Research at PHFI

Since its inception PHFI has worked to establish a robust evidence base for public health, in partnership with national and international institutions, by advancing policy and programme relevant research in prioritised health areas. PHFI has been undertaking projects in multiple areas including epidemiology and control of infectious and chronic diseases, maternal and child health, health systems, and social determinants of health. PHFI recognises scientific curiosity as fundamental to research and endeavours to cultivate an enabling environment for faculty, staff and students, to undertake studies in various disciplines of public health and drive the research agenda at PHFI and IIPHs.

A pan – PHFI Research Management Committee (RMC) helps to steer and support research, as
an organised activity. An independent (Research Advisory Committee), consisting of eminent external experts, helps to provide peer review and strategic counselling. The RAC is presently chaired by Professor Barry Bloom, former Dean of the Harvard school of Public Health. To ensure the ethical aspects of research are adhered to, an Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) has been established to review all proposals for research, provide guidance, and promote ethical conduct in all research undertaken at PHFI. The PHFI-IEC provides guidance and promotes ethical conduct in all research undertaken by researchers at PHFI.

PHFI has a portfolio of over 133 ongoing research and implementation projects, with several multi-centric and multi-stakeholder studies. Partners include international academic institutions, central and state governments, community-based organisations and the private sector. Research efforts undertaken by PHFI have led a total of 2337 publications till 9th Feb 2016, with an average impact factor of 386 research projects, several of them involving multiple stakeholders.

Research Impact: Peer Review Articles in Journals (2369)

PHFI has set up four Centres of Excellence to raise awareness and strengthen research, training and education in high priority areas of public health in India