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Faculty of Health Science

Department of  Public Health.

B.Sc Public Health

Public Health is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the health of the whole population and the prevention and treatment of diseases from which it suffers. This is carried out through community diagnosis, i.e. collection of baseline data and situation analysis.

This programme is designed to train, retrain and produce graduates with broad scientific and professional knowledge; that is based on a sound understanding of public health care issues as practised in the country and globally to ensure effective quality health services.

The philosophy of the public health programme is to provide broad-based academic, professional training and competence that reflect the emphasis on the current national preventive health care systems and services.

Potential Career Paths include: Occupational Health and Safety Specialist and Technician, Biostatistician, Epidemiologist, Hospital Administrator, Health Services Administrator, Medical and Health Services Manager, Clinical Trials Scientist, Healthcare Consultant.

Admission Requirements

Candidates intending to enter the BSc. Public Health Programme must satisfy the University admission requirements as follows:

(a) At least five (5) credit passes at not more than two sittings at the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE/NECO/GCE/NABTEB) examinations in the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Biology or Health science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

(b) In addition to (a) above, All programmes which include; BSc, HND, NCE, ND OND and technical certificate holders would be admitted into 200 level.
ii. That the BSc. holders would possess a minimum of third class, HND holders will possess a minimum of lower credit, NCE possesses a minimum of merit pass and ND & OND will possess a minimum of lower credit in order to be eligible for admission.

*Disciplines classification should be specific in order to be computer-friendly e.g. Upper and Lower Credit must be visible.

Health-related disciplines for admission into BSc. Public Health Science programme includes 1st Degree holders, Diploma holders and Technicians as shown below:

List of acceptable disciplines: First-degree holders (200 level admission with a minimum of third class)

1. Biology
2. Biochemistry
3. Chemistry
4. Physics
5. Microbiology
6. Anatomy
7. Pharmacology
8. Pharmacy
9. Zoology
10. Veterinary medicine
11. MBBS
12. BMLS (Bachelor of Medical Lab Scientist)
13. Industrial Chemistry
14. Science Education
15. Nursing
16. Health Education
17. Physiology
18. Nutrition
19. Physiotherapy
20. Radiotherapy
21. Environmental Health Science

List of acceptable disciplines: Diploma holders (200 level admission)

1. Community Health Officer Training Certificate (CHO),
2. Environmental Health Officer
3. National Certificate in Education (NCE) (Physical /Health Education, Science Education Nutrition & Home Economics with a minimum of merit pass)
4. Health Superintendent
5. Registered Nurse (RN),
6. Associate Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences (AIMLS)
7. Science Laboratory Technologist (SLT) (HND lower credit)
8. Food and Nutrition (lower credit)
9. Food Science

List of acceptable disciplines for technicians (200 level admission)

1. Dental technician
2. Pharmacy technician
3. Radiography technician
4. Physiotherapy technician
5. Medical Laboratory Technician
6. Community Health Extension Workers (CHEW)
7. Environmental Health Technician

*Please note that HND, ND and OND holders must possess minimum of lower credit where the certificate is classified.

1. At least five (5) credit level passes at not more than two (2) sittings at the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE/NECO/GCE) examinations in the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Biology or Health Science
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

2. An additional qualification from any health-related discipline such as Community Health Officer Training certificate (CHO), NCE (Physical/Health Education, Science Education, Nutrition, Home Economics, Food Science) Health Superintendent, Registered Nurse (RN), Physiology, Medical Laboratory Science, etc.

Graduation Requirements

The following conditions are required to graduate from the BSc. in Public Health programme:

Years/ Semester Required: The candidate must have spent a minimum of 4 years (or 8 semesters) from entry (from 200 Level).
Credit Units: Candidates that entered the programme must have a minimum of 120 credit units to graduate.

Compulsory (Core Courses): The candidates must pass all compulsory (core) courses as listed in the outlined programme proposal (OPP) to graduate.

M.Sc Public Health

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