About the Institute
Q: Is the institute recognized?A: Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG) was set up in 2008 by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Government of Gujarat as a joint initiative. The institute has been recognized as the first public health university in India, a university formed through enactment of IIPH Act 2015 by the Government of Gujarat.
About the course
Q: Is MPH offered in distance learning mode?A: Currently, the MPH program at IIPH Gandhinagar is a two years full-time on campus program.
Q: What is the Course Fees?A: For Indian nationals (including Nepal) it is Rs.1, 38,000 per annum (This does not Include hostel fee, cost of books, stationery, food, field visits, dissertation and convocation, etc.) and for International students it is $5,060 per annum.
Q: Eligibility for the course?A: The course is open to candidates with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized university, with at least 50% marks. Preference will be given to applicants having a graduate/bachelor's degree in any of the following fields - medical, dental, physiotherapy, nursing and paramedical sciences; veterinary sciences; management; natural sciences (including biology); social sciences and social work; engineering; law; commerce or accounting; communication.
Q: Is the course recognized?A: The institute has been recognized as the first public health university in India, formed through enactment of IIPH Act 2015 by the Government of Gujarat.
Q: I have obtained Diploma in Public health. Should I have to undergo the MPH course for two years and pay fee for two years or only one year?A: At the moment we are not allowing credit transfers for PGDPHM/DPH in our MPH program. Should you decide to pursue the program, you have to pursue the full two years program.
Q: I am student from life science background. Am I eligible?A: The course is open to candidates with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized university, with at least 50% marks. Applicants with relevant work experience in health or development sector and with a master's degree in any discipline will be given preference.
Q: Is experience required?A: Relevant work experience in health or development sector will be an advantage but not mandatory.
Q: Duration of the course?A: Two years
Q: Are hostel facilities available? What are the charges?A: Yes hostels are available. Charges will be communicated to you later on once your admission is confirmed.
Q: When the course will start?A: The current batch will start in the month of August 2016
Q: Is there any chance of getting scholarship for the MPH program? How shall I apply for that?A: At the moment we cannot assure you of any scholarships for the MPH program. However, we would be happy to assist you to secure scholarships. You may want to try and explore with country offices of WHO and other UN organizations. They generally sponsor such endeavors.
Some Link of External Scholarship options:
For Women scientist from India
For developing country participants to study in India
Q: Are there any seats sponsored by the government?A: At the moment there is no sponsorship for the program from the government.
About application process
Q: What is the admission procedure?A: Once your application for MPH with relevant documents received and your application is shortlisted you will be called for an Admission test. This test includes essay writing, group discussion and personal interview. Based on your performance and merit you will be confirmed by a committee for admission to MPH.
Q: Is referee details necessary?A: Yes
Q: What is a statement of purpose?A: It is a 250-500 words summary, written by the candidate, stating professional goals and career plans, including plans and expectations in pursuing MPH programme.
Q: Is it necessary to give PG exam?A: Your application will be assessed based on educational qualification, marks obtained in university exams and any PG entrance exams, work experience, and performance in personal interview and group discussion. PG entrance exam is one of the recommended criteria and not a requirement. Your scores in PG entrance exams will be given weightage during person interview.
Q: What are the employment opportunity after this course?A: The potential employers for MPH graduates include multilateral and bilateral organizations like World Health Organisation and other United Nations (UN) agencies, various state/central government departments, national and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), corporate social responsibility (CSR) or industry-supported foundations, academic/research institutions, hospitals, health insurance companies, and allied health organisations.
There is an active placement cell at IIPHG, with faculty coordinators from IIPH Gandhinagar and placement cell officer from parent body (Public Health Foundation of India). The job openings are shared with students by placement officer who also coordinates communication between student and potential employer. Also, the placement cell conducts a professional development workshop every year for students to learn CV/resume and cover letter writing, searching jobs, doing interviews and GDs, etc. Faculty mentors and placement officer also provide inputs on cover letters and resumes to each student.
Few organizations where PGDPHM graduates from IIPH Gandhinagar have been working are WHO India, governments of Gujarat and M.P., R.D. Gardi Medical College, NIHFW, UNICEF Gujarat, IL&FS, SEWA, Ahmedabad and Surat municipal corporations, etc.