Department of Public Health | K.S. Hegde Medical Academy (KSHEMA), Mangaluru

Department of Public Health


The department of Public Health undertakes the training of student’s pursuing their Master of Public Health (M.P.H) degree. Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to communicable and non-communicable diseases. MPH is a multi-disciplinary professional degree awarded for studies in areas related to public health. Being a public health professional enables you to work around the world, address health problems of communities as a whole, and influence policies that affect the health of societies.

Department of Public Health was established in the year 2013 as a constituent department under K S Hegde Medical Academy. The department is comprised of dynamic public health professionals having diversified experiences with UN agencies like UNICEF, WHO, State and federal health systems and third sector as faculties. Department is offering a two years full time Master of Public Health (MPH) program which provides teaching, research and hands-on experience that prepare students, health science practitioners and researchers to develop and apply public health interventions for their fellow citizens. The program provides students with a strong foundation in epidemiology and biostatistics complimented by research methodology, health policy, health systems management and behavioural sciences. 

MPH programme is spread over four semesters including four months field research (dissertation) and two months of internship in a health and development agencies recognised by the university. Through a well-integrated field oriented program guided by experienced faculty, students receive instruction in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental & Occupational Health, Public Health Nutrition, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Health Promotion, Health Informatics, Health System Planning & Management, Project Management, Health Economics etc. In compliance with the University Grants Commission, Department is currently considering to impart MPH programme under choice based credit system.

Master of Public Health (MPH) programme enables students for a dynamic and challenging career opportunities in health and development sectors as public health consultants, epidemiologists, managers, research officers, analysts, or director in government or non-governmental organizations, UN agencies like World Health Organizations, UNICEF, UNDP, FAO etc., pharmaceutical and corporate companies, where over a quarter of million job opportunities are expected over the next decade.

Faculty List
Module Faculty

Designation

Principles of Public Health Practice Priyanka Rent

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Epidemiology I Derek Lobo

Former Regional Advisor, SEARO, WHO

Jagannath P

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Mackwin D'mello

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Biostatistics Krishna Bhat

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Sanal T S

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Health Education and Health Promotion Mackwin D'mello

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Priyanka Rent

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Social and Behavioral Health

Bhagyashree Bhandary

Associate Professor, KSHEMA

Anita Ravishankar

Head of Women Studies, Mangalore

Anuradha Shetty

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Roshini Nilaya

Jagannath P

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Demography Sanal T S

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Pavan Kumar

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Public Health Nutrition Mackwin D'mello

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Sally Jose

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Environmental & Occupational Health Sudeep Kumar

Consultant UNDP, Jhaipego

Jagannath P

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Research Methodology Sanal T S

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Anita Ravishankar

Head of Women Studies, Mangalore

Health Policy, Health Economics, Health Care Finance Priyanka Rent

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Public Health Informatics Biju Soman

Additional Professor, Sree Chitra Tirunal Medical College, Tiruvanantapuram

Mackwin D'mello

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Women's health, child health and Family Welfare Rukmini R

Former, RCH officer, District Health & Family Welfare, Dakshina Kannada

Sanjeev Badiger

Professor, KSHEMA

Public Health Leadership and Management Mackwin D'Mello

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Epidemiology II Sanal T S

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Anita Ravishankar

Head of Women Studies, Mangalore

Jagannath P

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA

Health Systems Management & Health Planning

Sudeep Kumar

Consultant UNDP, Jhaipego

Jagannath P

Assistant Professor, KSHEMA


Academic activities and Publications

Ongoing Research Projects:
  1. School Tobacco Control Programme associated with Department of District Health and Family Welfare - Dr.Jagannath P
  2. “Behavioural risk assessment of STI among migratory Siddhi tribe in Udupi District” - Mr.Mackwin D’mello, Dr.Sudeep Kumar, Dr.Sanjeev Badiger.
  3. “Global Information System and Ovitrap assisted mapping of vector breeding and early warning signs of Vector Borne diseases in Attur, Kemral, Mangaluru” - Ms.Priyanka Rent, Mr.Mackwin Dmello, Dr.Sudeep Kumar
  4. “Nitte Mother and Child Project” - Dr. Mohan Hegde, Dr.Sudeep Kumar, Mr.Mackwin Dmello, Dr.Jagannath P, Ms.Priyanka Rent
  5. “Depression, Anxiety and Psychological stress among Cancer patients on treatment in Nepal” - Ms.Samita Maharjan, Dr.Jagannath P
  6. “Utilization pattern and out of pocket expenditure on maternal health services in public hospital, Mangalore” - Ms.SharalTellis, Ms.Priyanka Rent
  7. “Determinants of quality of life among the elderly population in Urban Areas of Mangaluru, Karnataka” - Dr Shilpa D, Mr. Mackwin D”mello

Innovations:
  1. Department has developed an app to track the utilization of healthcare services by pregnant women and their children in Nitte village.
  2. Mobile based application was developed to identify non-compliance under COTPA act.
  3. Network Mapping of drinking water supply at Nitte Village Panchayath using GPS
  4. Mobile based application is designed to assess nutrition status of children below 5 years.
  5. Subcentre boundary mapping at Nitte CHC using GPS.

International Collaborations:
  1. Memorandum of Understanding with University of Minnesota, USA for research faculty and student exchange in 2016
  2. Memorandum of Understanding with Christelijke Mutualiteit, Belgium for internship and training of public health scholars.