• Welcome to Health Science

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    Aiming to produce graduates in health sciences of high professional and ethical quality, and continuing to develop its teaching and research to surpass international standards. The School has been very active in developing programmes that combine the excellence of traditional knowledge and local wisdom with the most modern alternative techniques.

  • About the School

    The School of Health Science was established in 2005 with Applied Thai Traditional Medicine as its first programme. Further programmes have since been opened in response to demands from students, parents and employers, with Sports and Health Science being the latest. The rest are Physical Therapy, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, and Environmental Health. Currently the number of full time students is around 1,000.

    Vision

    The School of Health Science aims to produce graduates of high professional and ethical quality, and to continue to develop its teaching and research to meet international standards.

    Where appropriate, the School of Health Science has been developing programmes that combine the excellence of traditional knowledge and local wisdom with modern medical science for the maximum benefits of patients.

  • Research Interests

    All academic staff of every programme are encouraged to do research for which the University has generous funding support for young researchers. The School of Health Science is involved in a wide-ranging areas of research in health science such as public health, community health, sports science, natural products development. The following are examples of some of our on-going work: clinical assessment of the analgesic and anti-inflammatory property of tacca gel, studies of the effectiveness of Thai herbal medicine compression ball, effects of hydrotherapy in hemiplegia, effectiveness of exercise on an incline terrain on athlete's acceleration.

  • Career Opportunities

    • Health Science graduates can find employment appropriate to their training in either a public or private sector. In the near future job opportunities will include those in the ASEAN countries. Many graduates have chosen to persue higher academic qualifications or a career in research both at home and abroad.
    • Our graduates in Applied Thai Traditional Medicine are already working in hospitals, clinics, health centres, and spa businesses.
    • Public Health graduates are needed in government health services for health promotion, health education, disease control and prevention, epidemiology, health policy development and implementation.
    • There are worldwide shortages of Physical Therapists to rehabilitate people with disabilities, problems with their movement, balance, heart or lung diseases. Outside hospitals a licensed physical therapist can work independently in private clinics, industry, education and sport institutions.
    • Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Health graduates are sought after by industries for their expertise in management and consultancy on issues of health and safety, environmental impacts assessment, monitoring and control, legal compliance, and training.
    • Sport and Health Science graduates typically are employed as athletes' and personal trainers, sports team advisors, coaches, and referees.
  • International Collaboration

    The School of Health Science regularly welcomes health science experts and researchers who visit and give special lectures, or attend conferences and workshops. Mae Fah Luang University has academic agreements and co-operations with several major universities around the world of which health science is a part. Regular staff and student exchanges take place. Examples of recent and ongoing activities with School of Health Science include: with Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, there is a concrete plan to develop a degree course in Chinese Medicine at Mae Fah Luang university in the near future; with the University of Hawaii, a number of our postgraduate students in Public Health spent several productive weeks learning to develop their research proposals. Mae Fah Luang University offer grants supporting faculty and students to participate in international academic activities and paper presentations abroad.

  • Programmes

    Bachelor's Programmes
    Bachelor of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine Programme

    (36,400 Baht per semester; 291,200 Baht per programme)

    This programme aims to produce healthcare graduates who are able to practice in all the four fields of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine, namely Thai Traditional Medicine (Thai traditional examination, diagnosis and treatment of diseases), Thai Traditional Pharmacy (the dispensing and production of Thai herbal medicine), Thai Traditional Massage (massage techniques to treat diseases as used in the Thai palace courts of old), and Thai Traditional Midwifery (Thai traditional care of pregnant women and babies during pre-natal, delivery, and postnatal periods), whose practice in the treatment, prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation integrates the basic knowledge of modern medical science, and who practice within a strict ethical code of conduct.

    Objectives:

    The course aims to produce graduates who are able to:

    • Practice Thai Traditional Medicine in all its fields (see above) with knowledge, skills, and a high standard of professional ethics.

    • Integrate Thai traditional medicine with modern medical science and other alternative medicine knowledge appropriately for the benefits of their patients.

    • Use languages for communication and keeping up to date with the world of healthcare.
    Bachelor of Physical Therapy Programme

    (36,400 Baht per semester; 291,200 Baht per programme)

    This program aims to produce qualified physiotherapists who are proficient in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of physical disabilities caused by either a disease or mobility restriction; the programme places emphasis on PT service development in the community, and on preparing students for potential employment abroad by enhancing their communication skills in foreign languages.

    Objectives:
    The course aims to produce graduates who are able to:
    • Practice physiotherapy with a high standard of ethics, for the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, correction and rehabilitation of physical impairments or disabilities, to improve the patient's physical and mental health.

    • Work in a multidisciplinary team, with good relationship and leadership skills.

    • Manage individual and community health in a proactive and integrative way.

    • Continue professional education by keeping up to date with new technologies, professional publications, or conducting research.
    Bachelor of Public Health Programme

    (29,250 Baht per semester; 234,000 Baht per programme)

    Public Health is of basic importance for the health and quality of life of all in society, both the general and at-risk population. Public Health personnel work in a multidisciplinary team to apply the knowledge of health sciences to promote good health, change health-risk behaviour, manage the environment, and prevent diseases, all of which save lives, and improve people's quality of life.

    • Environmental Health Major
    • Occupational Health and Safety Major
    • Public Health Major
    Objectives:

    Specific course objectives:

    General course objectives:
    After completing the programme, graduates will be able to:

    • Have the knowledge and experience required of public health professionals, being able to identify and manage public health problems to achieve an improvement in the health of the population, particularly of those at risk, by using appropriate tools, techniques and technology, and practice with a high ethical standard.

    Specific course objectives:

    Public Health major course objectives:
    This course aims to produce graduates who are able to:

    • Use their knowledge and experience to work effectively in health promotion, changing health-risk behavior, for both the at-risk and the general population.

    • Effectively perform the surveillance, investigation, control and prevention of diseases and to solve other public health problems.

    • Manage the environment to reduce health risks and promote safety.

     Environmental Health major course objectives:
    This course aims to produce graduates who are able to:

    • Identify and investigate environmental problems that affect the health of the population by using the appropriate technology.

    • Assess health risks from environmental factors.

    • Perform an environmental impact assessment (EIA), and health impact assessment (HIA), of a project, production, or process as required by law.

    Occupation Health and Safety major course objectives:
    This course aims to produce graduates who are able to:

    • Use the knowledge, experience, and technology to manage problems of work- related health and safety.

    • Assess health risks in the workplace.

    • Manage problems in the workplace in order to increase safety and reduce the health risks of workers.

    Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health) Programme

    ( Baht per semester;  Baht per programme)

    Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting human health. It encompasses the assessment, improvement and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health to prevent disease and create health-supportive environments. The management of water, solid waste, industrial waste, as well as pollution and noise control, all fall under the umbrella of environmental health.

    Objectives:

    The course aims to produce graduates who are able to:

    • Identify and investigate environmental problems that affect the health of the population by using appropriate technology.

    • Assess health risks from environmental factors.

    • Perform an environmental impact assessment (EIA), and health impact assessment (HIA), of a project, production, or process as required by law.

    Bachelor of Science (Occupation Health and Safety) Programme

    ( Baht per semester;  Baht per programme)

    Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) is concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment using scientific and socioeconomic approach to establish safe work environment. Students in OHS program learn how to apply multidisciplinary scientific principles such as industrial hygiene, toxicology, ergonomics, psychology, risk management to create a safe workplace, increased productivity and profits.

    Objectives:

    The course aims to produce graduates who are able to:

    • Use the knowledge, experience, and technology to manage problems of work- related health and safety.

    • Assess, monitor, and find solutions to control health risks in the workplace.

    • Manage problems in the workplace in order to increase safety, reduce injuries, reduce occupational health risks, improve the general health of workers, and improve productivity.
    Bachelor of Science Programme in Sports and Health Science
    (28,080  Baht per semester; 224,640 Baht per programme)

    This programme aims to produce graduates who have expert knowledge and skills in the analysis, and planning strategies of athletes' training by applying the theoretical knowledge of sports science and health science, so that they are able to work in the fields of either sports or health, with professional integrity and ethics.

    Objectives:

    The course aims to produce graduates who are able to:

    • Work as an athlete trainer.

    • Apply their knowledge, training and experience to work in the field of health promotion in either the public or private sector.

    • Apply knowledge of alternative medicine to enhance health promotion and athlete's performance.
    Master's Programmes
    Master of Science Programme in Public Health (International Programme)

    (52,000 Baht per semester; 208,000 Baht per programme)

    This programme aims to produce public health graduates who are suitably trained in academic, administrative and research skills in the present climate of globalisation; who are able to work effectively at national and international levels to ultimately improve the health and well-being of the population.

    Objectives:

    After completing the programme, graduates will be able to:

    • Apply in practice the theoretical knowledge of health promotion, disease control and public health problem solving.

    • Design and carry out research projects which are appropriate to each public health problem with creative and innovative ideas.

    • Provide managerial skills and leadership to the running of public health organisations.

    • Perform public health duties with professional ethics.
    • Plan A1: Thesis (36 Credits)
    • Plan A2: Coursework (30 Credits)/Thesis (12 Credits)
  • Contact Information

    Mailing Address

    School of Health Science

    Mae Fah Luang University, Muang, Chiang Rai 57100

    Phone:+66 5391 6821
    Fax:+66 5391 6821
    Email: health@mfu.ac.th
    Website: http://www.mfu.ac.th/school/health_sci