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Department of Public Health was established in the year 2013 as a constituent department under K S Hegde Medical Academy. The department is comprised of dynamic public health professionals having diversified experiences with UN agencies like UNICEF, WHO; state and federal health systems and third sector as faculties. Department is offering a two years full time Master of Public Health (MPH) program which provides teaching, research and hands-on experience that prepare students, health science practitioners and researchers to develop and apply public health interventions for their fellow citizens. The program provides students with a strong foundation in epidemiology and biostatistics complimented by research methodology and behavioral sciences.

Master of Public Health (MPH) programme with us is an interdisciplinary post-graduate program spread over four semesters including four months field research (dissertation) and two months of internship in a health and development agencies recognised by the university. Through a well-integrated field oriented program guided by experienced faculty, students receive instruction in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Nutrition, Social & Behavioural  Sciences, Health Promotion, Health Informatics, Health System Planning & Management, Project Management, Health Economics etc. In compliance with the University Grants Commission, Department is currently considering to impart MPH programme under choice based credit system. Skill based certificate and diploma programme as well as doctoral courses at the department are also under process. Master of Public Hea

lth (MPH) programme enables students for a dynamic and challenging career opportunities in health and development sectors as public health consultants, epidemiologists, managers, research officers, analysts, or director in government or non-governmental organizations, UN agencies like World Health Organizations, UNICEF, UNDP, FAO etc., pharmaceutical and corporate companies, where over a quarter of million job opportunities are expected over the next decade.

Module Faculty
Introduction to Public Health Practice Dr. Sudeep Kumar
Dr. Sandeep Patil
Dr. Hitakshi Sehgal
Epidemiology Dr. Pratap Jena
Dr. Rashmi Kundapur
Dr. Sanjay Kini
Biostatistics Prof. Krishna Bhat
Dr. Sanal T S
Health & Development, Health Education and Health Promotion Dr. Mackwin D’Mello
Dr. Sudeep Kumar
Social and Behavioural Health Ms. Bhagyashree Bhandary
Demography Dr. Pratap Jena
Dr. Sanal T S
Dr Allen Prabhakar Ugargol*
Public Health Nutrition Dr. Sudeep Kumar
Dr. Mackwin D’mello
Dr. Manjunath R
Dr. Brajesh Raj Merta
Dr. Sucheta Shetty
Environmental and Occupational Health Dr. Karuna Ramesh
Dr. K G Kiran
Dr. Manjunath R
Infectious & Chronic Diseases Epidemiology Dr. Pratap Jena
Prof. Dr. Udaya Kiran
Dr Arun
Health Policy, Health Economic, Health Care Finance Prof. Dr. Rajshekar Nayar
Dr. Mohammed Shaffi
Dr. Arun Nair
Public Health Informatics Dr. Biju Soman
Dr. Kiran Venugopal*
Women’s Health, Child Health and Family Welfare Dr. Sanjeev Badiger
Dr. Rukmini R
Dr. Sridhar Ryavanki
Dr  Satheeshchandra
Ms. Ujjwala Gupta
Public Health Leadership & Management Dr. Sudeep Kumar
Dr. Anand Laxman
Research Methodology Prof. Dr. Rajasekhanarn Nayar
Prof. Dr Amol Dongre

  • Well Equipped Class Halls: Well-equipped class halls with individual student stations and latest in-built audio-visual facility.
  • Wi-Fi Campus: high speed wireless internet facility for regular classes, e-laboratory activity, group study as well as access to public health journals and reference books.
  • Library: An extensive library with large stock of text and reference books, subscriptions to national and international scientific journals, and a direct link with the Helinet and Delnet Consortia, with access to online journals.
  • Study Tour/Conference participation: Department promotes student study tour as well as paper presentation at national and international forums with mentored support.
  • Collaboration: University has provided opportunities for students to attend US Public health Schools as a part of Student Exchange Programme. Selected students will be sent University of Minnesota, School of Public Health with academic scholarships.
  • Field Exposure: The department is managing a network of 18 comprehensive rural health centres along the coastal areas of Karnataka and Kerala for field study on medical, psychiatric and dental health services. A dedicated air conditioned vehicle for monitoring peripheral rural health activities is also available. Community health services are being imparted regularly through these health centres.
  • Laboratory: Well-equipped laboratories devised to impart practical training to students in public health, health informatics, statistics, behavioural science and other modules in the campus as well as in the field. A 1200 bedded hospital with super speciality departments is well equipped to do research in clinical epidemiology and other public health issues. A separate centre for treatment of Cancer and a Centre for animal experimentation also attached with the institute.
  • Health Care: Students are covered under free OP medical and dental
Research Activities
Currently department is focused on research in the field of Maternal and Child Health, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) risk factors (Tobacco, Obesity, Diabetes, Alcohol and Hypertension), cancer screening, health promotion including school health programme and health systems.

Following research papers have been presented in various national / international conferences since our inception. Students are highly encouraged by committed faculty to attend such opportunities.

Student Research Papers presented during 2014-15
1. Mr. Ganesh Shrestha: Role of Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHV) in increasing access to modern contraception methods and medical abortion services among rural women, Nepal, at International Conference at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India on 18-02-2015 in association with of University of Minnesota.

2. Mr. Ganesh Shrestha: Access to Reproductive Health Services: Results of a pilot project to increase access to Medical Termination of Pregnancy service to the rural women of Nepal at 25th Annual Meeting of the Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction and Fertility and International Conference on Reproductive Health, Mumbai on 14.2.2015.

3. Dr. Archana B: Five decades of National Tuberculosis Control Program implementation and community awareness in India on 6th Nov, 2014 at India International Public Health Conference, Trivandrum.

4. Ms. Jennifer Mathias: India’s progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG)-5: experience from MMR trend in India on 6th Nov, 2014 at India International Public Health Conference, Trivandrum.

5. Dr. Gulzar Nayak: recent trends in underweight prevalence among under-five children in select Indian states during 2005-2014 on 6th Nov, 2014 at India International Public Health Conference, Trivandrum.

6. Ms. Nolita Dolcy Saldahna: India’s progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goal 4: trend in current infant mortality rates in Indian states, on 6th Nov, 2014 at India International Public Health Conference, Trivandrum.

7. Ms. Nivedita PJ: Post National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices (IYCF) in a High -Focus and Non-High Focus States in India: Experience from Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, on 6th Nov, 2014 at India International Public Health Conference, Trivandrum.

8. Ms. Yamuna: National rural health mission for achieving MDG goal-5: trend in full antenatal care and institutional delivery coverage in Bihar and Kerala, on 6th Nov, 2014 at India International Public Health Conference, Trivandrum.

9. Mr. Prem Kumar Sah, Cross sectional study on knowledge, attitude and practice on water, sanitation and hygiene among mother of under five children in forest village development committee (VDC) of Saptari, Nepal, on 6th Nov, 2014 at India International Public Health Conference, Trivandrum.

10. Dr. Gulzar Nayak, Mr. Prem Kumar Sah: Role of Enabling Environment in Healthy Eating: Results from Food Menu Analysis of Health Professional Students, on 23.1.2014 at 58th Annual National Conference of Indian Public Health Association 22nd – 24th January 2014

Faculty Research Papers during 2013-2015
1. Dr. Sudeep Kumar: Daily Cigarette Consumption and Quantity Bought During Last Purchase: GATS-India Data and Its Validity” at “16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health” held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 21-03-2015

2. Dr. Pratap Jena: “Daily Cigarette Consumption and Gender Reversal in India: What went wrong?” at “16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health” held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 19-03-2015.

3. Dr. Pratap Jena: “Assessment of Bidi Dependence in Multiple Tobacco Use Settings: Evidence from and Implication in Indian Context” at “16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health” held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 18-03-2015.

4. Dr. Pratap Jena: “Simultaneous use of other tobacco products and its effect on daily cigarette consumption and nicotine addiction assessment: Evidence from Bangladesh” at “16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health” held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 18-03-2015.

5. Dr. Sudeep Kumar: “Use of hand-held devices in large population survey: Evidence of Global Adult Tobacco Survey India (2009-10) and its implication evidence based public health policy” at International Conference on “Public health infrastructure in transition: challenges and a way forward” held at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India on 20-02-2015 in association with University of Minnesota.

6. Dr. Sudeep Kumar: “Socio- economic factors determining treatment compliance among tuberculosis patients in west cost of Indian Peninsula “ at “International conference on public health infrastructure in transition challenges and a way forward. .” held at Jamia Millia Islamia of Minnesota, New Delhi India on 18-02-2015.

7. Dr. Pratap Jena: “Global Adult Tobacco Survey, India (2009-10): Why There is Need for Improvement?" at APOCP International Conference, Taipei, Taiwan on 22 March 2014.

8. Dr. Pratap Jena: “Estimating expenditure on tobacco product: a quantitative tool for cancer prevention advocacy” at APOC

P International Conference, Taipei, Taiwan on 23 March 2014. 9. Dr. Pratap Jena: “Public Health Standards and Filaria Control in India: A Review” at the 3rd International Colloquium on health systems and control of neglected diseases in Asia, held at Bengaluru from November 21-23, 2013.

Journal Reviewing
Faculty members are reviewers of renowned indexed journals
  • British Journal of Psychiatry,
  • British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open
  • Cancer Biology and Medicine
  • Bio-Med Central (BMC) Research Notes
  • International Journal of Medicine and Public Health
  • Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
  • Journal of Harm Reduction
  • Public Health Nutrition (Cambridge University Press)
  • Collaborations with Minnesota University: The Nitte (Deemed to be University) has collaboration with to University of Minnesota, School of Public Health where students gets opportunity to visit Minneapolis – Twin City Campus for attending Summer Institute for additional credits. Meritorious students have been sent to attend this summer school.
  • Project Implementation:Department is currently implementing National Health Mission awarded evaluation project to evaluate Special New-born Care Units in the state of Karnataka, 2014-15.
  • Collaborations with United Nations agencies and Government Agencies: - Faculty members in collaboration with UNICEF and Govt. of Karnataka involved in RMNCH+ A facility assessment in high priority districts in the state of Karnataka in 2013. - Faculty member was invited as technical expert for operationalising District Infant Death Review Programmes under UNICEF supported project in 2013. - Faculty member was invited as resource person for Tobacco Cessation Workshop at Maulana Azad Medical College, Govt. of Delhi, in Nov, 2013. - Faculty members were invited as resource person for at India International Public Health Conference, Trivandrum, during 6-7 Nov 2014.
Organisation contextual public health programmes & workshops: Regular workshop/seminar on topics of public health significance being organized routinely by the department.

For Admission Details
The Deputy Registrar (Admin), Nitte (Deemed to be University), 6th Floor, University Enclave, Medical Sciences Complex, Deralakatte, Mangalore – 575018 Karnataka, India Tel: 91 – 824 – 2204300/01/02/03/04 Fax: 91 – 824 – 2204305 Email:

For Academic Details
Head of the Department Department of Public Health K. S. Hegde Medical Academy IInd Floor, Physiotherapy Block Nithyananda Nagar, Deralakatte Mangalore – 573018 Karnataka, India

Tel: 91 – 824 – 2202444 (Direct from 0900 -1600 hours IST) Mobile: +91 997 289 3211; Fax: 91 – 824 – 220 4162 Email:

What is Public Health & MPH?
Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases.

The MPH is a demanding, interdisciplinary program required across the globe and focuses on active, student-directed learning, problem solving, and acquiring the skills essential for efficient public health practice. MPH students bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to the program as they come from different geographical locations and educational and professional background.

Scope of the Program
This program aims to impart international quality education in public health to create a cadre of public health professionals for delivering better health care and development. There is an increasing demand for public health professionals in Government organizations, national and international non-Government Organizations, United Nation organization and its agencies like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNOPS, UN WOMEN, FAO etc. and private sector organizations and in the field of research. This program will help in bridging the gaps in Public Health research and training.

Government of India has highlighted in the National Health Policy 2002 that a large number of specialists should be trained in Public Health. World Health Organization has also emphasized the need for establishing a workforce with public health training and research. As public health professionals must act as linking pins between theory and practice, between research and policy, they must be able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of other professionals and experts from academia, bureaucracies and service organization in health and development. Therefore the MPH Program is designed to align the objectives around United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals related with public health and development with a strong foundation in core subjects such as epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, health system and policy, management, environmental and occupational health including public health research and other subjects.

1. To equip students to have an overall perspective on public health.
2. To create efficient managers with advanced leadership skills in public health management.
3. To instil interdisciplinary approach to problem solving skills and research in public health.

Career in Public Health
MPH degree holders get into following career streams

Rapid changes in both the private and public sectors of health care and related industries mean more opportunities for qualified professionals to manage complex institutions, organizations, and health services delivery programs.

:Health policy examines the complexity and dynamics of public health system and its impact on the health of individuals and communities. Degree in public health will multiply one’s career opportunities regardless of academic background. With an advanced degree, one can be in a position to make vital health policy decisions that affect countless lives.

Community Practice:
Community practice offers career opportunities to those striving for mobility or a leadership position in health care programs. A public health degree will equip with the knowledge and leadership experiences needed to launch a successful career in community practice.

A career in basic and applied research demands interdisciplinary skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly-changing field. A background in science – biological, natural, social, or behavioural – opens the door to many career opportunities, and an advanced degree in public health will enhance to reach full potential in the field of research.

Public health problems involve complex and interrelated social, behavioural, legal, medical, and economic issues. For those who are interested in health education, virtually every specialization within public health offers career opportunities that will make an impact on people’s lives. As an educator with a degree in public health one can develop and implement interventions designed to improve

Course Structure
MPH degree is 60 credits semester based full time course including submission of dissertation on the topic registered and will be of 24 months (4 semesters). First three semesters will be of full time on-campus course and in the final semester first four months for conducting dissertation activities (data collection, data entry, analysis, report writing and submission for evaluation) including final submissions and rest of the two months for internship from any health/development agencies recognized by the university.

Number of students
Annual intake of students for the academic year 2016-17 will be 20 seats. University reserves 80 % of the seats for Indian students; rest will be for overseas students preferably from developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America

Graduate in:
  • Health Sciences - MBBS, BDS, BV Sc, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, B.Sc (N), P.B. B.Sc (N), BPT, B.Pharm, BPH (3 years)
  • Paramedical Sciences- B.Sc MIT, B.Sc A&OTT, B.Sc MLT
  • Biomedical Science, Veterinary Sciences, Natural Sciences (any life science), Social Sciences & Social Work
  • Engineering including Environmental Engineering
  • Management from a recognised Indian University with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate

Selection Process
Prospective Indian students will be selected on the basis of educational qualifications and achievements, professional experience relevant to the field of public health.

Selection of overseas students will be based on educational qualifications, professional experience, eligibility as assessed by the sponsoring organizations and a telephonic interview. Whereever applicable, students will have to provide certification for proficiency in English at the time of selection.

Final selection of prospective students will be prepared based on academic performance and relevant professional experience.