JIPMER International School of Public Health (JISPH)

Background Information

JIPMER International School of Public Health (JISPH) was started in the year 2014 with intent to produce at par public health specialists and disseminate knowledge with the aim of preventing disease and promoting health. Our aim is to see JISPH as a premier academic institution in public health recognized for integrating research, teaching and service in an ever evolving way so as to provide effective solutions to public health problems. The mission of JISPH is to

  1. Provide the highest level of education to public health scientists, practitioners, and leaders
  2. Foster new discoveries leading to improved health for the people of this country and all nations
  3. Strengthen health capacities and services for communities
  4. Initiate policy debate, disseminate health information, and increase awareness of Public Health as a public good and fundamental right 5. Generate sustainable value based solutions that are scalable and replicable through innovations in health services research

Academic Programme

The department is currently providing a Master in Public Health Program (MPH) with an annual intake of maximum 30 students. The first three batches had a total of 64 students and have successfully completed their training in Public Health. Currently we have 55 students undergoing their training. Other courses, which include (Fellowships, PhD and DrPH) are planned to be started shortly.

Departmental Activities for the Year

We involve our students in organising workshops and health education activities. In the last one-year, the MPH trainees were involved in the following activities:

  1. The 3rd Tobacco Control Workshop was organized by the JIPMER International school of Public Health and Department of PSM in collaboration with Union and the WHO from 1st to 4th August 2017. MPH students and faculty were actively involved in organising the workshop.
  2. Health Systems Strengthening workshop was organized by the Department of PSM in collaboration with PGIMER, Chandigarh from 26th to 29th September 2017. Faculty and senior residents in the department participated as resource persons for the workshop.
  3. World TB Day’2018 was celebrated on 24.03.2018 at Villianur. Prizes were awarded to TB patients for successful completion of the treatment. The theme was “Wanted leaders for a TB free world”. MPH students of the department prepared the posters on TB and performed skits.


All MPH trainees undergo a research project in the form of dissertation. The Research projects that were completed in the last one-year were:

  1. Failure to achieve goal blood pressure and its associated factors among individuals with hypertension in a tertiary care hospital, Puducherry: An operational research
  2. Pattern of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and status of partner testing among attendees of a designated STI clinic, Puducherry 
  3. Awareness perception and utilisation practices regarding JIPMER rural health centre (JIRHC) as the first point of contact among the rural population, Puducherry
  4. Knowledge and Practice of E-waste Management Among Workers of Waste Recycling Centres in Puducherry –An exploratory study
  5. Perception of organ donation among undergraduate students and the stakeholders in a government teaching hospital – A mixed method study.
  6. Effect of Health Awareness Programme among Late Adolescent Students and Teachers on Willingness for Implementation of Life Skill Education in Urban Schools of Puducherry
  7. Burden of Probable Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Among College Going Students in Puducherry
  8. Prevalence of Tobacco and Alcohol use among Construction Workers at JIPMER, Puducherry.
  9. Pathways to care and out of pocket expenditure among individuals with selected psychiatric illnesses attending tertiary health care facility, Puducherry
  10. Mandatory Tuberculosis (TB) Case Notification Status from the Private Health Establishments (PHE) in Urban Puducherry – A Cross-sectional Study
  11. Availability and Suitability of Print Information Education Technology materials (IEC) for Non communicable diseases in Urban Primary healthcare centres of Puducherry – Mixed Method study
  12. Prevalence of sleep disorders and its associated factor among elderly people in rural area of Puducherry - Community based cross-sectional study 
  13. Prevalence of partial and complete edentulism and related treatment needs among elderly in a rural area of Puducherry - A community-based mixed method study
  14. Challenges in Communication between Mothers and Adolescent Daughters Concerning Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues / Puducherry.
  15. Compliance assessment of selected COTPA (The Cigarettes And Other Tobacco Products Act) regulations in urban Puducherry: A Descriptive study
  16. Adherence to anti-diabetic medications and its determinants among adults with diabetes mellitus attending urban primary health centre - A cross –sectional study from Puducherry, India
  17. Employment Status of Women and its Association with their Health status in an Urban Slum in Puducherry 
  18. Hypertension Control status and Quality of Care among patients availing treatment from Private Practitioners: A Cross Sectional study in Urban Field Practice area of JIPMER, Puducherry.
  19. Diagnosis of selected dental problems by trained auxiliary nurse midwife among primary care population – a diagnostic validity study

Visiting Faculty Programs

Faculty and residents from other departments of JIPMER and other institutions are routinely invited as guest lecturers in the course. In the last one year the following faculties had visited JISPH for the purpose of MPH training:

S.No Name of the faculty Sessions taken
1 Dr. Govindrajan
State TB Control Officer, Government chest
hospital Puducherry
Recent advances in Revised National
Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP)
2 Mrs. Selvanayagi
Assistant Director (Targeted Intervention),
Pondicherry AIDS control Society
Targeted Interventions Under National
AIDS control Program
3 Dr. Sabesan and other Faculty from Vector Control
Research centre
Entomology, GIS, Museum Visit,
Integrated Vector Management, Field visits
4 Dr. T Sundararaman
Dean, Tata Institute of Social Sciences,
Public Health management & Health
sector Reforms, Health governance and
management, Partnerships in Health,
Universal Health Coverage
5 Dr. Saira Banu
SMO, World Health Organisation
AFP and Measles Surveillance
6 Dr. S.S. Vasan
Senior Business Development Manager (Research
& innovation) Public Health, England
Adjunct Professor, P&SM JIPMER
Health Economics
7 Dr. Pratap Sahu
Advisor, Ministry of Health,
Public health in emergency situation
8 Dr. Cherian Varghese
Co-ordinator, Management of NCD, WHO,
Management of NCDs
9 Mr. James TD
Health Information System Officer, Society for
Health information systems Project, India
Geographic Information System


As of now out of 64 MPH trainees who graduated from JIPMER, around 82% of them were absorbed in state health departments, research organisations and bilateral agencies.