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Establishing a school of public heatlh in southern India: Lessons learnt

K. Mohandas, MD, FRCA, Director, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Trivandrum, 695011, India, 91-471-2443085, director@sctimst.ac.in

The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology promotes research, training and consultancy Public Health. As a part of this, a Master's programme in Public Health (MPH) was begun in January 1997, and so far, eight batches have graduated. It was started when MPH was not a required qualification for any job position in India. Despite this, the course has become a highly popular, and all the graduates have been able to find gainful and meaningful employment. Some lessons learned:

1. Lack of Trained Personnel in Public Health Management was a lacuna in this country; but the importance of such training was fully recognized only after the MPH graduates and their expertise became available. 2. There is a severe lack of resource persons for Public Health Training but this can be overcome by sharing resources among the schools of public health. 3. It is important that a network of schools of public health in the developing countries may be formed for standardization of curriculum, teaching methodology, admission and assessment of students, and for sharing resources. Use of satellite based distance education techniques lend themselves admirably to such an endeavor.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to

Keywords: India, International Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No

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International Public Health Education

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA