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India Badly Needs Public Health Education

This article calls for the need to introduce undergraduate courses and degree programmes in public health across local colleges and universities in India. Undergraduate degrees in public health should be promoted in order to have an optimum number of public health professionals who can successfully meet the health challenges posed by rapid economic development.

Public health is a part of the foundations of any modern society that values human life and health, and seeks sustainable economic and social growth. The achievements of public health in preventing disease and early death, affect hundreds of millions of humans each year (Parascandola 1996). Sadly, India lags severely behind in terms of achieving these benefits, due to weaknesses in policies, investment and education for a strong public health workforce (Rai and Tulchinsky 2015). Recently, some prominent international magazines—Time and Forbes—have praised India’s remarkable economic growth, but reminded policymakers that economic progress is not balanced given the slow pace of improvements in public health indicators. Sustainable economic growth requires robust policies that improves the population’s health and raises productivity levels across the nation. Since 1993, the World Bank has considered investments in health as a vital factor to promote economic growth and not as, previously considered, a burden on economic progress (World Bank 1993).

India faces very grim challenges in improving its public health statistics, including indicators of poor maternal and child mortality and morbidity, a high level of preventable infectious diseases, rising trends of chronic diseases such as diabetes, strokes, coronary heart disease, along with serious health system related issues (Patel et al 2015). India’s public health workforce infrastructure is inadequate, in terms of numbers and quality, to tackle its current and future public healthcare issues where a deficiency of trained public health professionals remains a primary concern.

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Updated On : 24th Jun, 2020

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