Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

VECD Fellowship Site Directors:
K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA (Emory University)
D. Prabhakaran, MD, DM Cardiology, MSc (PHFI)

Site Contact:
Mark Hutcheson

Site Specialties:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • diabetes
  • cardiometabolic diseases
  • eye diseases

PHFI also has a number of other ongoing research projects at any given time that can form the basis for a VECD trainee project.

Site Description

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a public-private partnership based in New Delhi, India, was launched in 2006 with initial funding from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Government of India), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and notable Indian philanthropists. From its inception, it was mandated to establish a strong national research network of public health and allied institutions that would undertake policy- and program-relevant research to advance public health goals in priority areas.

In 2008, a Training Division was established at PHFI to address the primary focus of capacity building, with ongoing academic courses as well as short-term courses and in-service training on areas of current importance in public health. PHFI has also established the Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) on multiple campuses throughout the country, with the aims of combining education and research activities relevant to India while attaining standards that are among the best in the world. The IIPHs (currently in Delhi, Gandhinagar, Bhubaneswar, and Hyderabad) deliver full-time graduate and postgraduate diplomas in addition to conducting short-term training programs and workshops, with fully residential campuses for students and faculty at some of the sites. PHFI is now a premier center for research, training, education, and policy and impact evaluation in India.


  • Leslie Johnson, MPH, MLitt
    Rachana Parikh, MBBS, MPH
    Elizabeth Rhodes, SM
    Rizwan Kalani, MD
    Amisha Patel, MD 
    Sapna Shah, MD, MSc
    Krishna Kiran Kota, MS