Community Medicine

Community Medicine is a field of medicinal science that deals with the health of populations emphasizing on prevention and control of community diseases along with public management skills.


Doctorate of Medicine in Community Medicine is offered by The Apollo Medical College with an intention to provide the students with the skills to comprehend the impact of social and economical factors on the health of individual patients in a community and their families. We strive to protect and promote the health and well-being of a diverse patient population through the Primary Health Care approach. Health needs of populations are measured and appropriate strategies are developed to improve the health status of the community through education, research, compassionate patient advocacy, and community service.

Postgraduate training in Community Medicine aims at nurturing Primary Care Physicians who can recognize and manage common health problems in the community. The Community-oriented Primary Care Physician would have the ability to identify, prioritize, and manage the health problems of any specific population. He / She would be an effective leader of the health team at the primary care level.

The Community Physician demonstrates excellence in academics, health research, and leadership skills. He/she is instrumental in shaping public health policy, design, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and applies them to a broad range of community health issues.

The ultimate goal of teaching and training of postgraduates in Community Medicine is directed towards the achievement of the goal of “Health for All”.

Our postgraduate training is aimed towards making the learner be –

– Teachers / Trainers

– Researchers & Epidemiologists

– Health Planners, Organizers and Administrators


The general objective of the postgraduate training program in Community Medicine will be to enable to a

A) Teacher/trainer to

  1. Plan and conduct an educational session/program with a proficiency to draw up lesson plan with details of educational objectives, content, process, and essential inputs
  2. Assist in the development of curriculum, teaching and learning activities and methods of evaluation
  3. Assist in manpower planning and development. He/she should be able to participate in programs for the selection, training, and supervision of various cadres of health personnel

B) Researcher/epidemiologist to:

  1. Plan and execute a research study, including clinical trials.
  2. Use/organize bio-statistical analysis using computers and software and prepare reports/papers.
  3. Critically evaluate research activities
  4. Make recommendations on policy and procedures

C) Public health planner/organizer/administrator to

  1. Define and manage the health problems of the community, which he/she serves.
  2. He/she should be able to organize epidemiological studies to identify health problems
  3. Plan, implement and evaluate various health programs in his/her area, especially national health, family welfare, disease control/eradication programs
  4. Select, train, supervise and manage various categories of health personnel working with him/her
  5. Organize health care services for conventional as well as special groups during periods of special needs such as disasters/calamities and epidemics

Specific objectives:

At the end of the MD program in Community Medicine, the student shall

  1. Know the structure and functioning of the health system at the national and international levels and its historical perspectives
  2. Know the principles of nutrition, maternal health, family welfare and be able to put the same into practice
  3. Apply the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics to health practice including the design and implementation of health-related research studies and clinical preventive medicine trials
  4. Know the principles of communicable and non-communicable diseases to control and assist in the implementation of national health programs at a program level
  5. Identify the socio-cultural dimension in health and disease and apply this knowledge in the shaping of an integrated health and development program
  6. Apply the principles of environmental and occupational health in the design of health programs aimed at improving health status
  7. Assess specific health situations in a population, plan, organize, implement and evaluate programs intended to promote the health standards
  8. Identify the health needs of the special groups within populations especially the aged, the disabled & workers and to respond to their needs
  9. Know the principles of learning and apply this knowledge in facilitating the learning process in groups of people involved in health
  10. Relate his/her knowledge of curative medicine to the improvement of the health status of a given population
  11. Identify the role of the government, private, and voluntary sectors in health and understand the principles of innovations in health practices and research.

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