Our aim is to provide a meaningful learning environment  and opportunities to learn about public health in India outside a classroom. This experience will help the intern learn more about their chosen career path.

Each intern will be associated with a team at IPH who are working in projects pertaining to these three areas in public health.

The project to which the intern will be assigned will be decided on the basis of (one or more of the following)

  • Their area of interest,
  • Major chosen by them in their masters,
  • Previous work experience in the area if any

How to apply?

Candidates interested in applying for an internship should go through the internship call available in this page and fill the online internship form or fill the expression of interest form for upcoming internship opportunities.


Who can apply?

Students who are currently enrolled in a Master’s level program in public health or have completed the program less than 6 months back as on the date of application are eligible to apply. Professionals who have the desire to work in the field of public health.

What is the role of an intern?

Internship at IPH includes specific measurable learning objectives/outcomes. Some of the learning objectives/outcomes include Institutional and project related objectives.

IPH is a not for profit organization therefore, the internships offered by the institute are unpaid.

What is the duration of Internship?

Internship will be of minimum two months duration. The maximum duration of the internship will be decided on the basis of the intern’s and the team’s requirement to which the intern is assigned.

Current internship opportunities

Emerging voices: Distance learning program

Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) is an innovative multi-partner blended training program for young, promising and emerging health policy & systems researchers, decision makers and other health system professionals with an interest in becoming influential global health voices and/or local change makers.  EV4GH coaches “Emerging Voices” to participate actively in international conferences where global health issues are addressed, and to raise their voice in scientific and policy debates. EV4GH is now a thematic working group of Health Systems Global. The activities would include:
  • Helping with the timeline and lesson plan for Distance Learning

  • Looking at the existing content for Distance Learning phase of EV4GH

  • Revising the content as per the current venture.

Road safety: Local data and stakeholder mapping

Road injury has become one of the grave public health challenges in India. Every year, 140,000 Indians die from road injuries while 30 to 50 million sustain serious injuries. Karnataka, with a population of over 61 million, accounts for the second largest number of road injuries and fifth highest number of road traffic deaths in India. In 2011, the capital city of Bengaluru alone witnessed 6,031 accidents injuring 4,952 persons. This project aims to make select stretches of roads in Bengaluru safer. Activities would include:
 – Source and generate road safety related data from various sources [website, reports, department etc.]
– Develop information for sensitization programs at schools, colleges and for other relevant stakeholders
– Map stakeholders who are crucial to the implementation of the project


Tobacco control: inter-state analysis of key indicators

Tobacco use imposes a huge disease, economic and ecologic burden in India. It kills about a million adults a year in India. There are various nationally representative surveys that have captured the tobacco use prevalence and other related aspects over time. These include Global Adult Tobacco Survey, National Family Health Survey, National Sample Surveys etc. This project is about analysing select surveys to produce inter-state comparisons on some of the key indicators of tobacco use and related aspects. The project activities involve sourcing and managing datasets, analysing datasets, generating trends in prevalence and other related indicators, producing graphical representations of data. The outputs would include a report, a seminar, and a possible publication.

Tobacco control: Mapping policy concerns


Tobacco use imposes a huge disease, economic and ecologic burden in India. It kills about a million adults a year in India. India is among the world’s’ largest growers and exporters of tobacco leaf. Hence, public policy around tobacco needs to consider varying and at times conflicting interests of state and non-state actors. As one of the ways to understand policymakers’ concerns on tobacco, IPH has sourced data on tobacco-related inquiries and responses transacted in parliamentary debates. This project is to analyze these textual data to develop a typology of concerns raised in the assembly around tobacco. The project activities involve managing qualitative datasets and thematic analysis of data. The outputs would include a report, a seminar, and a possible publication

Latest Updates


A Comparison of the National Guidelines of the VL Elimination Programme in India, Bangladesh and Nepal

Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) is an infectious disease predominantly transmitted by the sandfly. 90% of the cases of VL in the world occur in Brazil, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. In 2005, the WHO South East Asia Region, responding to increasing incidences of VL in the Indian subcontinent, initiated a VL elimination program within India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. The aim was to reduce the incidence of VL to <1 case per 10,000 cases in districts/subdistricts within the three countries by 2015. Since then, the goalposts have shifted from 2015 to 2017 and, now, to 2020. Nepal and Bangladesh have traveled much further on the road to elimination than India has, Nepal having sustained the elimination target in the 12 once-endemic districts since 2012. In 2016, Bangladesh reached the elimination target in 99% of its endemic subdistricts (upazilas). Lagging closely behind, India has reached the elimination target in 85% of endemic subdistricts. The aim of this literature review predominantly on the national guidelines of VL elimination/control in the three countries as well as some research articles on the same is to compare the program in India with Bangladesh and Nepal, to identify similarities and differences between the programs, and to extrapolate data to see how India can learn from Bangladesh and Nepal to hasten its pace towards elimination of VL.

GIS Mapping of Private Sector Medical Facilities in Karnataka

There is very little information currently available about the private sector in India. This project aimed to develop a profile of all the private sector medical facilities in the state of Karnataka, particularly in the context of the recently announced Aarogya Karnataka scheme by the Government of Karnataka.

Tobacco Control Project – Mapping Policy Concerns

Understanding public policy around tobacco use is required to understand the conflicts of interests of state and non-state actors in India. My work revolved around mapping concerns on tobacco expressed as debates by the parliamentary elected representatives by sourcing the official archives of loksabha and rajyasabha.

Prices of medicines for Visceral Leishmaniasis : Identifying the current issues

WHO identified Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) as a Category I disease (emerging and uncontrolled) and the support to the Elimination control programs in India, Nepal and Bangladesh were intensified in 2005. One of the key approaches that allows accelerated efforts towards the elimination process is by focusing on availability, affordability and accessibility of medicines used to treat VL. This presentation by Ms. Aishwarya Kulkarni, who has completed her BPharm, focuses on the evolution of the medicines for VL, their prices and some of the current issues in this regard.

Integrating mental health into primary care: a case-study of quality of mental health care at Gumballi PHC in Karnataka, India

The global burden of disease for mental health problems is substantial, but because of scarce resources that are unequally distributed and inefficiently used, the majority of patients do not receive the care they need, especially in low and middle income countries. A proposed solution for this treatment gap is the integration of mental health into primary health care. Evidence shows that task shifting approaches in which non-specialist health workers are trained to recognize and treat common mental health problems can be effective, but it has not yet been widely adopted in the developing world. Furthermore, little research has been done on the quality of mental health care given in projects where mental health is integrated into primary care institutions and how it can be improved. Ms. Ellis Veen’s research project for her masters degree in Global health from Maastricht University and her internship with IPH is about a case study of quality improvement at the Gumballi primary health care centre in Karnataka, India. The main research question was “What constitutes quality of mental health care at Gumballi PHC, how can it be improved and what lessons can we learn from it for the integration of mental health into primary care in India?”

Individual reflection internship IPH: By Esther Boudewijns

Although we are already back in the Netherlands for one and a half week, I am still not totally used to it: Dutch food, no honking on the road and a lot of rain instead of the Indian sun. When people ask what the most impressive thing I have done was, it is difficult...

Maastricht University students – Exposure visit to India

The Institute of public health hosted a group of 10 Maastricht University students on an Exposure visit to India program. The students were participants of the Honours International program at Maastricht university. The 3 week program from July 11 - July 28 2011...