The University of New South Wales (UNSW) public health degree has been launched and is designed to strengthen the capacity of India’s medical workforce to respond to the major health challenges facing the country.
The partnership between UNSW Australia and Apollo Medvarsity, will see a new Master of Public Health (MPH) International program offered in a fully-online mode in India for the first time. The Apollo Hospitals Group includes 64 hospitals and 1500 pharmacies as well as several hundred primary care and diagnostic clinics. UNSW is a top ranked global university. The degree will be offered through UNSW Medicine, which is in the top 50 medical schools in the world.
The need for this degree was identified by Apollo Hospitals Group’s e-learning venture Apollo Medvarsity, who have been delivering joint courses in other subjects with UNSW for several years. The new degree, aimed at doctors and other health professionals, will be delivered and awarded by UNSW, with an internship in an Apollo health site to give students the chance to apply theory in practice in India. Indian students will join fellow health professionals from Australia and around the world in a virtual global classroom, learning essential public health theory and skills.
A coveted internship will be at the Total Health Program in drought-stricken Aragonda, the birthplace of Dr PC Reddy, Apollo’s founder.
“Total Health aims to prevent disease and build healthy, resilient communities,” said Dr Reddy, the program’s founder. He also added that “Non communicable disease is going to be the number 1 reason for mortality in India. A strong community and public health program will help doctors and hospitals be better prepared to deal with NCD’s. Our partnership with UNSW will allow us to bring the best training available anywhere in the world on managing public health and offer it to our students in India.” “We are delighted to bring this program to the next generation of health leaders in India through the Master of Public Health (International).”
SPHCM Head of School, UNSW Professor Raina MacIntyre, said India faces a shortage of public health professionals as it responds to population level control of major diseases including diabetes, cancer and infectious diseases.
“The new Master of Public Health (International) will help address the growing shortage of public health professionals in India. The flexible program is delivered fully online so that busy clinicians can keep working as they achieve this qualification,” Professor MacIntyre said. “They can retain their job and avoid the expense of living in Australia, and get a UNSW degree, while still attending our summer school in Sydney.”
“At Apollo and Medvarsity we are always looking for the best education partners that can add value to our doctors and healthcare professionals. This partnership between Apollo Medvarsity and UNSW brings an exceptional, globally recognised masters program to India. Through this course, our students can also apply for jobs with global organizations including the WHO, UNESCO, etc.” said Sangita Reddy.