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Department of Epidemiology

1. Introduction

The department of Epidemiology was established along with the formation of the Institute in 1932. The Department is one of the First Department of Epidemiology in an Institute in India.

The Mission of the Department of Epidemiology in AIIH&PH is capacity development in Epidemiology and to contribute to the reduction of the disease burden in human populations through research, education, and other such services. The research mission is met by study into the risk of disease associated with inherent, acquired, social or environmental factors, and the development and application of methods to alleviate that risk. Faculty and students pursue this research mission through research projects conducted both by individuals and by multi-disciplinary teams. Graduates from the Department’s research and training programs are prepared to develop their careers as independent researchers and health managers, and all Departmental graduates are prepared to take up leadership positions in public and private agencies involved with health care or research.

The department has played significant role in the development of the discipline of epidemiology and of community health in broader sense. The department has been acting as pioneering division in carrying out General Health Survey in the population of its rural field practice area in Singur. It has been involved in identifying the problem of Arsenicosis as a major public health problem in the country. It has been involved in carrying out many epidemiological investigations. Lal R.B. Roy S.C. conducted investigation of epidemic dropsy in 1930. The work was done on Chronic arsenic toxicity from drinking tube well water in rural West Bengal in 1980s.The Sonagachi Project launched in 1992 by the Dept, in Sonagachi red light area of Kolkata, has evolved into a multi-faceted community effort to empower sex workers (particularly women) in ways that go beyond HIV prevention. The Sonagachi Project has been identified as a World Health Organization (WHO) model.

2. Teaching Activities

Regular Diploma/Degree Courses:
Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM)

Degree (Post Graduate);


One Year (Full Time)

MPH Epidemiology:

The Institute has received letter of permission from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Govt. of India to conduct three year full time MPH Epidemiology Course from the academic year  2016-17. (Vide letter No.U.12012/56/2015- ME-I, Dated. 26.02.2016).  Details are available under “Courses” section.

Other Courses:
  1. The faculty of the Department do take regular theoretical and practical classes of the Post Graduate students e.g. MD, PGDPHM,  MPH (Epidemiology), DPH, DMCW, MVPH, DHE, MSc (Applied Nutrition) etc.
  2. Lecture sessions are also taken for the students of MD (Tropical Medicine),  DTM & H, from Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine (STM). The Department faculty guides and supervises the core course students in conducting Community Diagnosis survey, Survey for Geriatric Population, Non Communicable Diseases and Coverage Evaluation survey by 30 clusters and Lot Quality Technique at Singur, Hooghly and Family Care program in Chetla.
Short Courses/ Training

The department is the nodal Dept. for IDSP (TOT) and FETP in North Eastern States and West Bengal and has conducted 25 IDSP(TOT) for North Eastern States ,West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the last 5 years. The Department also conducted 4 IDSP (FETP) for North Eastern States and West Bengal during 2010-13.

The last IDSP (TOT) was conducted from 24th March to 29th March, 2014

Other Short course Training programs:         





WHO (FTP) on “Epidemiology for Researchers and Scientists”

Medical Officers

17th   November,  2008 to 16th February, 2009

3 months

WHO ( FTP ) on       “Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases”

Medical Officers

17th   November, 2008 to 16th May, 2009

6 months

 WHO (FTP) on “Epidemiological concepts in Malariology and its prevention    and control”

Medical Officers   2nd  March,2009  to 31st  May 2009 3 months
WHO (FTP) on “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases Medical Officers May, 18, 2009 to November, 14, 2009

6 months

WHO (FTP) on “Communicable Disease Epidemiology and its  Application in Health Promotion Prevention and Control” in collaboration with the   Department of  Health Education

Medical Officers July,20, 2009 to August,18, 2009

One month

WHO (FTP) on “Advance Methods in Epidemiology, Bio-Statistics         and Research”

Medical Officers August,03, 2009  to         September, 01, 2009

One month

Workshop to start DBS method for HRG sites for Sites in-charge and  Laboratory personnel

Medical Officers Two Days
Scientific Writing Faculty & PGT of different disciplines Sept., 2011

3 days

Lifestyle Diseases Epidemiology

Staff members of RHU&TC, Singur and UHC, Chetla Nov.2011

5 days

International health regulation in collaboration with Airport health Authority Officials from Airport Health Authority Feb. 2012

3      days


Prominent Research Activities during last 5 years:

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Name of research study Year Area of work Sponsoring agency


 Prevalence of Arsenicosis in West Bengal



West Bengal Govt


Monitoring & Surveillance of  HIV Sentinel   Surveillance in North Eastern States

2007 – 09

HIV    Sentinel Surveillance

Central Surveillance Unit, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi
3. Epidemiological profiling of HIV / AIDS situation at district /   sub district level in West Bengal. 2010 – 11 Data Triangulation

National Aids Control Organization, New Delhi.

Note: Every year 20 – 25 Research dissertations are undertaken by the postgraduate students of different courses under the guidance of the faculty members.

Services Provided by the Dept: 
  •  Faculties of the Dept. participate in EMR duty during calamities. In 2013, Dr D Pal and Dr T K De performed EMR duty in flash flood affected areas of Uttarakhand. In 2012, Dr S Mitra, Dr. D Dutt, Dr D Pal and Dr T K De performed EMR duty for displaced population in the state of Assam.
  • The Dept. of Epidemiology conducts Epidemiological Investigations of disease outbreaks. In 2013 the Dept. investigated 3 such outbreaks and one AEFI event.
  • The Dept. provides consultancy services on Public health, research and training.  In 2013, the faculty of the Dept. provided  consultancy to Purba Medinipur district on research on Low birth Weight.
  • Dr. G K Pandey led a Central team for conducting Epidemiological Surveillance and Investigation of reported cases of blindness in Shivpur  village, Gauri Bazar (Block), Deoria District, Uttar Pradesh during 12-14 May, 2010.
 Publications of the faculty members during  last 5 years
  1. Saringi SS, Dutt D. :- Risk factors associated with default among retreatment Tuberculosis patients on DOTS in Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal” Indian Journal of Tuberculosis  2014;61:1-11.
  2. Dutt D, Pandey, G.K; Pal, D; Hazra, S; Dey, T.K: –  Magnitude, types and sex differentials of aggressive behavior among school children in a rural area of West Bengal. IJCM 2013;38: 109-13.
  3. Mitra S et al  “A Study of Husbands’ Involvement in Wives’ Healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth in Urban and Rural Areas of West Bengal” – published in Journal of Community Medicine in Jan-Jun issue of year 2013.
  4. Dutt D, Vajpayee A: Sustaining Public Health activities through community participation and reducing communicable disease outbreaks in disaster relief camps in developing countries. British Medical Journal. 26 October 2012:   http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e2920/rr/611213.
  5. Sarkar J, A Dasgupta A, Dutt D. :- Disability among new leprosy patients, an issue of concern: An institution based study in an endemic district for leprosy in the state of West Bengal, India, Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology.2012 ,78 | , 3, 328 -34.
  6. Sinha A, Mallik S, Sanyal D,   Dasgupta S, Pal Dipak , Mukherjee A ; “Domestic   Violence among ever Married Women of Reproductive age Group in a Slum Area of Kolkata “  –  Indian Journal of Public Health,Vol 56, Issue 1 , Jan-Mar 2012, P. 31 – 36.
  7. Sinha A, Samanta T, Mallik S, Pal Dipak, Ganguly S; “Non-cirrhotic portal fibrosis among children admitted in a tertiary care hospital of Kolkata : a search for possible aetiologies” –Journal of  the Indian Medical Association, Vol. 109, No.12, December 2011, p.889-91. 
  8. Dutt  D: Social responsibility and the BMJ. Rapid Response to Fewtrell, M, Wilson, David C , Booth I, Lucas A.:  Six months of exclusive breast feeding: how good is the evidence? British Medical Journal 2011; http://www.bmj.com BMJ 342:doi:10.1136/bmj.c5955 (Published 13 January 2011) .
  9. Dutt  D, Stockpiling vaccine and oseltamivir for H1N1 and   developing countries. Rapid response to: Fiona Godlee. Goodbye Pub. Med, hello raw data. British Medical Journal http://www.bmj.com 342:doi:10.1136/bmj.d212. Published 21 January 2011.
  10. Letter to the Editor on “ Coverage of Ante-natal care in a Block of West Bengal using Lot Quality Assurance Sampling” was published in Indian Journal of Public Health ( Vol.  54/Issue 2/Apr-Jun 2010, page 105) – Dipak Pal, Suprakas Hazra.
  11. Pandey G. K, Dutt  D, Banerjee B. :- Partner and Relationship Factors in Domestic Violence: Perspectives of Women from a Slum in Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, No. 7, 1175-1191 (2009).
  12. Banerjee B, Pandey G. K Dutt D et al. Teen pregnancy: Socially inflicted health hazard. .IJCM  V34, Issue 3. July 2009 227-231.

7.    Other recent achievements/activities 

  1.  Biography of Dr. D. Dutt. is included in The Cambridge Blue Book 2008, 2009. IBC Cambridge; and  in “Marquis Who’s Who in the World -17th 18th 30th and 31st  Editions (2000,2001, 2012,2013), New Jersey, USA.
  2.  Dr. D. Dutt, mentored three research  Protocols on  Antenatal  Syphilis screening, congenital syphilis and Integration of RTI   STI services  during NACO workshop on Development of Operation Research  protocol on STI/RTI   conducted in July 9-11, 2012.
  3. Dr. D.  Pal delivered a lecture on “Control of Communicable & Non- communicable diseases during management of a health emergency in disasters” in Training course on Emergency Health Management among the Medical Officers of Directorate of Health Services, West Bengal held at Kolkata on 12.08.2013.
  4. Dr. D. Dutt, delivered a lecture on “National AIDS Control Program ” in NACO ART MO Training  2nd July, 2012 at School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata.
  5. Dr D Pal delivered a lecture on “ Epidemiology of Dengu and Chkungunya in Trainers Training Workshop for regional / State core team of Trainers at SIHFW Swasthya Bhavan Salt Lake on 25.03. 2010.
  6. Dr D Pal and Dr G K Pandey Director, attended a  Workshop at JIPMER Pondicherry from  10 -11 March 2014 on “Transforming Public Health Education in India”.
  7. Dr D Pal, Dr TK De , Mr S Hazra attended 41st  Annual National Conference of IAPSM from 6 Feb to 8 Feb 2014 at Agartala Medical College Tripura.
  8. Dr S Mitra, Dr D Dutt, Dr Dipak Pal and Mr S. Hazra    attended the 40th National Conference of     IAPSM at   Govt. Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra in January 2013.Dr D Dutt, Dr Dipak Pal and Mr S. Hazra    attended the 39th National Conference of IAPSM at Dr Rajendra Prasasd Govt. Medical College, Tanda, Kangra , Himachal Pradesh in February 2012.
  9.  Dr. Sampa Mitra, attended the 56th Annual National Conference of IPHA at IMA House, Kochi, Kerala, on 10-12 February, 2012 and presented a paper titled “ A comparative Study of the Nutritional Status of Urban & Rural School Children in West Bengal,  India” at the conference.
  10. Dr T K Dey, Field Epidemiologist, attended the IPHA conference at Kochi and resented a paper on ‘Scope of Tele-public health in Tribal Districts in West Bengal” at IPHA Conference at Kochi 2012.
  11. Dr. Sampa Mitra attended the Regional Workshop on “Recent Development in Programme Implementation & Strategy of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Govt. of India; Community Approach on TSC in Rural Areas” on 20-21 March, 2012 at Hotel Stadel, Salt Lake, Kolkata.
  12. Dr. Dipak Pal and Mr S. Hazra  attended the 38th National Conference of     IAPSM at Behrampur Govt. Medical College, Orissa in February 2011.
  13. Dr D Pal attended  workshop on “Technology Valoriozation and Management for scientists” at Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad from 31.01.2011 to 11.02.2011.
  14. Dr Dipak Pal and Mr S. Hazra  attended the 37th National Conference of  IAPSM at RIMS,  Ranchi in February 2010.
  15. Dr D Dutt was resource person for Training  Course on “Research Methodology” in collaboration with  Medical College, Kolkata and ICMR in Nov 2010.
  16. Dr D. Dutt attended the National Conference of  IPHA at Visakhapattnam, Andhra Pradesh in February 2010 and presented paper on “Aggression in School Children”.
  17. Dr D Dutt and Dr D Pal attended Workshop on Epidemiological and Bio Statistical Method Using “R” Software at NIHFW New Delhi from 24 -29 May,  2010
  18. Faculties of Dept.  who are members of National and Regional committees:
  19. Dr D Dutt is a Member of “Regional STI Centre National Mentoring  Committee” constituted by National AIDS Control Organization.
  20. Dr D Dutt is a Member of “Center Of Excellence  in HIV Care “ School of Tropical Medicine,  Kolkata.

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Educational Qualification

Area of Expertise


Dr. Debashis Dutt Professor & HOD


Non Communicable Disease Epidemiology, Research methods, Programme Evaluation ,Surveillance


Dr. Dipak Pal Professor


 Non Communicable Disease Epidemiology, Disaster Epidemiology , Disease Surveillance


Dr. Tusharkanti Dey Field Epidemiologist,  MBBS (C.U.)DMCW (C.U)MD (SPM) (C.U) Post Graduate Diploma in Health & Family welfare Management(NIH&FW)Certificate Course in Disaster Management(World Bank) Epidemiology, Community Health, Information & Communication Technology


Mr. Suprakas Hazra Demonstrator

M.Sc. (Statistics)


All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health