Short Term Training Programmes


The International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) has over the span of six decades established itself world over as a premier institution specializing in teaching as well as research in the field of Population Sciences. In addition to regular teaching and research activities, the Institute has over the years leveraged its expertise in the field to successfully organize various short term tailored made training programs covering various aspects of Population and health. The training programs are for the in-service officials, researchers working in NGOs, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates and independent researchers working in the field of Population and Health, and are funded by various international and national funding agencies including WHO, UNFPA, Nordic Council of India, Asian Development Bank, Government of India, State governments, University Grant Commission to name a few. Some of the most popular courses organized by the Institute in the past are:

  • Demographic Techniques and Application of Demographic Software Packages.
  • Life Tables Construction and Population Projection.
  • Analysis of Large Scale Sample Survey data in Demographic and Health Research.
  • Gender and Reproductive Health.
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Demographic and Health Research.
  • Analysis of Vital Statistics from Civil Registration System.
  • Strengthening State Plans for Human Development.

Besides, the Institute has also organized customized training programs for various ministries in India (central and state governments), Myanmar, UNFPA, Nordic Council of India, various international and national non-Governmental organizations, to name a few.

The Institute proposes to organize the following short term training programmes in the current academic session 2019-2020:

1. Gender Analysis of Health: Workshop for Researchers using Large Scale Data Sets:

Gender Analysis has not been adequately mainstreamed into health research. Only with the recognition of gender as an axis of analysis will it be possible to examine its impact on health outcomes. The workshop aims to enable young researchers recognize the relevance of gender on health outcomes using large scale data sets like NFHS, NSSO, GATS, DLHS, etc. Gender analysis to facilitate an identification of the possible ways in which gender norms and values, roles and responsibilities and access to and control over resources shape the following outcomes:

  • Vulnerability in terms of incidence, prevalence or response to vaccines;
  • Health seeking behavior (care seeking or not seeking pattern as well as continuation and discontinuation of treatment);
  • Ability to access health services;
  • Preventive and treatment options and responses to treatment or rehabilitation;
  • Experience with health services and health providers;
  • The outcome of health problem-in terms of detection, prevention, recovery, rehabilitation, disability, death;
  • Consequences- in terms of economic, social and attitudinal.

Schedule: 10- 15 October 2019

Duration: One-week (six working days)

Intended participants: PhD students and young researchers working on Population and Health issues having knowledge of STATA / SPSS / R and able to work with large scale survey data sets.

2. National Family Health Survey- 4 (NFHS-4) Data Users Training Programme:

National Family Health Survey (NFHS) is a large-scale, multi-round survey conducted on a representative sample of households throughout India. The first round of the survey was conducted in 1992-93. Till date four rounds of NFHS has already been successfully completed, while the fifth round is in progress. The NFHS aims to provide essential data on health and family welfare, and information on important emerging health and family welfare issues.

For the first time, the NFHS-4 was implemented at the district level, covering all the 640 districts in India as of 2011 census of India. NFHS-4 provides majority of the indicators at the districts and state level. Maternal, child, adolescent and adult heath indicators pertaining to marriage, fertility, child immunization, nutrition, contraception, reproductive health, sexual behavior, domestic violence, etc. are available in NFHS-4. The Clinical, Anthropometric and Biochemical (CAB) component in NFHS-4 was designed to provide vital estimates of prevalence of malnutrition, anaemia, hypertension, HIV, blood glucose levels among others.

NFHS data is being widely used for research and generating scientific evidence for policy-making and planning in India as well as internationally, by the national and state governments, international agencies and number of research organizations working at the grassroots level towards the betterment of health and well-being of the population. Specialized training and practice are needed in order to enable appropriate scientific analysis from this huge and diverse dataset. Keeping in view the above, the Institute proposes to organize the NFHS-4 Data User Training Programme. The one-week short term training programme would cover among others the following aspects of NFHS-4: Survey Instruments and Manuals; Sample design; Sampling Weight and Errors; Generating indicators of: Fertility, Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health, Morbidity and Mortality, etc. The NFHS-4 Data User Training would be wholly hands-on training programme using NFHS-4 data.

Schedule: to be announced (tentatively December 2019)

Duration: One-week (six working days)

Intended participants: Teachers/Researchers from Population Research Centers / Research institutions/organizations, Research Scholars, Personnel employed in NGOs engaged in Population and Public Health.

3. Qualitative Research Methods in Demographic and Health Research:

The proposed short term training programme on Qualitative Research Methods in Demographic and Health Research aims to build capacity on theoretical construct of various types of qualitative methods and techniques, data collection and their uses in population and health research.

The training programme would cover the following aspects of Qualitative Research: Theoretical paradigms; Research strategies; Sampling methods and design; Data Collection Methods; Data Analysis; Use of Software Packages in Qualitative Research; Report writing; Ethical Issues.

Schedule: to be announced. (Tentatively February 2020)

Duration: One-week (six working days)

Intended participants: Teachers/Researchers working in research institutions/organizations, research scholars, NGO workers, Independent researchers.

Further information can be had from the following contact persons:

  • Dr. Usha Ram
  • Dr. Archana K.Roy
    Associate Professor
  • Mr. B.S. Kumar
    Assistant Research Officer
  • Dr. P. Murugesan
    Sr. Research Assistant


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