The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) and the One Health Trust (founded as CDDEP) have agreed to establish a PhD program in Data Sciences for Global Health to train graduates/postgraduates on current global health issues and cutting-edge research methodology, with rigorous fieldwork and data analysis. The unique full-time interdisciplinary degree will provide advanced education in global health along with expertise in statistical/quantitative and qualitative skills to future students.
The faculty at BITS Pilani and OHT have vast research experience in communicable disease dynamics; antimicrobial resistance; vaccines and immunization; environmental health; gender, equity, and livelihoods; health and development; health systems; and economics.
Applications for the doctoral program are open with a March 31, 2023 application deadline. Interested students can find eligibility information and apply at https://www.bitsadmission.com/phdmainds.aspx.
The first cohort will begin coursework in July 2023. Students will take courses and conduct research at both BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, and at the Nimai Valley Center of the One Health Trust, set to open in January 2024.
This program is ideal for students who are seeking new roles as public health data scientists in government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations in the public health and biomedical fields and working professionals already employed in such organizations who would like to use data more effectively to advance their missions. Qualified applicants will be accepted from all geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with no age restriction.
Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan, Founder and President of the One Health Trust said, “The future of the health of our planet and its inhabitants depends on a better understanding of the underlying processes that connect us using data sciences. OHT is delighted to be partnering with BITS Pilani to offer this unique PhD program, which will emphasize cuttingedge skills in data sciences, and generate tomorrow’s leaders in solving the major challenges of global health by working with communities in India who are most affected by them.”
Speaking at the Foundation Stone-laying ceremony of the One Health Trust for the Nimai Valley Center near Bengaluru, Dr. K. Sudhakar, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education for the Government of Karnataka, said, “The whole idea and the concept of coming out with One Health Trust is really an inspiration to me. This is a very global cause, and it is a timely initiative in my opinion. Honorable Prime Minister of our country, wherever he addresses meetings or gatherings among health sections, he always focuses on a ‘holistic health approach’, meaning balanced well-being of physical and mental health. And, for this initiative, One Health Trust has planned to start a PhD program related to this in our district. This is the first institution which is starting a PhD course in the entire district, for which I convey my acknowledgements to the founder.”