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PhD in Data Sciences for Global Health

Jointly offered by BITS Pilani and the One Health Trust (OHT)

The PhD program in Data Sciences for Global Health, jointly offered by BITS Pilani and the One Health Trust (OHT):

• offers training in global health issues and cutting-edge research methodology with rigorous fieldwork and data analysis.
• provides full-time, advanced education in global health, plus expertise in qualitative and statistical/quantitative skills leading to an interdisciplinary degree.
• have faculty with vast research experience in infectious disease dynamics; antimicrobial resistance; vaccines and immunization; environmental health; gender, equity, and livelihoods; health and development; health systems; and economics.

Students will spend part of their tenure in the program at the BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus and the other period housed at the Nimai Valley Center, the One Health Trust’s future headquarters for global health research, education, and action.

(Posted on 2.12.2022)

Admission to the Ph.D Programme in Data Sciences for Global Health is now open.

Applications are Invited for Admission to the Ph.D Programme in Data Sciences for Global Health (Full-time) in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad Campuses of BITS Pilani.

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Deadline for Application form Submission is 5:00 PM on 30 April 2023

About BITS Pilani

BITS Pilani offers UG, PG and PhD programs to over 17,000 students across its campuses in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Dubai. BITS Pilani was declared as an Institution of Eminence by the Ministry of Education, Government of India in 2020.

QS World University Subject Rankings 2022 has ranked BITS Pilani globally at

i) 101-150 in Pharmacy and Pharmacology
ii) 301-350 in 2 subjects namely, EEE and Chemical Engineering
iii) 351-400 in Mechanical Engineering
iv) 401-450 in Computer Science
v) 451-500 in 2 subjects, namely, Mathematics and Business & management Studies
vi) 501-550 in Chemistry
vii) 551-600 in Physics & Astronomy

BITS Pilani has been ranked among the top 300 in QS World University Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 and within the top 8 in India.

In the NIRF 2021 rankings, BITS Pilani has been ranked 3rd in Pharmacy, 17th in the University category and 26th in Engineering. In QS Asia University Rankings 2021, BITS Pilani has been ranked 194th, only private institute from India in the Asia Top 200, and at 18 in India. The Institute has secured over Rs 375 crore as external research grant in the last 5 years. State of the art facilities have been developed to support cutting edge research, led by students and about 925 faculty members, leading to a Scopus h-index of 135, about 19100 publications with over 1,80,320 citations as per Scopus Database and with 112 patents filed in the last 5 years, and 14 patents granted. Recently, BITS Pilani was chosen by DST, GoI to establish a Technology Innovation Hub on Bio-Cyber Physical Systems with a grant of Rs 125 Cr - the only non-Government institute amongst the 25 chosen nationally for this prestigious grant. Recent studies have identified BITS Pilani at #3 in terms of number of Indian start-ups founded by the graduates of an institute. Currently there are 12 BITSian Unicorns and 1 Decacorn. There are over 7500 BITSian founders and co-founders of enterprises.

About OHT

One Health Trust uses research and stakeholder engagement to improve the health and well-being of our planet and its inhabitants. OHT has offices in Washington, D.C., and Bangalore, India, with researchers based in North America, Africa, and Asia. OHT builds on the work of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), which for more than a decade conducted vitally important research on major global health challenges, including COVID-19, antimicrobial resistance, hospital infections, tuberculosis, malaria, pandemic preparedness and response, vaccination, medical oxygen shortages, and noncommunicable diseases. OHT’s work now expands to take on issues related to climate change, biodiversity protection, and the effect of human diets on the planet.

One Health Trust believes that answers to the world’s most critical questions lie between disciplines. Accordingly, OHT researchers employ a range of expertise—economics, epidemiology, disease modeling, risk analysis, clinical and veterinary medicine, geographic information systems, and statistics—to conduct actionable, policy-oriented research. OHT is opening a world-class research hub at the Nimai Valley Center, located just outside Bangalore, with researchers across the globe. For more details, you can visit our website:

Program Curriculum and requirements

The students must complete six core courses covering three main subjects (24 credits) during the first year. Before the end of their second year, students will defend their thesis proposal and research plan. From their third year onwards, PhD candidates will present their work at seminars, conduct fieldwork, and communicate their research outcomes through research papers that will together form a PhD dissertation. Students must maintain a minimum grade of D and CGPA of 5.50 in all semesters. Each academic year will have two semesters.

How to Apply

Eligible students may apply for the PhD program in Data Sciences for Global Health, commencing in July 2023. The online application forms will be available at in 2nd December 2022 through 31st March 2023. The number of students admitted will vary based on the availability of positions in the department, funding, and the merit of applicants.

Applications to the PhD program are invited from candidates with a master’s degree in any basic science or liberal arts discipline. We also accept applications from candidates with a bachelor’s degree in medical, dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical, or alternative health sciences and engineering. Applicants from other fields are also encouraged to apply. For more details, refer to the Prospectus.

Minimum Eligibility Qualifications

  • ME / MTech / MPharm / MBA / MPhil: minimum of 60% aggregate
  • MSc/BE/BPharm or an equivalent degree: minimum of 60% aggregate
  • MA: minimum of 55% aggregate

We welcome applications from all professional, geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. There is no age restriction for applicants. Meeting the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee admission into the PhD program. All admitted candidates will be required to do the standard course work in the first two semesters of the program.

Full-time students

Preferably individuals who would like to pursue PhD in-house, residing on campus.

Financial Assistance

Full-time PhD students admitted into the PhD program are eligible to be considered for a fellowship of ₹28,000 or ₹31,000 per month as per intake qualification. Consideration for fellowship will be as per Institute norms, details of which are available in the PhD brochure on the admission website. It will be obligatory on the part of every admitted full time student to undertake 8 to 10 hours (per week) of work as assigned to her/him by the Institute.

Important Dates

Activity Date
Admission Portal Open 2-Dec-2022
Last Date for filling application form online 30-April-2023

The Institute reserves the right to change the above deadlines. Candidates will be informed well in advance should there be such a change.

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