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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-

  • TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
  • KR Mangalam University, Gurgaon
  • Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, Jaipur
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
  • KLE University, Belgaum
  • Amity University, Noida

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.

Top Colleges for Ph.D. (Public Health)

  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Maharashtra
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Chennai
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Science in Telangana

Ph.D. in Public Health: Course Highlights

Course LevelDoctorate Program
Duration of the Course3 years
Examination TypeBoth Semester and Annual
EligibilityQualifying the National Eligibility Test Examination
Admission ProcessEntrance exam based/ Merit-based
Course FeeINR 65,000
Average Starting SalaryINR 1 to 3 Lacs
Job PositionsResearch Public Health Analyst, Public Health Economist, Public Health Planning, and Education Officer, Public Health Research Epidemiologist, etc.

Ph.D. in Public Health: What is it About?

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:

  • Public Health Nutrition
  • International Health
  • Health Systems Development & Management
  • The health of Vulnerable Populations
  • Health Policy, Planning & Economics

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.

Ph.D. in Public Health: Top Institutes

Name of InstituteLocationAverage Annual Fees (in INR)
TATA Institute of Social SciencesMumbai, MaharashtraINR 31,000
Institute of Public HealthBangalore, KarnatakaINR 51,666
KR Mangalam UniversityGurgaonINR 70,300
Institute of Public Health and HygieneNew Delhi, DelhiINR 74,990
Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole UniversityJaipurINR 40,000
KLE UniversityBelgaumINR 66,000
Amity UniversityNoidaINR 1,12,000
KIIT BhubaneswarBhubaneswarINR 1,17,000
Singhania UniversityRajasthanINR 57,600
SRM Institute of Science and TechnologyChennaiINR 60,000
Savitribai Phule Pune UniversityPune, MaharashtraINR 65,900
Central University of KerelaKasaragodINR 11,900
Achutha Menon Centre for Health SciencesThiruvananthapuram, KeralaINR 42,000
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research: School of Public HealthChandigarhINR 85,000

Ph.D. in Public Health: Eligibility

Students aspiring for Ph.D. in Public Health need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criterion:

  1. Successfully completed  a PG degree in Public Health
  2. Completion of a Second Class Master’s degree in a relevant subject through a recognized university with an aggregate of 55%.
  3. Qualifying the National Eligibility Test Examination with good rank
  4. A 5-year relevant experience in the Public Health sector

Ph.D. in Public Health: Admission Process

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. in Public Health: Syllabus and Course description

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 ISemester II
Introduction to Public HealthEpidemiology
Human Biology & Public Health ChemistryDemography & Population Sciences
Medical & Health StatisticsProject Planning & Management
Research Methods in Public HealthCommunicable & Infectious Diseases
Health Psychology, Communication & CounselingNon-communicable Diseases
Semester IIISemester IV
Health of Vulnerable PopulationsPublic Health Nutrition
Environmental Health & Sustainable DevelopmentHealth Systems Development & Management
Occupational, Industrial and Urban HealthInternational Health
Health Policy, Planning & EconomicsResearch Project
Public Health Internship-

Ph.D. in Public Health: Career Prospects

However, the scope of a Ph.D. in Public Health 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 PositionJob DescriptionAverage Salary (in INR)
Research Public Health AnalystConduct 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 OfficerResponsible for the analysis and interpretation of data to plan and lead activities and program initiativesINR 2.25 Lac/s
Public Health Research EpidemiologistWill 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 EconomistResponsible 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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