Community Medicine

 

Vision: Our vision is to be a Center of Excellence in Community Medicine.

Scope of the Department

Community Medicine is concerned with the health of the members of a community whether rural or urban. The emphasis in community medicine is on the early diagnosis of disease, the recognition of risk factors, environmental and occupational hazards to good health, and the prevention of disease in the community.

Beyond the work of the clinician who treats diseases and injuries one patient at a time, community medicine researchers, practitioners and educators prevent disease and injury and treat communities and populations by preventing, controlling or eliminating causes of disease and disability.

For example, instead of treating a case of tuberculosis, we work to identify the causes of tuberculosis and develop interventions for the community so they can remain healthy or recover faster. Instead of treating anemia among adolescent girls, we investigate the factors and develop anemia prophylaxis programs to keep them healthy. In addition to prescribing medication for diabetes, community medicine experts examine the links among the risk factors for diabetes —and generate evidence to influence policy aimed at reducing the problem in the community.

The scope of community medicine is much broader than any other medical discipline because it encompasses all age groups, genders, socioeconomic and occupational groups, and management of social and environmental conditions.

We as a department, provide training to the workforce for State and National governmental organisations, national & international non-governmental organizations and teaching institutions. Our areas of work are epidemiology of health related events and diseases, mother and child health, sexuality, adolescent health, chronic disease, the science of aging, mental health, epidemic control, disaster response, refugee health, injury prevention, tobacco and drug control, planning and program management, health awareness, etc.

Objectives of the department:

1.      Teaching and training of undergraduate, postgraduate students and faculty and also developing competencies in community medicine.

2.      Training of paramedical students and staff in community medicine.

3.      To encourage faculty to remain avant-garde in their respective area of expertise through involvement in academic and applied research.

4.      To invent and innovate the tools of public health.

5.      To conduct and publish research work of public health importance.

6.      To train and conduct outbreak investigations and to prevent and control future epidemics.

7.      To provide appropriate preventive, promotive and curative and rehabilitative services to the community.

8.      To provide health education to the community.

9.      To liaison with other sectors and departments to train and empower workforce in delivering community health services.

10.  To advise government and non-government organizations on importance issues of public health.

 

Last Updated on : 19/05/2016