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Master in Health Administration (MHA Health)

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TISS has been offering the Master of Health administration programme since 1993. Over the years the curriculum has been reinvented and restructured to keep pace and meet the demands of the dynamic healthcare industry. The 2 year intensive program with a practical focus is designed to develop a cadre of professionals competent enough to take up key managerial and research positions in both public and private health sectors.

The Master of Health Administration programme prepares students to take on managerial positions in the national health programmes, the NGO sector, healthcare consultancies, health insurance and IT in healthcare and community-based health programmes by building capacities in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating those programmes. It also orients the students to macro issues relevant to health policy and programming in the country.  A mix of  giants of the likes of WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, PATH, CARE, Aga Khan Health Services, ICICI, Infosys  and PWC have been some of the recruiters in the past.

The curriculum includes core management subjects like operations management, strategic management, finance and health management information system as well as social science courses. It sensitizes the students to the public health challenges and administrative methods to optimize the scarce resources. The students undergoing the course are trained in the basics of social science research, with research being part of the final dissertation mandatory for completion of the programme. The inclusion of this aspect makes the course a “one of its kind” being offered in the country. 

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One of the most distinctive features of the curriculum at TISS is the internship, a continual program, included in 2nd, 3rd and 4th semesters. It provides hands on experience and knowledge about the health sector wherein students see the theories they learn in classrooms being applied in the real world. Students are assigned to organizations, based on previous education, and past work experience. Three, eight week internships for the health administration students expose them to live projects involving the national health programs, the NGO sector, and community based health programs. It helps build capacities in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating those programs, and orients students to macro issues relevant to health policy and programming in the country. The students are encouraged to build community profiles, and prepare community maps. Application of management principles in the activities of agencies, study of the organization's development perspective and critical analysis of the current scenario, SWOT analysis of the organization and preparing interview schedules to collect socio-economic and demographic data are some of the major activities assigned to students during their internship. Students are also involved in developing IEC material and BCC tools for the existing projects with comprehensive situational analysis for health planning.

Students are posted to various renowned organizations like ALERT India, SATHI, SEARCH, SNEHA, IHMP, Aga Khan Health Services, RUHSA, Arohi etc .These internships expose the students to the health care industry, help integrate and supplement classroom knowledge, and enhance experiential skills. Students are also required to undertake various individual projects during their internship in the organization. It involves various KAP, qualitative and quantitative studies as per organizational needs. These internships are mutually beneficial, wherein students use it as a learning opportunity and the organizations tap the skills and knowledge of the students and engage them in their projects.

The final block internship towards the end of the curriculum entails every student to work in any healthcare organization of their choice, without any compensation, for a period of 1 month. This internship reiterates the ethos of the institute that is ingrained in each student – service to the society. Though the students have been well placed before the period of this internship, they contribute their theoretical and practical skills to the organization.


The compulsory component of health systems research as a high credit is specifically designed to imbibe in the students a spirit of scientific enquiry through a highly structured pedagogy of quantitative and qualitative research methodology ultimately culminating into a dissertation judged and evaluated strictly against set protocols, thus preparing students to find out specific answers to questions requiring empirical enquiry in the workspace. The programme includes a written dissertation which can either be quantitative or qualitative research or operations research or any other study with almost the entire 4th semester in the programme dedicated for it.

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