Centre for Health and Population Studies, Pakistan
Centre for Health and Population Studies (CHPS) is a post-graduate public health and allied sciences research and training institute in the private sector. The primary aim of this institution is to be a centre of excellence responsible to cater to the national need for the supply of specialized human resource in the field of health and allied sciences. The Centre has developed strong links with a large pool of local experts and utilizes their services as visiting faculty. The majority of the students, almost 70 %, were drawn from the public health sector including in-service personnel from the Department of Health, Education, and the Health Services of the Pakistan Army.
CHPS not only facilitates Post Graduation in the Public Health, but it also offers short courses and workshops in different areas of health management. The institute has attained a remarkable standard and reputation that attracted internees and faculty from abroad including Philippines, India and the USA. CHPS links its instructional pursuits with research and field operations, which lead the students’ exposure to the real world. It equips the students with the necessary skills to manage the dynamics of society.
The objectives of CHPS are to:
- provide trained human resource in the area of health and social sciences;
- broaden the existing scope of graduate studies health and social sciences; and
- conduct research on health and social science issues.
Links to the health workforce crisis
The primary aim of CHPS is to improve the Health and Population indicators of Pakistan by improving the service delivery systems of the country. The Centre hopes to achieve this through filling an important national gap/need for the supply of specialized human resource in the area of public health and social sciences. It also hopes to broaden the existing scope of graduate studies & research in this field. This will result in better health delivery and contribute towards building an equitable society. Most noteworthy for the show of commitment is that National Trainers of FPAP, supported by CHPS, trained 384 FPAP peer educators (youth)/ outreach workers and male and female youth, teachers, shopkeepers, TBAs, Community elders, male motivators, volunteers and college students etc. in May - June 2004.
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