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Mapping university-based master of public health programs in the arab world

Show simple item record Iman, Nuwayhid Ghida, Krisht Samer, Jabbour Jocelyn, DeJong Huda, Zurayk 2023-02-07T10:09:53Z 2023-02-07T10:09:53Z 2021-07-20
dc.identifier.citation Nuwayhid, Iman, et al. "Mapping University-Based Master of Public Health Programs in the Arab World." Annals of Global Health, vol. 87, no. 1, 2021, pp. 1-13.
dc.identifier.issn 2214-9996
dc.description.abstract The Arab world faces numerous health challenges that mandate a competent public health workforce and strengthening public health education. ObjectiveTo analyze university-based Master of Public Health (MPH) programs offered at Faculties of Public Health (FPH) and of Medicine (FM) in Arab countries. MethodsWe searched a regional database of academic public health institutions, conducted a search of university websites, and reviewed websites of the Association of Arab Universities and World Directory of Medical Schools. A factsheet for each MPH program was emailed to deans of respective faculties for validation and completion. We examined associations between presence of such programs and population size and Human Development Index (HDI). FindingsA total of 19 FPH and 10 FM at 28 universities offer MPH programs (7 programs per 100 million population). Ten countries offer no MPH programs; the remaining 12 offer 1-5 programs each. Ten MPH programs were initiated over 45 years (1965-2009) and another 19 over 10 years (2010-2019). No correlation was observed between offering an MPH program and the country's HDI or population size. Less than half of the programs admit students from fields outside health. FPH and FM-based programs are comparable in offering core disciplines but FPH programs offer more Social and Behavioral Sciences (83% vs. 60%). More FM-based programs provide practicum training (78% vs. 53%); 10 programs offer none. Epidemiology, alone or with Biostatistics, and Health Management and Policy are the two most frequently offered MPH concentrations. None of the MPH programs offer a concentration on public health in conflict or humanitarian crises; only one offers a certificate on the theme. Only three programs, all FPH-based, reported international accreditation. ConclusionsThe recent increase in MPH programs in Arab countries is encouraging. Critical gaps are absence of MPH programs in 10 countries, less coverage of the social sciences, and lack of practicum experience in 10 programs. Upgrading and promoting public health education across the region to fill these gaps calls for collaboration among existing MPH programs. More in-depth analysis of the history and mission of these programs, as well as their admission criteria and curricula, is needed.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Ubiquity Press Ltd
dc.subject accreditation
dc.subject Arab world
dc.subject biostatistics
dc.subject directory
dc.subject health care management
dc.subject human development
dc.subject human experiment
dc.subject humanitarian crisis
dc.subject medical school
dc.subject population size
dc.subject sociology
dc.subject curriculum
dc.subject Public Health Professional
dc.title Mapping university-based master of public health programs in the arab world
dc.type Article

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