This programme is intended to contribute towards addressing the continuing gap between healthcare service delivery and health service demand against the background of the disease burden that is predominantly preventable.
There are a number of health workers with various certificates in healthcare like mid-wives, nurses, health educators, health inspectors and even young men and women who are school leavers and who would wish to develop a career in public health.
This programme intends to prepare these categories of people to develop competences in various disciplines of public health so as to meet various challenges facing the country. It intends to impart comprehensive public health knowledge and skills to the graduates of the programme so as to address the existing human resource gap in the health sector.
The graduates of this programme will be capacitated to recognize public health problems, diagnose their causes, use both theoretical/scientific and analytical knowledge and skills to provide solutions. They will have to develop this both through theoretical and analytical skills in confronting common public health challenges facing the region.
Public Health is the scientific discipline of safeguarding and enhancing the well being of general public by means of education, promotion of healthy ways of life, and extensive study of diseases and injury prevention. Public health experts review the impact on health of genetics, individual choice and the surroundings so as to create plans that safeguard the health of your family and local community.
In general, public health is concerned with safeguarding the overall health of whole populations. These populations can vary in size from a small neighborhood, to as big as an entire nation.
The public health professionals’ take up community programs to make people conscious of threats such as chemical poisoning and to address persistent problems afflicting the society. In an age of dwindling healthcare expenses, administrators’ are anticipated to conclude projects sooner and with less ground staff than ever before. This has strained many public administrators to implement their creative skills in scheming novel ways to lever the concerns they encounter. In simple terms, public health administration is the constant monitoring of health issues of public and educating them accordingly in ways that they can understand.
The Diploma course will equip the participants with relevant knowledge of the terminologies and major milestone in Public Health. The course is very important for those involved in Community Development and Health.