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Community Health Administration

Faculty & Staff:

 Dr. A. Nanthini external link
 Professor and HOD  
 M.Sc, Ph.D (Nursing),MA, MPhil (Sociology)),Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Administration (PGDPHA),Diploma in Hospital Management (DHM)     nanthini[at]nihfw[dot]org
 Dr. Sneha Mishra
 Research Officer 
M.A (Applied Psychology), Ph.D (Psychology) and PG Diploma in Guidance and Counseling

  Dr. Vaishali Jaiswal external link
 Assistant Research Officer 
M.Sc. - Environmental Sciences
UGC/NET- Environmental Sciences
Ph.D - Environmental Health

Department of Community Health Administration


To actively contribute towards the Institute’s goal of management of public health and promotion of health and family welfare programs, through teaching, training, research and other activities assimilating the prominent aspects of Public Health, Community Medicine and Hospital Administration.


  • To provide knowledge and skill to medical students to function as community & first level physician.
  • To promote integrated concept of healthcare.
  • To promote healthy lifestyle in community.
  • To provide advocacy for application of research findings in healthcare.
  • To provide Knowledge and Skills to healthcare providers for prevention and control of public health problems.
  • To provide consultancy to strengthen the capacity of health organizations.


Teaching of MD (CHA), DHA, PGDPHM and Ph. D students -Department conducts classes in the area of National Health programmes, Public health Nutrition, Public health nursing etc. for 2 weeks .With an aim to develop a better understanding of the programmes, Deptt. also organises field visit for students to sub centre, PHC, CHC, APHO, etc. for I week as a part of teaching.


Department regularly conducts following Training Courses

  • Management Training Course for Senior Nursing Administrators.
  • Research Methodology for Nursing Professionals.
  • Training Course on Strengthening Midwifery Practices for Safe Motherhood in India
  • Training course on Occupational & Environmental Training course for Health Professionals


1. Training Course in Management for Senior Nursing Administrators

In our country nursing professionals constitute two- thirds of health workforce. They have a crucial role at all levels of health care delivery system in provision of preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative services. Their contribution is extremely important for achieving Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).They play a significant role towards promotion of patient safety and in effective management of health care services . In order to provide quality health care, it is mandatory that the nurses have an administrative and management skill. Recognizing this, the department organizes a regular training course in management for senior nursing administrators working at various levels to update and strengthen their administrative and managerial knowledge and skills.

2. Training Course in Research Methodology for Nursing Professionals

Research is an essential part for the growth of any profession in today’s world. In the field of nursing, nurses work in a variety of settings including the hospital, the educational institution, the community health department, the business sector, home health care etc. Though each has different responsibilities, the primary goal of a professional nurse is to provide optimal care on the basis of evidence. This evidence is obtained through research. Scientific studies done in nursing profession have provided strong evidences that it helps nurses to make sound decision and judgment in the patient care. In addition, evidence based nursing practice helps nurses to stay updated and facilitates to elevate the standard and reputation of nursing profession.

Hence, the nurses need to have an understanding and knowledge on research process, how to apply research findings into practice, identify potential research problems and collaborate on research teams. Keeping this in view, the department organizes the training course regularly on research methodology to strengthen the knowledge of nursing professionals on research process to enable them to interpret and utilize the research findings for providing quality nursing care.

3. Training Course on Strengthening Midwifery Practices for Safe Motherhood in India

Since independence, India has made substantial improvements in the field of health. Various programmes and schemes have been launched by Government of India to improve the status of mothers and children. Still the mortality levels such as Infant Mortality (IMR) and Maternal Mortality (MMR) remain high. The major causes of maternal and neonatal deaths can be prevented by initiation of timely interventions by competent nursing-midwifery care. Improvement in quality of health care services can only take place if the health care delivery system has technically competent health professionals able to provide Maternal and Child Health services.

Recognizing this, the department is organizing the training course regularly on Strengthening Midwifery Practices for Safe Motherhood in India for nursing officers from hospitals/ community set up and educational institutions for strengthening their knowledge and skills in Midwifery Practices.

4. Training course on Occupational & Environmental Training course for Health Professionals

The Health hazards/diseases associated with occupational and environmental exposures contribute significantly to overall burden of diseases. Most of the occupational and environmental diseases are being missed out in the diagnosis in the present health care system due to marginalization of this discipline. The health professionals and the community generally do not understand, and appreciate the consequences of harmful exposures to hazards in work place as well as in general environment. There is an urgent need to focus on hazard identification, hazard analysis, assessment and control of hazards causing such disease. In the absence of adequately trained manpower, measures to prevent and control such illnesses are not instituted in many countries including India. Health professionals need to be trained to keep a watch on the exposed groups for conducting surveillance of work/home environment, and early detection of occupational/environmental illness. Recognizing this, the department of CHA and Epidemiology jointly organizes the training course regularly to sensitize the health professionals in the area of occupational/environmental health.

Apart from this regular training courses, the department also organizes the following specialized training courses in collaboration.


1. Training of Trainers on Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Nursing professionals in collaboration with John Hopkins University (JHU)

With the support of MOHFW, the MoU was signed between the NIHFW & JHU on 8 November 2022 to strengthen the nursing training and education. After doing the training need assessment, to develop the leadership skills in Infection prevention and control for Nursing Professionals, the proposal was prepared by the department of CHA and submitted to the MOHFW for approval and funding to conduct the ToTs and state level training courses. A total of five batches of TOTs on Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control for Nursing Professionals was organized with the technical support of JHU during the period October 2022 - August 2023 at the NIHFW covering a total of 191 master trainers representing all states and union territories of the country.

Following these TOTs, 153 (4,578 nurses) state level training courses (with 30 participants per batch) have been planned with the duration of five days for each training. To organize these training courses a State Nodal Agency (SNA) has been identified by the respective states. To ensure the quality of the training, the department is currently involved in monitoring and coordination with the states.

2. Training Course on ‘Management of Programmes on Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health’

For strengthening the management capacity of programme managers in the area of reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in the country for effective delivery of evidence based intervention, the department of CHA in collaboration with MoHFW and WHO conducted a national training on managing RMNCAH program at New Delhi during 27th June to 01st July 2022.

Subsequently for the capacity building of program managers of aspirational districts in RMNCAH, the CHA department of the NIHFW in collaboration with MOHFW and WHO organized the training at RIPANS, Mizoram during December12th to 16th 2022. As per the CFC contract of NIHFW with WHO, with the support of MOHFW 2 more such training courses need to be organized for the programme managers of other aspirational districts of the country.

3. Administrative and Management Training for Senior Clinical Nursing Personnel organized in collaboration with PGI Chandigarh and NHM Odisha.

On request of NHM Odisha, to strengthen the managerial and administrative skills of senior nursing professionals. PGI Chandigarh in collaboration with the CHA department of the NIHFW organized the management training at NIHFW.


  • An Explorative Study on Competencies and Factors Enabling the Service Delivery of Community Health Officers at the Health and Wellness Centres.
  • Evaluation of the ongoing Central Sector Scheme of Development of Nursing
  • Effect of deployment of 2nd ANM on improving the performance of Service delivery in selected Health Facilities of Odisha.
  • Evaluation of Knowledge and Skills of ANMs and Staff Nurses Regarding RMNCH + A services in Selected CHCs and PHCs of Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh
  • Assessment of School Health Programme in Uttarakhand
Last Updated:20-06-2024