PhD at School of Public Health

Programme Overview

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 infectious disease and epidemics, and major chronic non-communicable disease. 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.


The minimum academic qualification for admission to a PhD programme as per UGC guidelines is a Master's degree with at least 55% marks in aggregate from a recognised educational institution. Suitable candidates for this programme include health professionals who have an MD in Community Medicine or in Preventive and Social Medicine or equivalent qualification, or people with Master's degree or equivalent that covers Epidemiology, Biostatistics/Statistics, or Environmental Health. Master’s degree or equivalent qualification must be from universities recognised by the MOE/UGC, or it must be from a university incorporated by an Act of Central or State legislature in India. Foreign educational qualifications should be recognised as equivalent to the qualifications mentioned above. 

Admission Process

Admission to the doctoral programme in Epidemiology would be based on the past academic record, research aptitude, work experience, statement of purpose, and performance in the test and an interview; reference letters may be requested if needed.

Steps to apply:

  • Fill out the application form online at the portal
  • Attach all the required supporting documents.
  • Confirm your application details.
  • Make a payment of INR 500/- as application fee via Debit card/Credit card/Net Banking
  • Qualifying applicants who are shortlisted based on eligibility and merit will be required to appear for an interview.
  • The dates for interviews will be notified in advance.

Important Dates for Monsoon Semester 2024

Activity Admission Cycle 
Application Portal Opens Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Application Deadline Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Tentative Date for Test and Interview Monday - Friday, April 29 - May 3, 2024
Announcement of Results Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Financial Support

The University awards full tuition fee waiver and financial support to full-time doctoral students. The University also encourages Indian and foreign students to apply for funding from external sources The financial support could be either University Assistantship or University Fellowship, or from external sources. We offer University Assistantships at INR 40,000 per month plus tuition fee waiver, and University Fellowships at INR 50,000 per month plus tuition fee waiver.

Office of Graduate Admission
School of Engineering and Applied Science
GICT Building
Ahmedabad University, Central Campus 
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009 
Gujarat, India. 

Contact Details:
Email: [email protected]


The World Health Organization (WHO) considers public health as all organised measures (public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, prolong life among the population as a whole, and provide conditions where people can be healthy. This necessitates large population-based perspectives and approaches. The School of Public Health will build on the unique strengths and focus of Ahmedabad University on interdisciplinary education to train individuals equipped to develop innovative solutions that are both contemporary and wholistic to address the challenges of the 21st century. Public health includes physical and mental health as well as wellness, and the problems, as well as solutions, are complex and interdisciplinary. Ahmedabad University’s unique stepwell logo aligns closely with public health as it encompasses many positive dimensions that impact health, such as physical activity, social interactions as well as community access to water, and disaster preparedness in this era of climate change. The School of Public Health aims to develop leaders who can offer contemporary interdisciplinary solutions, drawing from the Indian ethos, to address ongoing and unimagined challenges.

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