Department of Community Health

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH

FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Department of Community Health was established to conduct teachings, research and to offer professional services in the field of Community Health to all levels of communities in both urban and rural settings. The teaching activities include topics on recognising factors that influence the presence and causation of diseases within the community, behaviour, organisation, community health problems, control and preventive measures and activities, as well as other disciplines involved in public health. The teaching approach used is based on the three tiers of disease prevention, namely primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. In carrying out department activities and programs, community involvement is given due emphasis as it is recognised that elements within the community including the physical, mental and social environment as well as the cultural aspects interplay and have an effect on each other. Field of Community Health is no longer viewed as being directed to viewed diseases only, but has grown into a concept of community wellness. Thus, field of Community Health is to be treated as a holistic and integrated discipline. Realising that an individual’s health status is collectively affected by behaviour, attitude and beliefs, the many issues in community health need to be explored via the approach of research and community consultation. Therefore a community based approach and relevant strategies are to be employed in achieving the department’s aspirations, in line with the prevailing circumstances within the community as well as being tailored to evolving technology and social values.

 

Mission

 

The Department of Community Health aspires to be a centre of excellence in the areas of teaching, research and provision of professional services in Community Health Medicine. This will contribute toward the improvement in the health status and well-being of the person, family, community and country.

 

Goal

 

The goals of the Department of Community Health are:

  • To produce high quality graduates who are competitive, independent and dedicated to lifelong learning in the field of Community Health Medicine.
  • To contribute toward the enrichment of an efficient, transparent and client-centred quality management system in the field of Community Health Medicine.
  • To promote the activities of research and publication in community health medicine.
  • To promote professional services and consultation in community health medicine.
  • To establish a centre of excellence in the field of Community Health Medicine within the department.

 

 

CONTACT US

 

Community Health Department

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Universiti Putra Malaysia

43400 UPM Serdang

Selangor Darul Ehsan

Malaysia

 

Telephone : +603-89472424

Facsimile: +603-89450151

 

 

 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

 

 

STAFF

Academic Staff

Support Staff





ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Members of Department of Community Health involved teaching of undergraduate and post graduate programs in the Faculty.

 

 

Undergraduate Program

Academic staffs of the department are involved in the teaching and learning activities of these programs:

  • Medical Doctor Program
  • Bachelor in Nursing program
  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental and Occupational Health) Program
  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedicine) Program
  • Bachelor of Science (Dietetics and Nutrition) Program
  • Bachelor of Science (Dietetics) Program

 

The involvement of the departments staff are in giving lectures, tutorials, conducting Student Centred Learning (SCL) sessions as well as supervising practical and research activities.

 

Medical Doctor Program

Medical program in Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia is a 5 years program. The first 3 years is pre-clinical year, and followed by 2 years of clinical years.

In pre-clinical year of Medical Doctor Program members of the department are responsible in implementing the module for second year medical students in the following courses:

  • Package 9
    • Package 9, consists three modules namely;
    • SPP3424 Public Health Medicine
    • SPP3425 Epidemiology
    • SPP3612 Medical Statistic
  • Package 11
    • Package 11, consist of one module; SPP3621 Research Methodology and Project

 

During clinical year of Medical Doctor Program, the department responsible to implement course SPK3981 Community Medicine Posting.

 

Synopsis of module:

SPP3424 Public Health Medicine

This course encompasses basic concepts, principles and issues related to public health. This includes the holistic approach of health promotion, health care delivery system, maternal and child health, women’s health, adolescent health, health care of individuals with special needs, health of older persons, environmental and occupational health and urban health. Emphasis is given to the influences and roles of individual, family and community on the health status and disease pattern. This course deals with health services provided by public, private sectors and non-government organizations.

SPP3425 Epidemiology

This course encompasses basic concepts, principles in epidemiology and its application in the understanding of diseases including communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases, emerging and remerging diseases and cancers. In-depth discussion on basic epidemiological study designs and clinical trials in term of the methodology, advantages and limitations, measurement of risks and its uses and the assessment of causation are also carried out. It also covers the application of knowledge as well as assessment of epidemiological evidence through critical review of published scientific article.

SPP3612 Medical Statistic

This course encompasses the basic principles in medical statistics, statistical test for comparing means, chi-square tests and Fisher’s exact test, correlation and simple linear regression test, and non-parametric tests.

SPP3621 Research Methodology and Project

The course encompasses the basic concepts of research methodology and project, including the use of biostatistics, research designs, proposal preparation, data analysis, scientific write-up and project presentation.

SPK3981 Community Medicine Posting (CMP)

This posting involves on-site training activities in collaboration with the respective district health offices and districts hospitals in Kuala Pilah and Jempol in Negeri Sembilan as well as Bintulu in Sarawak.

Download Community Medicine Posting Student Guide

 

POST GRADUATE PROGRAM

The following post graduate programs are conducted by the Department of Community Health:

  1. Master of Public Health Program (MPH Program)
  2. Doctor of Public Health Program (DrPH Program)
  3. Master of Science Program (MSc Program)
  4. Doctor of Philosophy Program (PhD Program)


MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM (MPH)

  • Level of study: Master without thesis
  • Full time
  • Intake: September intake only
  • Duration: 1 year (Maximum duration: 2 years)
  • Entry requirement: Only for doctor (MD, MBBS or other medical doctor degree recognize by Senate)
  • Medium of teaching: English
  • Mode of teaching: course-work, dissertation and practical
  • Field of studies offered:
    • Epidemiology and biostatistics
    • Health Service Management
    • Family Health
    • Health Promotion
    • Environmental Medicine
    • Occupational Medicine
  • Program coordinator: Associate Professor Dr Nor Afiah Mohd Zulkefli
    Contact: email: norafiah@upm.edu.my
  • Further information:
    Download brochure MPH
    Download Master of Public Health Manual Guide


DOCTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH (DrPH) PROGRAM

  • Level of study: Professional Doctor without thesis
  • Full time
  • Intake: September intake only
  • Duration: 3 years (Maximum duration: 5 years)
  • Entry requirement: Only for doctor (MD, MBBS or other medical doctor degree recognize by Senate) and MPH (Minimum CGPA 3.0)
  • Medium of teaching: English
  • Mode of teaching: course-work, dissertation and residency
  • Field of studies offered:
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Health Service Management
  • Family Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Environmental Medicine
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Program coordinator: Dr Ahmad Azuhairi Ariffin
    Contact: email: zuhairiffin@upm.edu.my
  • Further information:
    Download brochure DrPH
    Download Doctor of Public Health Manual Guide

 

MASTER OF SCIENCES PROGRAM (MSc)

  • Level of study: Master with thesis
  • Full time
  • Intake: September and February
  • Duration: 2 years (Maximum duration: 3 years)   
  • Entry requirement: Master degree in health related field with CGPA 3.0
  • Medium of teaching: English
  • Mode of teaching: Minimum course work requirement by department: 12 credits

      Seminar

      Thesis

  • Field of studies offered:
    • Master Science in Public Health
    • Master Science in Epidemiology and biostatistics
    • Master Science in Health Service Management
    • Master Science in Health Promotion
  • Program coordinator: Dr Anita Abdul Rahman
    Contact: email: anitaar@upm.edu.my
  • Further information:
    Download brochure of Master Science
    Download Master of Master Science Manual Guide

 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM (PhD) 

  • Level of study: Doctor of Philosophy with thesis
  • Full time and part time
  • Intake: September and February
  • Duration: Full time - 3 year (Maximum duration: 5 years)
    Part time – 6 years
  • Entry requirement: Master degree in field of health sciences with CGPA 3.0
  • Medium of teaching: English
  • Mode of teaching: Minimum course work requirement by department: 15 credits

      Seminar

      Comprehensive Examination

      Thesis

  • Field of studies offered:
    • Public Health
    • Epidemiology and biostatistics
    • Health Service Management
    • Health Promotion
  • Further information:
    Download brochure of Doctor of Philosophy
    Download Master of Doctor of Philosophy Manual Guide