self employment etc