Community field programs is required in a real life setting with the specific aim of developing students' competencies in understanding health problems in the community and to be able to work with the community in tackling health problems. Therefore, the field activities are designed to be need-responsive, problem solving and community-based which encourages students to render services while they learn and develop public health management and communication skills. CBE operates under the overall leadership of the Head of the CDPH.
It comprises a team to coordinate with the Central Department administration, review and organize field programs, conduct feasibility studies and plan for the supervision of field programs of all academic programs according to curricula of both Bachelor and Master levels. All field activities are implemented according to separate operational guidelines developed by the Department.
The community health diagnosis field program is conducted in the second year in BPH. The students are sent in a group of 10 students to conduct the field activities after a field orientation program. The main activities of this field program are data collection, analysis, presentation and intervention of health education program in the community.
The community health diagnosis field program is one month residential field program. The main objectives of the program are:
The municipal health systems residential field provides the students an opportunity to develop skills which will make them a competent public health professional with the ability to identify health problems and needs of the community. This course also enables them to assess resource potentials and constraints, prioritize the health problems and set strategies for solving them, collaborate to develop suitable options and action plans for addressing the health problems in district. They will also be able learn the management of promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services as part of the municipal health team. Students will learn supervision and monitoring of health programs, developing action plans for feasible and effective solution to problems found in collaboration with the local stakeholders.
The total duration of this residential field is 60 days in the municipal health systems. One group composed 5-6 students will be sent to the field.
The Comprehensive Public Health Practicum is viewed as the culminating experience of the Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) academic program. It is designed to provide a meaningful opportunity for the students to engage and integrate the theoretical knowledge in a real life professional public health setting. A total of four months of course duration and 400 marks are allocated for the purpose, in consideration to its extensive requirements.
Special attention is paid to systems analysis from a public health perspective considering effectiveness, efficiency, equity and social justice; leadership to organize and mobilize community, inform, educate, and empower people to participate and demand for services as their right; help in linking relevant stakeholders; develop the skill to evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of health services.
The practicum may occur at a wide range of settings, either at the district, region or the central levels but it must be focused on a public health area, issue or problem. Acceptable venues could include governmental entities, nongovernmental and private sector organizations.
Practicum offers opportunity to participate in the full spectrum of defining, analyzing and addressing a “real life” public health problem or issue, either directly or through observation, consultation with others working on problem, participation in relevant meetings or activities, and pertinent literature review.
Students would themselves develop a specific project in the area identified and chosen by them based on their previous experience, knowledge, skill and interest. The project should be in small doable and specific area of public health. Effort is therefore made to follow a comprehensive approach in planning, implementation and evaluation as per the specific objectives mentioned above. The potential public health areas could be nutrition, child health, maternal health, human resource management, environmental health, disease prevention and control, health promotion in pertinent public health issues.
CBE Unit Coordinator: Mr. Ramesh Sighdel, Lecturer