- To create Physicians with sound knowledge of Public Health and with abilities to identify the felt needs of the community, prioritize health problems and efficiently manage the same.
- To teach the students to provide unbiased, equitable healthcare to all sectors of the population using appropriate technology.
Provide theoretical, practical and on job training to medical students to be community responsive primary care physicians, who meet the health care needs of the rural and medically under-served communities and the country as a whole.
- The three main focus areas of our department are 1. Academics, 2. Outreach activities through the rural & urban centers and 3. Research
Courses offered: MBBS & MD Community Medicine
- The department of Community Medicine handles undergraduate medical education during the Course of MBBS and again a couple of months during their internship.
- Department is also offering MD post graduate course and Five PG seats are allotted every year.
- We follow the competency based medical education curriculum that has been prescribed by the National Medical Commission of India
- We have also introduced numerous innovations in the teaching learning and assessment methods for undergraduate and postgraduate students to make learning community medicine fun and exciting.
- Department have a Museum, Department Library-cum-Seminar Room and Research laboratory containing 86 models and specimens, 146 charts and posters, 25 catalogues,117 books and 4 journals and necessary equipment for research purposes.
- We have two peripheral centres located at Nayapakkam (Rural Health Training Center) with a population of 23456 and Nerkundram (Urban Health Training Center) with 15700 population.
Services offered in the centre
- General OPD services, Speciality OPD services, IPD services, Referral services, Antenatal and postnatal services, Immunization, School Health Services, geriatric services, Family health survey, Water sanitation and health education and Implementation of all National Health Programmes.
- All the services are provided free of cost at the centre.
- Numerous community based research projects have been completed and published both independently as well as in collaboration with other funding agencies.
- The key areas of research are Tuberculosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Dengue, Substance abuse, Cancers, Covid-19 etc
- Several MBBS Students have done ICMR STS projects guided by the faculty from the department.
- Interns in a batch of 5-6 students takes up a community-based research study during their period of internship.