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Our Mission & Goals:
Groom Skills,
Gather Evidence,
Generate Knowledge for people's health.


To Improve the Efficacy,
Quality & Equity
of Health Systems.




Independent Study Programme

About Institute of Health Systems:

Institute of Health Systems (IHS) is a civil society institution. The institute strives for excellence in health system research, training of health and related personnel for development of interdisciplinary skills to improve efficiency of health care delivery systems research, health policy analysis and application of information technology to improve health care delivery systems. IHS services, activities and projects broadly fall into research, training and consultancy assignments. The institute strives to maintain a balance between these three modes of learning and application to provide an environment for intellectual development, knowledge based work and at the same time keep the skill set of its faculty well grounded to realities of social services delivery in India and other developing countries. Additional information is available in the institute's capacity statement.

The Programme:

Conventional training programmes are designed for a group of participants. Subject matter, coverage, duration, and dates of the training programmes are set in advance. These programmes are announced. Candidates whose requirements are met by the course would register. Scope to meet individual requirement is usually limited. In contrast, the tailored training programme works by identifying the candidates needs and developing an appropriate training programme, usually on a one to one basis. Consequently, these programmes are more expensive. However, they would be cost-effective in many situations, where the subject matter of the training is highly specialised covering material useful to the target participant, and excluding things that the participant may already be familiar with.


There are no formal lectures or examinations; instead, the student works with a supervisor to design a course to suit his or her individual interests. Working by private study and tutorials, the student writes four essays for assessment. If you are interested in taking a tutorial course, consult a staff member in your area of interest during the course consultation period before the summer vacation.


Tutorial Courses make different demands on them in order to extend their academic experience on a more individual basis. The emphasis in Tutorials is on argument, discussion and effective communication and less upon the transfer of factual information. Considerably more reading, research and individual reparation is required from students for this intense form of teaching.


Tutorial courses provide the opportunity to design and pursue a course of study otherwise unavailable, either because it is not offered in any scheduled class or because the student has exhausted the institute's offerings in a given subject.


Students must have a sponsor who is a full-time faculty member. Exceptions are made when the course is in a field no faculty member can cover. In such cases, a full-time faculty member must co-sponsor with the off-campus teacher. The tutorial must encompass the same breadth and depth as a full academic course. Proposals must indicate careful thought and planning for the course goals and content, including texts and materials, major assignments and projects, and a syllabus. The tutorial must carry the same workload as a regular course. The expectation is that the student will have a minimum of 7.5 hours of work per week, including both class and homework time. Since a tutorial course will usually have little class time, students applying must show that they have planned to do enough work to meet that same workload expectation.

Eligibility and who may benefit:

Researchers planning to take up projects which may align, coincide or build upon one or more IHS research project(s).


Researchers planning to write and develop proposals in areas on which some work has already been done at IHS.


Post graduate students who want to do their residency or thesis or project work.


Site persons and system administrators who may have to operationalize IHS software at their sites.

Application Procedure:

There is no prescribed format for application. Candidates interested for a Tailored Training, should send a letter addressed to the Training Service Officer, stating the purpose of the proposed attachment, proposed period of training, name of the proposed host faculty if known, and source of funding for facilities fee, tuition fees and the candidates stipend. A curriculum vitae should be provided giving details of educational qualifications, current assignments, job history, language, typewriting, personal computing and mobility skills. Note that minimum requirements for working in the Institute requires typewriting skills of 30 words per minute, personal computing skills including use of an office suite of applications like word processor, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, etc. The candidate will have to demonstrate type writing, and personal computing skills before joining and may be asked to demonstrate mobility skills.


The candidate should agree to comply with the Institutes working environment, complement and enrich it through her / his contributions. A note on the working environment in the Institute is provided to intending candidates during the course of the acceptance process. If you did not get it, please ask for it. Please note that that definition and description of the working environment in the Institute is evolving. As and when new details are added, faculty, fellows and staff are informed about it.

Facilities to the participant:

IHS Fellows will be provided a workstation, a Personal Computer, and shared printing services. Students can use all facilities available to IHS Faculty and Associates including;        (a) Library services, (b) Internet browsing facility, (c) Photocopying facility etc. for purposes of the project work.

Expected Outcomes:
1. Based on the discussions at the time of acceptance of the fellowship, it is expected that the specified task is completed on time.
2. At least one scientific papers is published through IHS working papers, report or monograph series. The same paper may also be submitted by the authors for publication in any indexed journal.

The candidate and the host faculty must locate appropriate funding to provide for the Institute Facilities Fee, Tuition Fee, Travel to and from IHS, Stipend / Per diem / Settling allowance etc., Local conveyance, and Outstation conveyance. The exact amounts required for these purposes may vary depending on the circumstances of each candidate. Financial support for the various expenses may be secured from different sources. The Institute may be able to provide for some of the expenses, if suitable provision is available in the concerned project or programme activity or from any scholarship fund that may be being administered for the time being. The funding arrangements should be discussed and settled during the fellowship acceptance process.


   Address for communication:

Training Services Officer,

Institute of Health Systems,

    HACA Bhavan, Hyderabad, AP 500 004 India.
Tel:  91-40-23210136, 23210139;
23210113, 23211014
Fax:  91-40-23241567



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