University Of Bahr el Ghazal

College Of Public Health

Based on the general policy of the national Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the University of Bahr el-Ghazal in the context of teaching, research and community development; the curriculum of Bachelor of Science honours (BSc Hon) was developed.

As food and water safety, zoonotic diseases become a great public health concern mainly because of the changing global patterns of food production, increased movement of people, increased consumer awareness of food hygiene and safety issues, stringent standards in international trade and technological advancement; it has been observed that a training Programme be developed to train cadres of professionals with wider skills, knowledge and attitudes in handling public and environmental health issues.

Overview

The Institute of Public and Environmental Health (IPEH) established by a Presidential decree in the year 2002 and became operational since the year 2003 in the University of Bahr el-Ghazal.

 

Since then, it has graduated over ten (10) batches of students with intermediate Diplomas in Public and Environmental Health.

 

This Institute acted as a spring board for the inception and development of the College of Public and Environmental Health that will have a look at wider dimensions in promoting healthy lifestyles, diseases prevention and control, improve general health and health care systems; in addition to incorporation of cross-sections of public health activities and research.

 

The formulation of this Bachelor of Science (Hons) in public and environmental health training, originates from the conviction that solutions to our human health problems should be approached in a multi-disciplinary perspective. This is the pivot upon which all efforts in the development of this curriculum evolved.

Justification

The rapid development in South Sudanese community in terms of cultures, economics, technologies and life styles in addition to the emerging developmental firms like petrochemical industries, food and water processing industries, mechanized agricultural schemes, roads and transportation systems and the devastating effects of wars, triggered numerous health and environmental problems. All these health and environmental problems need parallel changes in the quality and numbers of health cadres, adequate close cooperation and synergy between health related professions.

Therefore, there is an urgent need for a change of the status quo by adopting a holistic approach via launching a joint educational and training programme of professionals to ensure community and environmental health at the state, nation and international levels. The need for training also stems from the realization that there is a critical shortage of personnel with holistic skills, knowledge and attitudes in the prevention and control of public and environmental health problems.

This program will as a result, provide graduates with skills, knowledge, attributes and attitudes to manage these problems using an integrated approach.

Vision and Mission Of the college

The University of Bahr el-Ghazal represented in the College of Public and Environmental Health will be a leader in the provision of knowledge in public and environmental health in the region through provision of comprehensive and rigorous teaching, research and scholarly programmes that are responsive to the need of the individual and the society.

The mission of the College of Public and Environmental Health is to provide high quality relevant teaching, research and scholarly programmes for strategic human resources development that will be reflected in improved health services objectively and professionally for the benefit of the national, regional and international communities.

Our Values

The following signifies the core values embodied in the staff of the college:

Excellence, Academic freedom, Accountability, Equity, Green Environment, Innovation, Dedication, Professionalism, Integrity, Care and compassion, and Teamwork.

Career Prospects

Graduates upon completion are qualified to work in:

  1. Ministry of Health.
  2. Food production, processing and distribution industries.
  3. Non-governmental organizations.
  4. Institutions of learning.
  5. Regional and international organizations involved in public and environmental health
  6. Food hygiene auditing and food quality certification institutions.

Programme Description

The aim of the programme is to train professionals to better understand contemporary public and environmental health issues for the control and prevention of diseases for human wellbeing.

 

The curriculum aims to impart qualitative development in the public health discipline by modifying and rectifying the courses to suit the rapid development locally and internationally in an integral manner while learning from the experiences of others.

 

It also determines necessary skills to be taught in every learning stage and links health information with the general needs of the people. The courses have been planned and designed to meet the objectives and resources at hand.

 

The courses that constitute the educational programmes are classified into two as follows:

  1. The College requirement courses, and
  2. The Department requirement courses.

The importance of the College requirement courses is to add some types of knowledge and experiences that promote the branch of specialization and eventually help a  student acquires knowledge and information to complete his/her future profession in the field of Public and Environmental Health. 

These include: Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Anatomy, and Physiology.

The programme will adopt honours system that aims to build competencies in undergraduate students and invigorates the general skills of public and environmental health graduate. Therefore, the graduate is expected to gain the following attributes:

  1. Body of knowledge, attributes, attitudes and basic skills as day one practitioner.
  2. Team working and effective communication with a wider range of people in various and cross cutting settings.
  3. Sense of inquiry and commitment to life-long learning.
  4. Understand ethical and social responsibilities.

The duration of study is ten (10) semesters in five (5) years.  After successful completion of the prescribed curriculum of 167 credit hours including a small research component undertaken in the final year of the study within the scope of Public and Environmental Health. The graduate will be awarded Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours in Public and Environmental Health with specialty in one of the following four specializations or departments:

  1. Public Health.
  2. Environmental Health.
  3. Food Hygiene and Safety.
  4. Health Education.

Program Objectives

  • To graduate professional health cadres well equipped with basic capabilities and skills to practice the tasks and duties of Public Health Officers.
  • To contribute in preparing principles and standards of public and environmental health for promoting community and environmental health.
  • To prepare and promote programmes of continues education in all fields of public and environmental health.
  • To meet the demands of the community for qualified health cadres in all fields of Public and Environmental Health.
  • To carry out basic and applied research pertaining to health and the environment.
  • To assess the health status of the community and to write reports and recommendations to sustain and promote health and prevent communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  1. The rapid development in South Sudanese communities in terms of cultures, economies, technologies and life styles need to be critically addressed.
  2. The anticipated improvement in developmental firms like petrochemical industries, food processing industries, mechanized agricultural schemes, roads and transportation systems and the devastating effects of wars trigger numerous health problems like increased levels of air, water, soil and food pollution; production of solid and liquid wastes and propagation of disease vectors. These problems need parallel changes in the quality of health cadres to solve them.
  3. Identify and analyse public and environmental health problems.
  4. Develop strategies to deal with public and environmental health issues.
  5. Conduct, analyse and interpret research findings.
  6. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders.
  7. Do advocacy with policy makers.
  8. Educate general population to increase awareness of public health problems.
  9. Recognize multiple and varied ethical issues in public and environmental health practices and consider means of responding to them.

Academic Programme

Courses taken in both first and second years are general and inter-disciplinary in nature. Specialisation starts in third year.

First Year – Semester One

First Year – Semester One
S/No. Course Code & No. Hours Credit Hours
Theory Practical
1. English Language (I) BPE 1110 2 0 2
2. Basic Mathematics BPE 1101 2 0 2
3. General Chemistry BPE 1102 2 1 3
4. General Physics BPE 1103 2 1 3
5. General Biology BPE 1104 2 1 3
6. Principles of  Ecology BPE 1105 2 1 3
7. Anatomy BPE 1107 2 1 3
Total Hours 19
First Year – Semester Two
S/No. Course Code & No. Hours Credit Hours
Theory Practical
1. English Language (II) BPE 1201 2 0 2
2. Health Sociology BPE 1202 2 0 2
3. Statistics BPE 1204 2 0 2
4. Psychology BPE 1205 2 0 2
5. Principles of Public & Environmental Health BPH 1206 2 0 2
6. Physiology BPE 1207 2 1 3
7. Computer Applications BPE 1208 2 1 3
Total Hours 16

Second Year – Semester One

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

English Language (III)

BPE 2101

2

0

2

2.

Medical Entomology

BPH 2102

2

1

3

3.

Introduction to Microbiology

BFH 2103

2

1

3

4.

Biochemistry

BPE 2104

2

1

3

5.

Drawing & Building Construction

BPE 2105

2

1

3

6.

Water Hygiene & Sanitation

BEH 2106

2

1

3

Total Hours

17

Second Year – Semester Two

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

English Language (IV)

BPE 2201

2

0

2

2.

Principles of Epidemiology

BPH 2202

2

1

3

3.

Parasitology

BPH 2203

2

1

3

4.

Applied Microbiology

BFH 2204

2

0

2

5.

Environmental Sanitation

BEH 2205

2

1

3

6.

Communicable Diseases

BPH 2207

2

0

2

7.

Field Training (I) (Housing Inspection)

BPE 2207

1

2

3

Total Hours

18

Third Year – Semester One

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Primary Health Care

BHE3101

2

0

2

2.

Meat Hygiene & Safety

BFH 3102

2

1

3

3.

Vectors Control

BPH 3103

2

1

3

4.

Human Nutrition

BFH 3104

2

0

2

5.

Environmental Pollution

BEH 3105

2

1

3

6.

Occupational Health

BEH 3106

2

0

2

7.

Field Training (II) ( Inspection of Food Places)

BPE 3107

1

2

3

Total Hours

18

Third Year – Semester Two

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Research Methodology

BPE 3201

2

0

2

2.

Behaviour & Communication Skills

BHE 3202

2

0

2

3.

Solid & Hazardous Waste Management

BEH 3203

2

1

3

4.

Population Studies & Reproductive Health

BHE 3204

2

1

3

5.

Ports Inspection & Quarantine

BPH3205

2

0

3

6.

Public Health Laws & Ethics

BPE 3207

2

0

2

7.

Field Training (III) (Inspection of Hotels)

BPE 3208

1

2

3

Total Hours

18

Fourth Year – Semester One

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Disaster & Crisis Management

BEH 4101

2

0

2

2.

Health Services Management & Administration

BPE 4102

2

0

2

3.

Principles of Health Education

BHE 4103

2

1

3

4.

Liquid & Industrial Waste Management

BEH 4104

2

1

3

5.

Field Training (IV) (Schools Inspection)

BPE 4105

1

2

3

6.

Milk Hygiene & safety

BFH 4106

 

 

 

7.

Principles of Health Education

BPE 4107

2

0

2

Total Hours

15

Fourth Year – Semester Two

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Health & Environmental Planning

BPE 4201

2

0

2

2.

Health & Environmental Economics

BPE 4202

2

0

2

3.

Health Education

BHE 4203

2

0

2

4.

Food Processing & Safety

BFH 4204

2

1

3

5.

Field Training (V) (Inspection of Industries)

BPE 4205

1

6

3

6.

Non Communicable Diseases

BPH 5106

2

0

 

7.

Statistical Interpretation & SPSS

BPE 4207

2

0

2

Total Hours

14

Fifth Year – Semester One (Public Health)

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Food Microbiology

BFH 5101

2

1

3

2.

Camps Health & Safety

BPE 5102

2

1

3

3.

Immunology & First Aid

BPE 5113

2

1

3

4.

Hospital Infection Control

BPH 5104

2

1

3

5.

Applied Epidemiology

BPH5105

2

1

3

Total Hours

15

Fifth Year – Semester Two (Public Health)

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Epidemiological Studies

BPH 5201

2

0

2

2.

Quality Assurance

BPH 5202

2

0

2

3.

Food Quality Control

BPE 5203

2

0

2

4.

Mental Health

BPE 5204

2

0

2

5.

Graduate Project/Dissertation

BPE 5205

0

8

4

Total Hours

12

Fifth Year – Semester One (Environmental Health)

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Hospital Infection Control

BPE 5101

2

1

3

2.

Hazardous Waste Management

BEH 5102

2

1

3

3.

Camps Health & Safety

BEH 5103

2

1

3

4.

Environmental Impact Assessment

BEH 5104

2

1

3

5.

Food Microbiology

BPE 5105

2

1

3

6.

Immunology & First Aid

BPE 5106

2

0

2

Total Hours

18

Fifth Year – Semester Two (Environmental Health)

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Industrial Hygiene & Safety

BEH 5201

2

0

2

2.

Introduction to Environmental Biotechnology

BEH 5202

2

0

2

3.

Quality Control

BPH 5202

2

0

2

4.

Mental Health

BPH 5203

2

0

2

5.

Graduate Project/Dissertation

BPE 5205

0

8

4

Total Hours

12

Fifth Year – Semester One (Food Hygiene& Safety)

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Hospital Infection Control

BPH 5104

2

1

3

2.

Food Microbiology

BFH 5102

2

1

3

3.

Food Born Toxins

BFH 5103

2

1

3

4.

Food Processing & Biotechnology

BFH 5104

2

1

3

5.

Immunology & First Aid

BHE 5105

2

1

3

Total Hours

15

Fifth Year – Semester Two (Food Hygiene& Safety)

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Industrial Hygiene & Safety

PHE 5203

2

0

2

2.

Mental Health

PHH 5208

2

0

2

3.

Food Quality Control

BFH 5203

2

1

3

4.

Food Chemistry Analysis

BFH 5204

2

0

2

5.

Graduate Project /Dissertation

BPE 5205

0

8

4

Total Hours

13

Fifth Year – Semester One (Health Education)

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Hospital Infection Control

BPH 5104

2

1

3

2.

Food Microbiology

BFH 5101

2

1

3

3.

School Health Promotion

BHE 5103

2

1

3

4.

Health Education & Health Promotion

BHE 5104

2

1

3

5.

Immunology & First Aid

BHE 5105

2

1

3

Total Hours

15

Fifth Year – Semester Two (Health Education)

S/No.

Course

Code & No.

Hours

Credit Hours

Theory

Practical

1.

Industrial Hygiene & Safety

PHE 5203

2

0

2

2.

Mental Health

BHE 5202

2

0

2

3.

Food Quality Control

 

2

0

2

4.

Problem Solving & Decision making

BHE 5203

2

0

2

5.

Graduate Project/Dissertation

BPE5205

0

8

4

Total Hours

12

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