|Master of Public Health
The Master in Public Health (MPH) program of the Zamboanga Medical School
Foundation, Ateneo Graduate School is an accredited program approved by the
Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines.
In contrast to other MPH programs offered in other Universities of the
Philippines, the MPH as offered by the ZMSF, is an applied MPH designed to
prepare graduate students to help solve the burgeoning health problems in Region
9, Mindanao and beyond.
The ZMSF MPH program nests the traditional MPH topics within critical social,
political, economic, and cultural perspectives. It focuses not on disease and
its biological bases but on health and its social, economic and political
determinants. Students are exposed to critical analyses of the process involved
in the social production of health. The MPH program combines modular course work
and a thesis to produce graduates who understand the dependency of community
health status on social, economic, cultural and political process and who are
equipped to work with communities towards enhancing their health development
Some of the modular courses offered, likewise concentrate in the training
of health professionals with leadership skills in public health, development and
promotion of health, and prevention of diseases. The content prepares graduates
for positions in diverse public health and non-profit setting including
government, voluntary health organization (VHO) and community based primary
COMPETENCES FOR THE MPH GRADUATES STUDENTS
By the end of the MPH modular courses, the graduate must be able to
Evaluate the Health status of the community or a health project/program
Implement a health program/strategies to address health issues
To read and critic research and literature on public health
To get involved in government policy making or advocacy regarding health
Make interventions in the community relating to health through social
Do disease surveillance and report
Control Disease outbreaks
Make project proposals for funding assistance
Administer a health system, project or organization.
RESEARCH AND EVALUATION METHODS ( BIOSTATISTICS)
DESCRIPTIVE AND INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
course content is designed to provide students with a FOCUS on the theory and
technique of collecting, analyzing , interpreting and data processing which have
become essential in quantitative research. This is achieved through direct
"hands on" model of directly doing a research paper which becomes their thesis.
Its educational offering range from a review of basic courses to advanced study
in statistical analysis, probability and statistical theory. The students must
cover grounds on the Principles of Biostatistics, and Statistical methods.
HEALTH SERVICE ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAM EVALUATION
This section focuses on the development of competences needed to go
into health planning and management roles in health care delivery, ranging from
an integrated health system to other various governance components. This focus
will help prepare professionals for position either as manager, director,
consultants, advocates or directly as policy makers.
To provide a basic knowledge of major policy and management issues for
To develop skills for the analysis of health problems services and for the
selection of appropriate problem solving measures
To develop skills for managing information , people, materials, money to help
management systems achieve effectively their goals.
HEALTH PROMOTION : HEALTH - SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL
Health promotion and social marketing are important for
modification of life style and specific health related behaviour in both the
traditional rural settings as well as the new urban settings. These modular
topics covered in this section are meant to provide the students an
understanding of the social science principles underlying health and illness,
health education and public health programs as well as an opportunity to study a
variety of practical approaches to their implementation.
Social and Behavioral Dimension of Public
Society and Health
Gender and Health
Principles of designing
Health Intervention using social behavioral perspective
Ethical basis for the
practice of Public Health
Women's Health and Adolescent Health
services for Health
Family Gender, and reproductive
Public Health Practices for Social change
Concept of illness and
SURVEILLANCE AND OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION OF
Infectious diseases continue to constitute the bulk of the
burden of diseases in our country. Their control involves both the general
health services and specific intervention programs. The content of this module
are intended for the students to develop competences in controlling these
diseases through epidemiological methods . While the basic foundation on
epidemiology will be taken up in the earlier modules, its application will be
reviewed and emphasized in this module.
By the end of this module, the students will
be able to:
1. To carry out epidemiological survey into the distribution ,
impact and population at risk of particular disease
2. To describe the
biology, etiology and epidemiology of selected communicable diseases such as TB,
Malaria, HIV-Aids, DHF, etc.,
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE
This area is designed to
provide students the basic background on human settlements and ecological
contaminants to health. Particular emphasis is given to air and water quality as
affected by population shifts and their impact to ecological settings and
subsequently to the health of the population. Industrial hygiene and
occupational safety are likewise reviewed.
PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Public policy is viewed
in its broadest sense as encompassing Social issues, Law , Ethics, History,
Politics and Science. The effect that public policy have on health of a
population and the ability to employ public policy to relieve the burden of
disease and injury are discussed in this module.
Health policy, seeks to prepare students to understand how health policy is
developed, established and implemented and with what results.
This module provides the students with a substantive understanding of health
policy issues, knowledge of the process by which public policy decision are
made. It aims to develop the skills needed to use and critique data, research
findings and program evaluation in the development and analysis of health
policy. It focuses on the analysis of public policy intervention that improve
the health of populations and patterns of organizing financing and delivery of
health services including primary, secondary and tertiary. This studies include
the investigation of the political, social, economic and cultural context of
those policies, understanding their historical evolution and current potential,
the establishments of social policies and its impact on health, the
international comparison of health policies and the health care required for
THESIS DISSERTATION & FINAL ORAL DEFENSE
for dissertation must be a piece of original , independent work focussing on a
selected topic of importance for public health practice, usually concerning
policy or practice issues relevant to disadvantaged or under served population.
It must be of publishable quality and make a substantive contribution to new
knowledge or provide a reassessment of current approaches to an important public
health problem in the region. The completed dissertation must be defended orally
before a Committee of Readers composed of a representative from the CHED, DOH,
Ateneo Graduate School, External Evaluator, and two other ZMSF faculty members.
Student must be judged satisfactory by all evaluators.
For medical graduates of the ZMSF, their research project in the
undergraduate may be expanded to a thesis level. A thesis adviser shall be
assigned for each student.
A preliminary oral examination will be conducted to prepare the student . It
must be taken and passed a month prior to the final dissertation. The student
thesis adviser will identify three faculty in addition to the student advisor,
who will participate in the preliminary oral examination. The same faculty will
sit in the final dissertation along with the other members of the Committee of
Readers. The Committee will, prior to the dissertation, establish the criteria
and the passing standard for the oral validation.
The chairman of the Committee of Readers which is usually the Dean of
Graduate School, will be responsible to maintain an atmosphere of constructive
criticism, ensuring that each faculty member has adequate opportunity to
question the student, and limiting the total duration of the exam to two hours
Students who fail to meet the Committee of Readers with satisfactory
performance will be allowed a second dissertation.
CAREER PATHWAYS FOR MPH GRADUATES, The future possible career
placement of MPH graduate may include the following:
Health Project Programmer - Implementor- Evaluator-
Community Health Researcher
Academe - Faculty
Family Practice with community base
Admission is based on evaluation
of the applicant's educational and work experience, past performance, and
potential to provide leadership in public health practice. Admission
requirements include the following:
1. MD graduate of an accredited medical institution
2. Evidence of
quantitative or evaluative skills and ability. This may be
provided in the
form of evidence from graduate level course work, publication or technical
3. A recommendation from previous medical school dean.