A Ph.D. in Public Health is a 5-year doctorate degree of the highest accord in the field of Public Health. The minimum eligibility is a Masters degree in Public Health. Admissions to this course require an aspirant to qualify a NET or National Eligibility Test Examination. Its aim is to ensure that an entrant is qualified enough for research work. For other jobs like teaching the subject, SET or State Eligibility tests must be qualified.
A Ph.D. in Public Health matters when it is done from the top institutes. In India, one can pursue a Ph.D. in Public Health from the following institutes-
Like most Indian courses regulation, the tuition fee for students who would be pursuing Ph.D. in Public Health varies with differing institutions. Taking admission in a Public University can cost a student an average tuition fee between INR 30,000 to 65,000 annually. Ph.D. in Public Health doctorates are hired in capacities such as Research Public Health Analyst, Public Health Economist, Public Health, Planning, and Education Officer, Public Health Research Epidemiologist, and much more. The average annual salary offered to such professionals ranges between INR 1 and 3 Lacs, increasing with candidates’ experience and expertise.
|Course Level||Doctorate Program|
|Duration of the Course||3 years|
|Examination Type||Both Semester and Annual|
|Eligibility||Qualifying the National Eligibility Test Examination|
|Admission Process||Entrance exam based/ Merit-based|
|Course Fee||INR 65,000|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 1 to 3 Lacs|
|Job Positions||Research Public Health Analyst, Public Health Economist, Public Health Planning, and Education Officer, Public Health Research Epidemiologist, etc.|
A Ph.D. in Public Health course is a popular choice for those aspirants who like research work, inquisition for learning and understanding the relevance of the subject. Major prospects of the course involve analyzing the health of the population and the various threats associated with human life. It is a good course for those who have a sense of empathy and want to influence the lives of others in a positive manner. Here are few of the subjects which are being taught to the students undertaking the course:
Ph.D. in Public Health program is beneficial for those who want to perform leadership roles in the field, especially policy analysis with the government. Through a degree in Public Health, one can work in various foundations like physician, dietician, social work, etc.
The objective of this course is to make candidates aware and attain proficient knowledge available on the subject and publish their theses and earn accordingly. Ph.D. in Public Health course facilitates the incorporation of practical field work along with the theoretical subject, this in a way would enhance the hygiene standards of the communities in the country and enable the people to lead a healthier lifestyle.
|Name of Institute||Location||Average Annual Fees (in INR)|
|TATA Institute of Social Sciences||Mumbai, Maharashtra||INR 31,000|
|Institute of Public Health||Bangalore, Karnataka||INR 51,666|
|Institute of Public Health and Hygiene||New Delhi, Delhi||INR 74,990|
|SRM Institute of Science and Technology||Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu||INR 60,000|
|Savitribai Phule Pune Iniversity||Pune, Maharashtra||INR 65,900|
|Achutha Menon Centre for Health Sciences||Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala||INR 42,000|
|Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research: School of Public Health||Chandigarh||INR 85,000|
Students aspiring for Ph.D. in Public Health need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criterion:
Most Private Institutions in the country offer a specialized Ph.D. in Public Health. The admission process is through merit in TISS. One must have a minimum of 55% in their Post Graduation. Admission across various colleges is through the NET exam. A few institutes provide a direct access to their programme if one had their PG degree and a five-year experience.
Ph.D. degrees have a different structure when it comes to the breakup of the curriculum. Below listed is the semester wise break of the course. It may vary from state to universities, however, the core subjects remain unchanged.
|Semester I||Semester II|
|Introduction to Public Health||Epidemiology|
|Human Biology & Public Health Chemistry||Demography & Population Sciences|
|Medical & Health Statistics||Project Planning & Management|
|Research Methods in Public Health||Communicable & Infectious Diseases|
|Health Psychology, Communication & Counseling||Non-communicable Diseases|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|Health of Vulnerable Populations||Public Health Nutrition|
|Environmental Health & Sustainable Development||Health Systems Development & Management|
|Occupational, Industrial and Urban Health||International Health|
|Health Policy, Planning & Economics||Research Project|
|Public Health Internship||-|
However, the scope of a Ph.D. degree is very limited and time-consuming. One can aim for research work, a professor at a university, social work, public health analyst, etc. In India, the scope is limited but abroad, there is a demand for such courses and individuals trained in the same.
Apart from stepping into the industry, one can work as a nurse in hospitals, physician, public health manager, etc. A Ph.D. in Public Health holder in this field earns about INR 45000 per month as a professor in a university. However, the demand for such courses is very limited and by the time one completes their degree, approximately 8 years of their lives have had been wasted. It is not a very sought-out option if you dream of quick money or do not want to slog.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Salary (in INR)|
|Research Public Health Analyst||Conduct analyses and then manage data acquired from childhood education, disability, and health projects. Is also responsible for add to the professional prestige of the firm.||INR 3,47,455|
|Public Health Planning and Education Officer||Responsible for the analysis and interpretation of data to plan and lead activities and program initiatives||INR 2.25 Lac/s|
|Public Health Research Epidemiologist||Will be required to take the responsibility of data management and perform literature searches.Has to conduct, maintain, and submit study logistics.||INR 1.45 Lac/s|
|Public Health Economist||Responsible for identifying, analyzing, interpreting, and fabricating reforms. They are also responsible for showcasing professional leadership in the sector of Public Health Maintainence.||INR 4.25 Lac/s|
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