Established in 1984, as the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, IIHMR University (created through an Act of the Rajasthan State legislature in 2014) has emerged as the South Asian region’s premier knowledge institution for research and teaching in the domains of public health, health and hospital administration, development studies, and pharmaceutical management. Having pioneered the disciplines of health and hospital management in India, we are now the country’s leading center of excellence committed to cutting edge research, innovative learning, and transformative social impact in all our activities.
The genesis of IIHMR owes to the pressing need at that time to improve the health systems in India. For a country as large and complex as India, the bottlenecks impeding effective healthcare delivery were aplenty. Although the health systems were charactertized by severe deficiencies in physical and human resources which continues to be a major issue, the bigger problem lay in the poor management of healthcare systems. The founding idea of IIHMR was thus that better management of health systems could significantly affect the operational efficiency of healthcare delivery in India. It is with this vision that the institute was set up.
Over the last three decades, IIHMR has witnessed enormous growth. It first started as a research institute based in the city of Jaipur in northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. Assessing the need to build the capacity of health care providers involved at various layers of health systems chain and develop a cadre of health care managers to improve the health systems in India and beyond, it later ventured into training and postgraduate teaching. Indeed IIHMR has provided a template for health management education in India. The institute takes pride in pioneering the discipline of health management, and establishing a full-time MBA program in health and hospital management way back in 1996.