Department of Biostatistics

About Us





The mandate of the department is to: a) undertake community based research and intervention programmes in the areas of i) enhancing participation of men in sexual and reproductive health; ii) family planning and contraceptive use dynamics including expanding contraceptive choices; iii) gender issues including gender-based violence; and b) provide statistical expertise to the wide spectrum of research activities carried out by the faculty and students of the institute. The main areas of research currently focused are: enhancing participation of men in contraceptive use and family planning, and prevention of RTIs/STIs including cervical cancer; gender equity and violence against women, use of smokeless tobacco products by women . The research programmes are funded by various funding agencies such as Indian Council of Medical Research, Indo-US Program on Contraceptive and Reproductive Health Research through DBT, The Fogarty International Research Collaboration for Behavioral and Social Sciences, through Institute of Community Research, USA

The department provides statistical and computational assistance to the scientists, students and administrative staff of the institute; and also other institutes and centers such as KEM Hospital, JJ Hospital, Nair Hospital, Haffkine Institute. In order to translate results of the research into programmes and reach people at the community and policy level, the department has been actively associated with organizing national/ international conferences, workshops, symposia, seminars and training programmes; and publishing papers in peer reviewed journals. The international conferences held in the past are: 1) Enhancing male partnership in sexual and reproductive health during 28 November – 1 December 2004 2) Actions to strengthen linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS during 4 - 8 February 2007; 3) National workshop to develop India-specific action plan to implement strategies for linking sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS Programmes during 20 – 22 November 2007, Mumbai, India; 4) Gender based violence and sexual and reproductive health, 15-18, 2009; 5) Millennium Development Goals related to reproductive health: status, challenges and future directions, 18-21 March, 2012.

The department has collaborative projects with: 1) Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; 2) T.N.Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital Mumbai; 3) Public Health Department, Maharashtra Government; 4) Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, Mumbai; 5) Population Council, New Delhi; 6) University of California, San Diego, USA and 7) The Institute of Community Research, USA.