The philosophy of the public health programme is to provide broad-based academic, professional training and competence that reflect the emphasis on the current national preventive health care system and services. Its goal is to enable graduates develop skills and competencies through ICT-driven knowledge acquisition programmes and to produce graduates that are highly sought-after in the modern healthcare industries and competitive worldwide.
Public Health, a part of Medicine that deals with the science and art of preventing diseases, extending life, and promoting health through society's concerted efforts, is obviously focused on all aspects of health and wellness, rather than just the eradication of specific diseases. Though the field of Public Health emerged from conventional Western medicine but has since broadened to include concerns in policy and management, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, epidemiology, and health education. Despite flourishing well and being commonly patronized in many industrialized nations, the BSc programme in Public Health remains relatively nascent in Nigeria since there are only a few universities that offer it. In contrast, the Masters in Public Health programme has been widely available for decades and is extremely sought after across the nation.
The practice of Public Health is not a one-on-one discipline, unlike the routine in other medical settings—such as a doctor's office or hospital. Rather, Public Health places a strong emphasis on prevention among large groups of people and seeks to improve and safeguard community health and well-being. The field has further received significant recognition on account of its involvement in containing the COVID-19 epidemic. Given the diversity of the discipline in terms of potential future career options, Thomas Adewumi University has also chosen to launch an undergraduate course in Public Health, with the hope of joining the ranks of a few other universities which have already received accreditation from the Nigerian Universities Commission. Our main goal in establishing this programme is to create health professionals with a strong background in community health workers, a high aptitude for clinical research, and the ability to critically evaluate published literature.
The programme is to produce competent graduates that can serve as public health professionals in the country and globally by mastering the art and science of preventing diseases, protecting, and improving the health of communities and the population at large through research, promoting healthy lifestyle and surveillance to prevent infections and injuries while working in a team or as an individual. The degree is to be a four-year course and called Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSc. Public Health).
The specific objectives of the programme are to:
- Enable the students acquire competences in Public Health, carry out community diagnosis, immunization, community mobilization, health education and apply statistical and mathematical methods to the design and analysis of public health problems.
- Enable students conduct biomedical research, nutrition and growth monitoring, environmental monitoring and disease surveillance.
- Prepare public health professional to take up effective leadership and management position in the community, work places, school settings and health centres/institutions.
Candidates seeking admission into the programme must have must have five credit passes at the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE/NECO/GCE) examinations in English Language, Mathematics Biology or Health Science, Chemistry, Physics, and any one of the following: Economics, Geography, and Agric Science at no more than two sittings
English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
Direct entry candidates must fulfill the minimum requirements at O’Levels above and have GCE “A” level passes in at least two subjects which must include Biology and any of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. In addition, candidates with National Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science, Diploma in Dental Technology, Community Health Extension Workers, and other candidates such as Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives, or with equivalent academic/professional qualifications as approved by the senate are eligible for admission.
From the Desk of the Head of Department
It is my pleasure to most heartily welcome and congratulate you for making Thomas Adewumi University, Oko, TAU, your preferred University of choice. I can reassure you that you have made the right and wisest choice.
TAU is poised to create an enduring legacy as we will encourage and instill hard work, honesty, ethical decision-making, quality performance and spirit of teamwork within and across institutional boundaries. We guarantee good leadership and recognition of equal opportunities to achieve and maintain the highest standard in all endeavours.
We will keep with our Motto, Vision and Mission statements to build a World Class University recognized for its excellence in capacity building, service delivery and scholarship.
We are deliberately set out to train you, our students, to search for sustainable solutions to human development challenges and arm you with lifelong skills and competencies to develop sustainable solutions to the myriads of challenges faced by the society. We have therefore put in place excellent academic programmes and facilities that will ensure production of well- rounded graduates.
This information handbook is an academic prospectus for all the programmes being currently by the University. It is designed to provide you with the basic information on the course list for each academic programme and the synopsis of each course.
I, therefore, advise you to avail yourself with the information provided therein as a guide to the courses to register for in your respective programmes as well as go through details of the content of each course to be offered. You will be well guided on the procedure for registration, regulations governing conduct of examinations in the University as well as the rules and regulations for peaceful and productive living on the campus.
I wish you all the very best in all your endeavours and pray that the Lord God Almighty will crown your efforts with resounding success in this University to enable you go out into the world and be change agents.
Ag. H. O. D. Public Health