Savitribai Phule Pune University is one of the main centres of educational excellence in Maharashtra. Pune University was founded in the year 1949 under the Poona University Act. The University offers popular educational programs in the field of Science, Arts, Commerce, Management.
School of Health Science:
The School of Health Science under Pune University was established in the year 1989. The School of Health Science is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Also, UGC had funded the School of Health Science during its inception. School of Health Science offer programs like Masters of Public Health Program (MPH) and M.Sc in Health Sciences.
The Role of School of Health Science:
The School of Health Science under Pune University provides on field understanding of understanding the role of the community health workers, health promotion service, sub-district level health level organisation, disease control programs, disease surveillance and maternal & child health care services.
School of Health Science Courses:
Pune University offers two full-time masters courses under School of Health Science. Their courses are-
1) Master of Public Health-
This program trains the students to build the career in the field of Public Health Management, Intervention and Research. Under this course, the students gain the skills and knowledge to function as public health practitioners working with the communities, NGOs, government organisations and public health teaching institutions.
2) M.Sc Health Sciences-
Under the Health Sciences, the students are endorsed with the skills in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics. This course is highly interdisciplinary in nature. The students are trained to work in the pharmaceutical research institutions that conduct clinical trials as an epidemiologist. To be an epidemiologist, the course involves computer based training with public sector health facilities, rural and urban community settings and hospitals.
Pune University also offers PhD in two courses, i.e., Health Science and Public Health under the School of Health Science.
AYUSH Center of Excellence:
Pune University’s School of Health Science has been declared as the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) Center of Excellence by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and has also been granted financial aid of 3.5 crores by the ministry. The importance of the indigenous medication system has been rising since the Government of India has converted the Department of AYUSH into a full fledged Ministry.
The institute had already been in the research work, but by declaring the School of Health Science of Pune University as the AYUSH Center of Excellence, the School will gain momentum in research work especially the research in the traditional medicine. This will help the traditional medication to spread its influence all over the country as well internationally.
The admissions to the School of Health Sciences for the Post Graduate Courses are made through the Common Entrance Test (CET) of the University of Pune. The admissions to the PhD courses are made through PhD Entrance Test (PET). The admission process begins in the month of April-May every year.
There are different eligibility criteria for different courses of Pune University. The university of Pune also offers various other courses that can be considered by the students.