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Department of Public Health Technology

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Public Health Technology

I warmly welcome you to the web portal of the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences at the University of Calabar College of Medical Sciences. The Department is indeed a very unique one and we are proud that the University of Calabar is among the very few universities in Nigeria offering a Bachelor of Science degree program in Public Health. We are a proud member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa and by extension, a member of the African Federation of Public Health Associations. This poses great expectations and motivates us to ensure that we uphold the highest standards in teaching, learning, and research for national and global public health practices and relevance.

 Our Department is a student-centered, intellectually stimulating, and professionally challenging one. We strive to provide high-quality training through teaching, research, theory, and field experience. We have a committed team of highly qualified, intrinsically motivated, and passionate academic, administrative, and technical staff, who are always available to engage the students in motivational teaching and quality research to enable them to learn, acquire knowledge and skills, and consequently, develop lifelong experiences that will help them to be outstanding in their future practices.

The Department of Public Health has different areas of specialization including Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Education and Health Promotion, Health Services Management, Public Health Sociology, Public Health Nutrition among others. These specializations offer a wide range of opportunities for graduates of Public Health. We offer courses leading to the award of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Public Health with the following objectives

i.              to train students in the methodology of teaching and research and to keep them abreast with modern advances in Public Health,

ii.               to produce trained Public Health professionals that can apply their knowledge and experience in improving Medical Education and Health care, and

iii.           to encourage independent, logical, and rational thinking with a view of contributing additional knowledge and new techniques of investigation in Public Health.

Our postgraduate students are abundantly exposed to advanced areas of research that stimulates their mind into teaching, practice, and research in Public Health. Our Alumni, who are occupying excellent job positions in both universities, research institutes, ministries, administrative and policy-making bodies, government and non-government organizations within and outside Nigeria. are very successful people. Their huge accomplishments have continued to inspire all staff to do their best for them.  

The Department hosts the Centre of Excellence in Research and Training in Human Resources for Health that also doubles as the national collaborating Centre for Education and Training in Health Planning and Management (run in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja). The centre, which has a vision of being a leading training and research center in Human Resources for Health in Africa is in line with global best practices, achieves its objective by providing high-quality training in diverse areas of Human Resources for Health at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels. Our partners include the World Health Organisation, Population Council, -Capacity Plus/Intra Health International, Federal Ministry of Health Abuja, Cross River State Ministry of Health, Bauchi State Ministry of Health, diverse professional bodies, and private organizations.

We strongly hope that you will consider either enrolling in any of our programs or recommending them to those valued friends of yours seeking a unique environment to learn and become sound Public health professionals. We will strongly appreciate you for sharing your feedback, questions, comments, and suggestions with us because they will help us in refining our site information and activities.

Thank you for visiting us.

 Best wishes.

Dr. Bernadine N. Ekpenyong OD, MPH, PhD, FNCO, FAAO

Head of Department

Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective


The mission of the Department is recognition as a national centre of excellence in public health training, research, and leadership. The Department achieves this by:

i.         building skills and competencies using current knowledge and technologies to enable students effectively address contemporary public health issues;

ii.      advancing knowledge, health research, and scholarship to enhance public health;

iii.       providing leadership in public health advocacy, education, and partnership with local, national and international bodies; and

iv.   creating enabling academic environment which promotes goals of the College of Medical Sciences and the University of Calabar at large.


Our vision is to be the best training institution for producing high quality human resources for public health.


The philosophy of the public health programme is to provide a broad-based academic curriculum and professional training to improve the health of every person through education, research and policy; emphasizing the most pressing health concerns and the current national preventive health care system, services, and priorities.


Objectives of the B.Sc. programme are to:

       i.     train professional human health resource in Public Health;

   ii.  provide student-centred educational experience that encourages depth, and application of principles and methods of Public Health;

  iii.     provide field and community experiences in relevant areas of Public Health;

   iv. build capacities for critical mass for public and private sectors where public health expertise is lacking;

     v.   Prepare students to take up effective leadership and management positions in public health related areas; and

   vi.     provide opportunities for career advancement in Public Health.


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