Ph.D. Program

Program Overview

Ph.D. Program in Digital Health is a program that provides an opportunity for students to fine-tune their informatics and data analytics skills as well as gain a firm grounding in the area of healthcare and its related domains. It gives students an opportunity to learn about biomedical ethics, to apply domain skills such as AI/ML in the hospital system as well as at the community level for public health informatics and in a broader sense for global health.


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IIT Bombay Ph.D. Information brochure

For important guidelines, important dates, eligibility criteria, admission process, fee structure or any other information related to Ph.D. courses at IIT Bombay, refer to IITB Information Brochure for Ph.D. admissions.

For information related to Ph.D. in Digital Health at Koita Centre for Digital Health, refer B27 on Page no. 48 of the brochure.


Apply for Ph.D. in Digital Health

To apply for admission for Ph.D. Program for the Academic year (2022-23) - Autumn Semester visit: https://www.iitb.ac.in/newacadhome/phd.jsp
Selection Process: Written-test and/or Interviews


Eligibility Criteria

As per norms for admission for Ph.D. program at IIT Bombay, students having first Class or 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ST), as specified in the General Eligibility Criterion, in the qualifying degree namely

  1. M.E./M.Tech/MS degrees in Chemical, Computer Sci. Engg., Electrical, Energy, Mechanical, Resources Engg., Material Science, Engineering Physics, Biomedical Engineering (or equivalent disciplines)
  2. MS (Master of Surgery)/MD/MVSc/MDS/MPTh/MPharm/M.O.Th
  3. MBBS, BDS, BPharm, BVSc, BPTh, BOTh (degree Program to be of 4 years or more) with 60 percent aggregate AND qualifying All India level postgraduate entrance examination for corresponding disciplines such as AIIMS/NEET-PG/MCI/JIPMER/ PGI Chandigarh/AFMC­Pune/ for MBBS/BDS or GPAT (for Pharmacy graduates) or a valid CSIR/UGC/DBT/ICMR JRF not linked to ICMR project (for FA any fellowship that will provide scholarship for 5 years
  4. M.Sc./ M.S./ Integrated BS-MS in Physical sciences (Physics, Chemistry or equivalent disciplines), M.A./M.Sc./Integrated BS-MS in Mathematical Sciences (Mathematics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, Applied/Computational Mathematics or equivalent disciplines). M.Sc./ M.S. / Integrated BS-MS in Life sciences (specifically Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Physiology, Molecular Biology or equivalent disciplines)
  5. B.E./B. Tech/4 year BS (in Chemical, Computer Sci. Engg., Electrical, Mechanical, Engineering Physics, MEMS-Material Science & Metallurgy, Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, Applied/Computational Mathematics, Economics, Statistics or equivalent disciplines), with eligibility subject to specified admission procedure, would be considered. A valid GATE score and other IITB norms as per IITB Ph.D. brochure will be required.

Additional requirement for C, D & E:
The candidates with qualifying degrees as mentioned in C, D & E’ must fulfil one of the following:

  • A valid GATE score
  • A valid CSIR/UGC/DBT/ICMR JRF not linked to the ICMR project (for FA any fellowship that will provide scholarship for 5 years)
  • Experience as specified in A.5 and A.6 for CT, EX, IS, PS, SF, SW category in the IITB Ph.D. Information Brochure.

Curriculum Structure and Credit Structure

A student undertaking the Ph.D. Program will be exposed to a broad range of theoretical and practical issues related to Healthcare Informatics. While the Program is interdisciplinary, courses and research will be organized around three broad tracks/baskets:

Group 1: Healthcare Standards, Clinical applications & Bio related courses

Group 2: Healthcare informatics & analytics

Group 3: Health systems & Policy & Ethics

The course structure and credit structure for the Ph.D. Program in Digital Health is given in the following sections.

Students with MS/M.Tech or equivalent (categories A & B in eligibility criteria):

Credit requirements Credit Structure
Minimum 16 credits and Maximum 22 credits required1 Communication skills + Credit seminar + as per recommendation from an adviser(s) - course on Introduction to Public Health informatics

Students with M.Sc. or equivalent (category D in eligibility criteria):

Credit requirements Credit Structure Course Structure
Minimum 34 credits and Maximum 46 credits required2 Communication skills + Credit seminars (up to 2) + as per recommendation from an adviser(s) - course on Introduction to Public Health informatics Students with a bio-background need to take at least one from Group 2. Any non-bio student needs to take at least one from Group 1/Group 3

Students with B.Tech or equivalent (categories C & E in eligibility criteria):

Credit requirements Credit Structure Course Structure
Minimum 44 credits and Maximum 56 credits required3 Communication skills + Credit seminars (up to 2) + as per recommendation from an adviser(s) - course on Introduction to Public Health informatics Students with a bio-background need to take at least one from Group 2. Any non-bio student needs to take at least one from Group 1/Group 3

1 R4.1 of https://www.iitb.ac.in/newacadhome/phdRules.pdf

2 R4.2 of https://www.iitb.ac.in/newacadhome/phdRules.pdf

3 R4.3 of https://www.iitb.ac.in/newacadhome/phdRules.pdf

Apart from the minimum credit requirement, additional credit requirements will be decided by a faculty advisory from the KCDH centre.

The newly proposed “Introduction to Public Health informatics” course will be a core mandatory course for all students who join the Ph.D. program. Those who have already credited an equivalent course in Public Health Informatics will be eligible for a waiver.


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