Bachelor in Public Health (BPH) - Karnali Academy of Health Sciences


Karnali Academy of Health Sciences

Public Health

4 year(s)


Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) is a 4 years' academic programme which includes 6 months of practical posting in the final year. Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) launched Bachelor in public Health (BPH) program from 2075 BS. 

Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS)  aims to produce the next generation of health professionals and leaders through educational excellence, innovative research, evidence-informed patient-centered care, public health advocacy and collaborative community engagement for health promotion and wellness, as well as disease prevention and cure locally and globally. In this connection the Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program will be one of the foundation to achieve the goals of the KAHS.

There is a lack of core public health professionals in the government health machinery. With a rapid health transition taking place, Nepal faces two threats, one being the rising disease burden and other is the poor allocation of government funds. Both can be effectively managed by personnel trained in public health through appropriate public health training, i.e. ability to involve communities, work in multidisciplinary teams, and lobbying with government and community leaders with a deep understanding of social, economic and environmental determinants of health. Public health professionals are well armed to face these challenges.

Purpose of the Program:

The most widely recognized professional credential for leadership in public health is Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) degree. This program prepares students to be competitive on a global level in vast area of community health. It emphasizes on acquisition of skills essential to practice of public health through techniques like student directed learning, problem solving and field postings. Public health professionals can function as policy analysts, health planners, epidemiologists, demographers, social and behavioral scientists.

Mission of the Program:

KAHS prepares public health leaders to build a tradition of public health that challenges conventional thinking with excellence on integrity, ethical behavior and respect for diversity for the ascertainment of the School of Public Health, KAHS to new horizons.

Vision of the Program:

The vision of the Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program is to promote and maintain health across the population; prevent disease and injury and reduce health inequalities; conduct community based quality research that transformed into practice; train and create a cadre of Public Health Leadership, and ensure collective commitment to ethical behavior.

Objectives:

By the completion of BPH program the students will achieve the following objectives:

  • To develop the knowledge and skills in the basic medical sciences and their application.
  • Enhance the knowledge and practical skills in public health, primary health care, health system development, health economics, nutrition, and occupational and environmental health.
  • Train and develop the students on epidemiological aspects of diseases.
  • To develop skills in analyzing, designing and evaluating applied public health research and management.
  • Ensure the skillful practice and leading human resources through community diagnosis, family health exercise and district health system management.
  • Develop research and scientific writing skills.
  • Develop extracurricular competencies through training, seminar and exposure to school health, water supply, dairy product and waste treatment etc.


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Admission criteria

Provisions for Admission Process

  1. In order to pass the integrated admission process, a minimum of 50 percent marks should be obtained.

  2. There will be no negative marking for wrong answers.

Candidates who have been successfully selected in the admission process will have to submit the following original and 1/1 photocopy of the following documents to the concerned educational institution at the time of admission.

  1. Certificate of qualification, Transcript and Character Certificate of 10+2 and SLC/SEE or Equivalent

  2. Copy of Citizenship / Passport

  3. Admit card of the Entrance Examination

  4. Documents submitted for reservation

  5. Certificate of Equivalence for the students with certificates from foreign institutions

*Foreign candidates wishing to study in the vacated seat for foreign students must fill in the online application form mentioning the academic program of their choice within the time limit mentioned in this notice.

Provisions for Scholarships

As per Rule 20 of the National Medical Education Rules, 2077, out of the total scholarship seats to be awarded to the Government of Nepal at the undergraduate level, 55 percent of the seats will be distributed through open competition and 45 percent of the seats will be distributed on the basis of the following:

Female

33%

Dalit

9%

Aadibasi Janajati

15%

Khas Aryan

17%

Madhesi

12%

Tharu

4%

Muslim

2%

Candidates from the Backward community

4%

Disabled

2%

Families of martyrs, families of disappeared persons, families of injured warriors and conflict victims

2%

Examination Format

Question type: Single best response type of multiple-choice questions
Option: Four options (A,B, C,D)
Number of questions: 200
Full marks: 200
Cognitive ratio: Recall: Understanding: Application- 30:50:20
Duration: 3hours

S.N.

Content/Domain

Question

a.

Zoology

40

1.

Biology, origin, and evolution of life

4

2.

General characteristics and classification of protozoa to Chordata.

8

3.

Plasmodium, earthworm, and frog

8

4.

Humanbiologyandhumandiseases

14

5.

Animal tissues

4

6.

Environmental pollution, adaptation and animal behavior, application of zoology

2

b.

Botany

40

7.

Basiccomponentoflifeand biodiversity

11

8.

Ecology and environment

5

9.

Cellbiologyandgenetics

12

10.

Anatomy and physiology

7

11.

Developmental and applied botany

5

c.

Chemistry

40

12.

General and physical chemistry

15

13.

Inorganic chemistry

10

14.

Organic chemistry

15

d.

Physics

40

15.

Mechanics

9

16.

Heat and thermodynamics

5

17.

Geometrical optics and physical optics

5

18.

Currentelectricityandmagnetism

7

19.

Soundwaves, electrostatics, and capacitors

5

20.

Modern physics and nuclear physics

5

S.N.

Content/Domain

Question

21.

Solidandsemiconductordevices(electronics)

2

22.

Particle physics, source of energy, and universe

2

e.

Pre-requisiteHealthKnowledge(BasicConcepts)

20

23.

Determinantsofhealthandillness

5

24.

Communicablediseasesincludingvectorbornediseasesandzoonoticdiseases

5

25.

Non-communicable diseases

3

26.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene(WASH)

2

27.

Basicconceptofbiostatisticsandepidemiology

5

f.

MentalAgilityTest(MAT)

20

28.

Verbal reasoning

5

29.

Numerical reasoning

5

30.

Logical sequencing

5

31.

Spatial relation/Abstract reasoning

5

Total

200

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Eligibility

Must have passed Proficiency Certificate Level or 10+2 Science group and must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology from a recognized educational institution with a minimum of 50% or a GPA of 2.4, 

OR,

Must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in A-Level and must have passed with an overall score of at least 50% marks or a GPA of 2.4, 

OR,

Must have passed Certificate of Health Science Proficiency Certificate/ Diploma (General Medicine, Medical Lab Technology, Ophthalmic Science, Dental Science, Pharmacy, Ayurved, Radiography, Physiotherapy) with a minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology and must have obtained an equivalence and be registered with the concerned council.


Curricular structure

First Year 

  • Communication  Skill and Practices  
  • Integrated Health Sciences-I
  • Integrated Health Sciences-II
  • Biostatistics I, Demography and Health Informatics
  • Health Promotion Education I and Behavioral Sciences I
  • Public Health and Practices
  • Integrated Public Health Field  Exercise

Second Year 

  • Biostatistics  and  Research  Methodology
  • Family Health I  and Nutrition I
  • Health Promotion Education II and Behavioral Sciences II
  • Environmental  and Occupational Health 
  • Public Health Administration and Leadership Management I
  • Epidemiology (Basic) I
  • Community Health Diagnosis

Third Year 

  • Family Health II and Nutrition II
  • Health Promotion  Education III
  • Epidemiology (Applied) II
  • Health System Management and Global Health
  • Health Economic, Financing and Health System Management
  • School and Community Health
  • District Health System Management

Fourth Year 

  • Public Health Administration & Management
  • Public Health Programme and Project Management   
  • Public Health Research      
  • Public Health Practicum 
  • Elective  Course: Mountain Health