IIPHB was established in Odisha as to act as a regional hub of public health education and research for the Eastern region of the country. The Institute started functioning from 2nd August, 2010, and the first batch of PGDPHM participants joined the programme from August. Over a period of time, the Institute has been imparting education on public health, conducts face-to-face trainings for a variety of participants and undertakes research objectives for issues of public health importance.
In order to assess and objectively examine the relevance of our academic programmes, effectiveness of what we offer, efficiency of organizing those programmes and financial sustainability of our programmes, we have undertaken an internal exercise involving multiple stakeholders. A mixed method approach was adopted for this internal evaluation exercise. We conducted web-based interviewing with key stakeholders (2 course coordinators, 1 faculty member, 1 programme staff, 3 existing students, 3 alumni and 2 employers), using a structured questionnaire. The faculty of IIPHB undertook a brainstorming session on the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and financial sustainability of academic programmes. IIPHB records were examined and compiled to provide realistic achievements in academic programmes since inception of IIPHB.
In line with the aforementioned mandate, Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) was established in Bhubaneswar, Odisha in August 2010, and started imparting of one-year Post Graduation Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM) course for the in-service Medical Officers under Governments of Odisha & Chhattisgarh, and for selected, self-sponsored students with backgrounds in medicine, nursing, biological sciences, social sciences or pharmacy. The PGDPHM is aimed at developing an effective and efficient health workforce for strengthening the health system in the context of National Rural Health Mission. Additionally, several short-term training programmes and workshops such as Research Methodology in Health Sciences, and Implementation Monitoring of Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI), along with themes on tobacco-free towns, health promotion, and disease surveillance are being conducted by the institute.
These academic and training programs are taught by highly qualified and competent multidisciplinary faculty trained at national and international universities of excellence, who seek to encourage rich exchange of ideas and experience between students and their mentors. IIPH-Bhubaneswar (IIPH-B) is also actively involved in operational research projects on Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) in collaboration with the health department of the Government of Odisha and funded by NRHM, UNICEF, DFID, and the Wellcome Trust.
Additionally, a host of research papers have been published in reputed health journals. Our advocacy for public health cadres in health departments and policy contributions are not only highly valued by the state governments but also by private and NGO sectors that have significant presence in activities related to public health, and require a large trained workforce during this decade.
All the academic, training, research, advocacy and policy contribution programs of IIPH-B are of the highest standards and a blend of public health teaching, research and practice.