Oko-Irese, June 22, 2023
In a groundbreaking move aimed at revolutionizing healthcare education and addressing the pressing global health challenges, Thomas Adewumi University, Nigeria’s leading light in STEM-i education has unveiled its new and highly anticipated innovative Public Health Degree Programmes (BSc. Public Health and B. Environmental Health Science). With an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, cutting-edge research, and practical application, the programmes are set to revolutionize the field of public health education and environmental health sciences and prepare the students for a wide range of careers in the healthcare industry.
This announcement followed the receipt of a letter by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Francisca Oladipo, from the National Universities Commission (NUC), communicating the approval to commence the programmes effective the 2023/2024 Academic Session. Also contained in the NUC’s letter is the approval to commence the Bachelor of Arts degree programme in English and Literary Studies. In a statement released by Professor Oladipo, she emphasized the significance of the new Health Science degree programmes, and highlighted their significance in equipping future public health leaders with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle emerging health crises. "As healthcare continues to evolve, there is a growing demand for professionals who can navigate the complex intersections of science, technology, and healthcare delivery. Our Public Health and Environmental Health Science programmes have been designed to prepare the next generation of leaders who can tackle the pressing challenges in public healthcare, advance medical research, and improve patient outcomes.” According to the Professor of Computing, “each of the new Programmes offers a comprehensive curriculum that blends traditional public health disciplines with the latest advancements in technology, data analytics, and policy implementation. Students will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of subjects, including epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, global health, health policy, and more.”
One of the standout features of the programmmes is their emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. Students will work alongside experts from various fields, including medicine, engineering, social sciences, and computer science, fostering a holistic approach to public health problem-solving. By encouraging collaboration across disciplines, the programmes aim to produce well-rounded graduates capable of addressing complex health issues from multiple perspectives. Both programmes also boast of state-of-the-art facilities and resources to support cutting-edge research and hands-on learning. Students will have access to advanced laboratories, simulation centers, and data analytics tools to analyze real-world health data. Additionally, partnerships with local health organizations and global agencies will provide students with invaluable opportunities for fieldwork, internships, and community engagement. To ensure students are equipped with practical skills, the program incorporates experiential learning opportunities throughout the curriculum. This includes conducting community health assessments, designing public health interventions, and collaborating with stakeholders to implement evidence-based strategies. These hands-on experiences will enable students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings and make a tangible impact on public health outcomes. The program curriculum encompasses a broad range of subjects, including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, epidemiology, public health, healthcare management, and ethics. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the human body, diseases, healthcare systems, and the social determinants of health, enabling them to approach healthcare challenges from multiple perspectives.
In a statement, the Chair of the Implementation Committee for the new programmes, Professor Olusegun Elijah Elegbede, expressed his excitement about the approval by the NUC. He said, "Our Innovative Public Health Degree Programmes represent a paradigm shift in public health education and environmental health. We are committed to producing a new generation of public health leaders who can effectively address the complex challenges facing our society. By combining rigorous academic training, interdisciplinary collaboration, and practical experience, our graduates will be well-prepared to shape the future of public health."
Engr. Dr. JBO Adewumi, FNSE, Chancellor and Founder, Thomas Adewumi University, expressed excitement about the launch of these transformative programmes. "The Health Science degree programmes represents a significant step forward in healthcare education which is one of the ethos of our university. I am proud of the Vice-Chancellor and her management team who are at the forefront of advancing the vision set up by wife and I in establishing the university. I shall communicate our additional financial support towards our aim of producing graduates who can make a real impact in improving healthcare outcomes and addressing the needs of diverse populations. As the convener of the Kwara South Development Initiative, I am happy to be pioneering Medical Training in the region and I hope that we can have the necessary support to set up the MBBS programme in no distant time.”
Prospective students interested in joining these cutting-edge programmes can begin to apply immediately via our website https://tau.edu.ng. The university Chancellor has allocated a significant number of scholarships and financial aid packages to ensure access and opportunity for talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.