Disease Profiles and Health Programmes in India

Understanding the programmatic responses by the government to diseases profiling, in the form of the goals, structure, actors and impacts.

During this course, students will get a deeper understanding about the disease profile in India, and the government’s response to these diseases in the form of national programmes. The epidemiology of important communicable (for example, tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoeal disease, and HIV-AIDS) and non-communicable diseases (for example, undernutrition, diabetes, and cancer) will be introduced, which will include the features, distribution (in terms of time, place, and person) and determinants (causes/​risk factors at various levels) of the disease. 

Students will also gain familiarity with the kinds of data/​evidence needed to critically examine those assumptions and frameworks. For insights into actual implementation of the programmes, students will also have the opportunity to observe the functioning of national programmes during Practice Component