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PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-16

History and evolution of public health education in India


1 Assistant Professor, Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
2 Manager–Academic Programs and Adjunct Lecturer, Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
3 Director, Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay P Zodpey
Director, Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.96950

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In order to respond to the changing paradigm of public health challenges, India needs adequately trained public health professionals. Public health education is a tool to create public health professionals. Public health education in India is at cross-roads on several fronts. Traditionally, public health education in India was offered through medical schools and was open for medical graduates only. However, recently the country has witnessed an emergence of institutions offering public health programs to nonmedical background graduates. An examination of the history and current status of public health education can provide us with an insight into the evolution of the discipline in the country. This is important as in order to respond to the public health education challenges in the present time, we need to understand the historical directions taken by the discipline in the past. This review captures how the public health education efforts in the country have been aided by concerted actions within the discipline and by an enabling environment and a positive intent at the national level, whereby we can better understand the context for the recent developments in Indian public health.


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