Department of Public Health

Department of Public Health

Department of Public Health was established in the year 2013 as a constituent department under K. S. Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte (Deemed to be University). The Department strives to develop competent public health professionals capable of tackling various public health challenges at national and global levels. The Department has trained faculty from multiple disciplines of health sciences with diverse public health career experiences. The Department aims to strengthen itself in terms of a demand-based public health approach such as emerging and re-emerging diseases of the current global public health situations.

Research Thrust Areas:

  • Spatial Analysis in Public Health
  • Decision Support System in Public Health
  • Tobacco Control
  • Public Health Nutrition – Child & Adolescent nutrition

Services Provided:


  • Collaborations with Minnesota University, USA: The Nitte University collaborates with the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, where students can visit Minneapolis – Twin City Campus for attending Summer Public Health Institute for additional credits
  • The Department was awarded the 'Global Partner Award' in 2017 by the University of Minnesota, USA, for its achievement in the successful conduct of student exchange programs.
  • Mackwin Kenwood D'mello was awarded an 'Emerging Young Researcher' by Asia Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention in 2017
  • Mackwin Kenwood D'mello is an Associate Editor for the Journal Revista Neurology.
  • The Department has conducted a state-wide evaluation of infrastructure of special newborn care units (SNCU) managed by the Government hospitals of Karnataka and funded by the National Health Mission
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) students from the Department of Public Health, K S Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, in association with Christelijke Mutualiteit, a leading social security agency in the European Union, visited Belgium, France & Netherlands for their MPH internships in June & July 2017 through scholarships