The School of Health Systems Studies prepares students for a leadership role in public health and managerial roles in the fields of health and hospital administration. The School’s active social research programmes and national and international research collaborations in areas of health policy, health systems strengthening and public health contributes to the generation of new knowledge in this area and ensures that its educational programmes are updated to respond to current challenges and emergent trends. An important dimension of the Schools’ educational and research activity is the contribution it makes to developing the understanding of health and health care as a social science.
The School is quite often called upon to respond to capacity building and knowledge management needs of the government health sector and this allows it to contribute to developing newer and innovative health care strategies, provide advocacy support for public health and build equity concerns into health policy and planning.
The School has four Centres
Centre for Health and Social Sciences
Centre for Health Policy, Planning & Management
Centre for Hospital Management
Centre for Public Health
In 1989, the Institute established the Department of Health Systems Studies, with the assistance of Ford Foundation. In the year 1993, the department added a feather in its cap by starting the Masters in Health and Hospital Administration Programme.
In the year 2006, when TISS restructured all the courses to make them more suited to meet the existing demands and challenges of Healthcare sector, the Department of Health Systems Studies was renamed as ‘The School of Health Systems Studies’ (SHSS). In the year 2008, SHSS started the Master of Public Health with a focus on social epidemiology as its unique feature followed by introduction of Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy, Economics and Finance in the year 2010. In addition to the masters programmes, SHSS also offers two postgraduate diploma programmes which largely addresses educational needs amongst in-service candidates and two doctoral (MPhil/PhD) programmes for those who would pursue a career in academics and research.