Trans­form­ing com­mu­ni­ties

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GRAD­U­ATES of the In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity ( IMU)’ s Mas­ter of Sci­ence ( MSc) in Pub­lic Health have been help­ing to build hap­pier and health­ier com­mu­ni­ties around the world.

From the vil­lages of Nige­ria to the me­trop­o­lis of Kuala Lumpur, IMU’s MSc in Pub­lic Health grad­u­ates are trans­form­ing the lives of the peo­ple they serve.

The pro­gramme’s grad­u­ates are mak­ing their pres­ence felt in a va­ri­ety of pub­lic health, health education, and re­search and dis­ease preven­tion ini­tia­tives in Malaysia, Nige­ria, Bangladesh, Myan­mar, In­dia and Tan­za­nia.

The broad- based flex­i­ble and mod­u­lar cur­ricu­lum en­ables grad­u­ates to lev­er­age on their knowl­edge and skills learnt at the un­der­grad­u­ate level to upgrade their com­pe­ten­cies in a field they pre­fer.

The MSc in Pub­lic Health at IMU has stu­dents who are nurses work­ing as health ex­ec­u­tives in the cor­po­rate sec­tor, nu­tri­tion­ists as lec­tur­ers, phar­ma­cists as re­searchers or ex­ec­u­tives in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, med­i­cal doc­tors in clin­i­cal re­search cen­tres, and biomed­i­cal sci­en­tists as health pro­gramme of­fi­cers.

Valu­able in­put from fac­ulty mem­bers with years of pub­lic health ex­pe­ri­ence at the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els plays an im­por­tant role in the teach­ing and learn­ing of this pro­gramme.

Through­out the cur­ricu­lum, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are en­hanced with hours of face- to- face pre­sen­ta­tion, sem­i­nars and writ­ten as­sign­ments.

Re­search is given due promi­nence and stu­dents have to ex­plore a sub­ject for re­search, do the pro­ject pro­posal, get it through the ethics com­mit­tee, de­velop the in­stru­ments for data col­lec­tion and carry out anal­y­sis and write their the­sis. The re­search can be done ei­ther lo­cally or else­where.

The pro­gramme in­cludes mod­ules in epi­demi­ol­ogy, bio­statis­tics, en­vi­ron­men­tal, oc­cu­pa­tional and pop­u­la­tion health, med­i­cal so­ci­ol­ogy, health pro­mo­tion and pub­lic health prac­tice.

Fur­ther­more, there are field vis­its and a two- week at­tach­ment in a govern­ment pub­lic health or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Not sur­pris­ingly, this is the only post­grad­u­ate pro­gramme from a pri­vate univer­sity that is recog­nised by the Pub­lic Ser­vice Depart­ment ( JPA) for em­ploy­ment in the govern­ment sec­tor, pro­vided the stu­dent’s un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree is also recog­nised by the JPA.

IMU also of­fers the MSc in Molec­u­lar Medicine, MSc in An­a­lyt­i­cal and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Chem­istry, Mas­ter of Phar­macy Prac­tice, MSc in En­vi­ron­men­tal Health as well as MSc and PhD in Med­i­cal and Health Sci­ences ( by Re­search).

Re­search pro­grammes com­mence any­time through­out the year while the com­mence­ments of the other post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes are in March and Septem­ber.

If you have an in­ter­est in fur­ther­ing your stud­ies at the post­grad­u­ate level in any of th­ese ar­eas, ap­ply on­line to­day and gain an ad­van­tage in a highly com­pet­i­tive job mar­ket.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. imu. edu. my or e- mail post­grad­u­ate@ imu. edu. my or call 03- 2731 7272.

Stu­dents from IMU’s Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Pub­lic Health pro­gramme can play vi­tal roles in build­ing hap­pier and health­ier com­mu­ni­ties.

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