BA in Public Health is a 3-year undergraduate program, designed for interested candidates having qualified the Senior Secondary Examination (10+2), from a recognized educational Board.
The course focuses on the science of protection and improvement of the health of communities through education, policy making, and research for disease and injury prevention.
The whole course is divided into 6 semesters, of 6 months each, which can be pursued in India for an average course fee ranging between INR 20K and 1 Lakh, varying across institutes.
Admission to eligible candidates is provided based on the marks scored at the 10+2 level, or performance in a relevant entrance exam.
|Bachelor of Arts in Maharashtra||Bachelor of Arts in Kerala||Bachelor of Arts in Uttar Pradesh||Bachelor of Arts in Tamil Nadu|
Successful graduates of the course can find employment across various government and private sector areas, such as:
The average monthly salary offered in India to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 20K and 50K, depending upon the candidate’s experience and expertise in the field.
Tabulated below are the major highlights of the course.
|Basic Eligibility Criteria||10+2 from a recognized educational Board.|
|Admission Process||Counseling after qualification of a relevant entrance test/ performance at 10+2 level.|
|Top Recruiting Areas/Fields||Private & Government Hospitals, Healthcare NGOs, Healthcare Institutes, Multinational NGOs, Colleges & Universities, Government organizations, International Healthcare Organizations, and such.|
|Top Recruiters||NHM (National Health Mission), RNTCP, Malaria Eradication Schemes, Nutrition Schemes, UNICEF, FHI, Access, UNDP, CARE, etc.|
|Job Profiles||Health Visitor, Assistant Program Officer, Program Officer, Deputy Director (PH) in Government, Health Inspector and Health Officer in Municipal Councils and Corporations, Field Officer, among others.|
|Average Initial Salary||INR 2 to 8 Lacs|
|Total Course Fee||INR 1 to 3 Lacs|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
BA in Public Health has been designed to provide eligible candidates advanced specialization in a wide range of skills and knowledge required by the public health sector, to prevent various diseases and promote & improve health and lives of communities.
Such graduates aspiring to learn more about the field may pursue higher degree courses like M.A., Ph. D., M. Phil., etc. in the discipline.
Students enrolled to the course are imparted the requisite knowledge and skills to:
Ideal candidates for the course would typically possess:
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES|
|National Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC)||New Delhi||INR 6,000 (course)|
|Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)||Pune||INR 4,614 (course)|
|Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR)||New Delhi||INR16,390 (course)|
|ST. Xavier’s College||Mumbai||INR 5,400 (course)|
|Christ University||Bangalore||INR 56,667 (course)|
|Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)||Mumbai||Not Mentioned|
|Presidency College||Chennai||INR 1,245 (course)|
|Madras Christian College (MMC)||Chennai||INR 18,719 (course)|
|Hindu College||New Delhi||INR 14,333 (course)|
|Hans Raj College (HRC)||New Delhi||INR 14,333 (course)|
|Fergusson College||Pune||INR 2,687 (course)|
|Christian Medical College (CMC)||Vellore||INR 9,712 (course)|
|Jesus and Mary College (JMC)||New Delhi||INR 12,997 (course)|
|Presidency University||Kolkata||INR 3,700 (course)|
|Jai Hind College||Mumbai||INR 4,262 (course)|
|National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW)||New Delhi||INR 1,00,000 (course)|
|Sri Venkateswara College||New Delhi||INR 9,590 (course)|
|Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC)||New Delhi||INR 9,120 (course)|
|ST. Xavier’s College||Ahmadabad||INR 4,720 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH)||New Delhi||INR 1,00,000 (course)|
Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.
|Bachelor of Arts in Bihar||Bachelor of Arts in Gujarat||Bachelor of Arts in West Bengal||Bachelor of Arts in Telangana|
Most institutes offering the course admit students based on performance in a relevant entrance test, often followed by a round of personal interview, wherein their general aptitude for the course is tested. Admission process generally varies across colleges.
A few institutes also provide direct admission based on the candidate’s performance at the 10+2 level.
Listed below are some of the entrance exams conducted in the country for admission to the course.
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|SEMESTER I||SEMESTER II|
|Introduction to Public Health||Health Psychology|
|Human Biology||Communication and Counseling|
|Public Health Chemistry||Basics of Epidemiology|
|Research Methods in Public Health||Field Visit|
|SEMESTER III||SEMESTER IV|
|Population Sciences||Health of Vulnerable Population|
|Project Planning & Management||Environmental Science and Sustainable Development|
|Communicable & Infectious Diseases||Field Visit|
|SEMESTER V||SEMESTER VI|
|Occupational, Industrial and Urban Health||Health Systems Development & Management.|
|Health Policy, Planning & Economics||International Health|
|Public Health Nutrition||Research Project|
|Public Health Internship||Field Visit|
Demand for Public Health professionals is ever-increasing all over the world, due to:
Upon successful completion of the course, such graduates can work with the Government of India across its various schemes and programs, like:
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such graduates are mentioned below along with the corresponding salary and job description associated to each.
|JOB PROFILE||JOB DESCRIPTION||SALARY (Tentative)|
|Assistant Health Visitor||An Assistant Health Visitor works with Health Visitors, and is a registered nurse who visits, supports, and educates families with children, and promotes good health and prevents illness among societies.||INR 2 to 5 Lacs|
|Assistant Program Officer||An Assistant Program Officer maintains an orderly flow of information and tasks, and reports the activities and performance of all the staff involved in the program to the Program Officer. If the program officer is unavailable, the Assistant Officer takes all the decisions related to a program.||INR 2 to 4.5 Lacs|
|Field Officer||A Field Officer is responsible for designing, conducting, monitoring, and keeping track of the effects of experiments and trials in the field, glasshouses, and laboratories.||INR 2 to 4 Lacs|
|Public Health Officer||A Public Health Officer applies knowledge of preventive medicine and public health issues to promote health care to groups and societies, and aid in the prevention or reduction of risk of disease, injury, disability, or death.||INR 2 to 6 Lacs|