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Population based approaches have been the mainstay of research in the field of nutrition for decades. However, in an age of growing health consciousness and fitness, public health nutrition (PHN) workforce development is increasingly becoming a global focus. In an effort to provide direction to nutrition research in the country and with the objective of contributing towards training future leaders in the field of nutrition, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) launched a postgraduate diploma in PHN in the year 2010 for the benefit of all stakeholders. The program aims to provide comprehensive training in public health nutrition in a global setting with the choice of specializing in a number of topics and in a range of contexts.
Epidemiology is a cornerstone discipline in public health. It is the foundation on which public health decisions are made, implemented and evaluated. Epidemiology also serves as the tool for identifying the risks, determining the relationships, estimating the burden of disease, identifying and instituting appropriate prevention and control measures and finally evaluating the public health decisions. This program aims to build a pool of trained public health professionals with a special focus on application of epidemiology in public health.
Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) remains a major thrust of National Health Mission of India. RCH programmes are also increasing in their complexity due to increased basket of services and increasing resources. There is therefore a growing need for Program managers at state and district Program Management Units to have the requisite knowledge and skills to effectively manage the RCH programmes. This program aims to develop an in-depth understanding of technical and programmatic issues related to reproductive and child health programs. It also intends to strengthen the capacity to plan, manage and monitor RCH programs at the state and district level.
PHFI has successfully conducted a nine-month duration on-campus Post Graduate Diploma in Health Economics, Health care Financing and Health Policy (PGDHEP) program for last seven years. The same program is now transformed to distance learning platform to expand the outreach and provide learning opportunities to working professionals. This distance learning program envisioned by PHFI is particularly suited for health care professionals already working with health system and engaged in delivery of health services but have limited access to higher education because of personal or professional reasons. The course is the first of its kind in India premised on the belief that enhanced understanding and knowledge of health economics and its approaches and techniques, health systems research and health policy analysis is pivotal for efficient and effective utilization of resources.
Development of skilled workforce is an important strategy that helps in building capacity for organized efforts to address nutrition-related problems. Citing the huge challenge of malnutrition especially among women and children of Afghanistan, development of skilled workforce to manage and implement nutrition interventions is one of the important strategies. A context specific academic programme can help to develop skilled work force to implement nutrition strategies at the grass root level. In this context, to accelerate public health nutrition workforce development as priority task, Public Nutrition Department, Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan(MOPH) in collaboration with Indian Institute of Public Health- Delhi, Public Health Foundation of India and Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKFA) launched Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Nutrition.T his postgraduate diploma aims to provide comprehensive training in public health nutrition in a context of situation of Afghanistan.
HIV/AIDS poses a huge challenge to the developmental gains achieved in the past few decades. Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) and HIV are closely interlinked and therefore, there is a need to develop comprehensive response that deals with all the aspects of STIs and HIV. This calls for the need of skilled human resources working to prevent, control and treat STIs and HIV. The number of skilled professionals needed are large while matching training programs to strengthen the skills are adhoc or inadequate. The Certificate course in STI & HIV/AIDS intends to fill up the existing gap by building capacity of variety of professionals ranging from medical doctors, nurses, counsellors, health educators, trainers, consultants, social workers, program managers, faculty of health-related ins tuition, researchers to policy makers, by providing necessary training to acquire knowledge, skills and attitude for the prevention and control of STI and HIV/AIDS.
Policymakers, program staff and researchers face many questions related to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of public health programs in developing countries. M&E skills provide answers to these questions and are crucial to the successful design, implementation, and tracking of program progress and impact of public health programs. The Certificate Course on Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programs (CCME) aims to strengthen the capacity of public health professionals actively engaged in the health sector. This course is designed for global health professionals to develop core competencies to design and implement M&E activities in both government & non- government sectors.
The complex challenges posed by public health threats demand that public health professionals have a concrete understanding of the relationships among the various factors affecting health. In recent years, public health practitioners have grown increasingly aware of the value Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can add in developing an effective framework for action. This course will provide participants a platform to introduce fundamental concepts of the use of GIS within the public health context and build practical experience in the use of open source GIS software and spatially referenced data for effective program management.
The health workforce is one of the most important factors that determine the reach, quality and effectiveness of a responsive health system. Without a well-managed, efficient and motivated workforce, health service delivery can be greatly hampered, and this underscores the need for improving the management of Human Resources for Health (HRH). Capacity building of health managers for improved human resource management is thus essential for improving performance and delivery of health care services. The certificate course aims at equipping health managers involved in human resource management tasks within the public health system as well as the private sector, with the skills essential to better manage their human resources.
A large pool of human resource exists in the form of researchers/scientists/faculty in medical colleges and teaching hospitals to carry out quality research. It is well known that the existing quality of the research undertaken by post graduate trainees and PhD scholars is to be improved. There is enough evidence to support the urgent need to offer training in research methodology and help support the development of research methodology curricula on regional and national levels to advance the state of research in medical education. To harness the potential of the existing pool, capacity building in research methodology is imperative and should be a recognised priority. In this regards, the Certificate Course in Clinical Research Methods for Diplomate of National Board (DNB) students offered through a distance learning mode will be less intensive and more realistic for achieving educational goals. The aim of this course is to provide DNB students with a multi-disciplinary perspective to facilitate their skills in clinical research. This course will expose them to fundamental concepts and basic analytic methods to cover topics spanning from conceptualization of research idea to dissemination of research findings to fully equip them to carry out original research and report their findings.
Research ethics is the bedrock of quality health research. High quality ethics in research requires the research design to be ethical and implementation processes of the research to be ethical too. Poor science is also unethical. Additionally, it is mandatory that all research involving humans is reviewed by the institutional ethics committee which is situated at the parent institution where the research is being conducted and/ in addition/or by national committees. Publication of your research findings is also almost impossible without ethical clearance. It is important that “Chairs”, “members of ethics committees” and investigators are cognizant and sensitized to the multi-faceted dimensions of research ethics and its implementation. Thus it is imperative for the members of ethics committees, investigators, doctors and public health researchers, and students of medicine and those in allied sciences to be equipped with issues related to ethics. These could be nurses, physiotherapists, dentists, microbiologists, pathologists, surgeons, medical superintendents etc. This course will enable them to conceive, develop the research design, write it, implement and conduct research in an ethical manner. They can also review the ethical soundness of studies. This course aims to sensitize members of ethics committees, researchers and students on the ethical principles of research ethics in humans, essentially in the context of public health research and implementation trials.
Prospective Distance Learning Programs
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