Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) in the Central University of Tamil Nadu is presently offering Master of Science (M.Sc) programme in Epidemiology and Public Health. The department’s mission is to understand the determinants of health and disease, their distribution and frequency, and help plan the public health policy. The department vision is to strive to be a center of excellence in teaching and research in the field of Epidemiology and Public Health. The faculty are from various fields of research related to epidemiology and public health.

Epidemiology is an essential and critical component of Public Health. In India, epidemiological studies play a key role in determining the national health policy. National drug policy on Malaria, Guidelines on the use of insecticides to control vector borne diseases, National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India (2016-2030), Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), National Mental Health Programme (NMHP),  and many such national and international control and elimination programs rely heavily on data from epidemiology and public health studies. The department aims to train future work force in the field of epidemiology, public health, disease diagnosis, health education, environmental health, vector biology, nutrition and other relevant thrust areas.

The Department of EPH was established in the year 2016, and our students are actively involved in field work, internships and project work related to the curriculum. In order to enrich the knowledge of EPH students to the core area of research and job opportunities, the department conducts various national level seminar and workshops. Time to time knowledge dissemination is done to the public on creating awareness related to emerging and remerging diseases, and students have actively participated in organization of such events. Eminent experts from World Health Organization (WHO), Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC), National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR), National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and Public Health Foundation (PHF) of India have visited the department and interacted with the students for their curriculum related activities.

Thrust areas of research

– Gender and Health

– Social epidemiology

– Public health ethics

– Vector Epidemiology

– Vector (Anopheles)-Parasite (Plasmodium) relationships

– Resistance and susceptibility of vectors to Plasmodium

– Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases

– Development of novel diagnostics for animal diseases

Basic amenities

– Mosquito insectary (Aedes, and Culexat present)

– Artificial membrane feeding

– Larval rearing

– Computer lab

– Molecular epidemiology lab (in pipeline)

– Dengue diagnostic center (in pipeline)

– Access to central instrumentation facility (will commence soon)

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