The burden of non-communicable disease can largely be attributed to lifestyle factors, and can be reduced by healthy policies and choices. However, rapid urbanization, climate change and increased environmental hazards make this increasingly difficult and could increase risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes through various pathways. Research intensive PhD programmes are needed to help identify and address novel lifestyle and environmental risk factors related to multiple disease. This doctoral programme in Epidemiology will focus on identifying important knowledge and action gaps, designing and conducting research studies, and integrating traditional and contemporary approaches for data collection and analysis, with the goal of primary prevention and solving challenging public health problems.
Most public health and clinical research education in India consists of MD in Community Health in medical colleges’, and MPH programmes in public health and other institutions. MD programmes focus mainly on community outreach and addressing infectious diseases whereas MPH programmes are often too broad or geared towards healthcare administration. There are extremely few good, structured discipline specific PhD programmes. Accordingly, many academic institutions are struggling to recruit well trained faculty, leading to a vicious cycle. Globally, there is also a pressing need for rigorous structured PhD programmes that cover core competencies and include didactic training, hands on experience, and mentoring from faculty with pertinent expertise, to prepare trainees well for careers in academia, government, non-profit organisations or industry. We aim to fill this critical gap through strategic collaborations, starting with our rigorous structured doctoral programme in Epidemiology, an essential core specialty of public health. Our goal is to develop and train leaders who can adapt to changing dynamic systems to tackle ongoing and unimagined public health and environmental challenges. Our graduates will be able to employ systems thinking integrating different approaches, technologies, and experts from different disciplines to create contemporary solutions to prevent disease, maintain wellness, and improve health and equity.
This PhD programme is designed to equip students with the necessary research skills to positively impact individual lifestyles, clinical practice, and policy. The programme will focus on applying epidemiology concepts and interdisciplinary approaches to conduct high quality research to understand lifestyle and environmental factors that may affect major chronic non-communicable disease, and also infectious disease and epidemics. Students will be trained and mentored to design and implement research studies, collect high-quality data, and to integrate ancient wisdom as well as contemporary technologies like AI and Machine Learning to effectively collaborate with data science experts to identify and solve challenging public health problems.
Graduates of this programme would be able to
Graduates will be equipped to take up positions nationally and globally in public health and medical colleges, research institutions, biomedical companies, hospitals, government, non-profit and private organisations.
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