Developing the New Generation of Public Health Experts

November 27, 2012 by

Knowledge and expertise on health equity is the guiding vision of the James P. Grants School of Public Health (JPGSPH) and it is conveying its vision once again by launching a new project to develop public health experts. Partnered by USAID Bangladesh, the new project is called “Developing the New Generation of Public Health Experts in Bangladesh”. To expand the access of the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree amongst deserving and under-represented students, the programme will provide financial support to 120 graduate students. The programme targets under-represented students, and provides a comprehensive scholarship opportunity designed to ensure successful acquisition of relevant competencies required to address priority public health problems. The four key components of the project are:

  • Increasing access to, and diversifying of, public health degree candidates through the use of scholarships/stipends/fee waivers
  • Increasing short-term training opportunities for working public health professionals
  • Increasing the quality, number, and diversity of opportunities for public health degree candidates and recipients through internships
  • Strengthening the capacity of public health teachers by improving their training and delivery skills.
The programme curriculum will include specialised public health training, managerial and leadership competencies related to the public health sector, governance and planning, public financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and procurement and logistics.
Faculties from different international universities such as Harvard University (US), Heidelberg University (Germany), Johns Hopkins University (US), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK)etc. will be part of a “global classroom” which is a staple characteristic of the MPH programme of JPGSPH, which boasts alumni from 21 different countries.
The launching event for the programme was held on 19th November, 2012 at Sasakawa auditorium, icddr,b, Dhaka. In his welcome address at the launching ceremony, Dr Timothy Grant Evans, Dean, JPGSPH, BRAC University, said that apart from scholarships for under-represented groups, the project would also create an opportunity for the faculty development of the school.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Richard Greene, USAID/Bangladesh Mission Director said that Bangladesh has been an important friend and partner of the United States, having a longstanding relationship. By producing a cadre of well- trained health experts, this programme will help strengthen Bangladesh’s health system at both the national and sub-national levels.
The JPGSPH at BRAC University was established in August 2004 with the support from its two institutional partners, BRAC, the largest development organisation in the world, and icddr,b, a world class public health research institute based in Dhaka. In January 2005, JPGSPH initiated its flagship Master of Public Health (MPH) programme with the aim to develope public health leaders locally and globally. With classes having a gender ratio that is equally balanced, and students from a diverse background from all over the world, the MPH programme is here to stay and shine in the field of public health, creating opportunities and making a difference in the lives of people.