Bachelor in Public Health (BPH) is a four year program of Pokhara University. The course aims to prepare a student with all necessary scientific knowledge, technical competencies and human understanding to work in various capacities from community level to the central level health care programs.
Currently six Public Health Colleges offers BPH Program in Nepal with affiliation from Pokhara University.
Provision of equitable access to health care for attainment of an acceptable level of health and better quality of life of the people by creating more resources is the dominant concern for Nepal today. In many parts of the world scientists are investing themselves in introducing public health interventions that can deal with the lifestyle. However, Nepal is facing four aid burdens of diseases (communicable, life-style related, poverty, and conflict). In order to cope with this complex situation, development of public health graduates with necessary skills has become inevitable.
The Bachelors in Public Health (BPH) program intends to produce skilful, market oriented and competent graduates who can contribute in delivering the public health programs effectively.
At the completion of the course, the students shall be able to:
Scholarships Quota for Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) of Pokhara University
Proposed Fee Structure for BPH in Pokhara University School of Health & Allied Sciences Lekhnath, Kaski for the academic year 2012
1. First Semester: NPR 55,500
2. Second Semester: NPR 33,500
3. Third Semester: NPR 33,500
4. Fourth Semester : NPR 33,500
5. Fifth Semester: NPR 33,500
6. Sixth Semester: NPR 33,500
7. Seventh Semester: NPR 33,500
8. Eighth Semester: NPR 33,500
Total cost for 4 years BPH programme will be NRs 2,90,000
10+2 Science (Biology stream) or PCL Science (Biology Stream) or PCL/Diploma in Health Sciences (any stream) or equivalent degree as recognized by Pokhara University with at least 50% marks in aggregate.
Minimum 2.4 CGPA in Aggregate and Minimum C+ Grade in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) and Minimum C Grade in other subjects.
There is growing concern for improvement of health status from all stakeholders within Nepal or in the foreign countries. Provision of equitable access to health care for attainment of an acceptable level of health and better quality of life of the people by creating more equitable distribution of resources is the dominant concern of Nepal today. In many parts of the world scientists are investing themselves in introducing public health interventions that can deal with the lifestyle. However, Nepal is facing three fold burdens of diseases (communicable, lifestyle related and poverty). In order to cope with this complex situation, development of public health graduates has become inescapable. Very few number of public health workers are working within Nepal or in the other countries. In general, a BPH graduates can choose following area to build the career.
Why pursue a career in public health?
Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury.
Public health is a diverse and dynamic field. Public health professionals come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields. A host of specialists, including teachers, journalists, researchers, administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists, and attorneys, work to protect the health of the public.
Public health is a field geared toward serving others. Public health professionals serve local, national, and international communities. They are leaders who meet the many exciting challenges in protecting the public’s health today and in the future.
Public health is a rewarding field. The field of public health offers great personal fulfillment working towards improving people’s health and well being is a rewarding day’s work.
Who should consider a degree in public health?
Public health is a field that offers an abundance of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. Whether you are interested in crunching numbers, conducting research, or working with people, there is a place for you in the field of public health. Recent college graduates and those that have been in the field for years have something to offer and to gain in this field. Public health is ideal for those that gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others.
Where do public health professionals work?
Public health professionals work in both public and private sectors. Many public health graduates will find work in the public sector in local, or government health departments. The jobs available at health departments range from Food Safety Inspectors to Health Educators; from policy analysts to Epidemiologists. Others public health professionals will find work as researchers.
Those interested in working for a non-profit organization can find jobs in health advocacy, policy, or research for organizations such as the Nepal Cancer Society, the Red Cross, or a local non-profit that focuses on specific health issues. Still other public health professionals will find work in the private sector, working in pharmaceutical or health insurance companies.
Curriculum of Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) of Pokhara University
Introduction to Public Health
Anatomy and Physiology
Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Biochemistry
Microbiology and Immunology
Bio-Statistic and Computer Application I
Laboratories and Term Papers
Pathology and First Aid
Toxicology and Entomology
Bio-Statistic and Computer Application II
Basic Epidemiology I
Laboratories and Term Papers
Basic Epidemiology II
Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology
Applied Epidemiology I
Health System Development I
Health Promotion and Education
Applied Epidemiology II
Medical Sociology and Anthropology
Environmental and Occupational Health
Food and Nutrition I
Applied Health Promotion and Education
Environmental and Occupational Health I
Food and Nutrition II
Human Resource Development (HRD)
Primary Health Care in Nepal
Health System Development II
Applied Child Health
Applied Environmental and Occupational Health II
Health Planning and Policy Development
Research and Computer Software Application
Comprehensive Field Practice
Health Seminar and Term Paper
Special Topics in Epidemiology (any two)
Special Topics in Health System
Special Topics in Occupational Health
Special Topics in Environmental Health
Special Topics in Child Health
Special Topics in Health Economics
Special Topics in Reproductive Health
Special Topics in Primary Health Care
Special Topics in National Health Priority Areas
Special Topics in Health Technology/Public Health Laboratory
Health Seminar in Special Topics