Heath officer training program was started in Ethiopia in 1954 in the then Gondar Public Health College and Training Center. Currently health officer training is being conducted in more than five universities, namely Gondar, Jimma, Alemaya, Debub and Mekelle Universities.  Even though the number of training institutions is increased, still the demand for health officers is not met. For this reason, Ministry of Health in collaboration with universities has been accelerating the training of health officers. 

In 1990, since its establishment the school of public health of Mekelle University started to run the teaching and learning process for health officer students, however the curriculum was adopted from University of Gondar. Though it continues to increase its uptake in number of students from time to time, the curriculum was not even revised for a while. The school of public health has been running up-grade and generic health officer program in collaboration with Tigray regional health bureau (TRHB) and Ministry of Health until the AHOP was launched in august 2005 G.C.

Since the establishment of health officer (HO) program in Mekelle University, three curricula were implemented, but, none of them were designed based need assessment.  

This new curriculum come to an existence after extensive revision of different curricula, findings from need assessment, appraisal workshops at university and national level.  And in line with the new educational policy, reducing the fresh-man course from the program of health officer except the ones that are essential and not covered on the preparatory phase of their education in high schools. The curriculum has incorporated problem based and task oriented teaching to make the graduating health officer a full-fledged health worker responsible for promotive, preventive and curative services.

Training the health officers using this curriculum will greatly assist implementation of HSDP and the MDGs thereby bringing rapid improvement in the country’s health status. 

General objective 

The objective of the training is to produce competent heath officers who undertake promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services including management and implementation of PHC services compatible to the needs of the population.

SELECTION AND ADMISSION CRITERIA

Candidates must:

    • Meet the set criteria of the higher education to join the higher learning institutions

    • Be physically fit (at least the candidate should be physically healthy capable of undertaking the four techniques of diagnosis of disease in clinical medicine i.e inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation) 

    • Priority will be given for females candidate 

    • Special consideration will be given for students with better grade in general science (biology , chemistry , English , and mathematics)  

    • Post basic

    • Diploma from recognized school of nursing or college

    • Minimum of 2 years services 

    • Be physically and mentally fit

    • Priority will be given for females

    • ESLCE results fulfilling the requirements of joining higher education and with a "C" grade and above in General Science, Biology, Chemistry, English and Mathematics

COURSE DISTRIBUTION

III.COURSE DISTRIBUTION

GENERIC

Year I semester II

Course code

Course title

Credit hours 
Lecture

Practical hours

Anat 112

Anatomy II

3(2+1)

 

Phys 112

Physiology II

3

0

Mbio 112

Microbiology

4(3+1)

0

ComH 122

Biostatistics

4

0

Bioc 112

Biochemistry

3

0

EnvH 122

Environmental Health And Ecology

3

0

                                                            Semester total

20

 

 Semester total

GENERIC
Year II semester I

Course code

Course title

Credit hours 
Lecture

Practical hours

ComH 221

Epidemiology

3

0

Path 212

Pathology

4

0

ComH 221

Health Service Management

4

0

ComH 221

Nutrition

2

0

ComH 211

Population and Development

1

0

Comh 211

Disaster prevention and preparedness

2

0

ComH 221

Communicable disease control

2

0

Mbio 211

Parasitology

2

0

  

GENERIC
Year II semester II

Course code

Course title

Credit hours 
Lecture

Practical hours

ComH 222

Reproductive Health

2

0

ComH 212

Health Economics

2

0

ComH 212

Health Ethics, Legal Medicine & PH laws

2

0

ComH 222

Research Methodology

2

0

Phar 212

Pharmacology

4

0

MeLS 21 2

Clinical laboratory methods

1

1

CNur 202

Introduction to nursing art

2

0

ComH 222

Health Education

2

0

ComH 222

Community based training program (CBTP)

3

 (3 weeks)

Semester total

21

 

 

GENERIC
Year III (year based)

Course code

Course title

Credit hours
Lecture

Practical hours

PHYD 321

Physical diagnosis (3 weeks)

2

 

IMED 321

Internal medicine (8 weeks)

7 (3+4)

 

SURG 321

Surgery (8 weeks)

7 (3+4)

 

OBGY 325

Gynecology and Obstetrics
 (8 weeks)

7 (3+4)

 

PAED 321

Pediatrics (8 weeks)

7 (3+4)

 

OPHT 301

Ophthalmology (2 weeks)

2

 

ENTD 301

ENT + Dentistry (2 weeks)

2

 

DERM 301

Dermatology (2 weeks)

2

 

RADI 301

Diagnostic Radiology (2 weeks)

2

 

PSYC 301

Psychiatry (2 weeks)

2

 

SPME 301

Introduction to sport medicine (2 weeks)

2

 

                                                              Year total

42

 

 

GENERIC
Year IV (year based)

Course code

Course title

Credit hours 
Lecture

Practical hours

ComH 421

Community
Health Attachment

0

12 (12 weeks)

ComH 421

TTP

0

4 (8 weeks)

ComH 421

Student Research project

0

3

ObGy 422

Gynecology and Obstetrics-II

0

4 (7 weeks)

Surg 422

Surgery-II

0

4 (7 weeks)

IntM 422

Internal Medicine-II

0

4 (7 weeks)

Pedi 422

Pediatrics-II

0

4 (7 weeks)

ComH 422

Comprehensive qualifying exam

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Semester total

 

32

Total credits hours for the four years

155