University of Zambia Vice-Chancellor Professor Luke Evuta Mumba has hailed the Strengthening Health Professional Workforce Education Programs For Improved Quality Health Care in Zambia (SHEPIZ) for assisting the Schools of Medicine and Nursing Sciences in revising curricula which led to the reduction of years of study for Medicine and Nursing Sciences.
The medicine degree programme has been reduced from 7 years to 6 years while the Nursing Science programme will now run for 4 years instead of 5 years. Additionally, the school of medicine will now be direct entry.
Prof Mumba virtually revealed this during the official opening of the SHEPIZ Sponsored workshop on Module Writing at Kafue Gorge on Monday, 8th February 2021.
He further said since its inception in 1965, UNZA, through its health training programmes, has continued to produce graduates who are influencing national policy decisions and practice, with a notable influence on improved clinical service.
“With the right support, the School of Medicine, and now the new School of Nursing Sciences have capacity to train health care providers at specialist level in response to the growing demand,” Prof Mumba said.
Prof. Mumba reiterated that UNZA has a deliberate policy aimed at encouraging innovative strategies for improving the programmes it offers and that the SHEPIZ project was one such strategy since the project’s main aim is to have innovative medical education programme enhancement focused on health services, multi-level research capacity building and continued development of sub-specialist trained health care providers.
“I would encourage you to take on this noble assignment seriously with dignity, bearing in mind that the tools we develop will be used to train health care workers for many years to come, as already mentioned, UNZA is in full support of this effort,” he said.
And SHEPIZ Project Manager, who is UNZA Dean, School of Nursing Sciences, Dr. Patricia Mukwato, thanked the participants for responding to the invitation and their willingness to impact the health care training through their individual contribution by developing modules.
The objectives of the Module Writing Workshop are as follows:
• Understand principles of distance learning, open distance learning, open distance e-Learning, and flexible learning.
• Apply the principles of opening distance e-Learning to module development
• Plan and develop a module
• Integrate ICT tools in the module to enhance learning
(SHEPIZ), a project administered by the UNZA School of Medicine in collaboration with the School of Nursing Sciences, is conducting a curriculum review workshop from the 8th of February to 12th February 2021 with the aim of imparting skills for development of online modules for Lecturers and Facilitators that enhance learning experience.
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