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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 273-280

Landscaping biostatistics education in India

1 Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health, New Delhi, India
2 Director, Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
3 Manager, Academic Programs and Adjunct Lecturer, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
4 Research Professor, Biostatistics, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
5 Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Government Medical College, Nagpur, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay P Zodpey
Director, Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India, ISID, 4, Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110 070
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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Biostatistics plays an important role in measuring, understanding, and describing the overall health and well-being of a population. Biostatistics as a subject evolved from the application of statistics in various research aspects of biology, biomedical care, and public health. However, with a recent increase in number of health and pharmacy related research, the demand for trained biostatisticians is also increasing. The present paper is an attempt to undertake a situational analysis of biostatistics education in India. A systematic, predefined approach, with three parallel strategies was used to collect and assemble the data regarding training in biostatistics in India. Our study results show that there is paucity of programs providing specialized training in biostatistics in India. Only about 19 institutions in India are offering various courses in biostatistics/medical statistics/health statistics/biometry. It is important to look into the current capacity building initiatives in this domain. Some other means for giving importance to biostatistics could be by making it a separate branch/specialization in a majority of the institutions, particularly in medical colleges.

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