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Academic Programmes

 

  1. Master of Public Health (Field Epidemiology) [MPH (FE)] course
World over training programme in field epidemiology are being conducted by more than 40 countries, mostly of two-year duration. Three member states of South East Asia Region of WHO namely India, Indonesia and Thailand are conducting the two year training programme in Field Epidemiology. In India two year’s training programme in field epidemiology is being conducted by NICD, Delhi and NIE, Chennai, each having an enrolment capacity of 15 students per year.

Two year Master in Public Health – Field Epidemiology (MPH – FE) of NICD started in 2006. The course is affiliated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. The goal of this course is to strengthen public health services by developing a cadre of professional field epidemiologists.

The course is designed in such a way that the scholars are able to conceptualize key epidemiological principles and methods;

At the end of the course, the field epidemiologist should be able to:

  • Design, implement and evaluate public health surveillance systems;
  • Carry out investigations, surveys and research using epidemiological and statistical methods and techniques;
  • Detect, investigate, monitor and respond to disease outbreaks;
  • Know all aspects of assessment and response for disasters;
  • Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate public health programmes;
  • Design and implement communication strategies for public health action;
  • Design and implement environmental assessment;
  • Use computers for epidemiological practice;
  • Use laboratory support for epidemiological investigations.

The course is modeled on the pattern of “Learning Through Service” to build competencies. Quality assurance plans for the course primarily include: overall planning and strategy in consultations with experts nationally and internationally, documentation and, ongoing evaluation of the trainees as well as feedback from the trainees.

Participative learning is encouraged by

  • Increased use of Indian case studies through mentoring programme with graduates
  • Increased use of class room and field exercises
  • Interactive workshops including computerized data analysis, protocol writing and technical writing

The course contents include principles, methods and practice of epidemiology, analytical epidemiology, experimental epidemiology and intervention studies; biostatistics, health informatics and computer training; dynamics of disease transmission & epidemiology of specific communicable diseases (including microbiological aspects) and non-communicable diseases; medical entomology & vector management; principles & methods of surveillance; preparedness and management of health aspects of disaster; research methodology and technical report writing; national health policy and programmes; burden of disease estimate & health economics; occupational, environmental & nutritional epidemiology; health system – design & management; behavioural & social epidemiology; ethics, public health legislation & international health regulations and field exercises / short projects / seminars / long project (Dissertation).

The total intake is limited to a maximum of 15 seats including two seats sponsored by WHO. The duration of the course is two years, comprising of four semesters. At the end of each semester, university examinations are held.

 
Fig # : MPH Training Course in progress
 
  1. Regional Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP)
 
NICD has been designated as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Training in 1996. A 3-month course in field epidemiology was started in 1996. Since then, one course is being organized every year. This is one of the prestigious courses of the South East Asia Region (SEAR) for medical officers working in the field of public health.

The objective of the course is to strengthen the technical capabilities and skills of health personnel by providing practical training in the field of epidemiology, management of health programmes and usage of computer. At the end of training programme, the participants are expected to:

The methodology of conducting FETP includes lectures, technical discussions, modular exercises, visits to institutions, and field exercises. A review of the course was jointly undertaken by NICD, WHO-SEARO, and experts from Thailand, Indonesia, and Bangladesh in 2006-2007. These experts with the help of their colleagues developed a set of ten standard training modules which have since been used for the training.
  • Detect epidemic through early warning signals.
  • Conduct epidemic investigations/field surveys.
  • Institute appropriate & timely response for prevention & control of outbreaks, health impacts of disasters & environmental health issues.
  • Collect appropriate laboratory specimens, learn techniques related to storage & transportation of the specimens to the laboratory.
  • Provide leadership in control of endemic & epidemic-prone diseases.
  • Design, implement & evaluate disease surveillance systems.
  • Evaluate disease control/ prevention measures.
  • Conduct epidemiological & statistical analysis of complex data sets.
  • Use computers effectively for data management, graphics and presentation and use of EPI INFO.
  • Build effective communications skills in public health.
  • Prepare, present/publish technical reports / articles.
  • Remain prepared for any public health emergencies.
  • Train other health professionals.

The initial five-week classroom sessions of the training covers concept of field epidemiology, epidemiological tools, bio-statistical applications, principles of outbreak investigations, disease surveillance and management of disease control programs. The faculty of the course include senior officers of NICD, other premier institutions in Delhi, Directorate General of Health Services and the regional and country office of WHO.

This classroom training is followed by 6 weeks field visits that include community-based survey including data collection, compilation, analysis, report writing and preliminary presentation; institutional data analysis, outbreak investigation and study of surveillance system at district level . Field exercises are conducted in collaboration with the regional branches of the NICD. During the field posting the participants are placed in a group of 4-5 at one of the NICD branches under the direct supervision of officer-in-charge of the branch. Faculty members from NICD, Delhi and WHO, periodically visit these branches to provide support and technical supervision to the participants in their field projects.

The remaining time is utilized for finalization of reports and preparation for presentation of the field studies and post-training evaluation of the participants.

In the year 2008-09, the training programme was carried out during 12th August- 11th November 2008 in which 13 participants from India, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal & Sri Lanka attended the training programme.

 
  1. Two-week Field Epidemiology Training Programme(FETP)
 
There are variations in existing capacities for surveillance and response in various countries of the World Health Organization-South East Asian Region (WHO-SEAR). However, in all these countries there is a need to strengthen core-capacities required for implementation International Health Regulations (2005) at various levels.

From experience, it was observed that it is not feasible for some countries of WHO-SEAR to dedicate time for medical officers to train in either the two-year or the three-month FETPs. Cognizant of this challenge, and based on lessons from other courses NICD with the support of WHO have reviewed and adapted a two-week competency-based training course. This course aims to develop essential skills of peripheral health workers in basic disease surveillance, epidemic preparedness and outbreak management. This course is an important step to accelerate the process of developing human capacity for successful implementation of IHR (2005) and enhance preparedness for management of outbreaks and epidemics.

The overall objective of the course is to strengthen the skills of peripheral health professionals/personnel in basic epidemiology and its application in disease surveillance and response. The faculty for this course includes apart from others, professionals who have earlier been trained in 3 months FETP course.

The training program broadly covers topics on basic epidemiology, disease surveillance, epidemic preparedness, outbreak investigation and response, designing field based studies, carrying out field-exercise, field exercises/surveys and institutional data analysis and report writing. The course contents are modified as per the needs and specific context of the country organizing the course.

The learning methodology includes one-week class-room learning and one-week field-assignment. In general it employs lecture-cum-discussions, group work and presentations, field exercises, i.e. “learning-by-doing”; and report writing and plenary presentation of field-work

The monitoring and evaluation of the course is carried out using pre- and post-training assessment tests. The feedback is utilized to further improve the tools and methodology. The course is being revised continuously based on lessons and feedback from the field.

 
  1. Regional Training Programme on Prevention & Control of Communicable Diseases for paramedics:
 
The paramedical health personnel are key pillars of public health services and play crucial part in the early detection of outbreaks in the community. To manage and control infectious and preventable diseases and achieve better quality surveillance data, effective strategic measures are needed to enhance the skills of not only medical personnel but also of paramedical personnel. Various training programs to train medical personnel have been set up in different countries but there was scarcity of the training programmes for the paramedical personnel.

Recognising this need the National Institute of Communicable Diseases started a four weeks “Regional Training Programme on Prevention & Control of Communicable Diseases” for the paramedical health personnel of South East Asia Region in 1999. This is a tailor-made training programme for participants from countries of South East Asia Region to strengthen their epidemiological skills. The course is organized once a year. So far, a total of 150 participants from Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India have been trained at the NICD.

The objective of the course is to strengthen the technical capabilities and skills of paramedical personnel by providing practical training in prevention & control of communicable diseases and application of computer for surveillance purposes.

The course is of four-week duration with focus on field project and practical demonstration. The methodology of the course includes lectures, technical discussions, modular exercises, demonstration, visits to institutions and field exercises. Basic skills for use of computers for surveillance are also provided.

The training program broadly covers topics on basic epidemiology, basic statistics, disease surveillance, epidemic preparedness, outbreak investigation and response, designing field based studies, carrying out field-exercise, field exercises/surveys and report writing and its presentation.

The monitoring and evaluation of the course is carried out using pre- and post-training assessment tests. The feedback is utilized to further improve the course.

 
  1. Ph.D. Programme:
One of the rare distinction achieved by the Institute is its recognition as the approved centre for guiding the Ph. D. students under Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University which is an exceptional milestone reached by the Institute which has so long been identified as a nonteaching research Institute despite the fact that most of the faculty members had been substantially informed in research apart from being highly qualified and recognized guides/ co guides for various Universities outside Delhi for a long time.

Based on the profile of the Institute in terms of facilities available as well as the qualification and expertise of the faculty members, Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi has recognized NICD as an Approved Research Centre of the University since 2004 and as many as 26 faculty members from different divisions have been recognized to be guides/ co guides for Ph. D. programme under the GGSIP University in the school of Medicine and Para Medical Health Services Abstracts/ Papers by Ph. D. candidates have been recognized by various International fora eg. Pan American Society of clinical virology, International Society for the study of Xenobiotics etc.

 
 
A group of prospective/registered PhD students

Anti Ragging Committee 2014  

MPH Admission 2014-15

 

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