The University Of Georgia
Program name: Public Health and Health Care Policy
Study Level: Graduate
Program leader: Tamar Lobjanidze
Vasil Tkeshelashvili
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: Master of Public Health and Health Policy
Program capacity: 120
Program permission: The admission of students to the Master's Program, which represents the second level (VII) of higher education, follows two distinct processes: one based on the results of the Unified National Examinations and the other relying on Order No. 224/N issued by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia on December 29, 2011, pertaining to the English language. The selection of students is made through oral interviews, contingent upon successful administrative registration and approval by the University's Rector. Graduates holding bachelor's degrees from various health and social welfare-related fields will be eligible to apply for the program.
Program goals:

The primary objective of this program is to educate highly proficient experts within the realm of public health and health policy, whose professional endeavors will contribute significantly to enhancing the health and overall well-being of the nation's population. Graduates of this master's program will possess an extensive understanding of health determinants and their management, encompassing local, national, and global perspectives. They will be proficient in crafting health policy objectives and strategies, advocating for their implementation, and evaluating the resultant outcomes.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to pursue careers in various sectors, including legislative and executive bodies, public organizations, as well as both international and local non-governmental organizations. They will also be well-suited for roles within medical institutions and insurance companies that focus on public health and health policy, where they can assume positions such as public health analysts.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:

• Lecture-seminars

• Engaging with course materials through books

• Utilizing the explanatory method

• Implementing the demonstration method • Incorporating video and audio learning materials

• Participating in interactive classes

• Completing situational tasks

• Practicing news analysis and interpretation

• Conducting small-scale research studies

• Posing and solving problems

• Engaging in critical analysis and discussions

• Collaborating on group assignments

• Undertaking projects

• Engaging in problem-solving exercises with a focus on real-world scenarios

• Analyzing and studying case studies

• Conducting literature reviews

• Working on book-related tasks

• Finding relevant materials in electronic or library resources

• Writing research themes

• Delivering presentations

• Employing verbal or oral communication methods • Utilizing induction, deduction, analysis, and synthesis techniques

Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • Acquire a profound and systematic understanding of public health, health systems, and policies, enabling the comprehension of both direct and indirect interconnections, as well as the ability to devise solutions for issues within the domains of public health and health policy. Develop original managerial insights and grasp intricate mechanisms. · Gain expertise in recognizing the characteristics and imperative nature of deliberate alterations necessary at the global and international health levels, encompassing its determinants across regions, countries, and local areas. · Cultivate a systematic understanding of patient-centric approaches and patient rights within the contexts of public health services, targeting various patient groups and populations.

    · Attain knowledge pertaining to the intricacies of administrative relationships, the concept of governance, principles of specialized authority within administrative bodies, managerial economics, and the intricacies of health economics.

  • Skills
  • Able to innovate based on the latest health policy and public health data. · Independently research and identify the significant impact of health determinants and complex issues within public health systems, and devise evidence-based solutions for the provision of public health services. · Develop and manage essential health policies and measures within new multidisciplinary environments. · Reflect on and integrate recent advancements in international and global health, such as HIV/AIDS infection, drug addiction, tobacco use, injuries, and the spread and management of infectious diseases. · Make evidence-based decisions by systematically, critically analyzing, and quantitatively and qualitatively assessing data and information. · Formulate evidence-based conclusions through critical analysis of complex and incomplete data on both systemic and specific public health issues. · Critically analyze the impact of economic activities with asymmetric information and draw well-founded conclusions, including comparative legal analysis of administrative bodies' activities. · Effectively communicate ideas, research methods, conclusions, and arguments both verbally and in writing (e.g., abstracts, articles) to academic and healthcare professionals in Georgia and the international health community. · Critically evaluate literary sources and data in public health and health policy, and independently identify and explore emerging thematic issues. · Strategically plan the learning process and sectoral training directions to continually update knowledge and engage in ongoing education.

  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • Contribute to the establishment of recognized values in the field of public health by developing new standards, shaping the environment, and monitoring progress.

  • Date of approval: 09-02-2005
    Approval protocol number: 12-12
    Date of program update:
    Update protocol number: 45-20
    Program details:

    Within the realm of public health, students engage in research endeavors, compose abstracts and projects, and deliver presentations showcasing their findings.

    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    To attain a Master's degree in Public Health and Health Policy, students are required to accrue 120 ECTS credits. This total comprises 105 ECTS credits dedicated to the core subjects of the program, which encompasses the completion of the Master's thesis, worth 30 ECTS credits. Additionally, students must select 15 ECTS credits from the offered elective subjects, chosen from a pool of 30 ECTS credits' worth of available options.

    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    MPHP 5110Public Healthcare and Policy15 1
    MPHP 6200Master Thesis30 4
    MPHP5130Epidemiology and Biostatistics8 1
    MPHP5140Research Methods7 1
    MPHP 5210Global Health15 2
    MPHP 5220Healthcare management and economics15 2
    MPHP6110Research practice in public health15 3

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    MPHP 6120Environmental health and Policy15
    MPHP 6140Behavioural Changes and Health Promotion15

    Credits sum:


    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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