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Academic Programs - MCH


A two year program in community medicine leading to a degree of master in community health

Background Information in IGSR

The Institute of Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR) is a unit within the Davao Medical School Foundation which was establised in March, 1986 with the objectives of providing a venue for technology and information transfer; initiating innovative programs geared towards improving health care delivery systems and developing the health professional as an educator.

Background Information on the MCH Program

The Master in Community Health is an innovative program designed for post-graduate physicians, nurses and other health related degree holders to fill the gap between what has been learned in the school and the seemingly alien environment in the community. Such expressed need is a reality since health problems in the community are enmeshed in a socio-eco-political structure which cannot be subdivided and therefore has to be addressed in its entirety. It is also an attempt to shift the perspective of health from a medical standpoint to a social concern. The program is patterned after the Master in Public Health, but has been designed and innovated to be implemented in a community-based setting hand-in-hand with academic learning inputs. The end product is a degree of Master in Commnunity Health.

Aims of the Program

The program hopes to equip the participants with appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes
necessary to function effectively in a commnunity; not only as a healer but as a change agent with adequate management skills.

The participants will be able to perform a range of tasks, namely:
1.) Identify the health needs of a community
2.) Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a community-based health care program.
3.) Appreciate the nature and significance of various factors which impinge on the health profile of a community.
4.) Design training modules for the upgrading of Rural Health Unit personnel and volunteer health workers.

Course Schedule

The two-year program begins in July. The first and second year participants spend most of their time in their respective communities and meet at the DMSF for 7 days, in the second and third weeks of each month respectively, for learning inputs from consultants and faculty members. A one- or two-day clinical update in a hospital or a field trip is also included.

Course Strategy

This course will utilize the community as the classroom with the following activities:

1.) intermittent learning modules spaced in between community-based field work
2.) community-based projects to be implemented by the participants
3.) small group learning
4.) problem-based learning
5.) group dynamics



1.) Biostatistics
2.) Epidemiology
3.) Community Organization
4.) Management of Change in a Health Care System
5.) Planning, Implementing, Monitoring and Evaluating.
6.) Supervision and Delegation
7.) Human Behaviour in a Health Care Organization
8.) Value System in a Health Care Organization
9.) Maternal and Child Care Organization
10.) Environmental Health
11.) Public Health: Microbiology
12.) Public Health: Parasitology


1.) Resource Management
2.) Medical Sociology
3.) Community Mental Hygiene
4.) Public Health Education
5.) Traditional Medicine
6.) Occupational Health
7.) Forensic Medicine
8.) Clinical Update in Pediatrics, Medicine, Obstetrics and Surgery

The Participants

A candidate for the MCH program is eligible if he/she has the following qualifications:

1.) Filipino, 25-45 years old
2.) is a graduate in Medicine or a B.S. degree of an approved institution and has succesfully passed the Board examination.
3.) has had adequate experience in practice, research or teaching in a field related to community health; or may not have experience in public health and community medicine.

*ten to fifteen participants are admitted for each batch on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application Procedures

The applicant should send a letter of application to the CERDH office. Upon receipt, the Center will immediately notify the interested applicant to fill out the MCH application form
and submit it with the following requirements.

1.) Transcript of Records
2.) Curriculum Vitae;
3.) Endorsement letter from the Regional Director, or from the Executive Director if the applicant is an NGO-CBHP physician/worker.
4.) Honorable dismissal.

*These basic requirements should be submitted at least two months before the start of the program. All participants will be notified if interviews are required. Those who are assigned in the rural areas will be informed through the DOH regional office.

Requirements of the Course

A candidate to be awarded the degree of Master in Community Health shall:

1.) succesfully complete the academic requirements of the course
2.) pass the oral/comprehensive examinations
3.) submit research projects in specific areas of interest.

For further details, please contact:

Victoria T. Lupase, PhD
Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc.
Tel. No. (082)226-23-44 local 211
Fax No. 221-2617
Cell No. 0928-962-5485
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