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13th March 2024 (12 Topics)

Public Health Foundation of India surpasses Harvard

Context

In the first global rankings for schools of public health, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) has secured an impressive second place, surpassing Harvard.

1: Dimension-Significance of Public Health in today’s times

  • Development & security: Public health is pivotal to national development and global security. The ranking reflect the increasing importance of public health research in non-high-income countries.
  • Contributes to economic and social development: Public health is important today because it addresses the health challenges and opportunities that affect the well-being of people and societies.
  • Empowerment: Not only it responds to emerging and global health threats, it empowers individuals and communities.

2: Dimension- Role of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

  • Protecting the system: PHFI has established six institutes in different regions of India to promote multidisciplinary education and research which can inform and assist multi-sectoral policies and programmes for protecting people’s health.
  • Treating relevancy: It has aimed to be locally relevant, nationally impactful, and globally respected.
  • More focus on quality: PHFI has ranked exceptionally well not because of the ‘productivity’ criterion but thanks to the ‘quality’ criterion, which are all at the maximum.

Fact Box:

The Report

  • Report title: The ranking was part of a report ‘A New Model for Ranking Schools of Public Health: The Public Health Academic Ranking’.
  • The leading five institutions in the list include the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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