Master Degree in Public Health (MPH)

Currently the department of Community and Environmental Health offers a Master Degree in Public Health (MPH) .The aim of this program is to overcome the severe shortage of qualified capabilities in the field of public health in the KSA. Graduates of the program will be able to contribute to the development and application of public health interventions at healthcare institutions, and in the community, and to solve the problems that may stand in the way of the advancement of public health and its utilization. KSAU-HS offers this degree with the highest international standards in the specialty with a view to becoming the national and regional center for Public Health advancement.
It is a two-year full-time program for health science or social science graduates with work experience from a variety of health-related backgrounds. The program provides up-to-date factual information and practical skills necessary to improve professional competence; it supports participants to become proficient in analyzing health problems and critically appraising solutions appropriate to their own context. Graduates will acquire a range of knowledge and skills that prepare them for work at senior levels in public health. They will be able to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program, to synthesize information from a wide range of sources and act on it, plan, implement and evaluate critically, implement health care interventions, make appropriate decisions that make the best use even of scarce resources, and foster an approach that will enable them to continue to learn in the future. The curriculum, which has been accredited by Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, consists of a foundation course, thirteen specialty courses (39 credit hours), followed by a research project (3 credit hours), which brings the total to 42 units.
Students with background in health-related fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Laboratory.
The Master Degree in Public Health (MPH) Program runs full-time for two calendar years.
Riyadh Campus
Semester Course Title Course Code Credit Hours
Semester 1 Introduction to Healthcare Management PPHI 511 3
Principles of Epidemiology PPHI 512 3
Principles of Biostatistics PPHI 513 3
Environmental Health PPHI 514 3
TOTAL 12
Semester 2 Social & Behavioral Sciences for Healthcare PPHI 521 3
Health information Systems PPHI 522 3
Health Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation HSQM 523 3
Disease Prevention and Control APHP 524 3
TOTAL 12
Semester 3
Reproductive Health APHP 612 3
Health Promotion APHP 613 3
Nutrition & Public Health APHP 614 3
TOTAL 9
Semester 4 Health Emergency & Preparedness APHP 621 3
Global Public Health APHP 611 3
Research Project APHP 620 3
TOTAL 9

COURSES DESCRIPTION

Introduction to Healthcare Management PPHI 511
This course is designed to introduce course participants to the key concepts and principles of healthcare management, and to engage them in a scientific dialogue and discussion that will trigger their professional thinking throughout their future work in the context of the key public health issues and health systems management challenges reported in the international health arena and understand and apply these scientific evidence and experiences of other countries health systems to the Saudi context and the Gulf region.


Principles of Epidemiology PPHI 512
This course first describe the history, principles, and concepts of epidemiologic research in order to have clear understanding and able to apply measures of disease incidence (risk, rate and odds) and prevalence, and measures of association and public health impact. It usually makes to assess strengths and limitations of different sources of epidemiological data on health status and health service utilization in both industrialized and developing countries. However more understanding of the relevance and benefit of the discipline of basic epidemiology in health will be established and clear distinction between different types of epidemiological study designs will be studied. This will make student capable to use it in planning, conducting and evaluating epidemiologic studies as part of their project work.


Principles of Biostatistics PPHI 513
Statistic as science is become important for use in the different aspects. It brings more understanding of the concepts of statistical inference, the fundamentals probability theory and related analytical techniques. So hypothesis tests will be used side by side with the construct of confidence intervals in medical and public health context and how to make interpretation of linear and logistic regression and appreciate their strengths and assumption for their applications. The student will be able also to analyze and interpret data from epidemiological studies, make differences between qualitative and quantitative studies and finally be capable to obtain a thorough understanding of modern statistical computing.


Environmental Health PPHI 514
This course sets out to examine environmental health science and occupational health with particular emphasis on the regional and local context. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the nature and scope of environmental health and occupational health theory and practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of environmental health science issues and how they relate to public health in the Saudi Arabian economic and socio-cultural context.


Social and Behavioral Sciences for Healthcare PPHI 521
In the Social and Behavioral Science of Healthcare module, we begin with the multi-dimensional nature of the “New Public Health.” To that end, the assumption underlying lectures, assignments and class discussions is an ecological model of health status. By ecological model, we mean the integration of health status, health seeking behavior, exposure to pathogens, gender, lifestyle, physical and social environment, socio-economic status, cultural affiliation, communication, and literacy, among others factors. We will explore how socio-ecological factors responsible for health-related behaviors lead to morbidity and premature mortality and how social science approaches may profitable be integrated into the resolution of health issues. This course will address the philosophical underpinnings, conceptual frameworks, and strategies for effective behavioral and social change efforts in public health.


Health Information Systems PPHI 522
This course describes the value of information as an asset and identifying the various types of HIS at central, local and facility levels. Based on this, it becomes feasible to identify needs, sources and quality of required data which needs advance application of the appropriate methods for data collection, data analysis with the aim of utilizing this information for planning, management, and decision making.


Health Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation HSQM 523
This course sets to bring knowledge on the health policy process and its relationship to planning, monitoring and evaluation in planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E). It also will explain the basic concepts and tools involved in PM&E as well as trying to demonstrate understanding of how to use these concepts in the country context. Usually it have to state and analyze examples of PM&E in developing and middle income countries and use an appropriate Planning Framework for PM&E of health sector activities. It gives answers on the risks identification, assumptions and critical success factors.


Disease Prevention and Control APHP 524
Selective chronic and communicable diseases will be studied in this course with more relevant to local context with the aim to introduce students to the principles of disease prevention and control. Conceptualization of prevention and control will be defined and discussed to make the student able to apply these concepts accordingly in the faced situation. It will enable participants to recognize and apply modern strategies, feasible ways and desirable methods of disease control and prevention in the Saudi Arabian economic and socio-cultural context.


Global  Public Health APHP 611
This course will offer students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and interest in the global health field. The purposes of this survey course are to provide an overview of current and emerging global health issues and their determinants; raise students’ awareness of health issues that transcend national borders and culture and that require multinational and multi-sectoral action; describe interventions and programs being implemented by major governmental and non-governmental organizations to address key problems areas across the world; discuss different guiding philosophies behind specific health interventions; and identify factors that may impact the success or failure of an intervention.


Reproductive Health APHP 612
The course covers a wide range of topics, including: the key concepts of reproductive health, health of women and child, prevalence of key reproductive health in Arab region, exploring reproductive health indicators, methods of contraceptives, impact of diversity on sexual health across the lifespan, infertility and unplanned pregnancy, sexual transmitted infections, violence against women as a reproductive health issue; meeting the reproductive health needs of “special” groups, including adolescents and refugees.


Health Promotion APHP 613
This module will offer students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and interest in health promotion. The purposes of this module are to provide an understanding and develop the skills necessary to carry out Health Promotion program planning regardless of the setting; provide both theoretical and practical information; build step by step format to make concepts clear and full process of health promotion planning understandable; present material on all three areas of program development: planning, implementing, and evaluating.


Nutrition and Public Health APHP 614
The course will introduce the concepts of micro and macronutrients and malnutrition in public health and disease prevention. Global and local aspects of nutrition and health will also be given. Critically assess the consequences of exposure to diet, body size, and physical activity on health and ill-health and debate international trends and patterns in these situations. Evaluate the association between nutritional factors and disease and the importance of nutrition in the prevention of morbidity and mortality from chronic disease. Students will be able to apply methods for assessment of diet, anthropometry and physical activity.


Health Emergency & Preparedness APHP 621
The course will provide good understanding of the impact of emergency situation and how to plan effectively to reduce and minimize the negative health outcomes. Case study from local and internationals with critical appraisal of different approaches used to alleviate the consequences of such disaster and emergencies.