Introduction

The Master of Biostatistics programme has been developed with key objectives of contributing towards the creation of a critical mass of professional Biostatisticians, expanding the capacity for teaching Biostatistics in the tertiary academic institutions and strengthening the capacity for Biostatistics analysis in research and academic institutions, industry and programs in the country and the region. 

 

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Introduction

Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) jointly with the College of Computing and Information Sciences -Makerere (CoCIS) most especially the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) are offering a Masters degree in Health Informatics (MHI) as a fulltime program. The program is designed for individuals who desire to be trained to identify constraints in health information flow, design innovative automated systems to solve them in the shortest time possible in order to inform decision and policy making.

 

The Program Mission and Goal

Mission: To produce practical, gender sensitive health Informaticians who are able to evaluate health systems, and develop innovations to improve information management and utilization in health.

Goal: To produce gender sensitive graduates with skills and competences in application of information and computer science to improve health practice.

Core Competences for the graduate of MHI Program should include:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in basic principles of informatics as applied to different domains of health.
  • Analyse and evaluate health information systems and processes to improve health care.
  • Develop and support solutions to address health issues using technology.
  • Design and undertake gender sensitive research in health informatics and disseminate findings.
  • Analyse, use, interpret and disseminate data/information to improve decision making.
  • Integrate gender, ethical, legal, economic, health policy, and behavioral factors into the application and promotion of health informatics
  • Recognize the language, terminology, ontology, acronyms, coding, and classification systems of healthcare and health informatics.

 

Who can apply?

The program is open to both Ugandans and non-Ugandans, whether living within Uganda or outside the borders of Uganda, who fulfill the minimum admission requirements and should preferably be graduates from Universities recognized by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

 

Admission requirements

  • A degree in any health sciences related field and a demonstrated interest in computing such as a short course, diploma, degree or a working experience in health information systems.
  • A degree in computing field or related degrees such as mathematics, statistics, engineering and geography and demonstrated interest in health.
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in any other field but with an additional training in health or computing. The training must have been done in an accredited institution and the trainee must have passed. The course for the additional training should have assigned credit units.
  • Strategies will be undertaken to encourage and enroll female students in the programme.

 

MHI programme duration

The MHI training will take two academic years, consisting of four semesters and one-recess term.  Each semester is 17 weeks, of which 15 weeks are used for teaching and two weeks for examinations.  There will be a recess term taking 10 weeks after the first year.

The students will start with the cross over courses at the beginning of the first semester. These are intended to bring the students of different backgrounds, at par. Those with an IT background will study health care courses and those with a healthcare background will take the basic IT courses. These will be followed by core courses. In second year, students will select from 2 tracks Public health informatics and general Health Informatics.

 

Types of courses

The program consists of didactic courses, practicum and dissertation. The courses in first year will all be compulsory while in second year students will select tracks.

The courses offered are:

Core courses

Year I Semester I

Introduction to Health Care & Health Systems

Introduction to Information Technology

Foundations of Health Informatics

Information Systems Development

Principles of Public Health

Applied Epidemiology I

Research Methods in Health Informatics

Year I Semester II

Applied Biostatistics I

Health Information Systems

Health Informatics Standards and Terminology

Enterprise Architecture for Health Info. Systems

Gender, Law, Ethics, Equity, Policy and Governance in relation to informatics

Scientific Writing & Communication Skills

Year I Recess Term

Practicum and Field Report

Year II Semester I

Track Specific Courses

Track 1 – Health Informatics Track (General)

Clinical Informatics

Security in Health Information Systems

Advanced Programming

Health Analytics

Clinical Decision Support Systems and Workflows in Health

Seminar Series I

Track 2 – Public health informatics track

Applied Biostatistics II

Applied Epidemiology II

Health systems Management and health Informatics

Occupational health and Informatics

Environmental Health and Informatics

Seminar Series I

Year II Semester II

Dissertation

Seminar Series II

 

Elective Courses

In addition to the track specific courses, trainees will elect to take any course of their choice from courses offered in any track

 

Mode of Delivery

A multifaceted approach will be used, employing mainly those methods that encourage a student-centered approach, active learning and acquisition of practical competencies. Integration of knowledge with practical skills and the transfer of concepts from one situation to the other will be emphasized.  Professional identities, Attitudes and Teamwork skills will be developed by working as members of multi-professional teams with graded responsibilities. Competencies will be developed through practical exposure and discussions (experiential learning), reflecting on their own experiences and role modeling.

Other teaching and learning methods shall include; Didactic lectures; tutorials and small group discussions; Seminars and Large group presentations; practical sessions and computer/skills laboratories; Computer Assisted Learning & Practicum Attachment.

 

Staffing

The programme will be run on a multidisciplinary basis using specialists from within the School of Public Health (SPH) and School of Computing and Informatics Technology (SCIT) and outside Makerere University. For example, under Norwegian NORHED health informatics collaboration the two Schools at Makerere University will work with Moi University in Kenya and University of Bergen to share staff who will teach different courses. SPH plans to continue utilizing existing expertise in the entire College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) and Ministry of Health (MoH).

 

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are: Ug. Shs. 5m/= per year for Ugandans, or US $5000 per year for foreign students. Makerere University reserves the right to revise tuition fee rates whenever found necessary. In addition to the tuition fees, students must also meet all other expenses related to: registration fees to the university, examination fees, library and administration, travel and accommodation, a personal computer, stationery, books, field studies, and research costs for the dissertation.

 

How to apply:

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from the Makerere University School of Graduate Studies, or downloaded from their website.

Contacts: 

Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics,

Makerere University School of Public Health,

P.O. Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda.

Tel. 256-414- 543-872

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Introduction

In 2007, Makerere University, through the Makerere University School of Public Health, MakSPH, developed a training programme leading to the award of a Master of Health Services Research (MHSR) to address some of the challenges faced currently by.• the health care systems in Uganda and beyond. The program is designed for individuals who desire postgraduate training in public health research. Developed by experts from the MakSPH, in collaboration with the School of Medicine, Division of Health Services Research; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Health services research (HSR) is a multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well being. Its research domains are individuals:, families, organizations, institutions, communities, and populations.

The Program Goal

The general purpose of this programme is to produce practically oriented graduates capable of providing leadership for improved planning and delivery of health services in the most effective and efficient manner.

Specific Objectives of the MHSR Program are to:

The specific purpose of this programme is to:

Equip students with skills/knowledge and practical ability to identify health service delivery problems, conceptualize a research strategy and

analyze the problem identified.

Equip students with skills to measure and evaluate health service delivery problems such as: access to health care, cost of health care, cost-effectiveness, equity and quality of health care, and produce evidence-based solutions.

Provide students with the skills to utilize evidence from health services research to design and propose interventions at project, programme and organizational levels.

Disseminate evidence-based information for policy development and health care practice.

Equip students with competencies in monitoring and evaluation of health services.

Who Can Apply?

The programme is open to Ugandans and Non ­ Ugandans who fulfill the admission requirements. The requirements described below are only the minimum academic conditions for admission and only make one eligible for consideration. Only graduates from universities recognized by the National Council for Higher Education will be considered for admission to the MHSR training programme. All applicants must satisfy Makerere University admission requirements for graduate programmes.

Admission Requirements

A candidate is eligible for admission if he/she satisfies any of the following:

A degree in the health sciences; e.g. , medicine (human and veterinary), nursing , pharmacy, dentistry, and at least two years’ relevant field experience in the health sector, OR

A degree in social sciences; e. g., social work , sociology, economics, demography and at least two years’ relevant field experience in the health sector, OR

A degree in biological sciences; e. g., statistics, environmental sciences, biology, or laboratory sciences and at least two years’ relevant field experience in the health sector.

HSR Programme Duration

Two years, Full time

Courses Offered

Year One: Semester 1

  • Introduction to Health Services Research and Ethics
  • Applied Epidemiology I Applied Biostatistics I
  • Introduction to Statistical Computing and Data Management
  • Scientific Writing and Communication Skills

Year One: Semester 11

  • Advanced Methods and Models in Health Services Research
  • Models and Measures in Quality of Health care
  • Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Year One: Recess Term

Field Attachment I & II

Year Two: Semester 1

  • Applied Epidemiology II
  • Applied Biostatistics II
  • Health Policy and Financing of Health Services
  • Health Systems Management and Research
  • Seminar Series I

Year Two: Semester 11

  • Health Database Organization & Analysis
  • Dissertation
  • Seminar Series II

Facilities available for MHSR Students:

  • MakSPH is located within the Mulago Hospital Complex.
  • The school has classrooms, seminar rooms, a well equipped computer lab with access to the internet and a resource center stocked with textbooks, scientific journals and other reading materials relevant to public health and research.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are: Ug. Shs. 5.0 m/= per year for Ugandans, or US $5000 per year for foreign students.
Makerere University reserves the right to revise tuition fee rates whenever necessary.
In addition to the tuition fees, students also meet all other expenses related to: registration fees to the university,

examination fees, travel and accommodation while in Kampala, stationery, books, and expenses related to Master’s research projects and the dissertation. Possession of a personal computer is strongly recommended. It is estimated that over the 2 years’ training program, these additional costs, excluding tuition fees, may total up to Ug. Shs. 5.0m/= or US $3000.
It is the responsibility of each intending applicant to identify funding sources to cover these expenses. This is a full time program and students should not expect to continue working while attending the program.

How to apply:

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from the Makerere University School of Graduate Studies, or downloaded from our website at the website address given below.

OR contact the:

MHSR Program Coordinator OR

MHSR Academic Coordinator,

Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics,
Makerere University School of Public Health,
P.O. Box 7072,
Kampala, Uganda.

Tel. 256-312-263158/9

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