School of Social Sciences

The BSc in Public Health is a School of Social Sciences, is a programme in the Department of Community Development, Psycho-social and Behavioral Sciences intended to produce multidisciplinary professionals who are capable of designing and implementing disease prevention, health promotion, and environmental hazards prevention programmes that address complex public health care issues, in their countries. This programme aims to provide those registered in it with an opportunity to develop relevant competencies that will enable them to work in the field of public health as public health practitioners, researchers, health policy developers, and educators in an effort to protect and improve the health of individuals, families and communities locally and internationally. The program intends to produce practitioners with capacity to engage in the three core functions of public health, and to demonstrate an understanding, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation capacity on the 10 essential health services of public health for populations in the local, regional and international contexts.

Programme Structure

 

Year

Semester

Programme codes

Title of course

Theory Credits

Practice Credits

Total Credits

 

 

 

 

Year 1

Semester 1

SC0711

·       Communication and Study skills

15

 

15

SPS711

·       Introduction to psychology

15

 

15

SMi711

·       Foundations of Microbiology

15

 

15

SHB711

 

·       Health and Biologic Basis  diseases

15

 

15

60

Semester 2

SCP712

·       Introduction to computers and Public Health Informatics

10

5

15

SHC712

·       Health Communication and community assessment

15

 

15

SS0712

·       Introduction to Sociology

15

 

15

SBI712

·       Introduction to Biostatistics

15

 

15

60

 

 

 

 

YEAR 1 TOTAL CREDITS

120

 

Year 2

Semester 1

SEP721

·       Introduction to Epidemiology

15

 

15

SPH721

·       Introduction to Public Health  and Ethics

15

 

15

SNU721

·       Community and public Health Nutrition

15

 

15

SSR721

·       Introduction to sexual and reproductive health

15

 

15

 

 

·        

 

 

 

60

Semester 2

SGL722

·       Global and Indigenous  Health

15

 

15

SEN722

·       Foundations of Environmental   and Occupational Health  and  Safety 

15

 

15

SHP722

·       Introduction to Health Promotion and Health Behaviour

15

 

15

SHS722

·       Foundations of healthcare system management  and policy

15

 

15

 

 

 

·        

 

 

60

 

 

Year 2 Total   Credits

120

 

 

 

 

Year 3

Semester 1

SHE731

·       Fundamentals of health economics / principles of economics

15

 

15

SPM731

·       Project management and entrepreneurship

15

 

15

SDP731

·       Disaster preparedness and management/

15

 

15

SCA731

·       Children and Adolescent health

10

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

55

Semester 2

SRS732

·       Public Health Research 1 (Introduction)

20

 

20

PH –Optional courses

Level 1 Optional  (Areas of concentration)

20

 

20

·      SPP732 or

Program planning and management in Health Education

20

 

 

·       SOR732 or

Occupational Risk assessment and Health safety Management

20

 

 

·       SQS732

Quality and Safety  in Health care systems

20

 

 

·      SRD732

·       Role Development in Public Health Practice

10

 

10

 

 

·      SPR732

·       Public Health Practice 1

·       (Community assessment, diagnosis and planning)

 

15

15

 

 

 

·        

 

 

65

 

 

Year 3 Total credits

115

 

 

 

 

Year 4

Semester 1

PH –Optional courses

Level 2 Optional (Areas of concentration)

20

 

20

SHP741 or

Health promotion material development and coaching/teaching approaches

20

 

 

·       SOH741 or

Occupational Health  and safety  Interventions: Policy and Practice

20

 

 

·       SLM741

Leadership, Management  and Governance in  health care practice

20

 

 

·      SPR741

Public Health Practice 2

 

20

20

·      SRS740

·       Public Health Research 2 (Project)

 

40

40

 

 

 

 

 

80

Semester 2

·      SRS740

·       Public Health Research 2 (Project)

 

 

 

·      SPR742

Public Health Practice 3 (Internship)

 

30

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40

 

 

Year 4 Total credits

120

 

 

Total Programme credits

375

105

480

The qualification is worth a total of 480 Credits (minimum) and it comprises of the following:

Fundamental components:                                     120 credits (Year one modules)

Core component (Theory):                                      195 Credits

Core component (Practicum):                                 85 Credits

Core component (Research):                                    60 Credits

Elective (Optional) Component:                                20 credits x 3 courses

 

 

 

For further information contact:

Montlenyane Madisa (Ms)
Lecturer and Programme Coordinator
Department of Community Development, Psycho -social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Social Sciences,
Botswana Open University, Private Bag BO 187,
Gaborone, Botswana

Phone: +267 3646145
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