PhD in Public Health


Public health is concerned with the protection, preservation and promotion of the health of communities and populations. Public health professionals therefore need to be appropriately trained to respond to the various community health problems. Through training and acquisition of relevant knowledge and skills in a multidisciplinary manner, public health professionals will understand how to identify and approach issues affecting populations, be able to develop appropriate strategies for resolving them, and monitor their implementation. The School of Public Health (SPH) thus provides opportunities for such training, as well as for research for public health practice.


2 Years


  • Master’s degree in Public Health/Medical Science/Health Science/Bio Science/Pharmacy/Paramedical/Medical/Clinical Medicine/Nursing

Structure of the Programme

Year 1
Year Course Title Credit Points
Year 1 PPH1101 Introduction to Public Health Practice 20
PPH1102 Applied Epidemiology 20
PPH1103 Social and Behavioral Health 10
PPH1104 Applied Biostatistics 20
PPH1201 Environmental Health 10
PPH1201 Principles of Applied Epidemiology 20
PPH1201 Research Methodology 20
Total credits 120
Year 2
Year Course Title Credit Points
Year 2 PPH2101 Population and Family Health 20
PPH2102 Health Economics and Health Financing 20
PPH2103 PhD Seminar I 30
Elective in Area of Concentration 20
PPH2201 PhD Seminar II 30
Total credits 120
Year 3
Year Course Title Credit Points
Year 3 PPH3101 Public Health Management 10
PPH3102 PhD Seminar III 30
PPH3103 PhD Seminar IV 30
PPH3104 PhD Thesis Submission and Défense (Viva Voce) 50
Total credits 120
Total Programme Credits 360

Electives choices

S.NO Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
1 PPH4101 Advanced Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases 20
2 PPH4102 Community Health Education and Health Promotion 20
3 PPH4103 Maternal, Child, Adolescent and Reproductive Health 20

Aims of the programme

The Ph.D. programme aims to equip the student with the knowledge and skills to deal challenges of understanding and adapting scientific knowledge in order to achieve public health improvements. It also aims to prepare students to think critically as scientists as well as to be able to develop and communicate public health strategies to address public health challenges locally and globally.

By the end of the Programme of study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Health, the student will be able to:

  • Apply research methods to address health related issues to demonstrate ability to apply Public Health principles derived from public health sciences to adequately address prevailing health challenges in the community and globe.
  • Explore, critique, and apply evidence-based information from multiple sources to public health issues.
  • Propose theory-based strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies, or systems.
  • Communicate evidence-based public health information in different ways and formats.
  • Demonstrate skills in designing and conducting original research in Public Health that will impact global Communities.


The Public Health sector has undergone a significant transformation over time with new and emerging public health challenges including issues such as new and neglected tropical diseases, climate change, and infections that rapidly spread across the globe. In developing countries, challenges of poverty coupled with poor nutrition, inadequate water supply and poor sanitation persist with the attendant poor health consequences, especially communicable diseases

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health by Texila American University Zambia provides students the opportunity to obtain high level training in a broad range of public health fields in order to provide appropriate responses and to seek new insights into various health problems. Additionally, the PhD will provide the necessary knowledge and skills for individuals who may wish to pursue careers in academics, government, industry, or community health agencies.

Entrance Requirements, Curricula and Degree Regulations

Prospective students must hold:

  • Master’s degree in public health or other Health related studies
  • Any master’s degree with a health-related professional experience with research knowledge

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Why Choose Us?

  • Accreditation: Accredited by recognized international accrediting bodies.
  • Innovation: Commitment to innovative teaching methods and research.
  • Supportive Environment: A collaborative and supportive learning environment.
  • Global Reach: Opportunities to engage with a worldwide network of public health professionals.

Career Progression

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme will be able to choose one area of concentration or specialization as follows

  1. Epidemiology
  2. Health Policy and Management
  3. Population, Family and Reproductive Health
  4. Disaster Management & Emergency Preparedness
  5. Health Economics and Financing
  6. Social and Behavioral Health

Career Progression

  1. On successful completion of Ph.D. degree in public Health one can progress in to professional positions in the area of Public Health
  2. On successful completion of Ph.D. Degree in Public Health the following are the opportunities available in Zambia and globe.
  3. Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor /Professor
  4. Epidemiologist /Biostatistician
  5. Behavioural Scientist & Policy Developer
  6. Senior Public Health Administrator / Researcher
  7. Nutritionist and Epidemiologist
  8. Possible Employers Include Colleges and Universities
  9. Environmental Health Researcher

Faculty and support

TAU has excellent facilities for the program delivery designed keeping in mind the needs of the student in all means.


All our classrooms are well equipped with Hi tech facilities like specially designed classroom projector with computer with uninterrupted network connection. Our entire classrooms are centralized air-conditioned with good lighting. Comfortable seating arrangements are made for student’s comfort. We have well equipped and designed computer laboratory with more than 60 computers and one dedicated Server connection for use. To strengthen our Information and Communication technology we have authorized CISCO networking systems.

Research policy: TAU-Zambia has a separate research policy to develop and maintain state of the art technology, resources (research grants/scholarships etc.,), facilities and personnel to support educational and advanced research for both students and faculty.


A learning hub for students to satisfy their thirst for inquisitive knowledge and urge. Our huge database is filled with information which can easily help in your academic brilliance.

TAU Library is equipped with good number of relevant books for the students to refer and make use of the books for their continuous academic growth.

Online Resources

E-Conference is an innovative platform which provides an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results. The E-Conference was conducted on the OPEN FORUM, the first of its kind. It includes Open forum, all accepted articles will be placed for discussion. Every article to be reviewed by other Authors or Reviewers. The Reviewers or Authors can place in their comments and views on the article as part of the discussion forum. The highlight of the Open forum discussion is that there is no time or place constraint.

Degree Regulations

The student will be eligible for the award of the Doctor of Philosophy in Management degree, on successful completion of all the academic requirements and as per their academic standing grades.

Grade % Mark Descriptor
H 91-100 Honors. Exceptional performance demonstrating broad understanding of the subject area and excellent knowledge of the relevant literature. Exemplary discussion and analysis of results, logical organisation and ability to critically analyse and evaluate discuss concepts coupled with insight and originality.
A 81-90 Outstanding. Very good performance demonstrating evidence of wide reading, with clear presentation and thorough analysis & evaluation and an ability to critically evaluate and discuss the subject. Clear indication of some insight and originality. A very competent and well-presented work overall but failing short of excellence in some aspects.
B 71-80 Excellent. Good performance which shows good understanding of the subject and knowledge of the relevant literature. Efficient derivation of information with only minor slips. Demonstrates some relevant interpretation and critical evaluation of the subject. Good general standard of analysis, synthesis & interpretation of data.
C 61-70 Good. Satisfactory performance with clear presentation of subject and simple analysis but less effective evaluation of literature or synthesis of information. Requires some level of supervision but shows little ability to try and solve some problems unaided.
D 50-60 Fair. An average performance which shows some understanding of the subject but limited knowledge and appreciation of the relevant literature. Presentation of, analysis and presentation of results at basic level and showing little or no originality or critical evaluation. Insufficient attention to organisation and presentation of work.
F 0-49 Fail. A bad performance containing many errors and faults. Virtually no real understanding or appreciation of the subject and relevant literature pertaining to it. Chaotic presentation of information and in some cases incompletely presented and virtually non-existent or inappropriate or plainly wrong analysis. Discussion and interpretation seriously confused or wholly erroneous revealing basic misapprehensions.

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