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PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-13

Understanding the current status and exploring the potential for distance education in public health in India


1 Manager, Academic Programs and Adjunct Lecturer, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
2 Senior Lecturer, Indian Institute of Public Health, New Delhi, India
3 Director, Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Kavya Sharma
Manager, Academic Programs and Adjunct Lecturer, Public Health Foundation of India, ISID, 4, Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110 070
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.82533

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Continuing education of health care providers plays an important role in producing a health work force that is efficient and effective. In India public health education has primarily relied on conventional methods of training. However, such methods have limitations in equipping the health workforce of a vast and varied country like India. This paper analyzes the current status of distance education in public health and lists the various courses that are presently available in India through the distance education mode. Presently 25 institutions in India are offering 69 courses in various domains of public health through distance education. The providers of these programs comprised both government and private educational institutions. This paper also points out the role and importance of various stakeholders in the design and delivery of distance education programs in public health and raises key areas that need attention in the governance of such programs. It urges the use of digital technology in the delivery of distance education programs and points out how distance education that is designed and delivered using the latest technology could address the current gap in training human resources for health in India.


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