National Seminar on Public Health Curriculum Review Organized in Yangon
A two-day national seminar on public health curriculum review was organized at Summit Parkview Hotel, Yangon on 3rd and 4th May by strengthening public health institutions programme partners University of Public Health and HelpAge International in collaboration with the Public Health Curriculum Review Committee formed by the Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS). The objectives of this seminar were to review and identify the public health core competencies of public health courses, review curriculum content, structure, teaching and learning strategy, assessment method and applicability, to provide suggestions on long term strategies and future expansion of curriculum and to provide suggestions on quality assurance and accreditation internationalization of curriculum for strengthening public health education in undergraduate and postgraduate courses under Ministry of Health and Sports.
This seminar was attended by 82 participants including rectors and senior faculty members form various medical, public health and community health universities, members of the public health curriculum review committee, representatives from HelpAge International and Thammasat University, medical superintendents from government hospitals and officials from different departments of the Ministry of Health and Sports, Government of Myanmar.
Dr. Thet Khaing Win, Permanent Secretary of the MoHS inaugurated the seminar and delivered the opening speech along with the formal message from the Union Minister of the Ministry of Health and Sports. He said that the Public Health curriculum should be aligned with the changing needs of the public and the new developments in the area of public health. The curriculum should also consider sustainability. He further said that this seminar with participation of all stakeholders from respective universities, teaching hospitals and other responsible persons from public health field is very timely and the outcomes of this seminar will be very important for revising the public health curriculum.
Dr. Myo Oo presented objectives and details of the seminar sessions. He also explained about the topics for group discussions. Ms. Peeungiun Sweatsriskul, Social Science Research for Project Director, Thammasat University, Thailand presented about the experiences of analysis of a university course management for bachelor of science degree at Thammasat University.
The participants discussed about the curriculums for master courses in preventive & tropical medicine M.Med.Sc (P&TM), University of community health, Magway (M.com.H), University of Public Health (Master of Public Health), University of Public Health (Ph.D Public Health), Doctor of philosophy in preventive & tropical medicine (Ph.D-P & TM), Master of Medical Science in Hospital Administration and health Management (M.Med.Sc -HA & HM)), Preventive and Social Medicine (Final Part 1, M.B.B.S course), University of Community Health Magway (B.Com.H) and Department of Preventive and Social Medicine (University of Dental Medicine) in smaller groups and presented the key outcomes of their discussions in the larger group in the seminar. A detailed report with the proceedings, findings and key recommendations will be prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Health and Sports, Government of Myanmar for further action of revising the curriculum and strengthening public health education in Myanmar.