The School of Public Health was established in 1994, in response to a growing demand for a cadre of public health practitioners who will provide leadership in Public Health reforms in the country primarily to train Public Health Practitioners. The training received enables them perform effectively at District, Regional and National levels within governmental, quasi-governmental, non-governmental and private organizations. The programmes are also available to non-health personnel whose activities have an impact on the environment and public health. Properly trained Public Health personnel will be able to offer technical leadership in critical disciplines such as Population Family and Reproductive health, Maternal and Child Health/Family Planning, Environmental Diseases Control, Occupational Health, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Health Information, Training Research and Planning and in the running of specific disease control programmes such as Malaria, AIDS, Leprosy and Onchocerciasis Control Programmes.
Currently there are 6 Departments in the School: Biological, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences; Biostatistics; Epidemiology and Disease Control; Health Policy, Planning & Management; Population, Family and Reproductive Health and the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences. The School runs four (4) programmes, namely, Public Health(BPH, M.Sc, M.Phil and PhD),Master of Science in Health Informatics ,Applied Health Social Science (M.Sc and M.Phil), Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) in Applied Epidemiology and Disease Control . The school also runs Short courses in Social Mobilization for Health and Development and Occupational Safety and Health.
The Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) program is currently the only undergraduate programme in the School, commenced in 2010 in response to the need for adequately trained mid-level technical and leadership capacity for the Ghanaian health sector.
The Health Informatics programme is administered by the department of Biostatistics which seeks to create an environment for exploring the possibilities of utilizing information communication technologies and Biostatistics tools to push the frontiers of Public health.
The School carries out research in areas of importance to public health. It also does this for several projects being run through it by bringing together faculty members from several departments in the University and elsewhere. Since 2012, the School has been involved in MoTeCh (Mobile Technology for Community Health), an initiative of the Ghana Health Service that explores the potential of utilizing mobile phone technology for reforming routine health information operations and improving community health worker efficiency and health care services. MoTeCh uses open-source development model, OpenMRS, a medical record system as the basis of the medical records management. Its technology is being designed to be portable and replicable in other countries.
The Philosophy of the School of Public Health is to operate as a "School without Walls" with semi-autonomous status, but with a close working relationship with the existing Schools and Faculties of the University. It is one of the three Public Health Institutions in Africa that subscribes to the philosophy of school without walls meaning that attempts are made to achieve an optimum mix of classroom and fieldwork.
The overarching mission of the School however, is to train Public Health Practitioners who will be leaders and change agents for health development in Africa and Ghana in particular. It is believed that this mission cannot be achieved without a vigorous outreach in the communities. The School has therefore through collaboration with the Ministry of Health established field sites to enhance the field component of the programme. Furthermore, in order to practicalize and emphasize on cross disciplinary approach to teaching and learning, the School has maintained a core of staff with critical and localized knowledge assisted by Part-time staff drawn from already existing departments in the University and others from organizations and agencies including the Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Services.
The objectives of the school are to produce Public Health Practitioners who will be able to provide effective leadership, diagnose community health problems, plan and organize effective measures against these problems; undertake policy research, especially at the policy level into Public Health issues of national as well as local importance; and provide Public and Health Extension Services.
The mandate of the SPH is in Pursuit of Academic Excellence in Health, Education, Research and Policy.
|Samuel Bosomprah, PhD. He is a Medical Statistician and a medical researcher who for the past 6 years have worked on a number of maternal, newborn and child health research and malaria vaccine studies. Samuel is currently the Head of Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon. He teaches post-graduate courses in Methods in Biostatistics, Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials, and Research Methods in Public Health. He also teaches PhD courses in Biostatistics in Public Health, Statistical methods for survival data analysis, and Analysis of repeated binary outcomes. His research interest involves design and statistical issues in clinical trials and epidemiological studies especially those involving maternal, newborn and child health outcomes. Samuel has his Masters in Medical Statistics and PhD in Medical Statistics and Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, United Kingdom.|
Dr Richmond Aryeetey is a Lecturer at the department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, University of Ghana. He has been with the School of Public Health faculty since 2007. Dr Aryeetey is a Public Health Nutritionist, however he has had extensive experience and exposure in ICT applications, health data management and assessments in research and extension. Dr Aryeetey obtained his PhD from Iowa State University after having his Master of Public Health Degree from the University Of Ghana School Of Public Health. Previously, he worked as a data manager for the Demographic Surveillance System site at Dodowa. Both within and outside Ghana, He has facilitated short courses that trained health and development workers in ICT applications for health care and research including training the use of CDC´s EPI INFO and WHO´s Anthro softwares. Dr Aryeetey has also performed assessment of the health data management system in Ghana including a recent assessment of the routine health data system for UNICEF, Ghana.
Seth Kwaku Afagbedzi is an assistant lecturer at the Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health in the University of Ghana. He lectures in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Electronic Health and Data Systems. Seth obtained his Master of Philosophy (Mphil) degree in Health Informatics from the University of Ghana. He had his first degree in Bsc. Statistics and had considerable exposure in Information Communication Technology (ICT) applications. In his previous work - Road Safety & Transportation Consultancy (RSTC) Ltd, Seth was the Research and Development Manager in charge of road traffic accident research, development of road safety services, training, corporate web site and also facilitate in RSTC organized conferences and seminars.
Samuel K. K. Dery is a Health Information Specialist with over twelve years experience in Health Management Information Systems, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Data Management. He holds M.Phil. in Health Informatics and BSc in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Ghana, Legon.
He is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Biostatistics of the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, where he teaches courses in database, electronic health records, data mining and knowledge discovering.
He has over nine years progressive experience in designing and implementing M&E systems and is an experienced trainer in M&E, Databases and Data Management. He served as a consultant to a number of projects in Ghana where he facilitated the design and implementation of database management systems to support M&E activities.
Research interest includes: Data Mining, Electronic Health Records, E-health, Monitoring and Evaluation
Baaba da-Costa Vroom has been a Tutor with the Department of Biostatistics since 2011. Baaba holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and a Masters Degree in Health Informatics with School of Public Health from the University of Ghana. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health with an interest in mobile health technology.
Prior to working as a Tutor in the department, Baaba worked with a private hospital as the IT Specialist. Her role included setting up and managing the ICT in the facility. She also coordinated the development of a Hospital Management System. She has also worked with other facilities setting up Point-of-Sale systems and home and office network installations.
Mr. Duah Dwomoh obtained his MPhil in Mathematics with a major in Statistics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He had his Bachelor in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Cape Coast.He is currently an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, and University of Ghana where he teaches Biostatistics for Public Health, Introduction to Biostatistics and Data Analysis and Software Application. His research areas of interest are Survival Analysis, Bayesian Statistics, Generalized Linear models, Categorical and Longitudinal Data Analysis .
|Henry Obuobi has an MSc in Health Informatics (ABD) from the University of Ghana. He obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2002. He has worked as a Drug Information Pharmacist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital since 2004 providing drug information services to the healthcare professionals in the hospital. He has qualifications in Business Computing, Project Management and Business Administration. He has extensive experience in ICT applications and web development and has provided Information Technology solutions to a number of organizations. His research interests include elearning, content development and mobile health technologies.|