MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAM
The Master of Public Health degree is awarded upon successful completion of a two-year program of classroom-based and field-based training in epidemiology and various other public health disciplines.
The goal of the program is to produce public health practitioners who possess the knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes required to assume leadership roles within the public health system of Zimbabwe.
Applicants should hold a university degree in medicine or health sciences, plus at least three years’ work experience.
The program is 40 percent classroom- based and 60 percent field-based.
Through this dual structure, trainees acquire skills in epidemiology, management, behavioral science, communicable diseases, communications, and health economics.
The training prepares trainees to assess priorities and craft implementations for public health problems in Zimbabwe.
The course schedule is organized into two alternating academic and field blocks. Trainees spend the first 6 months in the classroom (in Harare), the next 15 months in a supervised field setting (in various locations throughout Zimbabwe), and the final 2 months back in the classroom (to revise and take exams).
Trainees take courses in the following disciplines:
Computer skills, descriptive epidemiology, biostatistics and demography, Health promotion, communication skills, Analytic Epidemiology and biostatistics; maternal and child health, family planning; communicable diseases Environmental and occupational health, Health service planning and management and health economics
Trainees are required to take and pass regularly scheduled tests and a final exam for each of the academic courses taken. In addition, trainees develop a thesis project based on one of the field investigations undertaken during the field attachment.
Field supervisors, based in various locations throughout Zimbabwe, oversee the trainees in the field.