Public Health

Who can apply?

Students from bachelors or masters studying public health science can apply for this program and also who wants to make career in this field can apply.

Importance of program

As compare to international standard, public and private health care service is very poor in Nepal. Though there has been tremendous improvement in general public health care in last few decades, still many people die untimely due to the lack of basic health services and the lack of health awareness in general public. There is also the problem of malnutrition in children widespread in poor families.  The vast majority of Nepal’s population is rural, poor, and disadvantaged. Poorer and disadvantaged communities are sicker and receive fewer health care services from publicly funded health facilities compared to richer/advantaged communities. The existing structure of the state’s public affairs is based on feudal practices which favor the “haves” rather than the “have-nots”.

Health care facilities, hygiene, nutrition and sanitation in Nepal are of poor quality, particularly in the rural areas. Despite that, it is still beyond the means of most Nepalese. Provision of health care services are constrained by inadequate government funding. The poor and excluded have limited access to basic health care due to its high costs and low availability. The demand for health services is further lowered by the lack of health education. These problems have led many governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to implement communication programs encouraging people to engage in healthy behavior such as family planning, contraceptive use, and spousal communication, safe motherhood practices, and use of skilled birth attendants during delivery and practice of immediate breastfeeding.  For the researcher and students of public health, Nepal can be an open library for the study and research in various issues of public health such as communicable diseases, food and malnutrition, non-communicable disease, injuries and disasters, child and infant mortality, reproductive health etc.  The researcher and Students in internship would get opportunity to work with local health institutions like remote health posts, clinics, local communities and other relevant institutions during the internship period.

Fields of study

  • Food and malnutrition
  • Communicable disease
  • Infant and maternal mortality

Enrolment

Open for all months

Duration of the internship

Depends on academic requirements

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