Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Epidemiology is the foundation on which public health decisions are made, implemented and evaluated. It also serves as the tool for identifying the risks, determining the relationships, estimating the burden of disease, identifying & instituting appropriate prevention, control measures and finally evaluating the public health decisions.

This is an interdisciplinary programme designed for professionals from diverse backgrounds, including public health professionals, physicians, nurses, clinical research professionals, health educators, and policy experts etc. We teach the basic skills needed to critique the medical literature by providing a fundamental understanding of epidemiology and biostatistics.

Students will enhance their skills in Epidemiological and Bio-statistical methods, Research Methodology & Effective Scientific Writing, and Critical Analysis of Scientific Research Papers.

Applied Nutrition and Dietetics

In recent years, advances made in the science of nutrition have helped in better understanding of the role of nutrition in health and disease. This has led to an increasing interest in the area of nutrition by strategic personnel working in medical, public health and agricultural fields. With the recognition of the rightful place of nutrition in community health, there has been an awakening among the governmental and non-governmental agencies resulting in the launching of many large scale nutrition programmes. The planning of such programmes, their proper implementation and evaluation of their impact call for public health personnel adequately trained in nutrition.

This certificate programme, offered to persons involved in community health nutrition, medical education and public health has a combined integrative and preventative educational approach to health, nutrition and disease. It covers the fundamentals of Nutrition & Dietetics, aiming to equip professionals to help shift the current healthcare system from one of treatment to that of disease prevention and maintenance of optimal health.

The students will be given an exposure to latest developments in nutrition, particularly aspects relevant to developing countries. They will acquire skills for investigating theoretical, clinical and applied aspects of nutrition. This will enable students to evolve effective methods of management and prevention of nutritional problems considering the existing economic, social and administrative dynamics besides conducting operational research on planning and implementation of national nutrition programmes.