Saturday, 31 January 2015

Admission for Master Of Public Health

The cooperation between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Indian Institute of Health Management Research combines the School's excellence in Public Health Education with the Institute's Expertise in Health Management, Planning and Research in South-east Asia.
IIHMR University announces admission for Cohort III in Master of Public Health. The Master of Public Health program, offered by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in cooperation with IIHMR Jaipur, will be a full time degree program comprising 11 months of coursework followed by minimum 6 months to maximum 12 months of Practicum training on the field. The course comprises 80 credits which includes Capstone and Practicum projects. During this tenure students will travel to Baltimore, Maryland, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a period of two weeks. Onsite courses will be held at the Indian Institute for Health Management Research campus in Jaipur. The Program offers students the unique opportunity to attend the same academically rigorous courses offered at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, USA with a convenient venue at the IIHMR, India. All admitted students are given an international scholarship to travel and stay at Johns Hopkins, USA for a period of 2 weeks. The total tuition fee is USD 22000 which is highly subsidized for low and middle income countries (It is one third of total fees of the full time programme at JHU). All admitted students get an “International Travel Scholarship” to stay and study in JHU, USA for a period of two weeks for the intensive institute at JHU to take the four credit course on ‘Problem Solving in Public Health’.
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Dr Michael Klag at IIHMR University Discussing Issues on Health Management with Dr. SD Gupta

Dr. Michael J. Klag With Dr. SD Gupta (Vice Chancellor IIHMR University)


1982-1984 Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY Upstate Medical Center 1982-1984 Attending, Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York 1982-1984 General Internist, Syracuse Community Health Center, Syracuse, NY 1982-1984 Surgeon, Commissioned Corps, United States Public Health Service 1987- Active Staff, The Johns Hopkins Hospital 1987-1988 Director, Clinical Track of the Preventive Medicine Residency, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health 1987-1988 Instructor, Medicine, Joint Appointment Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1988-1992 Assistant Professor, Medicine, Joint Appointment Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1988- Director, The Precursors Study (A prospective study of 1,337 Johns Hopkins University Medical Students started in 1946) 1992-1997 Associate Professor, Medicine, Joint Appointment Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1994-1996 Acting Director, Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 1996-2002 Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 1996-2001 Associate Director for General Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1996-1997 Interim Director, The Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions 1998 Professor of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Joint Appointment Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management 2000-2001 Interim Director, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2000-2001 Interim Physician-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital 2001-2005 Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2005-present Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


1974 B.S., Magna Cum Laude 1973-1974 Juniata College Honor Society 1972-1974 Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society; President, Juniata College Chapter, 1974 1971-1974 Juniata College Philadelphia Area Alumni Scholar 1985-1988 Post-doctoral Trainee, NIH Training Grant in Behavioral Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease 1987 The John Hume II Award for Academic Excellence and Professional Promise, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health 1988 Fellow, Fourteenth 10-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases sponsored by the American Heart Association 1991-1996 Established Investigator, American Heart Association 1993 Delta Omega National Public Health Honorary Society, Alpha Chapter 1997 Fellow, American College of Physicians 1999 Raine Visiting Professor, The University of Western Australia 2003 David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award 2004 Champion of Public Health Award

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

IIHMR University, Jaipur Birds: Deciphering the flicker of Oriental White Eye

Winters have been around in the IIHMR campus at Jaipur, and so have been visitors of the avian family- Redstarts, Wagtails (white, yellow and pied) and Wheatears. In the changing hues of sunlight from misty foggy white to mellow yellow, these winged boarders can be met with as one wades pathways along stretches of white champa, and clusters of bottle brush trees or line of multi colour bogenwalia bushes or curvy line of kaner (yellow trumpet flowers bush) on the other side of the quaint little wooden bridge that gives a passing illusion of being, in a bountiful natural reserve. 

Whether it is the pulsating of Orange-red lower rump and tail or the proud display of the deep black chest by Redstarts or the swaggering Wagtails in the dew covered lush green lawns of IIHMR, or the swift darting of wheatears in thick verdure of trees, winter truly is a blessing for it invites you to make most of life, invest it with enduring meaning.

Black Redstart

Redstart also called Black Redstart is a widespread breeder in south and central Europe, Asia, northwest Africa and migrates to Indian sub-continent in winters. It is one of the earliest to arrive signaling the onset of winters in Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR). The University is an institutional typology of courts with small tended gardens surrounded by Kikar and Neem forest or orchard plantations of kachnar trees to modify the harsh winds from the north-west.

As the morning starts spreading outside the D Block quarters the misty white light of dawn brings to light a conical shape, the cluster of bottle brush trees reveals itself as a favorite rendezvous for many birds- sparrows, warblers, tailor bird, bulbuls, purple sun birds, babblers and ashy prinias. Not to be seen earlier small teams of Oriental White Eye seen dancing and chirping through the dense foliage is an obvious spotting. But like most obvious things holds a ring of mystery, encrypted in the activity of these messengers between ‘the steadfast earth and the rolling heavens’.

Oriental White Eye

The chasing of these tiny arboreal avian teams near the club house and across the road along the raised walkway going up the slope of the natural watercourse have been lessons in their complex behavior. 
Wagtails strut around proudly in groups of three four sometimes seven or eight in the lush green lawns (called peacock gardens in the IIHMR slang) effortlessly sloping gently and merging with the road that separates built environments of academic and residential blocks of IIHMR. Natural and man- made aqueducts ensure conveyance of water and life across these two different morphological units.

White Wag Tail

A significant busy crowded hub is the flower laden kachnar tree, located near the archway over gentle gulley of natural slope, an old gateway of rain water into the lands ahead. Countless birds of many varieties can be seen busily chirping through its spread out and dense foliage. A ‘hot spot’ for warblers of different kinds, this proud tree is the tallest biggest and the oldest among kachnar
plantations, so tells Ram Karan proudly displaying the lines of small and budding kachnar trees he and his team has planted along the raised walkaway that offers a dignified escapade to stroll, have conversations in solitude or cross over towards the road.

Not so long ago in the 1990s when rapid urban expansion was beginning to have its telling effects on the historical Jaipur city, this creative environmental enterprise was nominated for the first prize in the prestigious Aga Khan Award. That was in 1995, a marker of time, a definite moment in this living habitat, relevant in contemporary times more than just a memory.

Photo by Akhil Aggarwal, PhD student, IIHMR University

As we muse over this, our tiny passerine friends are busy with their purposeful hopping and chirping that looks like swift dancing harmoniously synchronized to their sweet melodious sound, the soft nasal cheer so characteristic of this little hard to spot resident bird whose fervent activity in
the winters is sure to catch anyone’s eye. On closer hearing this is a quite a melodious tune made up of patterns of tonality whose interludes are soft and discernible only after considerable patience.

Oriental White eye is small (about 8–9 cm long) with yellowish olive upper parts, a white eye ring, yellow throat and vent. Coming eye to eye with the flickers of white eye is a delightful feeling and at the same time an almost mystical sublimation of the soul as it gets transposed into some alien world where the usual cacophony of meanings dissolves to give way to a serene feeling of stillness that is the result of experiencing a perfect raga or a rustic folk melody.

On repeated days this soul uplifting experience carried with it fragrances of an elusive fleeting mystery. Impervious to this, the deft olive green ones dart from one place to another looking at you sometimes gratingly and at times gratifyingly. Any attempts at deciphering the countless flickers of the oriental white eye is akin to approximating the infinitude of the dance sequences of molecules and feedback loops that make up them, you and ‘I’.

Composed By:
Prof. Rahul Ghai
Associate Professor
IIHMR University

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

International Seminar in India at IIHMR, New Delhi


International Institute of Health Management Research, New Delhi and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health jointly will be conducting an international seminar on Strategic Thinking and Action-Learning to Improve Healthcare from March 16, 2015 to March 20, 2015. The goal of this seminar is to assist participants in building continuously learning organizations, to meet the health needs of their respective countries.

Participant Learning Objective
By the end of the seminar, the participant will be able to:
  • Identify leadership skills necessary to create a health learning system
  • Apply the StarGuide framework
  • Describe the concepts of mental models and household production of health
  • Describe the concepts of personal mastery and team learning
  • Create a learning organization
  • Inspire a shared vision
  • Apply the concept of systems thinking
  • Conduct a root cause analysis and develop a reality tree
  • Describe how to design a strategy and develop strategic objectives
  • Describe how to implement with accountability

Who Should Attend 
Policy makers, program managers and leaders in the healthcare industry can attend the seminar. The chief executives, directors and senior managers of hospitals as well as development organizations, national health programs and national and state level institutes can equally benefit from the program.

Course Outline
The strategic leadership and management in healthcare seminar consist of four major components:
  •          Classroom presentations and discussions
  •          STARGuide exercises – learning by doing
  •          Synthesis – learning from others through reflection and discussions
  •          Others (e.g., readings, personal reflections)
Classroom sessions, presentations and discussions focus on key aspects of leadership in a learning organization including:
  •    Personal mastery
  •     Mental models
  •     Team learning
  •     Systems thinking
  •     Shared vision
Successful completion of the seminar is based on mastery of both the content and skills components.

 Lead Resource Persons
§ Dr. W. Henry Mosley, MD MPH is Professor in the Population, Family and Reproductive Health Department at Johns Hopkins University. He has worked for over 45 years in international health programs in Asia and Africa. He has served as chair of the department of Population Dynamics and director of the Hopkins Population Center at the JHBSPH, and was the founding director of the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). He has consulted with the World Bank, USAID, and UN Agencies.

§ Dr. Benjamin Lozare, PhD, is Associate Director and Chief of the Training and Performance Improvement Division in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs (JHUCCP). Dr. Lozare has more than 25 years of experience in research, teaching, and practice in international and development communication.

For more Information visit IIHMR Delhi Forthcoming MDP or

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

MBA Rural Management programme with multiple specializations at IIHMR University

Dr Vivek Bhandari, Professor at IIHMR (Indian Institute of Health  Management Research) University and former Director of IRMA (Institute of Rural Management Anand), talks about the MBA Rural Management programme with multiple specializations at IIHMR University.

Dr. Vivek Bhandari  worked as a tenured professor in Amherst, Massachusetts. However, he strongly felt the urge to live in India, a country in the throes of a tectonic transition. What finally made him move back to India was the fact that he was offered the opportunity to serve as the director and professor at IRMA, when he was barely 36 years old. 

In 2008, Business Today magazine included you in its list of 'India's Top-25 Young Executives under the age of 40’. What do you have to say about your achievement?

I was very humbled by that recognition, and it meant the world to me.  In the years ahead, I will look forward to contributing in ways that allow us to address the most difficult challenges facing the country.

Could you explain the two-year MBA programme in Rural Management with multiple specializations at IIHMR University?

The primary objective of the MBA in Rural Management with multiple specializations at IIHMR university is to facilitate integrative learning in the deepest sense of the term, so that graduates are able to walk into professional roles with ease, and play a vital role both at the operational and strategic levels in their jobs. Also, this programme comes with multiple specializations, which are being designed with the “demand-side” in mind.  

Currently, students of most premier MBA programmes are largely being prepared for an operational engagement, but are not skilled at thinking strategically or holistically. For this to happen, the curriculum must strike a balance between three things:

  • Critical thinking, active engagement with multiple stakeholders, and lateral thinking that allows students to think practically and strategically.
  • Foundational managerial skills associated with development praxis, ideally for all sectors (government, civil society sector, and private sector); and more specifically, those skills relevant for the specializations that the students choose.
  • Strong fieldwork and organizational skills based on off-campus learning experiences so that once they graduate, they can hit the ground running.

 The IIHMR MBA in Rural Management will address these issues directly and also allow students to specialize in a variety of sectors within the larger domain or rural management. This will allow them to get jobs easily, and make a deeper impact in the workplace.

What are the opportunities waiting for the students studying MBA in Rural Management with multiple specializations?

As I have said above, IIHMR’s MBA in Rural Management is built around a symbiotic relationship with the “demand-side,” i.e., an organizational network that will shape the students’ learning during the course of their time at IIHMR University. Essentially, we view this relationship with these organizations are necessary for the students to get good jobs where they can contribute by walking into critical roles. As far as we are concerned, the primary objective of the MBA in RuralManagement is to place students in good jobs where they can make a lasting impact.

What is the mission of IIHMR University?
Established in 1984 in Jaipur, Indian Institute of Health Management Research has been dedicated to improvement in standards of health through better management of healthcare systems, and related programmes. In recognition of its contributions, IIHMR was formally granted university status in 2013 and is now called IIHMR University. IIHMR-U has incubated the School of Rural Management because of the inherent synergies between the domains of health and rural management. These synergies are responsible for the launch of the MBA in Rural Management with multiple specializations.