MSc Health Policy and Management
The Aga Khan University offers a two year MSc in Health Policy and Management programme which is housed in the Department of Community Health Sciences and has participation from various entities across AKU. The MSc Health Policy and Management is a pioneering programme in Pakistan. It is the only such programme in Pakistan and offers high quality education with a blend of theory and practice. This programme is designed to train professionals in strategic and operational planning, policy analysis, institutional management, health systems research and development. In 2011, the programme was accredited by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and according to PMDC regulations provides a Type II-B degree which is the most advanced level of Masters Degree in Pakistan.
This is a two year programme comprising eight quarterly terms involving coursework, placement/internship and thesis. Teaching methods are interactive and diverse comprising of lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentation of studies, e-learning and site visits. The programme has a continuous evaluation system involving presentations, midterm and final assessments during each quarter. Students will have access to the latest information through Internet and a well equipped library and inter library loan service.
The goal is to train professionals in health systems planning, implementation and research.
- To prepare leaders in designing, implementing and monitoring of health care programmes in response to health needs of Pakistan and developing countries
- To develop professionals with comprehensive skills in health policy development and analysis and implementation
- To produce professionals with conceptual and technical skills in institutional management
- To provide tools to professionals to function at all levels of the health care system (policy, programmatic, service delivery) and in different organisational settings
Each term offers 4-5 courses which have been carefully chosen to equip students with required skills. Coursework comprises of public health courses, management courses, policy and systems courses and research courses.
Thesis takes place in the second year involving protocol writing, data collection and thesis writing, supported by a multidisciplinary thesis committee. A thesis may employ qualitative, quantitative, combination of both or any other acceptable research techniques and data collection can be undertaken in student’s hometown.
Placement of individual students for supervised learning at public sector, private sector or international donor organisations in the health sector, provides a unique opportunity for on-site learning. This is undertaken at the end of the first year and each student is supervised by mentors.
The Health Policy and Management Programme is run by a diverse and highly qualified team of faculty which includes full-time faculty, Hospital Directors from AKU as well as part-time and visiting faculty from national and international organisations such as WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, Global Health, Green Star Social Marketing, to provide a blend of theory and practice and latest national and international trends.
Computer laboratory, unlimited free internet hours, desk space and access to AKU’s considerable online library system is provided to the students. The students learn in the scholarly environment of AKU and freely access the various facilities provided by AKU-MC to all students.
Field visits to AKU outreach sites, NGO and government sites are provided for first-hand field learning.
The target audience includes programme managers from NGO and public sectors, policy makers, health system researchers and health system academia, and is open for professionals from medicine, allied health professions, administration and social sciences.