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PHAS Faculty Programmes

Background Information
The Faculty of Public Health and Allied Sciences (PHAS) was introduced during the 2007/2008 academic year after going through the accreditation process with the National Accreditation Board (NAB). The Faculty has courses designed to produce health professionals who will be recognized for their dedicated service and competence in providing quality health care to communities and individuals.  This is viewed as integral to the Catholic Church's mission of continuing Christ's Ministry of bringing healing to the sick.  The course also addresses some of the health related objectives of the Millennium Development Goals which are essential for improving the quality of healthcare delivery in Ghana.

The PHAS Faculty's unique team of renowned researchers and educators is dedicated to tackling real-world health issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.  The demand for highly skilled and knowledgeable health educators, managers, and information specialists has never been greater within the Ghana Health Service, the Ministry of Health and the National Health Insurance Authority than in this current technological moment. 

The Faculty of Public Health and Allied Sciences (PHAS) of Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) provides unique interdisciplinary courses designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding and skills to meet the current challenges of delivering quality and cost-effective healthcare. It is in line with this that the Catholic University College is offering a four-year programme leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health.  Students will have the opportunity of specializing in one of the following options that will develop into departments in the very near future:

 i)   B.Sc. Public Health (Health Management Option)
ii)   B.Sc. Public Health (Health Informatics Option)
iii)  B.Sc. Public Health (Health Education Option)

The objective of programme specialization is to impact relevant skills, competencies and effectiveness in health professionals to meeting the challenges of the global health delivery needs, specifically:

i. The Management Option of the Public Health programme is  designed to produce health professionals equipped with relevant  administrative and managerial skills to run health care facilities in  Ghana and elsewhere. On the completion of the programme,  students would have a sound understanding of the principles of  good management and be qualified to manage a health facility.

ii. The Education Option of the Public Health programme is  designed to produce health educators equipped with relevant  health promotion strategies to empower individuals and  communities to take fuller control over their health needs. On the  completion of the programme, students would understand the principles of maintaining healthy communities and the major issues of health care in Ghana based on innovative health promotion strategies. They would also be competent to conduct health educational programmes and seminars on healthy  community living.

iii. The Informatics Option of the Public Health programme is designed to produce health professionals equipped with relevant  statistical and analytic skills to enhance the growth of health information management systems based on current global health care that is increasingly turning into an information-driven service. On completion of the programme, graduates would be competent to supervise, manage, and maintain patient files, record prevalence of disease and illness in an area and maintain other records of a health care unit, using simple computerized programmes.

The Philosophy-Vision
The Faculty of Public Health and Allied Sciences of the Catholic University College of Ghana is designed to produce health professionals who will be recognized for their dedicated service and competence in promoting healthy communities and in providing quality health care to communities and individuals. This is viewed as integral to the Church's mission of continuing Christ's Ministry of bringing healing and presence to the sick. Beyond caring for the sick, the Faculty seeks to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to health promotion and community development based on an empowerment agenda within disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in the Brong-Ahafo Region in particular and Ghana as a whole. The Faculty's steady growth will be recognized locally, nationally and internationally as an academic unit with a broad-based programme that delivers excellent and innovative teaching and research. Ultimately, the Faculty aspires to be counted as one of the top 100 world-leading public health training centres.

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