The Aga Khan University (AKU) is a leading institution for medical, nursing and teacher education and training, for research and public health services in the developing world. AKU prepares individuals to lead change in their societies and thrive in the global economy. AKU’s faculty, students and graduates go where the need is greatest, working in informal urban settlements, remote villages, and regions where conflict or neglect has decimated basic services. Indeed, in many cases, such communities are their homes.
Guided by the principles of impact, quality, relevance and access, the University has campuses and programmes in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom. It operates teaching hospitals in Karachi and Nairobi.
The Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is the premier public health academic department of AKU-Pakistan, recognized regionally and internationally for its quality and reach of its work. CHS Department has a triple mandate, of excellence in public health research, education for developing leadership to address community health needs and collaborative public health practice with academic institutions, communities, government and non-government organization. The Department has extensive research programmes and is organized into three research groups with their respective heads: Health Systems and Policy; Environmental and Occupational Health & Non-Communicable Diseases; and Reproductive Health Research Group. It houses the graduate programmes in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Public Health and Health Policy Management.
The mandate of CHS is aligned with the vision of the Chancellor who set the direction for the University to take a lead in community development and the creation of an innovative curriculum that emphasizes a balance of tertiary care with population health.
CHS is initiating its search for a worthy candidate to lead the Department to further excellence.