Department of Community Medicine was formally established in 1977 in the institute with the purpose of evolving a feasible pattern of healthcare delivery to the rural population, for providing community health orientation to the resident doctors of the institute and to demonstrate various healthcare service delivery models through community based research. The MD programme in Community Medicine was started on 1st July 1997 with an aim to produce best quality community physicians who can provide leadership to national health programs. To address the emerging challenges in Public Health Education and Research, Community Medicine Department was upgraded to a School of Public Health in the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-06) which is renamed as “Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health” in 2018. The current building of the department 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.
Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health is primarily located in RN Dogra Block, PGIMER, Chandigarh. It also has a research lab in 5th floor, Research Block B of the institute.The department is involved in providing teaching and training program, community health service program and research and development program.
Department of Community Medicine and 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. The Department of Community Medicine and 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 Community Medicine and School of Public Health 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.
Candidates possessing MBBS degree are admitted to this three-year residency programme through a competitive national entrance test. Aim of this programme is to prepare Community Physicians of highest caliber who have basic understanding of clinical practice, a thorough knowledge of epidemiological principles and methods and the epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases, a familiarity with statistical methods, the relevant aspects of the social sciences, the principles of administration and management, health economics, and environemntal health, and have the ability to apply this knowledge to the management of health services and the study of diseases.
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Public Health (BPH)
Bachelor of Public Health is a three year programme started from 2019. Students who passed higher secondary school with science group will be selected through national level competitive entrance exam. The course will make the students from the basics of public health and its concepts to advanced level i.e., managing the public health programmes at all levels.
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.