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Building global partnerships through shared curricula for an MPH programme in India and Sri Lanka

Building global partnerships through shared curricula for an MPH programme in India and Sri Lanka
Building global partnerships through shared curricula for an MPH programme in India and Sri Lanka

Objective: To design and implement a locally relevant competency­ based MPH programme. 

Methods: The demand for trained public health professionals in South Asia is enormous and growing, which created a unique opportunity for a Fogarty International Center-funded University of Alabama at Birmingham-South Asia [Aga Khan University, Pakistan; Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India; and University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka] international research training in environmental and occupational health (ITREOH) programme. In 2009, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programme was designed using a combination of competencies developed by the Association of School of Public Health, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Results: A competency­ based curriculum was developed with two specialty tracks in applied epidemiology and environmental and occupational health, emphasising applied practice and research. 

Conclusions: This is the most comprehensive skill-based MPH programme in the region, which positions each institution as a regional leader in public health training. The success of the programme has been amply demonstrated by placements of graduated MPH students in leadership roles in public, private and academic sectors within their countries.

curriculum development, India, MPH programme, Public Health, Sri Lanka
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1360-1371
Sathiakumar, Nalini
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Tipre, Meghan
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Smith, Tamika L.
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Pattanshetty, Sanjay M.
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Delzell, Elizabeth
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Kadir, Muhammad Masood
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Arunkumar, G.
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Fatmi, Zafar
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Smith, Tamika L.
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Pattanshetty, Sanjay M.
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Sathiakumar, Nalini, Tipre, Meghan, Wickremasinghe, Rajitha, Bhat, Vinod, Kadir, Muhammad Masood, Coggon, David, Pathemeswaran, Arunasalem, Kamath, Ramachandra, Arunkumar, G., Fatmi, Zafar, Smith, Tamika L., Pattanshetty, Sanjay M. and Delzell, Elizabeth (2019) Building global partnerships through shared curricula for an MPH programme in India and Sri Lanka. Global Public Health, 14 (9), 1360-1371. (doi:10.1080/17441692.2019.1579850).

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Abstract

Objective: To design and implement a locally relevant competency­ based MPH programme. 

Methods: The demand for trained public health professionals in South Asia is enormous and growing, which created a unique opportunity for a Fogarty International Center-funded University of Alabama at Birmingham-South Asia [Aga Khan University, Pakistan; Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India; and University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka] international research training in environmental and occupational health (ITREOH) programme. In 2009, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programme was designed using a combination of competencies developed by the Association of School of Public Health, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Results: A competency­ based curriculum was developed with two specialty tracks in applied epidemiology and environmental and occupational health, emphasising applied practice and research. 

Conclusions: This is the most comprehensive skill-based MPH programme in the region, which positions each institution as a regional leader in public health training. The success of the programme has been amply demonstrated by placements of graduated MPH students in leadership roles in public, private and academic sectors within their countries.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 January 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 February 2019
Published date: 2 September 2019
Keywords: curriculum development, India, MPH programme, Public Health, Sri Lanka

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Local EPrints ID: 433112
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433112
ISSN: 1744-1692
PURE UUID: d22be65e-90e9-41df-abd7-0fa77c425b4f
ORCID for David Coggon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1930-3987

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Date deposited: 08 Aug 2019 16:30
Last modified: 24 Feb 2021 02:34

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Author: Nalini Sathiakumar
Author: Meghan Tipre
Author: Rajitha Wickremasinghe
Author: Vinod Bhat
Author: Muhammad Masood Kadir
Author: David Coggon ORCID iD
Author: Arunasalem Pathemeswaran
Author: Ramachandra Kamath
Author: G. Arunkumar
Author: Zafar Fatmi
Author: Tamika L. Smith
Author: Sanjay M. Pattanshetty
Author: Elizabeth Delzell

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