PHFI and the new IIPHs (Indian Institutes of Public Health)

October 21st, 2007

Following are extracts from the web pages of the Public Health Foundation of India (


What is public health?

Public health has often been defined as a science dealing with the determinants and defense of health at the population level, while clinical medicine deals with multiple maladies and their remedies at the level of the individual patient.

Public health aims to elucidate and influence the social, cultural and economic determinants of health as well as to study and structure health systems as efficient channels for health services delivery. Public health thus is a discipline built on an academic tradition of inquiry involving research, teaching and professional practice to prevent disease and promote health in populations.

Why a foundation for public health?

As India experiences a rapid health transition, it is confronted both by an unfinished agenda of infectious diseases, nutritional deficiencies and unsafe pregnancies as well as the challenge of escalating epidemics of non-communicable diseases. This composite threat to the nation’s health and development needs a concerted public health response that can ensure efficient delivery of cost-effective interventions for health promotion, disease prevention and affordable diagnostic and therapeutic health care.

These health challenges urgently require capacity building for health research, policy development and analysis, programme development and evaluation, health systems organization, models of health care financing and operationalized scientific research.Education and training in public health needs to be inter-disciplinary in content so that the pathways of public health action are multi-sectoral. Public health education must include subject areas like epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral sciences, health economics, health services management, environmental health, health inequities and human rights, gender and health, health communication, ethics of health care and research. The interventions proposed need to be evidence based, context specific and resource sensitive.

About Us:

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health. It is a public private partnership that was collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies including Indian and international academia, state and central governments in India, multi & bi-lateral agencies and civil society groups in India.

The mission of PHFI is to benchmark quality standards for public health education; establish public health institutes of excellence based on these standards; to undertake meaningful public health research; and to advocate for public policy linked to broader public health goals.


The PHFI is working towards building public health capacity in India by:

* Establishing 5 -7 new institutes of public health over the next 6 years;
* Assisting the growth of existing public health training institutions/departments and facilitating their evolution into major institutes of public health;


Directors: Indian Institutes of Public Health (Hyderabad, Delhi and Gandhinagar)

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is seeking three dynamic and enterprising public health experts as Directors of its upcoming Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH) at Hyderabad, Delhi and Gandhinagar. The first IIPH is to come up by July 2008 and the other two will begin operations in 2009.

Following are excerpts from an yahoo article that gives an idea of the cost involved in making an IIPH.

THE Gujarat government has decided to set up an Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) under the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) project, initiated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last year.

This will churn out healthcare professionals and also to establish a strong national research network of public health, assisting in the growth of existing public health training institutions.

The State Cabinet, in its meeting on Wednesday, had cleared a proposal to allot 50 acres of government land for the Rs 140-crore IIPH at Chiloda near Gandhinagar. The institute has proposed a deemed university status.

An abridged version of an memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the PHFI and the state government had been signed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January, 2006, for setting up of the institute.

The work on the institute is expected to begin in a month or so. When ready, the institute will offer degree courses, including a two-year master course in public health, one-year diploma in public health management and a three-year BSc course in public health.

For students from Gujarat, 10 per cent seats will be reserved for the Master Public Health (MPH) courses.

One-year diploma in public health (DPH) and other short-term courses will also be designed specifically for government servants and a subsidised fee structure for such candidates will be worked out.

… The official said the institute will also offer several short-term programmes in regard to in-service training in public health issues.

The setting up of the institute will certainly help the state in getting resource support and further strengthen health services for all sections of the population.

Of the estimated project cost of Rs 140 crore, Rs 80 crore will be used for construction, Rs 10 crore for learning resources and Rs 50 crore to cover operating deficit in the first 3 to 5 years.

Gujarat’s share will be Rs 25 crore, while the Public Health Foundation of India will provide the rest of the funds for the institute, the official added.

A article dated Sept 26th 2007 mentions that the fourth IIPH will be in Shillong, Meghalaya. A PIB release of last year mentions that there will be an IIPH in Mohali, Punjab. Hence, the five announced for IIPH will be in Hyderabad, Delhi and Gandhinagar, Shillong and Mohali.

Entry Filed under: IIPH (Indian Institute of Public Health) Bhubaneswar,Odisha, others and the center

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  • 1. dr.harjeet  |  May 1st, 2010 at 6:01 am

    i am a mbbs doctor working in public health, in gov. of guj.for last 10 years .i am interesed in dph. pls do advice.

  • 2. Dr.amlan Dash  |  May 1st, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I Want to know the address and telephone no . of Indian institute of Public Health, Orissa

  • 3. dr. sagar lakade  |  May 4th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    hi. i had completed my bhms deegree. so i want to join master of public health course. so pls guide me abot course and fee.

  • 4. Tapas Chatterjee  |  May 14th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I completed Master degree in rural development in 2009. Now i am working in a UIP programme in public health sector. I want to do Master in public health in distance . H ow i will complete this?

  • 5. sachin  |  May 23rd, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    iamj completed my bams degree. i want to do mph .so what are the job operchunity and what is the payment offered after doing mph

  • 6. Rakesh Prasad Sah  |  May 25th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Hello Sir, I have completed B.Sc. MLT and i want to do M.Sc. Public Health through correspondance. Is there any open university in india which offeres this course through correspondance……….
    plz……tell me………. what to do………

  • 7. Piyush Parag yadav  |  May 28th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    i did Rural Management & Presently working as a District Epidemiologist on IDSP Project in NRHM now I want to do .
    Diploma in Public Health or Diploma in Epidemiology further. but i am unaware of it in detail. so please elaborate me more about it.


  • 8. HARDIK  |  June 3rd, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    i want to more about mph & application date form & fees structure. so plz let me know.

  • 9. dr.HARDIK  |  June 3rd, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    give me details of mph fees application form date & duration.

  • 10. DR. SHRUTI  |  June 3rd, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    hi. i m a dentist i want to do mph . i want know full detail about mph like duration scope addmission etc. thanx

  • 11. dr.pravin  |  June 6th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    can you give me the info. for DPH or any other course like this? my mob.. 9825477069

  • 12. R.Rajendra rao  |  June 9th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Dear sir can u give me the institution havind corresspodance master degree in public health in india

  • 13. Praveen Kishore  |  June 9th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I wanna MPH thru distance learning i have done master in Social Work and 8 years experience in publice health in social development please let me know

  • 14. dr ujvala  |  June 14th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    am an ayurvedic physician please tell whether ican pursue a degree in public health if yes please give me address of the instituton providing the course in maharashtra

  • 15. Dr Kamolini Ghosh  |  June 21st, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I did my BDS and completed my internship also. i am now with Indian Red Cross Society working as a dental surgeon. I wish to pursue MPH from a premier institute, either in India or abroad.

    I solicit suggestion in this matter.


  • 16. Arshad Ali Khan  |  June 30th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    kindly give me more information about PG DIP IN PUB HEALTH,

  • 17. bavanipriya V  |  June 30th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I want to do Epidemiology distance learning course, Kindly provide information

  • 18. DR INDERJIT KAUR  |  July 6th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    could i do correspondence course in diploma in public health.

  • 19. drmeenakshi  |  July 11th, 2010 at 7:36 am

    i m pg in community medicine. i want to do correspondence course in MPH. can you advice institute for same

  • 20. Dr.Danish Malek  |  August 14th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I have done my pgdphm from IIPH-Gandhinagar.As being self sponcered and having homoeopathic back ground, I was totally unaware about the government health system. I have learned a lot from here. Yes definately there is some lacuna or we can say gap for implementation and utilising the experts who come from here or else where.But surely when this gap will get filled what i think is that health indicators will get better and appreciable.

    Thank You

  • 21. sudhir mishra  |  August 31st, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    respected sir good evening , i have completed bacelor in public health and i want to know the admission procedure on mph on ur college and im from nepal thanku sir for your kind co-operation

  • 22. NTWARAMUHETO GUSTAV  |  October 2nd, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I would like to do my master in Public Health, please provide me some information

  • 23. Pragati Sharma  |  November 18th, 2010 at 8:00 pm


    I will be completing my graduation in B.Sc Nursing in the year 2011 (september). I would like to pursue masters in public health either in india or abroad. My field of interest is administration and management of heath system.
    i would like to know the fee structure and admissions procedure of slected institutes. hoping for your guidance.


  • 24. mansi gautam  |  December 1st, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    i have done my b.d.s nd practicing since last two yrs. i want to do master in public health in india or abroad…i would like to know fee structure and admission procedures of selected institutes….

  • 25. tara bhushan kunal  |  January 2nd, 2011 at 12:33 am

    i want 2 pursue diploma in public health mgt through distance learning course.plz give me proper idea about the course.

  • 26. Dr.Surajit Sen  |  January 22nd, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I,am a Medical graduate also completing the Masters in Hospital Administration (M.H.A.) from West Bengal University of Technology this year in April 2011. I want to do a correspondence course in Masters in Public Health from PHFI. Please guide me whether I can do the above course.

  • 27. Dr.Surajit Sen  |  January 22nd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I am a M.B.B.S graduate want to do a certificate course in Diploma in Public Health. Please guide me in this aspect.

  • 28. Dr. S. N. Pashte  |  March 31st, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I have done MBBS from mumbai university. I want to do diploma in public health- distant education. Plz. guide

  • 29. isha  |  April 25th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I am a dentist.i passed my graduation in 2009.I am really fond of doing MPH.I want to gather information from which institute should i go for?please help me regarding that.I shall be highly thankful to you

  • 30. Binu  |  June 8th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I am working in a NGO but I do not have any science background. Can get a diploma on Public Health? Please guide…

  • 31. Dr.u.k.sinha  |  November 21st, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Hi i have completed bhms,pgdhhm,from ignou,at present i am working as an epidemiologist i am intrested hn doing dph in distant mode pl. Guide me

  • 32. sushanta kumar panda  |  December 30th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I want to do master in public health in distance mode operating from bhubaneswar, would you kindly guide me

  • 33. Jaiswal Narendra  |  January 23rd, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    sir I have completed my MSW and post graduation diploma in Rural Development. Kindly suggest me from where I can do my MPH in distance mode from any Indian university.

  • 34. Ganeswar Panda  |  June 30th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    sir i have completed my MA and having 8 years experience in HIV sector. Since 3.5 years i am working as District Programme Manager, District AIDS Prevention & Control Unit under National AIDS Control Programme by NACO. Kindly suggest from where i can do my MPH in distant mode from any indian university.


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