The National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), was established on 9th March, 1977 by the merger of two national level institutions, viz. the National Institute of Health Administration and Education (NIHAE) and the National Institute of Family Planning (NIFP). The NIHFW, an autonomous organization, under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, acts as an ‘apex technical institute’ as well as a ‘think tank’ for the promotion of health and family welfare programmes in the country.

The Institute addresses a wide range of issues on health and family welfare from a variety of perspectives through the departments of Communication, Community Health Administration, Education and Training, Epidemiology, Management Sciences, Medical Care and Hospital Administration, Population Genetics and Human Development, Planning and Evaluation, Reproductive Bio-Medicine, Statistics and Demography and Social Sciences.

Values and Priority Areas


Ø Excellence
Ø Equity
Ø Convergence
Ø Market Orientation
Ø Sustainability


Ø Health & related Policies
Ø Public Health Management
Ø Health Sector Reforms
Ø Health Economics & Financing
Ø Population Optimisation
Ø Reproductive Health
Ø Hospital Management
Ø Communication for Health
Ø Training Technology in Health


Ø Rural Health (Theme 2005: National Rural Health Mission)
Ø Health of Urban Slum Dwellers
Ø Tribal Health
Ø Decentralisation
Ø Inter& Intersectoral Coordination
Ø Community Ownership
Ø Public-Private Partnership
Ø Human Resources for Health
Ø Financial Management
Ø Social /Community Health Insurance
Ø Care of Elderly
Ø Gender Sensitivity & Care of Girl Child
Ø Adolescent Health
Ø Emergency Contraception
Ø Population Education
Ø Medical Ethics
Ø Health Legislations
Ø Medical Waste Management
Ø Health Informatics
Ø Quality in Health Care
Ø Replicating Best Practices