This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 142
  • Course: B.Tech
  • Semester: V
  • Title: Introduction to India’s Health System
  • Stream: Development Studies
  • Preamble: The objective of this course is to introduce students to the study of India’s health system from an interdisciplinary perspective. It will explore how health systems in India have evolved historically and challenges they faced in contemporary times. The main aim is to expose students to debates on nature of health systems as it exists in different states of India from a critical perspective

    Course Content: Introduction to the concept of health and health systems in India; Structure of India’s health system in British India and post-independence; Health services system: current structure and functions; Human resources for health: roles and responsibilities; Communicable and non-communicable diseases; Epidemiology; National health programmes of India; Technology for healthcare; Public and private sector in healthcare; Globalisation and health sector reforms; Health systems across different states in India: Main features and challenges.


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    2. K. Park, Preventive and Social Medicine, B. Bhanot Publishers, 2017.

    3. J. Kishore, National Health Programs of India, Century Publications, 2017.

    4. D. Banerji, Health and Family Planning Services in India: An Epidemiological, SocioCultural and Political Analysis and a Perspective, LokPaksh,1985.

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    6. A. Mills, S. Bennett, and S. Russell, The Challenge of Health Sector Reform: What Must Governments Do? Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.