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School of Health Systems Studies

TISS is the Centre of Excellence in the field of health through its dedicated School of Health Systems Studies (SHSS). The School of Health Systems Studies prepares students for a leadership role in public health & managerial roles in the fields of health and hospital administration through the programmes of Master of Hospital Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Public health in Social Epidemiology, Master of Public Health in Health Policy, Economics and Finance, Executive Postgraduate Diploma courses in Hospital Management and PGDM in Hospital and Healthcare Quality. The School’s active social research programmes and national and international research collaborations in the areas of health policy, health systems strengthening and public health contributes to the generation of new knowledge in this area.

Continuing with its tradition of having a futuristic approach towards development, Tata Institute ofScience became the pioneer in 1986. In 1989, the institute established the Department of Health Systems Studies with the assistance of the Ford Foundation. In the year 1993, the department added a new feather in its cap by starting the Master in Health and Hospital administration programme.
In its 70th year, TISS restructured all the courses to make them more suited to meet the existing demandsand challenges of the healthcare sector. Post restructuring in the year 2006, the Department of Health Systems Studies was renamed as ‘The School of Health Systems Studies’. In the year 2008, School of health system studies started the Master of Public Health with a focus on social epidemiology as its unique feature followed by introduction of masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy, Economics and Finance in the year 2010.
SHSS has been running as Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management (EPGDHA) exclusively for working executives in hospital and also Diploma in Health Administration (DHA) and Diploma in Public Health Practice (DPHP) for those who are working in public areas which shown that the Institute’s ethos of continuously being at the forefront of innovation in healthcare education.

Dean: Prof. Anil Kumar

Prof T Sundararaman

Dr. Priyanka Dixit

Today the School has 4 centres:

Centre for Hospital Management

Chairperson: Prof. M. Mariappan
Dr. Feroz Ikbal

Centre for Public Health

Chairperson: Dr. Nilesh Gawde
Dr. Mathew George, Prof. Harshad Thakur. Dr. V. Gowri, Dr. Narendra Kakade

Centre for Health Policy, Planning and Management

Chairperson:  Dr. Bal Rakshase
Prof. Kanchan Mukherjee , Prof. Shankar Das, Dr. Soumitra Ghosh

Centre for Health and Social Sciences

Chairperson: Prof. Sivakami Muthusamy
Prof. Shalini Bharat, Prof. Anilkumar, Dr. Hemal Shroff

The School conducts 4 Master’s Degree courses –

  1. Master of Health Administration,
  2. Master of Hospital Administration
  3. Master of Public Health (Social Epidemiology),
  4. Master of Public Health (Health Policy, Economics and Finance).

Research Projects, Policy Papers and Field Action

The research programmes and publications of faculty in the different schools are provided in the accompanying tables. Amongst the many programmes undertaken by the school faculty, we highlight the following as important programmes that have a nation level impact.

Global Adult Tobacco Survey, India, 2016–17

This survey was conducted by the School on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, in partnership with the World Health Organisation and Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta. The survey interviewed over 74,037 randomly selected households from rural and urban areas of 30 states and two union territories. The key fndings were released by the Hon. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare on May 31, 2017, and the national and state fact sheets as well as executive summary and the entire data tables were finalised by October 2017. The full and complete report was finalised by March 28, 2018. A series of state level dissemination of fndings are being organised and as of now this has been completed in 18 states.

National Consultation on Universal Access to Affordable Diagnostics

The School organised a policy-related National Consultation on Universal Access to Affordable Diagnostics, that reviewed the progress that the government was making on its commitment to provide increasing access to free diagnostics through the public health system.

Policy Paper on Private Sector Regulation: International Experiences

 Another important contribution was the development of a policy paper on best practices and models for private sector regulation in India. This project was funded by World Health Organisation, India and completed in August 2017.

Report on Neonatal Deaths in Nashik District

At the behest of the State Human Rights Commission, a three person expert committee constituted by the School did a collaborative enquiry in the reported high incidence of neonatal mortality in Nashik district in Maharashtra, which is also a feature seen wherever special newborn care units are being setup. The findings of the enquiry were presented to the Commission who then referred it for a presentation to a meeting of senior offers of the Department of Health chaired by the Hon. Ministers. The recommendations and report are is being finalised with these inputs and will be submitted to the Government and the Commission.

Early Infant Diagnosis (EID)

This is an implementation research project aimed at documenting successes, innovations, gaps and challenges in the early diagnosis of HIV among infants. The study shall have important policy implications to provide access to ART for children born to HIV positive pregnant women. Funded by GFATM, the lead organisation for this project is National Aids Research Institution (NARI).

Saksham Plus

This is an action project being implemented in 10 wards of Mumbai. This action project provides counselling support to drug resistant TB patients accessing treatment from the health facilities of Mumbai’s Municipal Corporation. The project is supported by CDC and SHARE India, technically and financially. A related project, Saksham Prerak, is a capacity-building project for counsellors in the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) across all states. The project also involves training of ANMs at select primary health care facilities to enable them to initiate HIV testing and achieve decentralisation of the services so as to reach the unreached.
More about Saksham project

Mental Health and Resilience among Migrants

The project is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through De Mont University, UK.

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