The Presbyterian University, Ghana (PUG) has matriculated 212 students comprising 136 males and 76 females into the Master of Public Health (MPH) programme. The number of students admitted onto the MPH programme represents 29 percent increase over last year’s intake into the programme.
Addressing the students at the Matriculation ceremony, the President of PUG, Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu said the University’s Master of Public Health is uniquely designed to develop high-quality public health experts and leaders with a comprehensive understanding of public health and the capacity to address the various challenges of global public health.
The PUG public health programme has core disciplines in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental health, Occupational health, Family and Reproductive health, Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease Control, Global Health Policy and Professional development. The programme has three electives in Social and Behavioural Science, Health Education and Promotion, and Public Health Law.
Graduates of this programme are expected to acquire skills and competencies capable of reviewing, formulating policies and implementing programmes that will improve global health standards and prepare the world to adequately prevent, protect and eradicate future pandemics.
While thanking the parents, guardians and the students for choosing Presbyterian University, Ghana to pursue the MPH programme, Prof Oduro Owusu assured that the University will not only “impart knowledge but also instil the critical values of truth, honesty, integrity, discipline and faith in God.”
Advice to Matriculants
The President admonished the students to observe the rules and regulations of the University, apply themselves diligently to their studies, seek knowledge and truth, and promote the general good of the University.
He reminded the students that the matriculation oath binds them to observe the rules and regulations of the University, imploring them to support the integrity campaign which imposes moral obligation on all students to eschew all forms of cheating during examinations.
Prof Oduro Owusu urged the students to open themselves up to the inculcation of the University’s values composite in its motto “Discipline in Leadership” which he believes will change how they “think and act, leading to self-control, creativity, and innovation.”
The President of PUG expressed gratitude to the Vice President of PUG, Prof Frank Arku, the Deans of Faculty, Heads of Department, Faculty and Supporting staff for working tirelessly to continuously expand the University’s School of Graduate Studies.
He also said, the University is grateful to the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and Chancellor of the University, and the entire Presbyterian Church of Ghana for the continued support of PUG over the years.