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Date: 12-16 December 2016

Venue : Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India

Organized by: Closing the gap: Health equity research initiative in India Supported by IDRC, Canada, A project of AMCHSS, SCTIMST, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, in collaboration with Azim Premji University, Bengaluru


There are major differences in health status and utilization of health care services in India, whether it is across class, caste, gender or some other axes. Yet the evidence for these differences is still patchy, and the pathways through which inequities in health are created and sustained are still unclear.

The Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies (AMCHSS), Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum, has embarked on the project ‘Closing the Gap: Health Equity Research Initiative in India’ to strengthen health equity research in India.

A key component of this project is the development and implementation of a training program for young and middle level researchers on concepts of health equity and methodological issues in addressing research questions on inequity in health.

About the workshop

The five-day workshop will take place during 12-16 December 2016. The aim of this workshop is to inspire public health researchers and activists to engage with research on health inequities in India.

This workshop is organized in collaboration with the Public Health Initiative at Azim Premji University that has been actively engaged in research and teaching on equity and social justice in public health.

Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Have clarity on concepts related to equity and inequities in heath including the intersectionality framework
  • Have acquired skills for planning research that helps understand the pathways creating or contributing to inequities in health using qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches

Be introduced to approaches to studying the consequences of intersecting social inequalities on health inequities

Proposed structure of the workshop

The first of five days will introduce participants to basic concepts and methodological challenges. Days two to four will focus on skill building in using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods for health inequities research adopting an intersectionality-informed approach. Day five will be spent on an applications exercise wherein participants will have an opportunity to apply the research methodology skills that they have been introduced to.

A team of 4-6 experienced resource persons from India will facilitate the workshop. Participatory learning methods and interactive lectures will be used for the most part.

Who can apply?

Researchers & activists with prior research experience and interest in inequities in health by gender, caste, economic position, and/or health issues of socially marginalized and vulnerable sections of the population

Selection Procedure

The number of places available for the workshop is 30. Participants will be selected by a screening committee appointed for this purpose.


No course fees. Candidates selected for the workshop will be covered for boarding and lodging costs for the days of the workshop and costs of course materials. Travel costs will have to be met by the participants.

Application Instructions

Complete the Application Form in full (preferably typed), and submit by e-mail to [email protected], with copies to [email protected] and [email protected] by 31 October 2016.

Download application form here.

Dates to remember

31 October, 2016: Closing date for receipt of application forms
10 November 2016: Information on selection
12-16 December, 2016: Dates of the workshop
Contact information: Enquiries about the workshop should be directed to ([email protected]).

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