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About PhD Programme


Established in 1984 in Jaipur, IIHMR is the first of its kind in India, with attention solely focused on health systems management. The University undertakes education, training, research and consultancy in hospital management, health management, pharmaceutical management, rural management and related fields of health concerns. The Institute of Health Management Research has been established as The IIHMR University vide Act No.3 of2014 of the Government of Rajasthan. Hereinafter, the organisation will be addressed as The IIHMR University.

World Health Organisation designated The IIHMR University as a WHO Collaborating Centre for District Health Systems based on primary health care in South-East Asia Region for its significant contribution to strengthening health systems by promoting and conducting health policy and programme management, research and capacity building. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India identified it as institute of excellence for training and capacity building.

The University's campus is spread over an exquisitely landscaped area of 14.37 acres with a lush green cover, characterized by stark and majestic buildings in stone creating monumental spaces with minimal decor. The serene ambiance has inspired students to strive for excellence. The University is well equipped with student friendly infrastructure. The spacious campus provides for the right learning ambience.


The IIHMR University has been accorded approval by the UGC vide its letter number F. No. 8-21/2014 (CPP-I/PU) dated October 15, 2015.



IIHMR University has started offering a full-fledged Ph. D programme since 2014 added to its existing postgraduate programme. Although the programme builds on IIHMR university’s core competencies in the domain of public health, health and hospital management, pharmaceutical management and rural development, the programme is envisaged to be multidisciplinary in nature and allows potential candidates to pursue research on a wide range of topics. The areas of research for the doctoral programme include, but are not strictly restricted to, public health, health and hospital management, nursing management, pharmaceutical management, population and development, health economics and finance, rural and urban health, health communication and behavior change, information technology in the health sector, health systems, food security and nutrition, and rural development.  The programme is open to postgraduates and professionals in the field of management, public health and medicine, nursing, Indian System of Medicine (ISM), health economics and finance, demography, rural management/development and relevant social and behavioral science disciplines. There are 20 Seats in the Ph. D programme for batch commencing in 2017. (Part time or full time). Part-time Ph. D will be allowed provided all the conditions mentioned in the extant Ph. D Regulations are met as per the UGC Regulations.

Objectives of the Programme

The Ph. D programme broadly aims at building and strengthening research capacity in three broad thrust areas of IIHMR that include i) public health/health systems, ii) pharmaceutical management and iii) rural development. The overarching purpose of the programme is to create a cadre of researchers who are well equipped with necessary skills to undertake evidence-based policy research on issues of contemporary significance related to these areas, with the larger goal of promoting sustainable human development. More specific objectives of the Ph. D programme are:

Building research capacity to strengthen health, pharma, rural and in the mandated disciplines of the University developing a cadre of outstanding academics and management professionals for higher level health, pharmaceutical and rural management teaching and research in postgraduate institutions and universities, health care industry, and Government and consulting organizations.

The programme is designed to enable the students to enhance the research competency and skills of postgraduates, researchers, academicians, teachers and mid-career professionals in private and Government health sectors in policy and programme management research in the health and other sectors.

Duration of the Programme

The minimum programme duration is three years including period of registration. Registration in Ph. D is subject to passing qualifying examination which will be based on the course work in the first year of the programme. Programme has four important mile stones; namely; course work with 16 credits; writing and presenting research proposal, data collection and thesis writing, presentation and submission.

The maximum period allowable to complete Ph. D is six years. The candidate will have to re-register if s/he does not complete Ph. D in six years.


Candidates for admission to the Ph D. programme shall have a Master's degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s or M Phil degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.

 A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-Able and other categories of candidates as per UGC Guidelines from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master's degree prior to 19th September, 1991. The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedures.