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Masters in Public Health

2-YEAR Masters in
PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH) with Access Health

Despite significant achievements over the years, Public Health challenges continue to stretch the existing resources, both in India and in the world. The countries, across the globe, strive towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, yet the agenda remains unfinished. With the commencement of Sustainable Development Goals era, a renewed thrust is required to maintain & improve upon the progress achieved so far.

Program Overview

Public Health serves to redress the limited institutional capacity in India by strengthening training, research and policy development in the Healthcare scenario. It engages with the research community, academia, NGOs, civil society and international agencies towards a collective action on health. Public Health is hailed as the front runner for improving India’s health parameters.

While old threats continue to challenge health systems, new issues and challenges have appeared, thereby overburdening the health systems. Countries have developed an increased ownership towards the need to create a healthier population. Across the world, governments and voluntary organisations have worked towards strengthening the health systems through multiple approaches. Public Health professionals help in bridging the gap between the clinical and managerial aspects of the program implementation and provide techno-managerial inputs. Public Health Programs demand a special emphasis on the study of disease epidemiology, various determinants of health & emerging challenges in Health, Public Policy Making and Program Management.

MBA Healthcare specialisation in Public Health at Chitkara University is broad, integrative, multi-disciplinary and multi sectoral in approach. It prepares the students for challenging careers in Public Health Management in public & private sectors, nongovernmental organisations, across national & multinational organisations. The Program accepts fresh graduates as well as experienced professionals from Medical & Allied Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Social Sciences.

About ACCESS Health International

The Government of India introduced a new National Health Policy in 2017 which set universal health coverage as a goal. India is now in the midst of what some have dubbed, the world’s biggest healthcare overhaul. This includes the launch of world’s largest health insurance program, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), also known as Ayushman Bharat. The program promises Indian citizens seamless, equitable, and efficient healthcare, available anytime and anywhere. Since healthcare is traditionally controlled by the states in India, the healthcare system is splintered with highly fragmented delivery mechanisms. To fulfill its promise to provide universal health coverage, the health system must be transformed and shift towards a digital health ecosystem.

Program Objectives: To support the efforts of the Indian government to achieve universal health coverage by adopting new digital health technologies, ACCESS Health created a new program called ACCESS Health Digital.ACCESS Health Digital will focus on building a harmonized digital health ecosystem that will support the goal of streamlined and sustainable universal health coverage. Our digital team is developing new evidence based approaches to bridge gaps between healthcare providers, payers, and the government.

ACCESS Health Digital developed a comprehensive strategy for the Indian health system to leverage technological advancements and transform into a digitally driven healthcare system. The team’s research, advocacy and strategic advisory services highlight new ways for healthcare systems to leverage technological advancements to transform into digitally driven systems.

Impact: ACCESS Health Digital developed a six pillar digital health strategy towards transformation of the health system. The government’s recently launched National Digital Health Blueprint validates the six pillar strategy that ACCESS Health advocated for. ACCESS Health Digital continues to work closely with the government of India to further refine the strategy and implement new steps towards a new digital health strategy for India.

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Campus Recruitment

Once you hold an MPH Degree, there are a number of careers available to you. Your chosen specialisation will determine greatly which job you will end up having. Careers exist in public and private sectors, as well as with NGOs & non-profit organisations. Common roles include:

  • Epidemiologists, who look at disease patterns and try to identify the cause and effect of certain diseases & illnesses. You can take on various roles in this field, whether you focus on actual medicine or not. You can even focus specifically on veterinary epidemiology.
  • Health Administrator, whereby you will ensure that the Health Centre that you work for operates smoothly, within budget and without compromising on quality of care. In fact, passionate Health Administrators will work not just on maintaining excellent levels of care, but on improving them too.
  • Biostatisticians, who work with data to analyse whether a certain treatment plan worked, what are the influence of certain environmental conditions, and more. Pharmaceutical companies, Educational Institutions, and Government Agencies are the most common employers.
  • Public Health Practitioner, in which role you will help educate the public about how to achieve better health outcomes, while also promoting efforts to achieve this. Your role will be to identify how to take control in improving health outcomes across the world. It is a strategic role, but remains at the grassroot level, as you will work directly with the community to improve their overall quality of life.
  • Public Health Lobbyist or Public Affairs Consultant, in which role you will try to lobby government officials by asking them to make a strong commitment towards improving overall health outcomes.

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Program Highlights

As part of the MPH Degree, you will be provided with quantitative & qualitative analytical research skills, and the ability to focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the world of Healthcare Management. Because of this interdisciplinary nature, your study will usually overlap with a range of other fields, including International Relations, Politics, Statistics, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, and Nursing.

Public Health is an interdisciplinary field that brings together expertise from a range of disciplines including Medicine, Social Sciences, Management, Engineering, Information Technology, etc. The Public Health Sector in India is in critical need of qualified Public Health Specialists and the MPH program aims to bridge this gap. The MPH program offered by Chitkara Business School has been designed to help participants acquire skills to examine and respond to current Public Health challenges.

The curriculum is structured to build knowledge, develop skills and provide exposure to real-world situations in public health and healthcare management. Courses will be taught by distinguished faculty who have contributed to meeting the challenges of Public Health & Healthcare Management. The pedagogy for each course is selected judiciously, and consistently encourages students to learn experientially, by helping them to relate concepts and theories to Public Health Management Systems. The program aims to develop students’ competencies in the following core areas:

  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Health Management
  • Functional Management & Ethics
  • Biostatistics
  • Public Health biology
  • Social & Behavioural Sciences
  • Public Policy

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