PhD in Public Health

Transforming communities through research, innovation, and public health expertise.

Program Aim

TAU college of public health Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health program aims to provide advanced training and education to individuals who wish to become experts in the field of public health research, policy, and practice. The program is designed for individuals who have a strong background in public health or a related field and who aspire to make significant contributions to the field through research, teaching, and leadership roles.

The program aims

  • To foster a rigorous research environment where students can develop advanced research skills and contribute to the body of knowledge in public health. Students are typically expected to conduct original research and produce a doctoral dissertation that makes a substantial contribution to the field.
  • To develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, equipping them with the ability to analyze complex public health issues, evaluate evidence, and develop innovative solutions. This involves training in research methodologies, data analysis, and interpretation, as well as exposure to multidisciplinary approaches to public health problems.
  • To prepare students for teaching and leadership positions in academia, research institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other public health settings. This includes opportunities for teaching assistantships, mentorship from faculty, and the development of effective communication and leadership skills.The College of Public Health (CoPH) thus provides opportunities for such training, as well as for research and public health practice.

Program Objective

  • Develop substantive knowledge in their area of specialization.
  • Master the analytical and methodological skills required to evaluate and conduct research in their area of specialization and related areas.
  • Design and conduct original research in their area of specialization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of their research in a clear and effective manner.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with other people from various ethnic, educational, and work experience backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and concern for the high ethical standards in business research, teaching, and service.
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach college-level courses in their area of specialization.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

The program learning outcomes (PLOs) set out the academic learning, skills, and achievements that the student must reliably demonstrate before graduation.

Upon successful completion of the doctoral program, the graduating students shall demonstrate:

  • Graduates will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of their areas of specialization.
  • Graduates will master the analytical/methodological skills needed to evaluate and conduct research in their areas of specialization.
  • Graduates will demonstrate their ability to design and conduct original research in their chosen fields of specialization.
  • Graduates will be able to teach college-level courses in their areas of specialization.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate the results of their research in a clear and effective manner.
  • Ability to use library and internet resources in researching an Public health problem and presenting their conclusions in a written and an oral report.

Program Structure

Year Semester Block code Subjects Credits Reseearch Work Role of Doctoral Committee Agaist the Research Work
Core Courses
Year 1 Semester 1 Block 1 BS5101 Applied Biostatistics 4 Identification of Guide and Approval of Guide Approval of the Main Guide and the Co-Guide.
Block 2 PH5102 Public Health Management 4
Block 3 MG5106 Research Methodology 4
Semester 2 Block 4 PE5103 Principles Applied Epidemiology 4
Block 5 HE5104 Health Economics & Health Finance 4
Block 6 PF5105 Population and Family Health 4
Research Work
Year 2 Semester 3 Block 7-9 Research proposal 66 Research proposal submission Review of Research proposal and approval
Semester 4 Block 10 -12 Progress Report 1 Review of Research proposal and approval Journal Publication (1) Interaction with the Co-Guide (Review and approval)
Year 3 Semester 5 Block 13-15 Progress Report 2 Progress report -2 Presentation & Approval
Journal Publication (1) E-Conference (1)
Interaction with the Co-Guide (Review and approval)
Semester 6 Block 16-17 Synopsis Presentation Synopsis Interaction with the Co-Guide (Review and Approval)
Block 18 MG5201 Thesis Thesis Thesis evaluation and Conduction of Viva
Total Credits 90

PhD in Public Health

Dr. Ifeyinwa Uzoamaka Anyanyo
Ph.D in Public Health

“I am impressed with the passion and drive by the academic staff of TAU to see students succeed and complete their programs. The comprehensive
course content provided and the flexibility of the PhD Public Health program was an incentive to complete my program. The courses offered and the thesis work I did resonated with my work as a public health doctor. The student mentor was hands on in providing the needed support. The
lecturers and course coordinators were professional and quite supportive”

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