Public Health is concerned with the health of a population rather than that of individuals. It is often extended to identify the health needs of subpopulations or subgroups that may be considered to be at a higher risk, and therefore requiring special attention. Public health is used to devise strategies and interventions that will have the greatest impact on a larger section of the affected population. In Rwanda the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Biomedical Centre are the key players in public health interventions, in collaboration with several partners – both local and international. Rwanda has made tremendous leaps in improving the major indicators in population health such as reduction of maternal and child mortality, vaccination coverage, improved access to affordable health care through community based health insurance among others. There is however still more that needs to be accomplished.
Worldwide, many people continue to suffer from preventable communicable and non-communicable diseases. Rwanda like other Low and Middle Income Countries is faced with a double burden of disease – infectious and Non-Communicable diseases in the midst of a challenging health financing setting, a rapidly growing population, changing population lifestyles and environmental interactions. This calls for careful and
continuous review of health policies and population health targeted innovations in public health. The MPH degree program aims at producing Public Health professionals capable of addressing health issues by responding effectively to these and more challenges, developing, managing and evaluating health programs and proposing viable alternatives.
Why study the Program
To train public specialists who are sensitive to the public health problems and challenges of the developing world today. The public health specialists will have multiple skills and ability to adapt to the changing environment in which they live. They are expected to become leaders in public health care delivery at different levels in the country.
Objectives of the Program
- To strengthen the capacity to implement health programs at national and sub national levels in Rwanda
- To create a pool of public health trainees with skills to design, implement and evaluate public health interventions
- To improve and strengthen the capacity related to the management and utilization of health information
- Impart critical analysis and problem-solving skills
- Prepare students for positions of senior responsibility in public health practice research and training particularly at community and government levels
- Train manpower that is adaptable to emerging and re-emerging public health challenges.
- Enhance appropriate use of natural and human resources to promote good health and sustainable development
- Train students to understand ecological approach to public health with emphasis on the linkages and relationship to multiple determinants of health.
Minimum Entry Requirements
- Rwanda National Examination Council high school (secondary education) certificate with at least two principal passes in Biology and Chemistry with a subsidiary pass either in Mathematics or Physics.
- Any other qualification recognized by Senate of Mount Kenya University, and equivalent to a Rwanda National Examination Council high school (secondary education) certificate.
- A diploma in a related field from a recognized institution of higher learning as per credit transfer/ exemption policy
The course takes duration of four academic years [eight semesters]