Thursday, September 4, 2008

Testimony on the MPH Course

Dr. Bwire Chirangi, MPH
Alumnus of Class 2007/8

Our twelve months of Master of Public Health (MPH) course was packed with international atmosphere. From this course, I acquired interdisciplinary knowledge and skills as well as widening my personal worldview and global linkages.

The course contents widened and sharpened my understanding on very substantial subjects ranging from the Evolution of MPH; Epidemiology & Determinants of Health; Health & Culture; Health Policies; Health Economics; Management of Healthcare Organisations; Needs assessment, Health Planning & Promotion to Public Health Research.

I liked and very much enjoyed a variety of training tools and effective teaching methodologies that included lectures, seminars, presentations and in-depth discussions. Apart from the openness and high quality expertise of members of the Faculty, Maastricht University has a highly equipped resource centre that is globally linked physically and electronically with other libraries and academic worthy literatures.

Today my reasoning as well as my approaches on public health issues has been sharpened not only towards effectiveness s but also about offering equitable, humane and efficient health services to the public. The Course has further helped me to translate the theoretical education I acquired into a practical research field study on ‘quality of health services’- a case study of my own work place in Tanzania.

My contact with Maastricht University has also produced a memorandum of understanding with collaborating agreement between the University and my country (Tanzanian) hospitals where Students of the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Science of Maastricht University will have opportunity (if they wish) to carry their practical elective studies in accordance with their curriculum requirements.

It is my high expectations that while they are in Tanzania, they will gain knowledge as well as enjoy the warmly welcoming peoples’ culture in a land full of magnificent flora and fauna. Of course, the host Hospitals shall have relatively reciprocal benefits from receiving guest medical students.