Department of Community Medicine and School of Publich Health was also established on 9th March 2004 for effectively meeting the public health needs of the country. The building of SPH was inaugurated on 7th March 2007 by the Union Health Minister, Govt. of India. Master of Public Health (MPH) course was inaugurated on 27th July 2007 by the Regional Director, World Health Organization, South-East Asia. It also conducts short term training courses in various fields of public health for national health programme managers, provides consultancy services to state and central health services on public health projects keeping in view national health policy guidelines and vision of health for all in 21stcentury.
Department of Community Medicine and School of Publich Health is located in RN Dogra Block and its research labs are located at Research Block B on the 5th Floor.
School of Public Health is devoted to ‘’Health Development of Population through education of Public Health Professionals, Discovery of New Knowledge and Advocacy for Application of New Ideas in Health Care and Consultancy to Strengthen Capacity of Health Organizations."
Public Health Services
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) have been signed with Govt. of Haryana, Govt. of Punjab and Chandigarh UT Administration for strengthening of Public Health Services. School of Public Health is one of the surveillance centres of IDSP in Chandigarh. It has been decided that all the Heads of Departments of the Institute shall inform the Head of the SPH about any case of the above mentioned diseases seen in their OPD or wards on the same day when the patient is seen. Surveillance data is compiled and sent to the Assistant Director Malaria-cum-State Surveillance Officer IDSP, Chandigarh on a weekly basis (every Monday) for necessary action.
Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM) is a one-year course which provides competency in Public Health Management. After taking a core course, candidates also carry out a field project. Only doctors having MBBS degree who are sponsored by government are admitted to this course through entrance test.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
This two-year course provides competency in Public Health Management, Teaching, Research and Leadership. After taking a core course and an elective course in the first year candidates take a special paper on Epidemiology or Health Management or Health Promotion in the second year. Graduates of Medicine (MBBS) / Dental (BDS) / Veterinary (BVSc) / Engineering (BE) or any Postgraduate degree (MA/M.Sc) who have passed with at least 50% marks will be admitted through a national entrance test.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This three-year programme prepares research scientist who conduct specific research that contribute to the advancement of the knowledge of public health method or practice. Graduates of Medicine (MBBS), or Postgraduates (MA/MSc) in Sociology, Social Anthropology, Psychology, Economics, Life Sciences (Biology), Nutrition, and Environment Sciences who have passed with at least 60% marks are admitted through a competitive national entrance test.
Short-Term Training Courses
Courses ranging from one to two week duration are planned as per the needs of trainees for National Health Programme Managers, WHO Fellows, and Faculty of Academic Institutions at Basic, Intermediate and Advance level on Epidemiology, Health Programme Management, Health Promotion, Family Medicine, Reproductive Health, Child Health, Communicable Diseases, Non Communicable Diseases, and Environmental Health
Several leading national and international agencies such as DBT, ICMR, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, DFID, MOH&FW, and MOE&F have funded research project on following research areas:
Reproductive Health: Maternal Survival Interventions, Micronutrients, RTIs/ STIs
Child and Adolescent Health: Neonatal Survival Interventions, Micronutrients, Peer-Based Sexual Health Education, AH Clinics.
Communicable Diseases: TB Control, HIV Estimates and Targeted Interventions, Behavioral and Biological Surveys, Group A Strep Epidemiology, Disease Burden due to Hib, rota virus.
Non-Communicable Diseases: CVD, COPD, RF/RHD Control Project.
Environmental Health: Air and Water Quality, Environment and Cancer.