Delhi School of Public Health

DSPH envisages launching of integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. program emphasizing the role of Biomedical Sciences, Systems Biology, Environmental Pollution and Human Health, Functional Genomics, Community Health: Economics, Interventions & Engagement and Medical Technology to understand the diversity in Public Health. The motto of the School will be development of better strategies and technologies, and their social impacts to achieve “Health for All”. The overarching aim of the School is to encourage the students to undergo a choice based learning experience by offering them a plethora of subjects of interdisciplinary nature and relevance which are neither available at present in this or any other institution. This novel human resource development project will be jointly taken up by Departments of the University of Delhi.

With this background a new institution, namely Delhi School of Public Health (DSPH) is being proposed where a number of sub-themes intertwined with the major theme– Public Health: Science, Technology & policy will help unravel the intricacies of public health on one hand and aim to develop technologies for better public health. The courses of sub-themes thus developed would involve learning outcomes with direct impact on community health and policy. The institution shall aim at research and teaching of an inter disciplinary nature to continue and nurture the aptitude for science for society so that high quality human resource is recruited and trained for carrying out public health research programmes in the country and the related technologies. The University through its academic Departments/Centres must continue to meet the demands of the changing health science research scenario and to strengthen the Research and Development in diverse dimensions of Public Health related fields and technology.

The Need

The primary aim of the School and the theme is to inspire students and encourage them to pursue a career in integrated Health Sciences programme. We expect a well-qualified and adequately trained human resource that is dedicated to understanding, researching and developing technologies for public health using basic and translational research. This century is an exciting era for biomedical sciences, likely to witness great strides in the area of molecular medicine and the health sciences. The society and market at national and international levels today needs knowledgeable and well-trained human resource for research in health sciences. There is also the great concern that the number of students choosing sciences as a career option is decreasing rapidly. To keep the young talent coming to basic and applied science research has to match with the emerging needs of our society. The paucity of trained molecular epidemiologists is another futuristic dimension, learnt through the COVID-19 experience.

Research Plan

The research plan focuses on current niche area(s) of expertise and the proposed plan in pursuit of excellence and attending to gap areas in Public health. Some of these are highlighted below:

The Biomedical Sciences unit, based on its existing expertise in chronic disease, diagnosis and treatment, including research in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and obesity, shall add Public Health related dimensions of molecular epidemiology and cost-effective diagnosis and prevention in the said diseases.

Maternal and child health, particularly during pregnancy and newborn care including research about domestic violence. Surveys looking for tangible outcomes for prevention would be the focus.

Similar approach as mentioned would be adopted in the studies related to: Ageing, including dementia. Disability and mental health, including research in eating disorders, and physical wellbeing.

Neurological health, including therapy for people with stroke; research in neurological diseases, such as motor neuron disease.

Musculoskeletal health, including support for people peri- and post-operative; back pain; amputee research. Cancer, including diagnosis and therapy research, and lifestyle factors during treatment and post treatment, prophylactic rehabilitation to minimize treatment morbidity.

Most of the above mentioned diseases along with few others would be studied with an emphasis on epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, marker establishments, cost-effective diagnosis, working out of approaches in different tiers of society for intervention and prevention through simulation and modelling with most modern approaches of computational biology.

Participating Departments

Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research

Department of Biochemistry

Department of Chemistry

Department of Environmental Studies

Department of Genetics

Department of Microbiology

Department of Physics (High Energy Physics Group/Material Science Group)

Department of Physics (Biophysics Group)

VP Chest Institute

Department of Zoology

Cross-cutting Themes

Health literacy, particularly among culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Integrated care, supporting allied health integrated care, including community based interventions, hospital avoidance.

Health services, research into models of care, health economics, and allied health service provision.

Pollution-related health risks – pulmonary, cardiovascular, life style, psychological disorders, impact on pregnancy and new-born children, socio-economic burden of diseases; technological, social and administrative interventions.

Teaching Plan

The School plans to start a number of interdisciplinary teaching/training programmes and courses. Some of the proposed courses that will be taught in the School are:

Five-year integrated B.Sc.-M.Sc. Programme in Biomedical Sciences

Five-year integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programme in Biomedical Sciences

Five-year integrated B.Sc.-M.Sc. Programme in Functional Genomics & Systems Biology

Five-year integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programme in Functional Genomics & Systems Biology

Masters and Doctoral Programme in Pollution, Toxicology & Health

Five-year integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programme in Nano-medicine and Medical Biotechnology

Masters Progarmme in Community Health, Economics & Intervention

Skill Enhancement & Development Courses

A number of short term Diploma/Certificate Courses on the various identified sub-themes will be started at the School. These courses will normally run for 1 year for students who have completed M.Sc.

Grant writing for funding and Research

Research communication and editing

Animal handling and animal house maintenance

Rehabilitation practices

Patent laws and regulatory policies

Medical laboratory techniques

Analytical Tools I (Optical techniques)

Analytical techniques II (Separation techniques)

Analytical Tools III (High end equipment)