The Department of Health Policy Planning and Management

Welcome to the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management (HPPM). HPPM is one of the four departments that constitute the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). 


The department of HPPM hosts a full-time Master of Public Health (MPH) program and the Public Health Monitoring and Evaluation Program.  In addition to these two programs, the department services other departments and programs by facilitating courses in Health Economics and Finance, Primary Health Care, Health Systems Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Economic Evaluation and Cost-effectiveness analysis, Health policy, among others. PhDs in areas of Health Systems and Health services research are research-based and only offered on demand and supervised by faculty within the department, school, and from other institutions. There are also a number of short courses offered by the department of HPPM. These are offered to district health managers, program managers, and other health agencies often offered on demand. These courses include Planning and budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, personnel management, hospital management, health systems management, public health leadership, Health Policy Analysis, and Health Systems Research. 


Research is a key component of HPPM activities and includes projects done by individual faculty members as well as broader institutional projects. A number of research programs are conducted in the department and this often is done either as collaborative projects or standalone awards to the department and the School. The department collaborates with various institutions and Universities across the world, including Johns Hopkins University, WHO, UNICEF, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Institute (University of Leeds), University of Bologna, Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp), the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, University of Liverpool, and Karolinska Institute. Research projects that have been undertaken cover areas of Health policy evaluation, Health sector reforms, Performance-based contracting, hospital autonomy, human resources for health, NGOs and health, evaluation of integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI), impact of health reforms on equity, Knowledge Translation, Research Uptake, Maternal and Newborn Health, etc. Funding for these projects has been provided by the World Bank, DfID, WHO, UNICEF, European Union, USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Comic Relief, Sida/SAREC among others. In addition, the department also hosts the Center for Maternal and New-born and Child Health (CMNCH), and the Center for Health Systems and Policy Development (CHSPD). 

Other Services 

The HPPM departmental staff also offer services of consultancy nature, in addition to getting involved in other community service activities. The department has worked with other partners like the Ministry of Health, Health Communication Partnership of the Johns Hopkins University of USA and Family Health International to disseminate facts about Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) for HIV Prevention, among others 

Find us at http://hppm.musph.ac.ug/


The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is one of the four Departments under MakSPH that was started after the Institute of Public Health was granted semi-autonomy within the Faculty of Medicine in 2001. The Department has 14 full time, 5 honorary and 5 Research Associate staff. The full-time staff comprises of 5 Associate Professors, 1 Senior Lecturer, 4 Lecturers, 1 Assistant lecturer, 1 academic programs manager, 1 assistant administrator and 1 Driver. The Department houses the following academic programs; 

1.   Masters in Public Health – Distance Education Program

MPH-DE is a 3-year academic program designed for individuals who desire graduate public health training while they continue to work. It is modeled on the same objectives as the MPH - Full-Time program and covers the same academic content.

2.   Masters in Health Services Research

The Master of Health Services Research (MHSR) is a two-year multidisciplinary programme in the field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviour affect access to health care, the quality and cost of healthcare, and ultimately the health and well-being of the population. It aims at producing practically oriented graduates capable of providing leadership for improved planning and delivery of health services in the most effective and efficient manner.

3.   Masters in Health Informatics

Health informatics is a 2-year program, and a discipline at the intersection of information science, computer science, and healthcare. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine.

4.   Short course in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

This course is conducted in July and August of every year and is tailored to respond to the expressed needs of a researcher at and graduate students from various disciplines and levels. Skills acquired enhance participants’ productivity at their workplaces and improve quality of publications  

In final approval processes is a curriculum for Master of Biostatistics, a 2-year graduate level program. 

In addition to the academic programs, the department houses over 20 active projects and  2 research centres. These include PM2020, PMA2020 SCHISTO, SMART2D, Chlorhexidine-CISMAC study and NOURISH. PMA2020 is a project that uses innovative mobile technology to support low-cost, rapid-turnaround surveys to monitor key indicators for family planning. PMA2020/Schisto is a research module created specifically for Uganda, to develop the first nationally representative prevalence rate of Schistosomiasis. SMART2D is a randomised trial project aimed at evaluating the efficacy of various Type 2 Diabetes prevention and management strategies at facility and community level. NOURISH is a collaborative training and Nutrition intervention research project involving Trinity College Dublin, Makerere University, JCRC, IDI and Gulu University.   The research centres are Family health and research centre (FHRC) and Alcohol, Drugs, Addictions Research Centre (ADARC).

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