Brief Description of IPHK

The Institute of Public Health, Kalyani (IPHK), established under the aegis of Society for Health and Demographic Surveillance, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal (vide GO No. WB (Part-1)/2015/SAR-169), aims to achieve a multidisciplinary learning and teaching environment in public health, with a pertinent focus maintained on healthcare needs in India, complying to global modalities and problem solving approaches.

The Society for Health and Demographic Surveillance (SHDS) is involved in the organization, maintenance and research involving a rural population cohort 59,545 persons residing in 13,088 households spread over 351 villages in four community development blocks in Birbhum District, West Bengal. A member site of the international INDEPTH Network, the Birbhum Population project (BIRPOP) has been initiated in 2008 under funding support from the DoHFW, West Bengal. Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, DoHFW is the Chairperson of SHDS, and Additional Chief Secretary, DOHFW is the Vice-Chairperson.

As the academic wing of the SHDS, IPHK maintains a strong symbiotic relationship with BIRPOP. Students of MPH are exposed to the BIRPOP research and surveillance activities from time-to-time within the two-years academic curriculum. Students are given opportunities to carry out dissertation project work based on the collected data at BIRPOP or can plan for primary research project based on the catchment population. Faculty at IPHK are closely involved research processes at BIRPOP and peer reviewed publications based on the data collected.