HPPM

The Department of Health Policy Planning and Management

Welcome to the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management (HPPM). HPPM is one of the four departments that constitute the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). 

Teaching

The department of HPPM hosts a full-time Master of Public Health (MPH) program and the Public Health Monitoring and Evaluation Program.  In addition to these two programs, the department services other departments and programs by facilitating courses in Health Economics and Finance, Primary Health Care, Health Systems Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Economic Evaluation and Cost-effectiveness analysis, Health policy, among others. PhDs in areas of Health Systems and Health services research are research-based and only offered on demand and supervised by faculty within the department, school, and from other institutions. There are also a number of short courses offered by the department of HPPM. These are offered to district health managers, program managers, and other health agencies often offered on demand. These courses include Planning and budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, personnel management, hospital management, health systems management, public health leadership, Health Policy Analysis, and Health Systems Research. 

Research 

Research is a key component of HPPM activities and includes projects done by individual faculty members as well as broader institutional projects. A number of research programs are conducted in the department and this often is done either as collaborative projects or standalone awards to the department and the School. The department collaborates with various institutions and Universities across the world, including Johns Hopkins University, WHO, UNICEF, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Institute (University of Leeds), University of Bologna, Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp), the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, University of Liverpool, and Karolinska Institute. Research projects that have been undertaken cover areas of Health policy evaluation, Health sector reforms, Performance-based contracting, hospital autonomy, human resources for health, NGOs and health, evaluation of integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI), impact of health reforms on equity, Knowledge Translation, Research Uptake, Maternal and Newborn Health, etc. Funding for these projects has been provided by the World Bank, DfID, WHO, UNICEF, European Union, USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Comic Relief, Sida/SAREC among others. In addition, the department also hosts the Center for Maternal and New-born and Child Health (CMNCH), and the Center for Health Systems and Policy Development (CHSPD). 

Other Services 

The HPPM departmental staff also offer services of consultancy nature, in addition to getting involved in other community service activities. The department has worked with other partners like the Ministry of Health, Health Communication Partnership of the Johns Hopkins University of USA and Family Health International to disseminate facts about Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) for HIV Prevention, among others 

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Epi-Bio

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is one of the four Departments under MakSPH that was started after the Institute of Public Health was granted semi-autonomy within the Faculty of Medicine in 2001. The Department has 14 full time, 5 honorary and 5 Research Associate staff. The full-time staff comprises of 5 Associate Professors, 1 Senior Lecturer, 4 Lecturers, 1 Assistant lecturer, 1 academic programs manager, 1 assistant administrator and 1 Driver. The Department houses the following academic programs; 

1.   Masters in Public Health – Distance Education Program

MPH-DE is a 3-year academic program designed for individuals who desire graduate public health training while they continue to work. It is modeled on the same objectives as the MPH - Full-Time program and covers the same academic content.

2.   Masters in Health Services Research

The Master of Health Services Research (MHSR) is a two-year multidisciplinary programme in the field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviour affect access to health care, the quality and cost of healthcare, and ultimately the health and well-being of the population. It aims at producing practically oriented graduates capable of providing leadership for improved planning and delivery of health services in the most effective and efficient manner.

3.   Masters in Health Informatics

Health informatics is a 2-year program, and a discipline at the intersection of information science, computer science, and healthcare. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine.

4.   Short course in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

This course is conducted in July and August of every year and is tailored to respond to the expressed needs of a researcher at and graduate students from various disciplines and levels. Skills acquired enhance participants’ productivity at their workplaces and improve quality of publications  

In final approval processes is a curriculum for Master of Biostatistics, a 2-year graduate level program. 

In addition to the academic programs, the department houses over 20 active projects and  2 research centres. These include PM2020, PMA2020 SCHISTO, SMART2D, Chlorhexidine-CISMAC study and NOURISH. PMA2020 is a project that uses innovative mobile technology to support low-cost, rapid-turnaround surveys to monitor key indicators for family planning. PMA2020/Schisto is a research module created specifically for Uganda, to develop the first nationally representative prevalence rate of Schistosomiasis. SMART2D is a randomised trial project aimed at evaluating the efficacy of various Type 2 Diabetes prevention and management strategies at facility and community level. NOURISH is a collaborative training and Nutrition intervention research project involving Trinity College Dublin, Makerere University, JCRC, IDI and Gulu University.   The research centres are Family health and research centre (FHRC) and Alcohol, Drugs, Addictions Research Centre (ADARC).

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CHBS

Department of Community Health and Behavioural Sciences

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The CORE responsibilities of staff in the department are TEACHING, RESEARCH and Community Services in the following domains;

1) Sexual and Reproductive Health (maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health)

2) Public Health Nutrition including nutrition in emergencies

3) Disaster management including (disaster risk management and risk reduction)

4) Social sciences application in health and qualitative research methods and 

5) Health promotion. 

Academic Programmes in the Department

The Department hosts two graduate programmes;

1) Master of Public Health Nutrition (MPHN). The academic coordinator is Dr Henry Wamani. The field Coordinator is Dr David Lubogo.

The MPHN trains public health practitioner in public health nutrition. 

2) The Master of Public Health Disaster Management (MPHDM). The academic coordinator is Dr Justine Bukenya. The Field Coordinator is Mr Saul Kamukama. 

The MPHDM trains practitioners in the field of public health disaster risk reduction and risk management. 

Short Courses Conducted by the Department

The Department conducts the following short professional courses;

1) Public Health in Complex Emergencies (PHCE)

This short course targets front-line emergency responders, emergency programme administrators and policymakers as well as district officials working in emergency settings. The course is conducted annually and whenever it is requested by any organizations. 

2) Advanced Qualitative Research Methods for Health Sciences (AQRMHS) 

This short course targets health scientists, graduate students and PhD as well as researchers working at research institutions and with programmes. The course is conducted annually and whenever it is requested by any organizations. 

3) Nutrition in Emergencies (NIE)

This short course targets front-line emergency responders, personnel providing nutrition services, emergency programme administrators and policy makers as well as district officials working in emergency settings. The course is conducted periodically and whenever it is requested by any organizations.

Academic Staff in the Department

1) Prof Dr Christopher Garimoi Orach MBChB, DPH, MMedPH, MPH, PhD. Chair of the Department and Deputy Dean of the School of Public Health. Areas of expertise include sexual and reproductive health including maternal health; disaster risk management and refugee health care and health services organization in emergencies.

2) Associate Prof. Lynn Atuyambe, BA (SS), MPH, Ph.D. Areas of expertise include Social and behavioural Sciences, Adolescent health. Qualitative research methods, disaster risk management.

3) Juliet Kiguli, BA, PGDE, MA, PhD. Senior Lecturer. Areas of expertise include Science Sciences, Qualitative research methods, and gender and health.

4) Dr Henry Wamani MBChB, MPhil, PhD. Lecturer. Areas of expertise Public Health nutrition.

5) Dr Elizabeth Nabiwemba, MBChB, MMed-PH, PhD. Lecturer. Areas of expertise maternal new-born, child health and health promotion.

6) Dr Christine Nalwadda BDS, MPH, PhD. Lecturer. Areas of expertise maternal and neonatal health. 

7) Dr Justine Bukenya MBChB, MPH, PhD Candidate. Lecturer.  Areas of teaching and research include maternal health, adolescent health and disaster risk management.

8) Dr David Lubogo MBChB, MPH, PhD Candidate. Lecturer. Areas of teaching and research include public health nutrition and maternal health. 

9) Simon Peter Kibira BA, MSc, PhD. Assistant Lecturer. Areas of teaching and research include: social and behavioural sciences, qualitative research methodology, reproductive health, health promotion, and behaviour change communication, gender and health. 

10) Mr Saul Samukama BFST, MPH, Assistant Lecturer. Area of teaching and research is public health nutrition and disaster management.

11) Dr Phyllis Awor MBChB, MPhil, PhD. Research Fellow. Areas of expertise maternal health.

12) Dr Richard Mangwi MBChB, MPH, PhD. Research Fellow. Areas of expertise, maternal health, neonatal health and disaster risk management.

13) Ms Florence Tushemeirerwe BFST, MPHN, PhD Candidate. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include public health nutrition and maternal nutrition.

14) Mr Richard Kajjura BBLT, MSc AHN, PhD Candidate. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include public health nutrition and maternal nutrition.

15) Mr Henry Komakech, BA, MPH, PhD Candidate. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include social science, qualitative research methods and disaster risk management. 

16) Ms Agnes Ngabirambo BScN, MPH. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include maternal, adolescent and neonatal health.

17) Dr Athur Bagonza BVM, MPH. Research Associate. Areas of teaching include public health nutrition.

18) Harriet Aber BFPT, MPHN. Research Associate. Areas of teaching and research include public health nutrition and disaster risk management.

Honorary Lecturers in the Department 

19) Joseph Matovu BA, MA, PhD. Honorary Lecturer. Areas of expertise include Science Sciences, qualitative research methods, and HIV epidemiology.

20) Dr Anthony Mbonye MBChB, MPH, PhD. Honorary Professor. Areas of expertise maternal and child health and health policy. 

Departmental Administrators 

The Chair is Prof Dr Christopher Garimoi Orach MBChB, DPH, MMedPH, MPH, PhD. 

The Departmental Administrator is Hanifah N.  Bukirwa BBC, MPAM. 

Key Research Projects in the Department of Community Health and Behavioural Sciences

1) Partners enhancing resilience to populations exposed to emergencies (Periperi U) – is a collaborative research project with 12 African Universities. Its aim is to develop capacity in disaster risk management and reduction in Africa – Principal Investigator (PI), Prof Christopher Garimoi Orach.

2) Strengthening Education and Training in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SET – SRHR) a collaborative research project with 4 partners including Makerere University School of Public Health and Nsamizi Institute of Social Development and the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University and Rutgers- Holland. It aims to strengthen capacity in training and education in sexual and reproductive health and rights. – PI, Prof Christopher Garimoi Orach.

3) Forecast for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action (FATHUM). It aims to assess the impacts of forecast based financing on mitigating impacts of flooding in eastern Uganda. It`s is a multicounty study in Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda – PI, Prof Christopher Garimoi Orach.

4) Public Health Nutrition Surveillance Research

Makerere University School of Public Health is collaborating with UNICEF to undertake periodic operational baseline researchers to assess the nutritional status of children in refugee-affected districts in Uganda. – PI, Dr Henry Wamani.

5) The Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub for research and training

A multicounty research to measure air pollution being carried out in Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia. – PI, Associate Prof Lynn Atuyambe.

6) Research to prevent malnutrition in rural Uganda

An integrated model to prevent malnutrition in rural Uganda – focussing on fortifying locally available foods to prevent malnutrition among mothers and children below 2 years in a thousand days critical window of opportunity. – PI, Ms Florence Tushemerirwe.

7)     Social Innovation Research for Maternal and Child Health

A collaborative research to innovate social innovation towards addressing maternal and child health is being supported by World Health Organization. – PI, Dr Phyllis Awor.

8) Community Access to Rectal Artesunate for Malaria (CARAMAL) 

The project aims to investigate community access rectal artesunate antimalarial management. PI, Dr Phyllis Awor. 

DCEH

The Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health

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