Global Health and India

Course Director: Dr. R. Balasubramaniam (
Course Coordinator: Dr. Rekha Shanmukha (

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This is a two-week residential program offered by VIIS for professionals who'd like to gain theoretical knowledge and practical exposure to Global Health through the lens of contemporary Indian context. The course seeks to expand the participant's understanding of the relationship between health and development, and will examine issues that influence health on both domestic and global scale. It will be a mix of classroom sessions and practical field experiences within India's health system and related service industries.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the interaction between globalization and India, with specific reference to its healthcare system.
  • Understand the role and influence of key players in the international health community – public sector, private sector and NGOs (third sector).
  • Understand the prevailing health systems in India, including the traditional ones.
  • Utilize the knowledge gained from first-hand practical field exposures to complement academic knowledge, for a deeper understanding of current Indian realities.
  • Identify the challenges in the delivery of healthcare in resource-limited settings.
  • Develop strengthened competence for leadership within a multi-cultural context.

The course  will be offered twice a year – in July and December.


  • The course is open for graduates in Science, Social Science, Public Health, Medicine and Nursing streams
  • People working with NGOs or those with relevant work experience of at least 3 years can also apply.

Intake : 10 per batch.

Medium of instruction : English. Translators will be provided for interaction with the local community during field visits.

Fee : This cost covers only Academic and teaching expenses, road transport from Bangalore airport to Mysore and back, Local field trips, food & accommodation for the entire course duration and will not cover the airfare and Medical insurance.

Course structure : The course will be roughly structured as follows. All sessions will be handled by subject experts who are working in the relevant fields.

    Forenoon session
(09:00 am to 01:00 pm)
Afternoon session
(02:00 pm to 05:00 pm)
Day-1 Sat • Arrival at V-LEAD
• Registration
• Introduction to the course - objectives, structure and curriculum
• Orientation to life in V-LEAD & Mysore
Day-2 Sun  Tour of Mysore City  
Day-3 Mon Lectures:
• Indian History, Culture & Civilization – 1
• Introduction to Global Health & the contemporary Indian context
• Indian Domestic & International political context
Leadership in multi-cultural context
Day-4 Tue Lectures:
• Global Economy
• Indian History, Culture & Civilization – 2
• Trade & Health
Field Visit :
Visit to medical college & teaching hospital
Day-5 Wed Lectures:
• Global Health Governance
• Food Security & Sovereignty
• Global Health & India
Field Visit :
Visit to an Anganwadi (ICDS) center – to learn about child nutrition and growth monitoring
Day-6 Thu Lectures:
• Health Systems management & State-driven approaches in India
• Tobacco & Global Health
• Donor Aid, NGOs & Civil Society
Field Visit :
Visit to an Urban Primary Health Center in Mysore
Day-7 Fri Lectures:
•Climate change & health - meaning for a developing country
• Mental Health
• Alcoholism in India
Field Visit :
Visit to an Urban Primary Health Center in Mysore
Day-8  Sat  Visit to SVYM projects in H.D.Kote   
Day-9 Sun  Day Off   
Day-10  Mon  Lectures:
• Community involvement in health
• Gender & Health
• Growing burden of lifestyle diseases
Field Visit :
Interaction with a Village Health & Sanitation Committee
Day-11 Tue  Lectures:
• Basics of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Indicators
• HIV/ AIDS in India
• Medical research & Bioethics in India
Field Visit :
Visit to Anti Retroviral Treatment Center & HIV/AIDS Targeted Intervention project
Day-13 Thu  Lectures:
• Infectious disease burden in India
• Conflicts & Disaster relief
• Occupational health & global standards
Field Visit :
Visit to a Medical Waste Management plant
Day-14 Fri  Lectures:
• Pharmaceutical industry in India
• Reflection session for sharing learnings
Cultural Program from VIIS
Day-15  Sat  Departure   

How to apply:

  • Application form is provided on the VIIS website ( Admission is open throughout the year.
  • Applicants should also furnish a statement of purpose (not more than 1200 words), explaining his/her motivation for joining the course and how he/she plans to apply the insight gained from the course in his/her field of work.
  • Documents should be mailed to the Course Coordinator. Please specify the session applied for.
  • Selected candidates will be informed within 3 weeks of submitting the application.

Please note: This course is independently offered by VIIS and is not affiliated to any University. Participants will be provided completion certificate at the end of the course.