Events/ Seminars/ Workshops

The National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) has become a member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA). The GCHA was formed in Durban in 2011 to deal with climate change and to protect and promote public health. The Alliance was launched following the inaugural Climate and Health summit, which took place during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The GCH Alliance comprises health and development organisations worldwide united by a shared vision of an equitable, safe, and sustainable future.  The GCHA vision is a world in which the health impacts of climate change are kept to a minimum, and the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation are maximised.


The National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) has been invited to join the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE), a global network of health professional institutions and associations to train this and the next generation of health professionals in climate and planetary health!

The GCCHE was launched in 2017 and currently includes members from over 275 health professions schools of medicine, nursing, social work, and public health, representing 36 countries and three regional association members. It provides a platform for member institutions to collaborate, convene, and exchange ideas and tools to integrate training on the health impacts of climate change into their curricula.  The GCCHE is a platform to organize, empower, and amplify the voice of health professionals to convey how climate change is harming our health and how climate solutions will improve it.

Dr Hina Shan, Assistant Professor of the Department of Public Health, NUMS, has been interviewed for the Climate Clinic -Code Red series, a podcast series by GCCHE.

An in-depth discussion regarding catastrophic flooding, climate crisis and the impediments from a Public Health perspective in Pakistan has been broadcasted by Columbia University. The link and overview to the podcast are shared below:

Map of GCCHE Member Institutions | Columbia Public Health



NUMS Department of public health arranges multiple learning opportunities for the students of Bachelors of Public Health to have clear understanding of practical aspect of Public Health. A field visit was organized for the students as part of the Community Oriented Medical Education to Rural health Centre (RHC) Bagga Sheikhan Rawalpindi on 7th October from 0900 to 1400 hrs.

The objective of the visit was to orient students regarding health care delivery system network and its functioning. Another objective was to explain the general organizational structure and functioning of the Rural health Centers.

The Rural Health Center (RHC) is intended to increase access to primary care services for patients in rural communities. The RHC provides promotive, preventive, curative, diagnostics, inpatient services, medico-legal, dental, referral and ambulance services with 10-20 inpatients beds capacity over a catchment population of up to 100000 people.

Pre visit briefing facilitated by Huzaifa Akram (Asst.Prof Public Health) was given a day before the visit for the students about the functioning of RHC. Field training Performa comprising of different sections (Objectives, Activity Profile, human resource, supplies, services and HMIS) were also given to them to be filled during visit. All three batches of BSPH students accompanied by Dr Tamkeen Jaffry (Assoc.Prof), Dr Hina Shan (Asst.Prof), Huzaifa Akram (Asst.Prof) and Ms Rubab (Asst.Manager) from the department of Public Health were given a tour of the premises.

An initial briefing was delivered to students by Senior Medical Officer about responsibilities and health services provided by RHC. The students visited every section of the Rural Health Center and observed the different aspects of health care service delivery to the patients. Then students in the form of groups were given demonstration about functioning and working of different stations of RHC (emergency room, T.B dots facilitator room, population welfare centre, EPI room, homeopathic clinic, dispensary, laboratory, labour room and Operation Theater). Students got the opportunity to observe and understand the practical aspect of rural health Centers and hence the primary health care system in Pakistan. They observed services being provided by RHC include medical checkup of patients, immediate Trauma management, Surgical procedures, Medico legal case report, Antenatal checkup, Laboratory tests (anemia, malaria, pregnancy test, urine test for sugar & protein), Normal delivery, Family planning services, EPI vaccination, Immunization (TT), TB treatment (TB dots programme), Growth monitoring  and Nutrition Counseling.

The Head of Department Public Health Prof.Dr Uzma Hassan congratulated and appreciated the team of Department of Public Health on their hard work and commendable job for the smooth conduction of such a significant field visit. The HoD stressed on the importance of field visit for students as it encourages them to be more productive and efficient.


The NUMS Department of Public Health conducted a school and community-based awareness campaign promoting healthier people and planet, ‘ACT on NCDs: Healthy Habits and Climate Action for a Sustainable Planet’. The campaign highlighted the importance of healthy habits  and clean air benefits to overall planetary health. The two-week awareness drive started on 15th August 2022, focussed to encourage healthy behaviours and influence norms across diverse social strata. The students of Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) shared their unique perspectives and messages about the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) linking it with climate change through pamphlet distribution in Urdu and English languages in the middle-aged population of PWD residential area. NCDs are affected by climate change, urbanization, food systems, and energy generation systems, action in these sectors will benefit not only the population but also planetary health. The key messages of the campaign encompassed: healthy diet (fresh natural foods); regular physical exercise and maintain a healthy weight; reduce sugary drinks,  saturated fats and salt intake; don’t smoke; plant trees; save energy and use eco-friendly products; reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. The students used multiple awareness-raising strategies, methods, and tools to promote health and to influence public opinion.

 Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have implications for nutrition, education, and the environment; therefore, a greater action is needed from governments and communities to prevent them from becoming epidemics. Children, adults, and the elderly all are vulnerable to the risk factors contributing to NCDs, whether from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke, the harmful use of alcohol or climate change. NCDs are a barrier to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reducing the NCD burden and working towards sustainable cities create opportunities to achieve the  following SDGs: SDG 1, SDG 2, SDG 3, SDG 4, SDG 11, SDG 12, SDG 13,  SDG14, and SDG 15.

The students’ awareness drive  in the local schools of Rawalpindi started from, ‘Benchmark School System’ followed by  ‘Future World School System’ under the supervision of Dr.Hina Shan, Assistant Professor, DPH and students; Miss Iffa Zahid & Mr. Waleed Sheikh (focal persons). Latest statistics on NCDs and its link with climate change, risk factors, and  preventive measures were  shared by the following BSPH students; Waleed Sheikh, Iffa Zahid, Hasnain Sabir,  Shalina Mazhar, Fatima Saleem, Shahaan Chughtai, , Aimen Adnan, Shiza Aftab and Daniyal Ahmed. Students also disseminated information about the SDGs to build ownership of the 2030 Agenda. School children actively participated in the campaign with interactive session involving games  around NCDs and SDGs, #FlipTheSrcipt and #ACT4SDGs. Miss Iffa Zahid  and Shiza Aftab shared messages on NCDs as ‘Voices of Change’ for NCD Alliance’s Platform.

The Head of the Department, Prof Dr. Uzma Hassan stressed on the need to improve individual well-being with lifestyle modifications, highlighting that behaviors that lead to NCDs often emerge during childhood. She congratulated the DPH team (Dr. Tamkeen Jaffry, Dr. Hina Shan, Dr. Raima Asif, Miss Rubab Zulfiqar and students) for enhancing NUMS mission by conducting a successful campaign.

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National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) is now a Network Member of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance. The NCD Alliance (NCDA) is a robust global network of more than 2,000 organizations in 170 countries including global and national NGOs, scientific and professional associations, academic and research institutions. In May 2017, the NCD Alliance transitioned to become a full-fledged NGO, based in Switzerland. NCDA maintains strategic relations with the World Health Organization, UN and governments, staff in Geneva, London, and New York, putting it at the forefront of elevating Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) onto the global health and development agenda. Our Views, Our Voice is an Initiative by the NCD Alliance and People Living with Non-Communicable diseases. NUMS vision is already aligned with fundamental principles of the Global Charter and meaningfully involvement of people living with NCDs. NUMS is committed to involve people living with NCDs and encourage others to do the same. NUMS is listed in NCDA Membership Directory, use the links to find out more:

NCD Alliance Network | NCD Alliance

 Wall of Endorsers | Our Views, Our Voices (

The global epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is widely acknowledged as a major development challenge in the 21st century, and a significant threat to achieving internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By having NCD Alliance Membership, NUMS will have access to various platforms for deeper engagement between partners/allies working on similar themes and challenges of NCDs. Addressing NCDs and its risk factors will help Pakistan progress across the three pillars of sustainable development i.e., economic growth, social equity, and environmental protection.


Protecting nature, protecting our health.

National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) has joined the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA), a consortium of over 200 universities, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and government entities from around the world committed to understanding and addressing global environmental change and its health impacts.

 We can no longer ignore the human-caused disruptions of our natural environment. We can no longer ignore the impacts that global environmental change has on our health, with globally increasing diseases, heat-related mortality, mental health risks, and decreasing nutrition affecting communities worldwide. These challenges provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary action. NUMS is proud to be a member of @ph_alliance, being a member of the PHA represents our commitment to collaboration on some of the most urgent challenges of our time.  

Learn more about planetary health science, solutions, and ways to get involved


NUMS Department of Public Health organized a field visit for the students of BSPH as part of their Community Oriented Medical Education to National Institute of Health Islamabad (NIH) on 12th May from 1000 to 1500 hrs. The aim of this visit was to show the students the general functions and responsibilities of NIH, as well as to show them the biomedical equipment functioning of the institute currently.

NIH is one of the most prestigious institutions of the country established in 1980 by Ministry of Health (MOH). This institution is involved in multi-disciplinary Public Health related activities like diagnostic services, research and production of various vaccines making its mission to improve the health infrastructure of Pakistan. The institute is actively involved in the laboratory and field investigation of infectious diseases including the etiology and epidemiology.

Pre visit briefing session facilitated by Dr Raima Asif (Asst.Prof Public Health) was held a day before visit for the students in which HoD Public Health discussed the functioning and divisions of NIH. Field training proforma comprising of different sections (Objectives, Activity Profile and Public Health Impact) were also given to them to be filled during visit .All three batches of BSPH students accompanied by Dr Tamkeen Jaffry (Assoc.Prof) , Dr Hina Shan (Asst.Prof) and Ms Rubab (Assistant Manager) from the department of Public Health were given a tour of the premises.

This included the Emergency Operations Centre, Biological Production Division, Public Health Laboratories and Drugs Control and Traditional Medicines Division. An initial briefing was delivered to students in Surveillance and Response section by the unit In-charge about the role of NIH. Then, the students in the form of groups were given a demonstration about functioning and working of different diagnostic labs (chemical pathology, Histo-pathology, cytology, Genetics and hematology). In addition, all the steps of waste management were discussed with the students. After this, they visited the Biological Production section where they observed the process of production and manufacturing of vaccines and anti-sera. Biological Production Division is the sole producer of life saving vaccines and anti-sera for immunization and therapeutic use to control the communicable diseases in the country. At the end , HVAC system of ventilation was shown to them. HVAC ( Humidifying, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system) an effective system for ventilation, where temperature, humidity and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) can be regulated and maintained were shown to them.

The Head of Department Public Health Prof.Dr Uzma Hassan congratulated and appreciated her team of Department of Public Health on their hard work and commendable job for the smooth conduction of such a significant field visit. The HoD stressed on the importance of field visit for students as it encourages them to be more productive and efficient.


World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 th June to encourage awareness and work towards preserving the Ecosystems. We all depend on healthy environment for our survival but unfortunately people have been destroying the nature for their personal benefits. With this challenging situation, the World Environment Day is focused on the ecosystem restoration and the theme for 2021 is “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.” which means preventing, halting, and reversing environmental damages. Every year a country is given the responsibility to host the event. This year Pakistan has been selected as a host in recognition of its efforts in environmental conservation and protection through various policies and programs being implemented in the country. All around the world events are celebrated to raise awareness about the environmental protection. A similar program was organized by the NUMS Department of Public Health under the supervision of HOD Prof Dr. Uzma Hassan. Associate Professor Dr. Tamkeen Jaffry briefed the students about the importance of the day and guided how they can contribute in this noble campaign. Students participated by designing posters to highlight the importance of tree plantation and prepared models to emphasize the value of recycling. Additionally they made a short video to share all the relevant information regarding growing trees, cleaning up trash and proper use and disposal of plastic products to protect our ecosystem.


World Immunization Week is celebrated every year in the last week of April (24-30th April 2021) with the aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful health interventions. Still there are nearly 20 million children in the world today who are not getting the vaccines they need, and many miss out on vital vaccines during adolescence, adulthood and into old age.

WHO theme for 2021 is ‘Vaccines bring us closer’,

World Immunization Week 2021 will urge greater engagement around immunization globally to promote the importance of vaccination in bringing people together, and improving the health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere throughout life.

While the world focuses on critically important new vaccines to protect against COVID-19, there remains a need to ensure routine vaccinations are not missed. Many children have not been vaccinated during the global pandemic, leaving them at risk of serious diseases like measles and polio. Rapidly circulating misinformation around the topic of vaccination adds to this threat. In Pakistan through Expanded Program on Immunization six million children aged 0 to 15 months are vaccinated against 11 vaccines preventable diseases.

Despite significant efforts by the Government and its partners, Pakistan’s immunization indicators have yet to reach the expected benchmarks. The key goals of polio eradication, and measles, have not been achieved. However, Punjab is the first province to achieve elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus in 2016

Pakistan is third among countries with the most unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children. Of the 3.8 million infants who did not receive their third dose of DTP3 vaccine in the EMRO region in 2015, 40% of those were in Pakistan. This is very alarming situation for us.

In this regard, the NUMS Department of Public Health under HoD Prof Dr Uzma Hassan, conducted  practical learning activity on Wednesday April 28th, with its BSPH Batch 1 and Batch 2 students. The activity was facilitated by Asst Prof Dr Sehar Bismillah and attended by Associate Prof Dr Tamkeen Jaffery and Senior Lecturer Dr Rehma Gilani. The goal was to create engaging public awareness and education material around immunization so as to promote importance of vaccination in improving the health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere. Students presented video and poster projects, highlighting vaccine mechanism, myths around vaccine, benefits of vaccination, risk of non-immunization and schedule of EPI program. The take home message was that we should all unite to increase trust and confidence in vaccines to maintain or increase vaccine acceptance and also increase investment in vaccines, including routine immunization, to remove barriers to access by increasing and promoting health education.

World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7th by activities, which serves as an opportunity to focus on important aspects of health. These activities are not restricted to a single day but continue as year-long campaigns. It aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization (WHO). The year 2021 theme is “Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone”. The intention is to take measures towards elimination of health inequities and to bring people together to build a fairer, healthier world. In this context, Department of Public Health, HOD Prof.Dr.Uzma Hassan arranged practical learning activities based on World Health Day theme. The facilitator for the session was Senior Lecturer Dr. Rehma Gilani. The students of BSPH Batch 1&2 were divided into 07 groups with 04 students in each group (three senior and one junior). The purpose was to create awareness among students regarding health inequities existing in health systems globally and in Pakistan. The learning outcome was that students will be able to analyze the impact of health inequity through comparison of national and international indicators of health, health equity, health system performance and determinants of health.

To Download World Health Day Projects by Students of Department of Public Health : Click Here

NUMS Department of Public Health arranged its virtual orientation session for Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree program to welcome the second batch of students, on March 15th 2021. The aim of this degree program is to create a health workforce, capable to generate health awareness and health promotion among the community by adopting an innovative and community- based learning approach.

In the wake of the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic surge, online arrangements were made to welcome the new batch of students at NUMS. The session was attended by the students, external faculty members of concerned courses and the faculty members of Department of Public Health; The Head of department Professor Dr Uzma Hassan, Dr Tamkeen Jaffry Associate Professor, Dr Bismillah Sehar Assistant Professor, Dr Hina Shan Assistant Professor, Dr Rehma Gilani Senior Lecturer and Ms Rubab Zulfiqar Assistant Manager.

Dr Hina Shan opened the session by introducing the students with the mission of NUMS and brief prospective of Department of Public Health.

A welcome note was given by the Head of Department Professor Dr. Uzma Hassan. She congratulated the students on joining a University which is the largest health provider in the country. It follows the spirit of scientific inquiry to equip its students with the best of medical education and training. She reiterated the important role that public health plays in the development of a strong and resilient health system.

The faculty members gave their brief introduction. Dr.Tamkeen Jaffry, briefed the students regarding academic details of BSPH degree program. Dr Rehma Gilani gave outline of prospective research activities at the department.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Academics) Maj Gen Saleem Ahmad Khan HI(M) (Retd), in his address to students highlighted the tremendous progress NUMS has made during the past five years. He underscored the role of NUMS faculty in imparting quality education and wished a promising career in public health research and development.

The students introduced themselves to the faculty members and to each other, briefly highlighting their interests in Public health and their reasons of joining NUMS.

At the end, a training session on the learning management system Moodle was conducted by Ms. Aqsa Arshad, Directorate of Digital Technologies, followed by a Question Answer session. The Chair concluded the session with a note of thanks to the students, faculty members and the concerned Staff. The academic session started formally from March 16, 2021.


The NUMS Department of Public Health (DPH) welcomed students of the first batch of Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Session 2020-24 at the Orientation session held on 15th June 2020. Considering the current lockdown situation, the session was conducted online in board room seven at NUMS Secretariat Rawalpindi. Total 24 Students enrolled in the Program were connected online via zoom link. Public Health faculty members attended the session on site, while the external faculty were connected via zoom link.

The session was presided by the Head of Department Prof Dr.Uzma Hassan. The chair welcomed and congratulated the students on being the Pioneer Batch of BS Public Health. She briefly introduced herself and shared the vision of the University. She reiterated the important role that public health plays in the development of a strong and resilient health system. The faculty members of Public Health; Associate Professor Dr. Ahmed Munir Qureshi, Assistant Professors Dr. Iffat Tehseen and Dr. Mahwish Hayee, Senior Lecturers Dr. Erum Monis and Dr. Rehma Gilani, Lecturer Ms. Maham Zahid and Mr. Danish Nadeem, gave their brief introduction, followed by Prof Dr. Aamir Shahzad Director Academic (Clinical) and external faculty introduction. The students also introduced themselves with each other, briefly highlighting their interests in Public health and reasons of joining NUMS.

Dr Rehma Gilani gave a brief overview regarding the BSPH Curriculum perspectives & Scheme of studies.

A training session on the learning management system Moodle, was conducted by Ms. Aqsa Arshad, Directorate of Digital Technologies followed by Question Answer session. The Chair concluded the session with a note of thanks to the students, faculty members and the concerned Staff. The online BSPH classes commenced on 15th June 2020. 


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