This program defines public health functions, practices, programs, and measures. It discusses the organization and infrastructure of a health system, the historical context, and future challenges. It offers a complete description of core public health services, how public health services are delivered, and how managed care affects public health.
We also offer this program as a bachelor's or Ph.D.
Public Health Online via distance learning
This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's & Ph.D. (Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at the postgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted to complete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma, or Bachelor’s Degree. A further option is an enrollment into each of the courses listed within this specialization module. This module may be combined or completed with other modules from this faculty. For example: Diplomacy - Disaster Management - Health Care Administration - Institutional Relations - Peace Studies - Political Science - Protocol & Etiquette - Public Affairs - Public Policy & Administration - Sustainable Development.
Method of instruction: Distance Learning Higher Education
This distance learning education program is completed by a traditional correspondence instruction method. Once you sign up for the course, Bircham International University will send you (to your mailing address) the suggested textbooks. After reading the book, you will be asked to write a 20 to 35 pages report that reflects your understanding of the book. This report is equivalent to the exam and can be submitted by email or mail. Bircham International University will evaluate your written work. If passed, BIU will issue the corresponding diploma. For more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring, and evaluation, please read our distance learning education study guide.
Students enrolling in this distance education program should be aware that:
Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials for successful completion of this program of study.
Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of this program of study.
Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment into this distance learning program.
Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this distance education program.
Language: Book reading and report writing in another language other than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any distance learning program.
Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs, or religion.
Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education degree program.
Duration - Public Health Online via distance learning
For a program of 21 credits, the estimated time for completion is 21 weeks. For 45 credits, the estimated time for completion will be 45 weeks, and so on. Calculations are approximate. The length of each distance learning degree program is calculated based on an average of 15 hours of learning per week. It also depends on the number of validated credits from previous knowledge and the level of commitment to the studies.
Master's Degree - Public Health Online
Tuition Fee: Min. 4.680 Euros (6.120 US$) | Max. 7.020 Euros (9.180 US$).
Master's Degree Online: 36 - 54 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: Public Health via distance learning = 42 Academic credits + Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Natural Health Science from Bircham International University if required. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board. For example Public Policy & Administration. + 13 Academic credits (Research methodology and final project or thesis).
Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):
1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credits (30 hours of study).
You may study any subject as an independent online continuing education course.
Drinking Water & Health
This course examines the principles and requirements of public water supply for the protection of public health. It covers topics related to the characterization of water quality and sources, water treatment, distribution systems, and health hazards, epidemiology, risk assessment, in addition to surveillance and regulatory needs to assure safe public water supplies.
Academic Supervisor: Monish GunawardanaHygiene & Safety
This course introduces the principles of industrial and community hygiene and safety. It examines the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards to health and safety. It covers control methods and hygiene sampling equipment. Also, it helps developing skills in occupational health and safety hazard recognition in a variety of cases.
Academic Supervisor: Monish GunawardanaFood Policy & Safety
This course examines all aspects of food safety and policy namely consumer perception of nutritional risk and the regulatory and legal issues of labeling, sanitation, and biotechnology. It addresses the role of public health in monitoring and assessing nutrition, access to food, safe food supply, and national nutrition policy.
Academic Supervisor: Jorge Poveda AriasInternational Health Systems
This course interprets health problems among various populations in multicultural settings. It compares health care systems in developing and industrialized countries in relation to other social systems; public/private component analyses; and health care methods and finance. It also examines major health problems of underdeveloped, developing, and emerging nations.
Academic Supervisor: Daniel Scott JanikPublic Health Nutrition
This course reviews current issues and methods in assessing a community's nutritional status and risk profiles; planning, implementing, and evaluating nutrition programs; and the effects in epidemiological studies and chronic disease.
Academic Supervisor: Daniel Scott JanikWomen & Children Health Policy
This course gives a historical account of roles played by government and health policy development for mothers and children, family planning, maternal and infant health, preschool, school-age, and adolescent health. It also addresses the biological mechanisms that underpin human reproduction, infertility, and contraception.
Academic Supervisor: Monish GunawardanaGerontology Health Policy
This course explores biological, psychological, and social issues in the aging; including cognitive change with age and the social impact of increasingly older population demographics. It provides a multidisciplinary approach to the health care needs of the elderly, namely medication use, nutrition, health care agencies, and roles of individual health care professionals.
Academic Supervisor: Monish GunawardanaInfectious Diseases
This course explores the methods used in epidemiology and their application to the critical appraisal of clinical, epidemiological, and health administration for evidence-based management of health care organizations, improvement of the delivery of health services, and for creating health policies. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the relationships between the host, the parasite, and the environment in infectious disease investigations.
Academic Supervisor: Jose W. RodriguezPublic Health
This course deals with the philosophy, history, and principles of public health, the organization and structure of its agencies, and the functions of public health services. It examines health promotion, disease prevention, the social, cultural, and environmental factors that influence health, disease, and illness.
Academic Supervisor: Daniel Scott JanikHealth Technology
This course provides an overview of the methods used in health technology assessment, including cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility analysis, current controversies, successes, and failures in implementing information technology. Medical informatics concerns the representation, organization, and manipulation of biomedical information.
Academic Supervisor: Daniel Scott JanikHealth Program Planning
This course presents a systems approach to the planning of effective health services to meet the needs of communities. Plans include effective and culturally appropriate implementation strategies, managing the planning process, work plans, stakeholders, negotiation, and working with groups.
Academic Supervisor: Monish GunawardanaHealth Care Administration
This course explores the management processes and roles of public health professionals; health service organizations; policy issues, resource utilization, and control; human resources management; and public health trends. It discusses current issues affecting health and health care delivery.
Academic Supervisor: Monish GunawardanaEpidemiology
This course reviews the principles of epidemiology and their application to health. It studies the epidemiological factors and the prevention and control of infectious diseases in addition to their occupational and environmental determinants.
Academic Supervisor: Jose W. RodriguezVirology
This course explores virology at a molecular level including virus replication and the molecular basis for viral pathogenesis; a survey of human and animal viral diseases; and current trends for prevention and treatment of viral diseases.
Academic Supervisor: Daniel Scott Janik
Admission requirements - Public Health
For official admission status at Bircham distance education university; you need to send in a filled out, dated, and signed official Application for Admission. You may download this application form from the website or request it by email or mail. Please send this application and enclosed documents to our address. You may also submit this application and attached documents by email in a PDF Format.
Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the number of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the number of credits required to complete the distance learning degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.