Diljith Kannan and Dr Upendra Bhojani faculties at Institute of Public Health, paper titled ” India’s recent reformation in public health education: is it targeting the right people? “ published in “RGUHS National Journal of Public Health”.
This paper briefly discussed the challenges before the Indian efforts to train more public health professionals. The paper attempted to argue that the future relevance and sustainability of public health programmes depend on its ability to focus on capacity development for public health practice at the local level. Much to be learned from the experience of African schools which shows that despite being offered as distance learning courses, their MPH programmes have achieved reasonably high course completion rates Years of experience in training public health professionals through distant learning mode has helped them accrue invaluable knowledge to orient their courses to the personal and professional priorities of the working professionals. If India’s current reformation in public health education has to contribute to its larger goal, it is important that the progress thus far ought to be reviewed and necessary path corrections are made at the earliest.