University of Community Health, Magway

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University of Community Health, Magway
ကျန်းမာရေး တက္ကသိုလ် (မကွေး)
Motto To born public health specialists to uplift health status of the nation
Type public
Established 1995 [1]
Rector Dr.Htin Zaw Soe (2015)
Academic staff
102 (2009)
Administrative staff
256 (2009)
Location Magway
Magway Division, Myanmar
Affiliations Ministry of Health
Main entrance road to the university
Another entrance

The University of Community Health, Magway (UCH) (Burmese: ကျန်းမာရေး တက္ကသိုလ် (မကွေး), pronounced: [tɕáɴmàjé tɛʔkəθò (məɡwé)]) is a public health university under the Ministry of Health and Sport, and located in Magway, Myanmar. The university offers a four-year Bachelor of Community Health (B.Comm.H.) degree program. They have to study how to do public health but they must take clinical subjects for rural population whom can't get primary health care. Formally, the graduates are allowed to practice as Health Assistants in Department of Public Health of Myanmar, many of whom are the main providers of primary health care in rural Myanmar where access to regular physicians is difficult. Nowaday, most of the alumni are work in various department and areas such as NGOs, INGOs, UN, Department of Food and Drug Administration and Department of Prison of Myanmar Government.


With the guidance and national health policy of U Nu's Government the Health Assistant Training School was established in 1951 in Yangon to provide health care to rural population where access to regular medical doctors are difficult. The main objective of that training school is to produce the health assistant within a short time (three years) while the medical doctors were trained for six year. Later, The school was moved a few kilometers north to Insein in 1963, and then to Hlegu in 1968. In 1989, the school came under the purview of the Ministry of Health. The school became the Institute of Community Health in 1991, and became a university in 1995 and began offering a four-year bachelor's degree program.The objective of the university of community health is also change and wide scope. In 1999, the military government moved the school out of Yangon Division to Upper Myanmar. UCH is located on a 41.4-hectare campus at Htonpauk, about 14.5 km north of Magway, and 3.2 km off the Magway-Natmauk Road.[1]

University of Community Health, Magway regularly accepts approximately 150 students (Male: Female = 70:30) who passed the matriculation examination. The required score for selection is approximately 450 for males and 470 for females.

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Each school year lasts ten months from January to October. Students are required to take written,practical, field trip and oral exams at the end of each year.

First year[edit]

First year students are required to interact with the community by meeting the patients from nearby villages.

Coursework with assignment[edit]

  • Biomedical Science I
  1. Zoology
  2. Botany
  • Biomedical Science II
  1. Chemistry
  2. Physics
  • Communication science
  1. Burmese
  2. English
  • Primary Medical Care
  1. Myanmar Traditional Medicine
  2. First Aid

Coursework with or without assignment[edit]

Second year[edit]

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Third year[edit]

Third year students are required to make field trips to nearby villages and provide seminars on such health education topics as the natural history of diseases, environmental sanitation, the dangers of smoking/alcohol, rodent control, disaster management and global warming, etc. The seminars are organized by the departments of Health Education, Community Health and Environmental Health. The students then visit a local Rural Health Center (RHC) to learn the operations of an RHC.

Coursework with assignment[edit]

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Fourth year[edit]

  • Fourth year students need to make research for protocol. For this we had to go to Rural Health Center, under Magway Region (from October to November).

Coursework with assignment[edit]

Affiliated teaching hospitals[edit]

Students are required to make field trips to the following UCH affiliated hospitals in the region for three months(May–July).

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Coordinates: 20°11′33″N 94°56′30″E / 20.19258°N 94.94158°E / 20.19258; 94.94158