School of Public Health University of Ghana Programmes

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School of Public Health University of Ghana Programmes.

There are currently six (6) departments involved in the teaching of academic programmes as well as conducting and managing research activities for the School. The departments are:

  1. Biological, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (BEOHS)
  2. Biostatistics (BSTT)
  3. Health Policy, Planning and Management (HPPM)
  4. Epidemiology and Disease Control (EPDC)
  5. Population, Family and Reproductive Health (PFRH)
  6. Social and Behavioural Sciences (SOBS)

Undergraduate Programmes

The Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program, currently the only undergraduate programme in the School, commenced in 2010 in response to the need for adequately trained mid-level technical and leadership capacity for the Ghanaian health sector. The BPH programme is designed to offer opportunities for these mid-level health professionals, originally with diplomas or certificates, to upgrade themselves. It also serves as opportunity for continuing professional development. The programme has been designed with the following specializations (tracks):

  1. Health Information Management
  2. Epidemiology and Disease Control
  3. Public Health Nutrition
  4. Health Promotion
  5. Public Health Nursing
  6. Environmental Health

3 years full-time for Level 200 entrants

Graduate Programmes

Master of Public Health
The oldest academic programme in the School which is also the most subscribed is designed to prepare students for Public Health practice and research through the following areas of specialization:

  1. Biological Basis of Public, Environmental and Occupational Health
  2. Epidemiology and Disease Control
  3. Health Policy, Planning and Management.
  4. Population, Family and Reproductive Health
  5. Social and Behavioural Sciences

1 year full-time

Masters in Health Informatics
Health informatics is an inter-disciplinary field emphasizing the application of information science and technology to public health practice, research and teaching. This programme is, therefore, designed to provide capacity building that combines knowledge of current application of computers in the health field with a broad appreciation of the issues involved in the management and use of health information systems.

1 year full-time

Master of Science in Applied Health Social Sciences
Applied Health Social Sciences is a new interdisciplinary field which emphasizes the application of the entire range of Health Social Science disciplines such as Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Anthropology to Public Health and the application of Social Science research methodologies and Implementation Research to promote health and well-being.

1 year full-time

Master of Science in Clinical Trials
The programme provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of randomized controlled trials of health interventions. The main disciplinary perspectives will come from clinical trials, statistics and epidemiology, but others will contribute. Students will be trained to develop skills to scrutinize information, to critically analyse and carry out research and to communicate effectively.

1 year full-time

MPhil in Applied Epidemiology and Disease Control
One of the disciplines that contribute to improving the health of the public is epidemiology. The process usually requires the use of epidemiologic skills to identify problems, measure risk factors, design, implement and then evaluate programme. The fundamental principle behind this programme therefore involves the Public Health assessment and intervention that results from the application of credible science to achieve such public health objectives.

2 years

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health


  1. A Master’s degree with research in a relevant Public Health area. Candidates with more than three years working experience will have an advantage.
  2. Candidates should have a strong research background (i.e. academic transcript should show evidence of research methods course).
  3. Candidates should have basic knowledge in statistics and data analysis.

A minimum of four (4) years or 48 calendar months

Short Courses

The School also holds the following short courses every year.

– Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation
– HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation
– Improving Public Health Intervention in Management
– Epidemiology and Health Systems Management for District Health Managers
(For Sierra Leoneans)

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