Public Health Program

This is a 4 year program towards a BSc. in Public Health. The program delivers graduates who are able to operate as part of the non-clinical healthcare team in special niches of  public health as global public health missions with international organizations operating in the field of public health ( WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS and others), environmental health, nutrition, healthcare administration, and genetic public health predictive modeling. The program is composed of 129-134 credit hours depending on the specialty concentration.

There are six concentrations currently offered within the program. The first four semesters are common for all six concentrations. The students study foundation science and core public health topics then they move to the specialty courses in the fifth semester. There is a strong focus on practical training in the program, with students participating in field research and lab studies as an essential component throughout their courses. A student portfolio is completed during those activities as a documentation of skills acquired for future employment.

  • Global Public Health
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Public Health Genetics
  • Environmental Health and Climate Change
  • Healthcare Management
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Global Public Health

Graduates of this major should be able to:

  • Advocate and work to address the principles of equity and human rights in global and international health.
  • Identify current and emerging health problems in different population groups and analyze the main factors affecting these problems.
  • Connect relationships between major health problems that affect both local and international communities
  • Recognize the ethical challenges involved in interventions designed to improve health and health equity across cultural, geographic, and political economy and health governance boundaries
  • Define, analyze and challenge power structures with a description of the main and direct determinants harmful to health in developing countries
  • Identify needs and generate ethically sound evidence to address health problems through research and evaluation.
  • Prepare health promotion systems and prepare prevention systems for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Familiarity with the sustainable development goals and the relationship of the goals to each other and their impact on public health.
  • Link human behavior to climate change
  • Formulate effective responses and contribute to their implementation, taking into account the management and organization of health systems across the health care chain.
  • Apply community development skills, political advocacy, and communication strategies to promote public health, while using human rights concepts and tools to promote social justice.
  • Describe the burden of morbidity in the most important health problems.
  • Use collaborative and culturally relevant leadership skills
  • Analysis and explanation of the role of national and global networks
  • Design, manage and evaluate programs in developing countries in close cooperation with local institutions to ensure equitable access to quality health care.
  • Familiarity with population changes, continuous movement in human contexts
  • Familiarity with the principles of health security in emergencies and pandemics

 

Environmental Health and Climate Change

Graduates of his concentration should be capable of:

  • Explanation of environmental and occupational health theories and the ability to apply them to public health issues. Graduates will also evaluate the literature on environmental factors affecting human health.
  • Analyze and interpret data in resolving environmental health and safety issues, identifying and assessing environmental and workplace hazards, recognizing meaningful test results, and presenting results to various audiences in appropriate ways.
  • Applying the principles of environmental justice to various community and professional circles.
  • Develop, design and implement risk control methods, procedures and programs. Graduates will create risk assessment approaches based on their target population. They will also be able to maintain implemented programs (financial, technical and technological) using appropriate skills, maintain records, work effectively within both the team and organizations, and effectively evaluate control methods.
  • Recognizing the impact of solutions in a global and societal context. This includes the ability to understand and use information appropriately regarding the economic and political implications of these solutions. Graduates must also demonstrate an understanding of regulatory and agency policies affecting environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Develop effective, efficient and effective communication strategies, which aim to educate the public, resolve conflicts and commercialize environmental health strategies.
  • Implementation of health promotion systems and prevention of occupational diseases of all kinds.
  • Identify and define the environmental determinants of health and their relationship to climate change and social determinants of health and their relationship to food and health security
  • Recognize and study international agreements on climate change and environmental protection

 

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Graduates of this concentration should be able to:

  • Develop a sound understanding of epidemiological study design, theory and application of key areas of biostatistics relevant to professional practice
  • Acquire skills in complex statistical analyzes to deal with a variety of practical problems using modern statistical techniques and software
  • Gain skills in data collection and management, including database design, quality control procedures and ethical handling of data
  • Ability to identify statistical issues relevant to practical problems in the medical/health community and to propose and implement an appropriate statistical design and/or analysis methodology
  • Gain experience in communicating biostatistics topics with clinical/health professionals as well as presenting statistical results in a format suitable for publication in health-related journals, professional reports, or public address materials
  • The ability to assimilate and analyze methodological articles in the field of biostatistics and apply the methods described in them to practical problems

 

Healthcare Management

Graduates of this major should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the strategic leadership and decision-making skills needed in the healthcare field.
  • Evaluate operational performance across diverse healthcare organizations.
  • Describe and analyze the components of the health care delivery system in Egypt and internationally.
  • Demonstrate basic business knowledge related to developing healthcare management solutions.
  • Analyze health care data and information to make effective decisions.
  • Explain the legal and ethical principles and the responsibilities of health care institutions towards the needs of patients’ health and public health, and their commitment to them.
  • Develop strategies to recruit, train and retain an effective health care workforce.
  • Evaluate financial strategies and techniques to meet organizational needs in a healthcare environment.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of current theories and concepts involving change and the ability to apply these new problems and scenarios in health service delivery.
  • Demonstrate a high level of critical evaluation of different perspectives on management, leadership theories, management, leadership and practice and how they apply to care during transition and change.
  • Use advanced judgment and decision-making skills with independence, professionalism, and critical self-reflection in complex and unpredictable contexts

 

Public Health Nutrition

Graduates should be able to:

  • Define and explain the general determinants of healthy nutrition and nutritional aspects of health and well-being.
  • Investigate the psychosocial factors that influence food choice in a diverse population at global and national levels.
  • Identifying and evaluating the diet and nutritional status of health problems related to undernutrition and overnutrition among diverse population groups in Egypt and the world.
  • Describe the social, cultural, economic, environmental and institutional factors that contribute to the risk of malnutrition diseases in the population.
  • Comparison of educational, community, institutional and other population intervention strategies to improve nutritional health status, improve food security, and reduce obesity and related non-communicable diseases.
  • Analyze and evaluate policies aimed at increasing access, reducing barriers to food insecurity, and improving the health status of citizens in diverse population groups.
  • The ability to access, critically evaluate and apply the best available evidence to address public health nutrition issues in Egypt and the world.
  • Develop efficient and effective written and oral health communication strategies, which aim to educate the public, conflict resolution and marketing nutrition strategies to improve nutrition outcomes.
  • Critically assess energy and nutrient requirements throughout the life cycle
  • Description and critical analysis of current patterns and trends in nutrition problems in low, middle and high income contexts
  • Assessing the impact of diet on diseases (communicable and non-communicable) using epidemiological data and population-based approaches
  • Design innovative solutions to overcome the impact of climate change, globalization and other social, political, economic and environmental factors on the global food system

 

Public Health Genetics

Graduates should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of genetics to understand the etiology of a variety of diseases and health conditions;
  • Describe the basic design of major genetic research studies, their advantages and limitations, and the application of epidemiological and statistical approaches to study risk factors and diseases with a genetic component.
  • Design, conduct and analysis of genetic epidemiological studies and interpretation of results, including incorporation of results from other genetic epidemiological studies;
  • Describe the importance of evaluating interactions between genes, environmental factors, and behaviors, and their role in health and disease.
  • Critical reading and evaluation of the results of quantitative research contained in scientific journals related to genetics and public health.
  • Writing a research proposal including the rationale for a specific epidemiological investigation, a clear description of the research methodology, and the strengths and limitations of the proposed study;
  • Demonstrate competence in conducting statistical analysis of genetic epidemiological data.
  • Describe the legal, ethical and social issues that may be associated with the collection and application of genetic and genomic information.
  • Describe the latest technologies and genomic developments used to investigate the role of genes in disease and the natural change of traits
  • Effective and persuasive communication, verbal and nonverbal, with colleagues in genetic epidemiology and other disciplines

There are general job opportunities available for public health specialists in various locations. These may be open to graduates from all concentrations. In addition, there are specific job opportunities for each major listed below:

  • Job opportunities in various programs/projects conducted by international organizations working the field of public health as WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, FAO and others. Similar jobs are available with international NGOs working in public health as Save the Children, Medecin sans frontiers and others. These are particularly open for global public health graduates, but may also be open for other specialties.
  • Epidemiologists and Biostatisticians may find lucrative job opportunities in R&D departments of pharma companies, compliance and medical research departments of these companies and their research subsidiaries.
  • Research Associate jobs in International Clinical Research organizations operating in Egypt and elsewhere , like Quintiles, Parexel and others.
  • Environmental Health graduates are in big demand as industrial hygienists across the industrial sector, particularly petroleum companies.
  • Healthcare management specialists will find job opportunities in the administration of healthcare facilities and in managing healthcare systems regionally and locally. The regional healthcare market in Arab countries is particularly receptive.