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In Osh State University for the first time in Kyrgyzstan will start masters in the specialty “Public Health”

Any state should implement a policy aimed at preserving the health of its citizens. On this depends how successful the population will be, which affects all spheres of the country’s life without exception. This is a complex field, which is studied by the Public Health specialty. To implement a sound health policy, coordinated actions of different bodies and departments are needed. This includes medical institutions, educational and research centers, authorities and insurance companies. The task of this direction is to skillfully manage the health of the population. This is achieved in various ways: by making adjustments to behavioral stereotypes, by promoting healthy lifestyles, by counseling and by enlightenment.
Future specialty

This direction assumes the formation of professional competencies that will really affect the improvement of the quality of life of the population. To do this, the specialist will need to understand the problems of domestic health care. After graduation, Master
can deal with issues of disease prevention and health promotion. Also graduates of the direction occupy leading positions in the healthcare industry. In particular, they create normative documentation in their field, conduct teaching and research work.

Training period. According to the legislation, the Master’s program is designed for two years of study.

Disciplines that are part of the training course. The future master passes a theoretical course while studying, mastering such subjects: introduction to public health;
introduction to biostatics; math modeling; public health: scientific methods; health promotion; health policy; the basis of psychology and sociology in the field of health; health economics; management in public health; Information Technology; bioethics in health care; human ecology; foreign language.

Acquired skills. Training in the magistracy involves the acquisition of such practical skills: the development of preventive activities to prevent
diseases; carrying out activities that are aimed at the prevention of illnesses, reducing morbidity and mortality; addressing topical environmental issues; development of measures to combat dangerous infections; study of various factors that affect the incidence of the population; conduct research in public health; teaching work in higher educational institutions; participation in the development of normative documents, analysis of the effectiveness of existing norms and standards.

Prospects for employment by profession. This specialty is becoming more and more in demand. On the one hand, its popularity is influenced by the ongoing state policy. On the other hand, demand is generated by pressing health problems.

Such professionals are needed in institutions that deal with health education. You can find yourself in practical medical activities or in the field of teaching. A graduate of a master’s degree can find a job in regional departments and health authorities.

Advantages of professional development. After the magistracy, the graduate opens wide prospects for self-realization in science. This is interesting for those who are interested in research activities. But even a scientific degree raises the employer’s interest in the applicant, even if the specialist chooses the path of a practicing doctor.

Roman Kalmatov,


University Clinic