National University Of Science & Technology

Faculty Of Medicine

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DIVISION OF SOCIAL MEDICAL SCIENCES

This Division administers the teaching of the MSc programme in Midwifery Education and Introductory Communication Skills> Members of the division also participate in the teaching of Community Health.  

Learning and Training Outcomes

The students will have:

  • A mastery of theoretical knowledge for prevention and intervention for ethical health delivery practices.
  • An appreciation of stakeholder involvement in health delivery service through effective communication strategies.
  • A situational and evidence – based health delivery service practice.
  • An appreciation for participation in policy formulation and implementation through effective management of health institutions.

 

SYNOPSES OF THE COURSE

 

MSM 4001: Community Health

Medical Sociology, Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Primary Health Care, Environmental & Occupational Safety and Health, Medical Information Systems and Research Methods, theory and fieldwork.

Medical Sociology: Concept of medical sociology, sociological perspectives, culture and society, cultural diffusion, accumulation, diversity and unity of culture, cultural change. Ethnocentricism and cultural relativity, cultural integration, social perception, class and life style, culture and language, cultural influence on self; individualism vs. collectivism, common errors in self cognition, culture and personality; religious beliefs and practices, ecological perspective internal and behavioural aspects of culture, medical institutions and different religious culture and client assessment.

Biostatistics and Epidemiology: Investigation of epidemics of infectious disease, the detection and evaluation of environmental hazards, evaluation of occupational exposures, limited effects of medical care – historical perspective, two aspects of disease prevention, the doctor’s limited view of disease in the community, efforts to bring more disease to medical attention – screening, sensitivity and specificity.

Primary Health Care: Elements of PHC (Broad description on:- Health education, immunization, Maternal Child Health and Family Planning (MCH & FP), Water and Sanitation, appropriate treatment of common diseases and injuries, provision of essential drugs, Dental Health, Mental Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV & AIDS, Malaria, Nutrition.

Environmental Health and Occupational Safety: Concept of Occupational and Environmental health, occupational safety and Health policies and practices, role of medical practitioners, agricultural and industrial safety practice, environmental carcinogens, sanitation, pollution problems in Zimbabwe medical waste disposal or management, case discussions.

Medical Information Systems and Research Methods: Definition(s), justification and functions of MIS, strengths and limitations of the current MIS, the dynamics of MIS, Structures and levels of MIS: primary, secondary and tertiary; MIS stakeholders: the patient, keith and Kin, Ministry and the public, Collection and processing of information on community and outpatient services: record systems and their storage, research methods: Research process, Literature review, Methodology: Research designs and methods used in medical, epidemiological and social science research, Computer programs used in data capture and data presentation, analysis and interpretation, Proposal writing.

Theory and Fieldwork

Attachment and Elective Reports: Supervised work, Assessment form, viva voce with report presentation, Attachment Report including Project Work.

 

Assessments

In each year assessment will be done annually by mixed forms of continuous assessment (40%) followed by final written and oral examinations (60%).

 

Continuous assessments (40%):

a) Tests and quizzes e.g. at end of each course topic (approx).

b) Practical reports, assignments and case reports.

Final examinations (annual):

a) Written papers for all courses ± MCQ (50%).

b)  Oral/ viva voce examination (10%).

 

Attachment Reports:

a) Supervisors combined assessment forms (20%).

b) Final viva voce examination with report presentation (20%).

c) Final attachment report including any project work (60%).