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Capacity building in public health is one of the primary mandates of the Public Health Foundation of India. Besides the ongoing academic courses, there is a need for conducting short term courses/ in service training on various public health areas of topical importance. The Training Division at PHFI was established in 2008 with the goal of meeting the short term training needs of public health practitioners and professionals of the health and allied sectors in India.

PHFI has, since then, conducted several training programmes customised to the identified needs of health service personnel of different states, young health researchers, physicians in practice and national health programme managers and consultants. Large scale trainings have been organised in areas of core focus like
- diabetes, epidemiology, Health promotion, mental health etc. At PHFI, the training modules are conceptualised, designed, remodelled and prepared based on the client's requirement drawing from our experienced training resource personnel from a wide and diverse areas.

Our thematic focus areas are outlined below:


Health Systems

Strengthening health systems is a major priority for improving the overall systems performance across managerial, academic and technological domain. These trainings are intended for key personnel in health systems to build their capacities in effectively leading on and managing complex public health programs. The training division at PHFI builds capacity of health systems personnel at various critical levels including both managerial and thematic capacity.

Health systems training at PHFI has included training on program management and evaluation, health policy analysis, ICT in public health, data management, decision making and leadership among other areas. Thematically, PHFI has conducted systems trainings on areas like field epidemiology, health administration, AYUSH, heat and climate change, health economics and finance among others.

Chronic Conditions and Injuries

At PHFI, trainings, under the chronic conditions and injuries thematic area, are aimed at developing skills and competencies of public health personnel for evidence based management of diseases under this thematic domain. PHFI has trained through certificate courses, short courses, workshops and training of trainers.

PHFI has conducted trainings on improving cancer control, disaster preparedness, neurodevelopment among children, evidence based management of diabetes, tobacco control and cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, PHFI has also conducted trainings on sub-themes like disability, hearing impairment, rapid response and adolescent health.

PHFI trainees have included representatives from government, non-government and medical backgrounds.

Infectious Diseases

Trainings at PHFI, under the infectious diseases domain, are aimed at strengthening the epidemiological capabilities at state and district level to effectively tackle public health challenges pertaining to communicable diseases. Trainings under this domain can be classified under orientations, induction trainings, module development, besides complete trainings and workshops.

Areas of focus have been diseases like malaria, kala azar, STI-RTIs and other vector borne diseases. Capacity of trainees has been built on skills including management information systems (MIS), targeted interventions (TI), disease control programs, health promotion, monitoring and evaluation of Tis, procurement and supply chain management, peer education modules among others.

Trainees have included personnel from government and non-government backgrounds - including NGOs.

Public Health Nutrition

At PHFI, the role of trainings in public health nutrition is critical in bridging the gap in evidence related to nutrition and disease, and defining pathways and specific actions to apply epidemiologic methods to nutrition in terms of methods of data collection, analytical procedures, and interpretation of findings.

PHFI has conducted trainings across stakeholders including dieticians, nutritionists, researchers, medical faculty among others. Sub thematically, trainings were conductedon paediatric nutrition, clinical nutrition, epidemiology of nutrition, management of children with acute malnutrition and nutrition research methods.

Tobacco Control

PHFI trainings on tobacco control have focussed on strengthening tobacco control efforts by engaging law enforcers, field researchers as well as the media, NGOs and youth volunteers. Trainings have includedtraining of trainers, training of journalists and NGOs. One of the first trainings, the STEPS (Strengthening Tobacco control Efforts through innovative Partnerships and Strategies) program, included teachers and student peer leaders from government schools in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Other trainings have included both government and non-government stakeholders.

Trainees have been trained in methodologies including air quality monitoring, smoke free public places survey. Trainings have also been conducted in advocacy and campaigning on smoke free restaurants and law enforcement.

Women and Child Health

Trainings, in the women and child health portfolio at PHFI, have focussed on comprehensively building the capacity of systems and personnel to effectively improve health indicators among women and children. Trainings have been conducted on a range of issues like reproductive and child health, adolescent health and gender and social inclusion.

Areas of training have included building capacities in routine immunisation, training of auxiliary nurses and midwives, short courses on RCH program management, contraception and clinical practice, safe abortion, among others. Trainees have come from national, state as well as district level and been trained through workshops, short courses and certificate programs.


Training, under the research portfolio,aims to build technical capacity of national, state and district level health personnel so that they are better placed to carry out research, analyse data and learn the application of systematic research techniques in improving health programmes.

Research is a cross-cutting theme at PHFI and spans across other six thematic focus of the training division at PHFI. Training in research includes training in quantitative and qualitative research, operational research, clinical research as well as training on ethics in research methodology.

Specifically, participant have been trained in a variety of methodological areas like biostatics, scientific writing, data triangulation, survey creation, regression models, multi-variate analysis, clinical trials, etc. Participants have also been trained in using statistical analysis software including proficient training on MS Excel and STATA.

Last Modified : December 19, 2014, 3:29 pm