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The Department of epidemiology and Biostatistics is one of the 4 departments that make Makerere University School of Public Health. It houses the Master of Public Health Distance program, Masters in Health Services Research and short courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Soon it will run Masters of Health Informatics.
Started in 2001 together with HPPM, CHBS, DCEH when the then Institute of Public Health was granted semi-autonomy
Started with few staff- Prof Wabwire-Mangen, Prof Konde-Lule, Dr David Ndungutse, Prof Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, and Dr Simon Kasasa. Prof David Guwatudde joined in 2005 and Dr Bagenda joined in 2006 from Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology respectively.
By close of 2014 we had 13 regular academic staff, 6 honorary lecturers, 1 Administrator, 1 Asst Admin and 2 drivers
As mentioned above we run Masters of Public Health through distance education (MPH-DE), Masters in Health Services research (MHSR) and short courses in epidemiology and biostatistics
The program is designed for individuals who desire graduate public health training while they continue to work. The program is modeled on the same objectives of the MPH Fulltime Programme and covers exactly the same academic content. For more information follow the link [insert link for MPH-DE]
The MHSR training programme is implemented in collaboration with Ministry of Health (MoH), faculty and staff of the School of Medicine (SOM), other colleges and schools of the University, governmental and non-governmental health care organizations both locally and internationally. MHSR specialists, graduates and students are engaged in numerous community-wide collaborations to improve the lives of Ugandans. For more information follow the link; http://musph.mak.ac.ug/index.php/study/navigations/short-courses/304-programmes-mhsr
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Makerere University School of Public Health has developed and packaged short courses to respond to the expressed training needs by graduate students from various disciplines, researchers and people employed in other sectors. The acquired skills will enhance the participants' productivity at their work places or improve the quality of dissertation or publications in case of student or academic participants. The courses run in July and August of every year. For more information please follow the link; http://musph.mak.ac.ug/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=82
Masters in Health informatics
This program is in final stages of approval by Makerere University. It is slated to start in 2015/16 academic year.
Research Programmes and recent research output
By Dec 2014 the department was running or spearheading 22 research and consultancy projects. Key among these were TB COSONET study, BCG trials, and the PMA2020 nationwide study The department boasts of a research centre named Family Health Research and Development Centre (FHRDC). Other project cover child health, newborn infections, alcohol and Policy and comparative Viral load costing study.
Sound policy is critical to the successful delivery of health services for improved health outcomes. Research evidence is one of the key ingredients in the formulation of sound health policy. Influencing policy making processes is therefore becoming a major assignment of health researchers and other policy practitioners, globally.
The ReBUILD research consortium, working in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and the UK, is a post-conflict health systems research initiative to support health system development in post conflict settings.
The consortium is organizing a 4-day policy influencing residential training to be held 2nd – 5th March 2015 in Entebbe.
Participants on the training will get a grounded understanding of how to influence the policy making process in varying settings to achieve desired policy outcomes.
They will learn skills to help plan and deliver effective advocacy strategies; enhance their ability to lobby decision makers; and gain confidence in the ways in which they relate to different stakeholders. They will also have a more thorough understanding of power dynamics in a policy influencing context.
At the end of the training, participants will be able;
1. To identify different approaches to advocacy and the values and strategies that underline them
2. To analyze the external environment and policy processes to identify appropriate 'levers of influence'
3. To use social media and mass media platforms/outlets for policy engagement
4. To understand evidence needs of policy makers
Content of the Training:
• Policy advocacy/lobbying -- know key steps to developing an advocacy strategy, plus new advocacy tools and methods
• Policy influencing – approaches and strategies – learn the difference between Insider and Outsider approaches and when to use them
• Using Social media for policy influencing – gain knowledge on the most appropriate social media platforms to use for policy influencing. Participants will gain skills in using some of the selected social media platforms
• Using Mass media for policy influencing – participants will gain insights in how to effectively work with mass media, as well as identify opportunities for engaging media practitioners
• Interaction with a panel of policy makers (from Ministries of; Finance, Health, Labour and Social Development, Parliament, Office of the Prime Minister) – participants will get to understand what effective policy influencing entails from a policy-maker's perspective
• Writing and delivering effective Policy briefs –participants will have hands-on experience writing policy briefs. At the end of the training, each participant will have a ready or near-ready policy brief for presentation. . A session will also be organized for participants to practice delivery of policy briefs to policy makers.
• The training is targeting about 35 participants on a first come, first served basis
• Research teams and individual researchers
• Policy practitioners in government and non-government agencies
• Researchers with ready findings to work with are particularly encouraged to apply
Policy Influencing Training Application form,Click here to download document
Some of the speeches that were said at the MakSPH-CDC Fellowship Program Dissemination Workshop at Silver Springs Hotel on 17th December, 2014