Trans­form­ing com­mu­ni­ties

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GRAD­U­ATES of Master of Science in Pub­lic Health (MSc in Pub­lic Health) from In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity (IMU) are help­ing to build hap­pier and health­ier com­mu­ni­ties. From the vil­lages of Nige­ria to the me­trop­o­lis of Kuala Lumpur, these post­grad­u­ates are trans­form­ing lives of the peo­ple they serve.

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

The broad-based flex­i­ble and mod­u­lar cur­ricu­lum has en­abled these grad­u­ates to lever­age on their knowl­edge and skills learnt at the un­der­grad­u­ate level. It has also al­lowed them to up­grade their com­pe­ten­cies in a field they pre­fer as well as ap­ply them with a pub­lic health per­spec­tive in the com­mu­nity they are serv­ing.

With the MSc in Pub­lic Health, IMU has pro­duced nurses who are 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.

The di­ver­sity of tal­ent, which the pro­gramme at­tracts from Malaysia and in­ter­na­tion­ally, has for­ti­fied the cur­ricu­lum and the class­room it­self, mak­ing it a rich col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents and the fac­ulty.

Cou­pled with in­put from the fac­ulty that has years of pub­lic health ex­pe­ri­ence at the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level, it is no won­der that the MSc in Pub­lic Health is th most pop­u­lar post­grad­u­ate taught pro­gramme in IMU.

Through­out the cur­ricu­lum, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are en­hanced with hours of face-to-face pre­sen­ta­tion, semin and writ­ten as­sign­ments. In ad­di­tion, re­search is given its due promi­nence an can be done ei­ther lo­cally or else­where.

In the past, stu­dents have car­ried out stud­ies in Bangladesh, Nige­ria and In­dia. stud­ies done have var­ied from con­dom among sex work­ers in Bangladesh to util­i­sa­tion of com­ple­men­tary and al­terna medicine in Teluk In­tan, Malaysia. The the­ses are as­sessed by both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal ex­am­in­ers.

In ad­di­tion to the re­search mod­ule, the pro­gramme also 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.

The qual­ity con­trol of MSc in Pub­lic Health is strin­gent and the pro­gramme is bench­marked against su­pe­rior stan­dards. Un­sur­pris­ingly, 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 JPA.

Thus, pur­su­ing the MSc in Pub­lic Heath in IMU is a unique re­ward­ing jour­ney that pre­pares stu­dents for a suc­cess­ful vo­ca­tion to gain­fully serve the com­mu­nity they live in.

IMU of­fers var­i­ous taught master pro­grammes, in­clud­ing the MSc Molec­u­lar Medicine, MSc An­a­lyt­i­cal and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Chem­istry, Master of Phar­macy Prac­tice, Master of Health Pro­fes­sions Ed­u­ca­tion, and MSc and PhD by re­search.

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

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