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POST–GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN

BIOSTATISTICS AND
DATA MANAGEMENT
(AUGUST 2009 – JULY 2010)
Venue: Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Hyderabad
POST–GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN
BIOSTATISTICS AND DATA MANAGEMENT

BACKGROUND hospitals, contract and clinical research organizations

P ublic health in India is at crossroads, and any future
growth will depend on investment in human capital
as well as in developing the capacities of the health
(CROs), pharmaceutical companies, those engaged
in National public health programs initiated by the
Government of India (for instance, the Integrated Disease
workforce. Biostatistics and Data Management is a key Surveillance Programme) and research institutions.
domain within the growing private and public sector
activities in public health. To address these gaps in Course Duration
institutional training capacities, PHFI has prioritized a
specialized training in this discipline by offering a Post–
Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics and Data Management.
T his is a one year fully residential programme. Ten
months teaching (including evaluation) + two
months of internship.
PHFI is proud to announce this program to its second
batch of students. This post graduate program is course outline
presently being offered at IIPH, Hyderabad.

Objectives
T he course content includes - introductory lectures in
public health, biostatistics in health research, basic
epidemiology and study designs, sampling and survey
• To equip quantitatively-oriented students with modern strategies, data processing and management, probability
tools of data management and applied biostatistics theory, sampling theory and inference, hypothesis testing
that would lead them towards a career as practising correlation & regression, ANOVA methods, analysis of
biostatisticians. randomized experiments, factorial design, mixed effects
• To enhance the skills of practising biostatisticians and models, analysis of categorical data, multivariate analysis
epidemiologists in the areas of medical research and techniques, longitudinal, and time-series data analysis,
public health. survival data analysis and clinical trials. Students would be
required to perform statistical analysis using SAS and R.
Eligibility Special modules including Bayesian methods,

S tudents with a quantitative background and those
interested in a career as a biostatician. The course is
also open for health professionals having an interest and
statistical genetics, geo-statistics, environmental
statistics and modeling of disease surveillance data may
also be offered depending on interest.
background in statistics and epidemiology. Proficiency Students will be evaluated based on assignments
in english would be desirable. and projects which will comprise design, analysis and
Eligible candidates would be screened, based on reporting. Further, the students are required to undertake
their application and statement of purpose by a a two-month long internship as a statistical consultant.
specially constituted screening committee. Short-listed
candidates would then be interviewed and the final list Teaching
announced. Decisions taken by the selection committee
will be final.
Preference will be given to in-service candidates
T eaching methods would include lectures, lab-
based exercises, article critiquing, group projects,
simulation studies, data analysis exercises, individual
nominated by the government for the programme. project work, statistical consulting and internship.

Target Audience Course fees

P ublic and private sector organizations, academicians
and researchers in public health, medical colleges, T he Course fees is Rs. 2 lakhs per candidate, for one
year.
about phfi career professionals. It will provide a basic understanding

P HFI, a public-private partnership, is a large uniquely-
designed & sustainable response to the service
shortfall of public health professionals (needed in the
of key issues in health economics and economic
evaluation for informed decision and policy-making.

government, NGO and private sectors) in India. The Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research
PHFI was launched on March 28, 2006 at New Delhi, The Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research is a one
by the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. year programme which aims to focus on the scientific,
PHFI is autonomously governed and is managed by ethical and operational issues related to clinical
a fully empowered, independent, Governing Board research. The multi-disciplinary curriculum will enable
that is represented by multiple constituencies. These students to develop skills for research methodology and
constituencies include representatives from government, data management, special types of clinical trials and
contributing philanthropists and leading Indian and management and communication skills.
international professionals.
The PHFI’s charter includes the setting up of new Masters in Public Health
institutes for public health education and training in This two year masters programme aims to promote health
various States, assisting in the enhancement of capacity systems and public health research and implementing
of existing public health training institutions, pursuing solutions in institutional and field settings. It will prepare
vigorous research and advocacy efforts on public health health professionals to work in socially, culturally and
and related issues. economically diverse populations by being attentive
to needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. It
The other programmes offered by PHFI at the various IIPHs will work towards imparting qualities of leadership
are as listed below: among public health professionals and effectively use
communication skills for health advocacy. Through
Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management this programme we will train personnel in programme
This Diploma is a one year, fully residential course which organization and management, problem solving, and
aims to bridge the gap in public health managerial critical thinking in the health systems and the public
capacity amongst health professionals in the country. health domain.
The development of managerial competencies is
presently not a part of the formal medical/para-medical Epidemiology Distance Learning Course
educational system. Hence, this programme imparts the PHFI is offering a distance learning course in
knowledge and skills to address and resolve key health epidemiology. Those interested in learning the basic
management challenges. concepts and skills in epidemiology, but unable to join
a formal classroom based course can enroll for this
Post Graduate Diploma in Health Economics, Health distance programme. It offers modules on six focus
Care Financing and Health Policy areas: basic epidemiology, practical epidemiology,
While it is known that enhanced knowledge and a computer based statistics, communicable diseases, non-
better understanding of health economics is central to communicable diseases and writing research papers.
more effective policy-making for better health services, The enrolled candidates will be able to go through the
strategic capacity and skills to do so, has been one of our course materials from their remote sites but will need to
key challenges. This 9-month semi-residential diploma come for in-class interaction with instructors for a short
course in health economics is designed mainly for mid- period.
Programme brochures and application forms are available on
the PHFI website www.phfi.org

Please submit your filled application form to the Public Health
Foundation of India, Delhi, at the address given below.

For other enquiries or nominations, please contact:

Manager
Academic Programmes
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
IInd Floor, PHD Chamber,
4/2, Siri Fort Institutional Area,
August Kranti Marg,
New Delhi- 110016
Tel: 011- 46046000
Email: acad@phfi.org or,
log on to www.phfi.org

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