DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

About Us Department of Public Health was established in the year 2013 as a constituent department under K S Hegde Medical Academy. The department is comprised of dynamic public health professionals having diversified work experiences with UN agencies like UNICEF, WHO; state and federal health systems and third sector as faculties.

The Department is offering a two years full time Master of Public Health (MPH) program which provides teaching, research and hands-on experience that prepare students, health science practitioners and researchers to develop and apply public health interventions for their fellow citizens. The program provides students with a strong foundation in epidemiology and biostatistics complimented by research methodology and behavioral sciences. 

Master of Public Health (MPH) programme with us is an interdisciplinary post-graduate program spread over four semesters including four months field research (dissertation) and two months of internship in a health and development agencies recognised by the university. Through a well-integrated field oriented program guided by experienced faculty, students receive instruction in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Nutrition, Social & Behavioural  Sciences, Health Promotion, Health Informatics, Health System Planning & Management, Project Management, Health Economics etc. In compliance with the University Grants Commission, Department is currently considering to impart MPH programme under choice based credit system. Skill based certificate and diploma programme as well as doctoral courses at the department are also under process.

Master of Public Health programme enables students for a dynamic and challenging career opportunities in health and development sectors as public health consultants, epidemiologists, managers, research officers, analysts, or director in government or non-governmental organizations, UN agencies like World Health Organizations, UNICEF, UNDP, FAO etc., pharmaceutical and corporate companies, where over a quarter of million job opportunities are expected over the next decade. What is Public Health Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases.

Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world.

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research – in contrast to clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. Public health also works to limit health disparities. A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.

For example, instead of treating premature or low birth-weight babies, we investigate the factors at work and we develop programs to keep babies healthy. And instead of prescribing medication for high blood pressure, we examine the links among obesity, diabetes and heart disease—and we use our data to influence policy aimed at reducing all these conditions.

Today, public health encompasses areas as wide ranging as epigenetics, chronic disease, the science of aging, mental health, disaster response, refugee health, injury prevention and tobacco control.

Who can study MPH? Any Graduate in Health Sciences- MBBS, BDS, BVSc, BAMS, BUMS, BSc (Nursing), PBB.Sc (Nursing), BPT, B.Pharma, BPH (3 years), Paramedical Sciences (B.Sc- MLT, B.Sc A&OTT, BSc-MIT, etc, BSc-Biomedical, Veterinary Sciences, Natural Sciences (Any life science), Social Sciences and Social Work, Engineering including Environmental Engineering, Management or any other degree equivalent thereto, from a recognized Indian University with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.

Duration of the Course: 2 years
Start of academic year: August month of every year
Start of application process: May- July every year
Those who have prior experience in the field of public health program implementation in development agencies including public or private sector and in research will be preferred for admission. 

A minimum of 50% in these qualifying examinations is a prerequisite for MPH admission.  How to apply? Download the application form by clicking the link below and follow the instructions as mentioned in the form

http://www.nitte.edu.in/downloads/public%20health.pdf

Registration fee: Rs 1000/- by DD favoring “Nitte University” payable at Mangalore.

Selection Process Prospective Indian students will be selected on the basis of educational qualifications and achievements, professional experience relevant to the field of public health. A personal/telephonic interview will be arranged for the candidate followed by which verification of original documents will be done. A written test will also be conducted if deemed necessary.

Selection of overseas students will be based on educational qualifications, professional experience, eligibility as assessed by the sponsoring organizations and a telephonic interview. Whereever applicable, students will have to provide certification for proficiency in English at the time of selection. 

Final selection of prospective students will be prepared based on academic performance and relevant professional experience.

Course fee: Rs 75,000 per year

Advantage
Nitte University offers a unique MPH programme that provides 60 credits for the 4-semester based full time course including submission of dissertation on the topic registered. First three semesters will be of full time on-campus course and in the final semester first four months is for conducting dissertation activities (data collection, data entry, analysis, report writing and submission for evaluation) including final submissions and rest of the two months for internship from any health/development agencies recognized by the university. 

Faculty at Nitte's Department of Public Health are experienced both in academic and public health management aspects owing to their prior work experiences in leading public health agencies of the country. The teaching faculty is a blend of various disciplines of basic qualifications such as medicine, dental, physiotherapy, etc thus enabling a conducive atmosphere for public health practices across varied disciplines.

Students at Nitte are from various basic disciplines such as public health, dental, physiotherapy, nursing, AYUSH, prarmacy, etc. The concept of interdisciplinary approach to public health is exemplary to our students' profile.

Meritorious and dedicated students will be given an opportunity with scholarships to attend a 3-week long student exchange programme at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. Apart from this, internships are provided with scholarships to two students at NGOs in Belgium, European Union. During the year 2016-17, more than 50% of the students availed this opportunity.

Students are given field-level public health exposure at the 6 rural health centres managed by the Department of Public Health located in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts.

MPH students at Nitte are also provided with placement assistance which has helped them in shaping their career without any hiatus after their completion of the course. All our alumni are placed in well-deserving positions at various organizations in the country and abroad. Other facilities: ,b>Well Equipped Class Halls: Well-equipped class halls with individual student stations and latest in-built audio-visual facility.

Wi-Fi Campus: high speed wireless internet facility for regular classes, e-laboratory activity, group study as well as access to public health journals and reference books.

Study Tour/Conference participation: Department promotes student study tour as well as paper presentation at national and international forums with mentored support.

Field Exposure: The department is managing a network of 18 comprehensive rural health centres along the coastal areas of Karnataka and Kerala for field study on medical, psychiatric and dental health services. A dedicated air conditioned vehicle for monitoring peripheral rural health activities is also available. Community health services are being imparted regularly through these health centres. Laboratory: Well-equipped laboratories devised to impart practical training to students in public health, health informatics, statistics, behavioural science and other modules in the campus as well as in the field. A 1200 bedded hospital with super speciality departments is well equipped to do research in clinical epidemiology and other public health issues. A separate centre for treatment of Cancer and a Centre for animal experimentation also attached with the institute.

Health Care: Students are covered under free OP medical and dental

Hostel:Hostel facilities are available for boys and girls on the campus

Departmental Achievements:

Collaborations with Christelijke Mutualiteit: The University has collaborated recently with Christelijke Mutualiteit, Belgium, an NGO working on Universal Health Coverage, with an objective to enhance our research capacityand academic arena in European Countries. With this collaboration, we are able to provide internships for MPH students in European Countries.

Collaborations with Minnesota University:The Nitte University has collaboration with to University of Minnesota, School of Public Health where students gets opportunity to visit Minneapolis – Twin City Campus for attending Summer Institute for additional credits. Meritorious students have been sent to attend this summer school.

Project Implementation:Department is currently implementing National Health Mission awarded evaluation project to evaluate Special New-born Care Units in the state of Karnataka, 2014-15.

Collaborations with United Nations agencies and Government Agencies: - Faculty members in collaboration with UNICEF and Govt. of Karnataka involved in RMNCH+ A facility assessment in high priority districts in the state of Karnataka in 2013. - Faculty member was invited as technical expert for operationalising District Infant Death Review Programmes under UNICEF supported project in 2013. - Faculty member was invited as resource person for Tobacco Cessation Workshop at Maulana Azad Medical College, Govt. of Delhi, in Nov, 2013. - Faculty members were invited as resource person for at India International Public Health Conference, Trivandrum, during 6-7 Nov 2014.

Organisation contextual public health programmes & workshops: Regular workshop/seminar on topics of public health significance being organized routinely by the department. 

Achievements of the faculty: Dr Sudeep Kumar, Head, Department of Public Health, was chosen as the mentor for the Summer School held at University of Minnesota, USA, in the year 2015.

Mr. Mackwin D'Mello, Assistant Professor, has received the "Young Researcher Award 2016" at the Conference held in Australia.

Dr. Jagannath P, Assistant Professor, has been awarded with the Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program Certificate held in July 2016, at Baltimore, USA

Ms. Priyanka Rent, Assistant Professor, has been selected as the mentor for the Summer School to be held at University of Minnesota, USA, in month of May 2017.

Achievements of students: Dr Monisha V, has been awarded with the best poster for her presentation at the International Symposium on Universal Health Coverage 2017, at Mangaluru.

Dr Yamuna A, alumni of our Department has been awarded with the best poster for her presentation at the International Symposium on Universal Health Coverage 2017, at Mangaluru.

Name of the Faculty Designation Qualification
Dr Sudeep Kumar Associate Professor and Head MBBS, MPH
Dr Jagannath P Assistant Professor BDS, MPH
Mackwin D'Mello Assistant Professor BPT, MPH
Priyanka Rent Assistant Professor BPT, MPH
Prashanth Santha Program Coordinator